US Pat. No. 10,112,721

PARACHUTE DEPLOYMENT SYSTEM FOR AN UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE

Flirtey Holdings, Inc., ...

1. A drone comprising:a lift mechanism configured to lift and propel the drone;
an error detection circuit configured to:
detect an error in operation of the drone, the error indicating a failure of the drone, the failure including a failure in all or a subset of motors of the lift mechanism, and
upon detecting the error, send a trigger event;
a parachute securely attached to the drone and configured to slow a decent of the drone when deployed;
a parachute deployment mechanism configured to release the parachute in response to the trigger event, or in response to another trigger event generated in response to a command from a base unit operated by a remote user; and
a cut-off circuit configured to control the lift mechanism in response to the trigger event, wherein the cut-off circuit is configured to control the lift mechanism by disabling the lift mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,112,719

DEPLOYABLE CLEARANCE PANEL SYSTEM, METHOD, AND ASSEMBLY FOR A MONUMENT WITHIN AN INTERNAL CABIN OF AN AIRCRAFT

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A monument configured to be positioned within an internal cabin of a vehicle, the monument comprising:a deployable portion, wherein the deployable portion is configured to move from a non-deployed state into a deployed state when a force that meets or exceeds a predetermined threshold is exerted into the monument, the deployable portion comprising a deployable clearance panel within a monument wall assembly, the clearance panel being configured to move from the non-deployed state into the deployed state when the force that meets or exceeds a predetermined threshold is exerted into the monument wall assembly, the clearance panel comprising one or more bracing members that prevent the clearance panel from moving from the deployed state back to the non-deployed state, the one or more bracing members pivotally or slidably coupling the clearance panel to a fixed wall, and the one or more bracing members being configured to slide or pivot into an outwardly deployed position that prevents the clearance panel from moving from the deployed state back to the non-deployed state.

US Pat. No. 10,112,717

PIVOT BIN ASSEMBLY WITH TWO PART PIVOT AXLE

1. An aircraft storage bin comprising:an upper housing that includes first and second side panels,
a bucket that includes a bottom and first and second sides, wherein the bucket cooperates with the upper housing to define a bin interior,
a first clevis assembly that includes a first inner plate and a first outer plate, wherein the first inner plate and first outer plate extend between the first side panel and the first side wall, wherein the first inner plate includes a first outer protrusion and the first outer plate includes first inner protrusion, wherein the first inner protrusion and first outer protrusion cooperate to form a first pivot axle, and
a second clevis assembly that includes a second inner plate and a second outer plate, wherein the second inner plate and second outer plate extend between the second side panel and the second side wall, wherein the second inner plate includes a second outer protrusion and the second outer plate includes second inner protrusion, wherein the second inner protrusion and second outer protrusion cooperate to form a second pivot axle,
wherein the first and second pivot axles are axially aligned along a pivot axis, and wherein the bucket pivots about the pivot axis with respect to the upper housing between an open position and a closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,112,715

SIGNALING PRINT SUBSTANCES

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. An unmanned aerial vehicle, comprising:an electromagnetic radiation (EMR) sensor to detect a signal indicative of a substance to be printed and corresponding to an image to be printed; and
a nozzle to eject the substance based on a location at which the signal is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,112,714

SIGNALING PRINT LOCATIONS

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. An unmanned aerial vehicle, comprising:an electromagnetic radiation (EMR) sensor to detect a signal indicative of a direction of emission of the signal, the detected signal corresponding to a grid on a printed target;
a controller to determine a location of the unmanned aerial vehicle based on the grid; and
a nozzle to eject a substance based on the direction of emission and the location.

US Pat. No. 10,112,713

BACK MOUNTED FLIGHT MACHINE

1. A back mounted flight machine comprising:a frame comprising a connecting bracket, a pair of lateral arms extending from the connecting bracket, and an engine mounted on each of the lateral arms in a selected and variable position;
a harness mounted on the connecting bracket of the frame and between the pair of lateral arms;
a fastening mechanism for connecting the harness to the connecting bracket of the frame to permit relative movement between the harness and the frame in a plurality of orientations; and
a pair of retractable barriers formed between the harness and the engines, the retractable barriers been movable between a first extended position between the harness and the engines, and a second retracted position.

US Pat. No. 10,112,712

MULTI-USE UAV DOCKING STATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A method to deliver packages via an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the method comprising:receiving a package at a facility;
mapping, via a central control, a first flight path for a first UAV from the facility to a final destination of the package;
sending instructions from the central control to the first UAV to follow the first flight path;
receiving, at the central control, weather data from one or more weather stations;
determining, by the central control and based on the weather data, that a weather event exists along the first flight path;
receiving, at the central control, a current position of the first UAV;
identifying, with the central control, an intermediate docking station from the current position of the first UAV;
mapping, via the central control, a second flight path for the first UAV from the current position to the intermediate docking station;
sending instructions from the central control to the first UAV to follow the second flight path to the intermediate docking station in response to determining the weather event exists along the first flight path;
sending instructions from the central control to the first UAV to hold at a landing platform at the intermediate docking station and at least one of: to receive a first energy source from a charging station at the intermediate docking station, to deposit the package at the intermediate docking station, or to receive a second package at the intermediate docking station;
determining, by the central control, a flight range of the first UAV, the flight range based at least in part on at least one of the first UAV receiving the first energy source, depositing the package, or receiving the second package;
mapping, via the central control and based at least in part on determining the flight range, a third flight path for the first UAV from the intermediate docking station to the final destination of the package; and
sending instructions from the central control to the first UAV instructing the first UAV to follow the third flight path.

US Pat. No. 10,112,710

MOTOR VEHICLE WITH CAPTIVE AIRCRAFT

Elwha LLC, Bellevue, WA ...

1. A motor vehicle system, comprising:a motor vehicle including an aircraft support portion;
an actively propelled unmanned aircraft configured to be selectively supported on the aircraft support portion;
a computer vehicle control system configured to actively control operation of a driving system of the motor vehicle in real-time while the aircraft is airborne and acquiring data, the computer vehicle control system configured to control operation of the driving system by using data acquired by the aircraft in real-time, the computer vehicle control system configured to generate a travel route of the vehicle; and
an aircraft control system configured to receive the travel route of the vehicle from the computer vehicle control system and to cause the aircraft to be propelled according to the travel route of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,112,709

VIBRATION CONTROL WITH ACTIVE LAG DAMPER

Bell Helicopter Textron I...

17. A method to control vibratory forces exerted on an aircraft hub assembly via a plurality of rotor blades, comprising:attaching a damper to each of the plurality of rotor blades; and
controlling a dynamic spring rate of each of the dampers associated with the plurality of rotor blades by individual pump systems for each of the dampers;
wherein each damper is a closed loop control system that uses feedback sensors to inform a control computer of the damper properties and performance which is then used to determine an appropriate action of the pump system to adjust the dynamic spring rate of the damper to achieve optimum performance.

US Pat. No. 10,112,706

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES FOR COLLABORATION

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. An aerial vehicle comprising:a frame;
a propulsion system coupled to the frame and configured to propel the aerial vehicle in response to a command from a remote device;
a screen pivotably coupled to the frame;
an image output device movably mounted to the frame, wherein the image output device is configured to project an image onto the screen; and
a controller configured to:
operate a communication module to communicate with the remote device.

US Pat. No. 10,112,700

MULTI-MODE MOBILITY MICRO AIR VEHICLE

Orbital Research Inc., C...

1. A multi-mode mobility micro air vehicle (MAV) self-containedly comprising:an aerodynamic body capable of flight, the surface of the aerodynamic body having aerodynamic controls;
an aerodynamic propulsion system; and
at least one retractable leg adapted to deploy from an initial position enclosed within the aerodynamic body, and thereafter cyclically extend and contract under power to effect a directed hopping motion in conjunction with the aerodynamic propulsion system and the aerodynamic controls
wherein the multi-mode mobility MAV is capable of flying, safely landing, and hopping to a new orientation or position on the retractable leg.

US Pat. No. 10,112,699

METHOD OF PRELOADING AN AIRCRAFT ASSEMBLY, A PRELOADING TOOL AND AN AIRCRAFT ASSEMBLY

Safran Landing Systems UK...

1. A method of preloading an aircraft assembly for fitting a preloading linkage, the aircraft assembly comprising:a strut mounting joint;
a landing gear strut movably coupled to the strut mounting joint so as to be movable between a deployed condition, for take-off and landing, and a stowed condition for flight, the landing gear strut including a first link attachment joint arranged to be coupled to a first fitting of the preloading linkage;
a second link attachment joint arranged to be coupled to a second fitting of the preloading linkage; and
a first tool attachment joint mechanically coupled to the landing gear strut to define a load path between the first tool attachment joint and the strut;
the method comprising:
actuating a variable length preloading tool coupled between the first tool attachment joint and an anchor point having a known spatial relationship with respect to the aircraft assembly to cause the tool to change from:
a first extension state in which the landing gear strut is in a default, deployed position and where the distance between the first link attachment joint and the second link attachment joint is a default distance, to
a second extension state in which the landing gear strut is moved from the default, deployed position and where the distance between the first and second link attachment joints substantially corresponds to the preloaded distance between the first and second fittings of the preloading linkage.

US Pat. No. 10,112,698

DEPLOYMENT MECHANISM

LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATI...

1. A deployment mechanism, comprising a hinged mechanism that stows in a stacked configuration and deploys in a level configuration, whereinthe hinged mechanism includes an inner wing mount and an outer wing mount,
the inner wing mount is deployable by a pretensioning of a spring assembly,
the pretensioning of the spring assembly is transferred through a torque tube attached to the inner wing mount, and
the inner wing mount, the outer wing mount and the torque tube are mounted to a mount with a single pin assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,112,695

RECEPTACLE, PAYLOAD ASSEMBLY AND RELATED METHODS FOR AN AIRCRAFT

Georgian Aerospace LLC, ...

1. An aircraft comprising:a support structure;
an outer skin coupled to the support structure;
a port that defines a break in the support structure and extends through the outer skin;
a receptacle attached to portions of the support structure proximate the port, such that the receptacle routes at least a portion of the load borne by the support structure around the break defined by the port, the receptacle comprising an opening defined therein;
a removable payload assembly mounted within the receptacle opening;
a pressure ring forming a seal between an inner surface of the receptacle and an outer surface of the payload assembly;
at least one interior member coupled to the receptacle, the at least one interior member aligned with, and fastened to, a corresponding at least one rail mounted exteriorly to the aircraft outer skin; and
a door coupled to the at least one rail proximate the port for movement between a first position and a second position.

US Pat. No. 10,112,694

SELF-RIGHTING AERONAUTICAL VEHICLE AND METHOD OF USE

1. A method of inspecting a structure using an aeronautical inspection vehicle, the method comprising steps of:obtaining the aeronautical inspection vehicle, the aeronautical inspection vehicle comprising:
a hollowed frame, the hollowed frame having a circular circumferential exterior surface,
at least one maneuvering and lift mechanism adapted to generate a lifting force, each of the at least one maneuvering and lift mechanism being assembled to a controller assembly, the controller assembly carried by a support element located within the interior of the hollowed frame,
a weighted mass assembled to one of (a) the hollowed frame and (b) the controller assembly in a manner enabling self-righting of the at least one maneuvering and lift mechanism during use, and
at least one inspection device for inspecting an object;
activating the aeronautical inspection vehicle;
placing the aeronautical inspection vehicle against a generally vertically oriented surface;
using the at least one maneuvering and lift mechanism to generate a lifting force, lifting the aeronautical inspection vehicle;
rolling the hollowed frame against the generally vertically oriented surface; and
acquiring inspection data.

US Pat. No. 10,112,693

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Joost Engines Ltd, Oxfor...

1. An internal combustion engine comprising a piston mounted for reciprocating linear motion within a cylinder along a cylinder axis, the piston is coupled to an output shaft by a power transfer assembly arranged to convert linear motion of the piston to rotary motion of the output shaft, the piston has a first head at one end of the piston and moveable within a first chamber and a second head at an opposite end of the piston and moveable within a second chamber, the power transfer assembly has a lubrication system for lubricating moving components of the power transfer assembly, wherein the lubrication system is sealed from the first chamber and the second chamber to prevent the passage of fluid from the lubrication system into the first chamber and the second chamber, wherein the power transfer assembly includes a linear motion bearing in positive contact with the piston, and wherein the linear motion bearing has a portion arranged to move relative to the piston along a linear axis substantially inclined with respect to the cylinder axis, and further wherein the linear motion bearing is a sliding bearing or a rolling bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,112,691

RELEASABLE FORWARD SECTION OF AN UNDERWATER VEHICLE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An underwater vehicle comprising:a first section detachably coupled to a second section, wherein the second section is positioned forward of the first section;
a hinge detachably coupling the first section to the second section, wherein the hinge creates a pivot between the first section and the second section:
a lock having a locked position and an unlocked position, wherein, in the locked position, the lock couples the first section and the second section together, and wherein, in the unlocked position, the second section is capable of decoupling from the first section; and
a drag fin associated with the second section, wherein the drag fin is movable to an extended position away from the second section to create a drag force which causes the second section to pivot about the hinge away from the first section when the underwater vehicle is traveling through a fluid medium.

US Pat. No. 10,112,690

WHEEL ATTACHMENT AND TOWING SYSTEM FOR A PONTOON WATER BIKE

1. A system for attaching wheels to a pontoon water bike, comprising in combination:said pontoon water bike having a plurality of transverse frame tubes with exposed ends spanning a plurality of spaced apart pontoons,
a plurality of cross tube receiver brackets coupled to the ends of a plurality of the transverse frame tubes, whereby a plurality of the cross tube receiver brackets are aligned longitudinally along each side of the pontoon water bike,
a plurality of side rails coupled to the cross tube receiver brackets aligned along each side of said pontoon water bike,
a plurality of sliding receiver brackets, with each sliding receiver bracket coupled to said side rail,
a plurality of wheel assemblies, with each wheel assembly coupled to each sliding receiver bracket, whereby the water bike is able to be wheeled over land.

US Pat. No. 10,112,688

SURF WAKE FORMING SYSTEM WITH DUAL ACTUATED TRIM TAB

1. A system for forming asymmetric surf wakes behind a wakeboat, comprising:a hull having a port side, a starboard side, a bow, a stern, a length from the bow to the stern, and a width from the port side to the starboard side, the hull being configured to float in water with a waterline on the outside of the hull;
the hull having a yaw axis, the yaw axis running substantially vertically through the hull;
the hull having a pitch axis, the pitch axis being orthogonal to the yaw axis and running substantially laterally across the width of the hull;
the hull having a roll axis, the roll axis being orthogonal to the yaw axis and the pitch axis and running substantially along the length of the hull;
a primary left trim tab pivotally supported by the hull proximate the port side of the stern for rotation about a first tab axis that is substantially parallel with the waterline when the hull is at rest in the water;
a primary left actuator mounted between the hull and the primary left trim tab, and configured to rotate the primary left trim tab around the first tab axis of the primary left trim tab from a position having decreased interaction with the water passing beneath the hull to a position having increased interaction with the water passing beneath the hull;
a secondary left trim tab pivotally mounted to the primary left trim tab for rotation about a second tab axis that is non-parallel to the first tab axis;
a secondary left actuator mounted between the primary left trim tab and the secondary left trim tab, and configured to rotate the secondary left trim tab around the second tab axis from a position having decreased interaction with the water passing beneath the hull to a position having increased interaction with the water passing beneath the hull;
a primary right trim tab pivotally supported by the hull proximate the starboard side of the stern for rotation about a third tab axis that is substantially parallel with the waterline when the hull is at rest in the water;
a primary right actuator mounted between the hull and the primary right trim tab, and configured to rotate the primary right trim tab around the third tab axis from a position having decreased interaction with the water passing beneath the hull to a position having increased interaction with the water passing beneath the hull;
a secondary right trim tab pivotally mounted to the primary right trim tab for rotation about a fourth tab axis that is non-parallel to the third tab axis;
a secondary right actuator mounted between the primary right trim tab and the secondary right trim tab, and configured to rotate the secondary right trim tab around the fourth tab axis from a position having decreased interaction with the water passing beneath the hull to a position having increased interaction with the water passing beneath the hull; and
a controller with at least one actuator interface, the controller in selective communication with at least one of the primary left actuator, the secondary left actuator, the primary right actuator, and the secondary right actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,112,685

BUOYANT STRUCTURE

Jurong Shipyard PTE LTD.,...

1. A buoyant structure comprising:a. a hull having a main deck, an upper cylindrical section, an upper conical section, and a neck section;
b. a lower conical section that extends from the neck section, wherein the upper conical section engages a cylindrical neck; the upper cylindrical section extending downwardly from the main deck; the upper conical section located below the upper cylindrical section and extending downwardly while tapering inwardly and maintained to be above a water line for a transport depth and partially below the water line for an operational depth of the buoyant structure, and wherein the upper conical section has a gradually reducing diameter from a diameter of the upper cylindrical section;
c. a lower ellipsoidal section extending from the lower conical section;
d. an ellipsoid keel extending from the lower ellipsoidal section; and
e. a fin-shaped appendage secured to a lower and an outer portion of the exterior of the ellipsoid keel.

US Pat. No. 10,112,684

SELF SUPPORTING CANOPY

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. An inflatable canopy assembly, comprising: an inflatable canopy cover; and a tunnel structural system integrated into said inflatable canopy cover, wherein said tunnel structural system provides a frame structure to said inflatable canopy assembly and comprises base tunnels extending along a perimeter of a raft, structural tunnels extending from said base tunnels, and an upper base tunnel providing a height support for said inflatable canopy cover, said structural tunnels intermediate said base tunnels and said upper base tunnel.

US Pat. No. 10,112,682

METHOD TO SEVER AND DISENGAGE A BICYCLE DRIVETRAIN BETWEEN THE CRANK AXIS AND REAR WHEEL AXLE, THEREBY ENABLING A FOLD IN THE BICYCLE FRAME AT A SPECIFIED POINT BETWEEN SAID CRANK AXIS AND REAR WHEEL AXLE ON A VERTICAL OR NEAR VERTICAL AXIS PARALLEL TO TH

T. PONG COMPANY, Raymond...

1. A folding bicycle comprising:a frame having a front subframe, a middle subframe, and a rear subframe;
the front subframe and the rear subframe are coupled to opposite front and rear ends of the middle subframe via a front hinge and a rear hinge, respectively;
the front hinge defining a front axis that runs vertically there through and the rear hinge defining a rear axis that runs vertically there through;
the folding bicycle configured to have a first unfolded configuration for operation wherein the front, middle, and rear subframes are disposed lengthwise along a single axis, the front subframe is positioned in front of the middle and rear subframes, the middle subframe is position between the front and rear subframes, and the rear subframe is positioned behind the front and middle subframes;
the folding bicycle configured to a have a second folded configuration for storage wherein the front and rear subframes are each folded 180° with respect to the middle subframe and are positioned parallel thereto;
a front wheel coupled to the front subframe;
a rear wheel coupled to the rear subframe about a rotational axis, the rear wheel having a rear wheel sprocket operatively coupled thereto and disposed along the rotational axis;
a crankset coupled to the middle subframe, the crankset including a crank sprocket;
a rear wheel drivetrain having at least a first gear intermeshed with a second gear, the rear wheel drivetrain operatively coupling the crank sprocket to the rear wheel sprocket and configured to drive the rear wheel of the folding bicycle via rotation of the crankset;
wherein the first gear of the rear wheel drivetrain is disposed on the middle subframe and the second gear of the rear wheel drivetrain is disposed on the rear subframe, the first and second gears intermeshed with one another along the rear axis when the folding bicycle is in the first unfolded configuration, and
wherein the first and second gears are disengaged from one another and parallel to each other when the folding bicycle is in the second folded configuration thereby disengaging the crankset from the rear wheel and allowing the rear wheel to freely rotate in either direction independent of the crankset.

US Pat. No. 10,112,681

BICYCLE SPROCKET SUPPORTING MEMBER AND BICYCLE SPROCKET ASSEMBLY

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle sprocket assembly comprising:a bicycle sprocket supporting member including
an outer peripheral surface including at least one sprocket engaging spline; and
an inner peripheral surface including at least one hub engaging spline; and
at least one sprocket configured to be axially movable on the outer peripheral surface of the sprocket supporting member before the bicycle sprocket assembly becomes an assembled state.

US Pat. No. 10,112,680

THERMALLY ENHANCED HUB MOTOR

Future Motion, Inc., San...

1. An electric vehicle comprising:a frame;
a wheel assembly including a rotatable ground-contacting element;
a hub motor configured to rotate the ground-contacting element to propel the electric vehicle, the hub motor including:
a rotor,
a stator disposed concentrically within the rotor, such that the rotor is configured to rotate about the stator,
an axle portion formed as a single piece and coupled to the frame, the axle portion having a central shaft extending axially from a mandrel fixed concentrically within the stator, a plurality of ribs extending toward the central shaft from an inner surface of the mandrel, an outer surface of the mandrel in direct contact with the stator;
wherein the axle portion consists of a single material having a thermal conductivity substantially higher than the stator, and the mandrel is connected to the central shaft by a plurality of connection members that are unitary with the mandrel and the central shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,112,679

BICYCLE WITH SUPPORT DEVICE

1. A support pad device comprising of a pad with a top surface and a bottom surface, a post of a tubular shape having a first end attached to the pad wherein a second end fits directly inside and on a same axis of a fork steerer tube of a two wheeled cycle, the cycle further comprising:a handlebar including a left and a right crank oriented at 0 degrees relative to one another and securely attached to one another,
a sprocket securely attached to the handlebar,
a single chain or belt that engages with the sprocket and transfers propulsion to a front wheel from the handlebar capable of completing a full circular motion,
a stem comprising of a first end having a horizontal tubular bearing surface rotatably connected to the handlebar and a second end securely attached to the fork steerer tube.

US Pat. No. 10,112,678

BICYCLE OPERATING DEVICE

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle operating device comprising:a base member including
a first end to be mounted to a bicycle handlebar, and
a second end opposite to the first end;
an operating member pivotally coupled to the base member about a first pivot axis;
a hydraulic unit coupled to the operating member to operate a bicycle component in response to an operation of the operating member;
an electrical switch to be activated by an input operation from a user;
a wireless communicator electrically connected to the electrical switch to wirelessly transmit a signal to an additional component in response to the input operation; and
a power supply electrically connected to the wireless communicator to supply electrical power to the wireless communicator, the hydraulic unit at least partly overlapping with at least one of the wireless communicator and the power supply when viewed from a first direction parallel to the first pivot axis.

US Pat. No. 10,112,677

STRADDLE VEHICLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A straddle vehicle comprising:a vehicle body frame to which a driving source for generating traveling driving power is mounted;
an axle which is rotatable integrally with a wheel;
a swing arm having a front end portion mounted to the vehicle body frame in such a manner that the swing arm is pivotable, and a rear end portion to which the axle is rotatably mounted;
a first coupling member which includes a driven member to which rotational driving power from the driving source is transmitted, is placed coaxially with the axle, and is mounted to the axle via a bearing in such a manner that the first coupling member is relatively rotatable with respect to the axle;
a second coupling member including a joining portion joined to the axle in such a manner that the joining portion is rotatable together with the axle, a fitting portion fitted to the first coupling member via a buffering member, and a coupling portion for coupling the joining portion to the fitting portion, the second coupling member being placed coaxially with the axle; and
a hub coupled to the axle,
wherein the first coupling member and the second coupling member are fastened from a first side in an axial direction by use of a first fastener member, and
wherein the hub is fastened from a second side in the axial direction by use of a second fastener member,
wherein the axle is provided with a first spline groove and a second spline groove,
wherein the second coupling member is provided with a coupling spline groove which is spline-coupled to the first spline groove,
wherein the hub is provided with a hub spline groove which is spline-coupled to the second spline groove, and
wherein the axle includes a first stepped portion and a second stepped portion which are placed between the first spline groove and the second spline groove.

US Pat. No. 10,112,674

FOLDING SYSTEM FOR BICYCLE STEERING TUBE

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A product comprising a tube that has a first component and a second component, a hinge enabling the first and second components to fold relative to one another so that the tube is foldable, wherein the tube includes an outer wall with an opening and the lever is disposed in the opening, a latch securing the first and second components in an unfolded position, the latch including a lever with a latch hook, and comprising a striker, the first and second components secured through engagement of the latch hook with the striker.

US Pat. No. 10,112,673

SENSOR SUPPORT STRUCTURE AND MOTORCYCLE

SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION,...

1. A sensor support structure, comprising:a bracket fixed to a vehicle body frame comprised of a plurality of frame members;
a sensor attached to a first attachment surface of the bracket; and
a component attached to a second attachment surface of the bracket,
wherein
the sensor is disposed in a space surrounded by the plurality of frame members of the vehicle body frame, and
the first attachment surface is inclined or orthogonal relative to the second attachment surface.

US Pat. No. 10,112,672

FRAME MECHANISM FOR A VEHICLE WITH AT LEAST THREE WHEELS

1. A frame mechanism for a vehicle with at least three wheels, comprising:a vehicle frame assembly;
a first wheel frame assembly including
a first wheel frame unit which has a fork assembly that is connected to said vehicle frame assembly, and a shock absorbing assembly that is connected to said fork assembly,
a swing arm which has a swiveling center that is pivotably connected to said shock absorbing assembly such that left and right ends of said swing arm are swingable around said swiveling center and movable together with said shock absorbing assembly in an up-and-down direction,
two synchronizing levers which are located at left and right sides of said fork assembly and below said swing arm, each of said synchronizing levers having a pivot end that is journalled on said first wheel frame unit, and a transmitting end that is opposite to said pivot end in a front-and-rear direction,
two first wheels, each of which is journalled on said transmitting end of a respective one of said synchronizing levers, and
two linking shafts, each of which has an upper pivot end that is pivoted to a respective one of said left and right ends of said swing arm, and a lower pivot end that is pivoted to a respective one of said synchronizing levers so as to transmit movement of said respective synchronizing lever to said swing arm; and
a second wheel frame assembly including a second wheel frame unit which is connected to said vehicle frame assembly and which is spaced apart from said first wheel frame unit in the front-and-rear direction, and at least one second wheel which is journalled on said second wheel frame unit to cooperate with said first wheels to support said vehicle frame assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,112,670

CASE AND MOUNT SYSTEM FOR HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE

ROKFORM IP LLC, Irvine, ...

1. A mountable case system for a mobile electronic device, comprising:a case configured to be selectively connectable to the mobile electronic device and retain the electronic device within an interior space of the case, the case comprising a rear portion that is positioned along a rear surface of the electronic device and a side portion extending from the rear portion and being positioned adjacent at least a portion of a top, bottom, left and right sides of the electronic device;
wherein the rear portion of the case comprises an attachment region defining an opening having a periphery, wherein the periphery of the opening defines at least a first case tab, a second case tab, a third case tab and a fourth case tab, wherein each of the case tabs are separated by one of a plurality of access spaces;
a mount comprising a mounting base and an interlocking member, the mount having a first surface, the interlocking member comprising a first mount tab, a second mount tab, a third mount tab and a fourth mount tab, wherein the interlocking member is attached to the mounting base and spaced from the first surface, the mount further comprising at least a first projection and a second projection, the first projection and the second projection being circumferentially offset from each of the mount tabs and extending away from the first surface toward the interlocking member such that contacting surfaces of the first projection and the second projection are located in a position above the first surface;
wherein, in use, the mount tabs are passed through a respective one of the access spaces and wherein, upon relative rotation between the case and the mount to an interlocking position, the mount tabs engage the case tabs to removably interlock the case with the mount, and wherein each of the first projection and the second projection defines a stop surface that is configured to contact a respective one of the first case tab, the second case tab, the third case tab and the fourth case tab when the case is moved relative to the mount from the interlocking position toward a direction tending to remove the case from the mount;
wherein each of the first projection and the second projection are in contact with one of the first case tab, the second case tab, the third case tab and the fourth case tab when the case and the mount are in the interlocking position.

US Pat. No. 10,112,668

HEAD LAMP DEVICE OF STRADDLE-TYPE VEHICLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A head lamp device of a straddle-type vehicle, the head lamp device comprising:a housing;
a pair of light units which are disposed at right and left sides, respectively, in a rightward and leftward direction in a state in which the pair of light units are accommodated in the housing, and emit light in a forward direction;
a pair of support point members which support the pair of light units, respectively in such a manner that the pair of light units are rotatable;
a pair of first tilt members which tilt the pair of light units, respectively in a first direction with respect to the housing in such a manner that the pair of support point members are support points; and
a pair of second tilt members which tilt the pair of light units, respectively in a second direction with respect to the housing in such a manner that the pair of support point members are support points,
wherein the pair of support point members are disposed in outward regions, respectively, of the housing in the rightward and leftward direction, and the pair of first tilt members and the pair of second tilt members are disposed in a center region of the housing in the rightward and leftward direction.

US Pat. No. 10,112,667

BICYCLE STORAGE DEVICE

1. A bicycle stand, comprising:a frame defining a plurality of bike receiving recesses;
a plurality of lockable containers, the number of lockable containers being equal to the number of bike receiving recesses, each of said plurality of lockable containers being located above a respective one of the plurality of bike receiving recesses, each of the plurality of lockable containers having an access door and being sized to receive at least a bicycle helmet;
an externally lockable latch on the access door of each of the plurality of lockable containers, the lockable latch securing the access door in a closed secured state to create a secured interior of a respective one of the plurality of lockable containers; and
a plurality of flexible cables each associated respectively with one of the plurality of lockable containers, the plurality of lockable containers each including a plurality of passageways in a bottom wall, both ends of each said flexible cable breaching into the secured interior of the lockable container through the plurality of passageways in the bottom wall with the access door in the closed secured state while a central portion of the flexible cable is external to the respective one of the plurality of lockable containers;
wherein an interior lock securing the at least one end of the flexible cable is held entirely within the secured interior of the respective one of the plurality of lockable containers with the access door in the closed secured state; and
wherein at least one of the plurality of passageways in the bottom wall is formed between a side wall and the bottom wall of the respective one of the plurality of lockable containers.

US Pat. No. 10,112,666

PART HOLDING ASSEMBLY, AN ASSEMBLY SYSTEM AND A METHOD OF LOCATING AND SECURING A PART

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A part holding assembly configured to locate and secure a part defining a plurality of holes, the assembly comprising:a frame including a first track and a second track disposed transverse to the first track;
a first clamping device movable along the first track in a first direction and a second direction opposite the first direction for positioning the first clamping device relative to the part, and the first clamping device configured to engage the part to secure the part to the first clamping device;
a first pin device movable along the second track in a third direction and a fourth direction opposite the third direction for positioning the first pin device relative to the location of one of the holes of the part, with the first and second directions being different from the third and fourth directions;
wherein the first pin device includes a first pin movable between a closed position and an open position, with the first pin configured to be disposed through the one of the holes of the part when in the closed position for locating the part, and the first pin is configured to expand in the one of the holes when in the open position for securing the part to the first pin device; and
wherein the first pin includes a plurality of first fingers movable toward each other to insert the first fingers into one of the holes and movable away from each other to engage the part within the one of the holes.

US Pat. No. 10,112,665

ROOF ASSEMBLIES FOR TRAILERS

HYUNDAI TRANSLEAD, San D...

1. A multi-piece roof assembly for a trailer, the roof assembly comprising:a first section configured with a sandwich panel having a convex shape; and
at least one additional section, each section of the at least one additional section configured with a sheet panel having at least a first side and a second side,
wherein the first side is coupled to the first section and the second side is coupled to each assembly of at least one top rail assembly having a flat top surface,
wherein the sheet panel is configured to be bendable to enable the convex shape of the first section to attach to the flat top surface of each assembly of the at least one top rail assembly through the sheet panel.

US Pat. No. 10,112,663

TRACK ASSEMBLY FOR TRACTION OF AN OFF-ROAD VEHICLE

Camso Inc., Magog (CA)

1. A track assembly for a vehicle, the track assembly comprising:a track that is elastomeric and comprises a ground-engaging outer side; and
a plurality of track-contacting wheels for driving and guiding the track around the track-contacting wheels, the track-contacting wheels including:
a drive wheel for driving the track;
a leading idler wheel and a trailing idler wheel spaced from one another in a longitudinal direction of the track assembly; and
a plurality of roller wheels for rolling on a lower run of the track and disposed between the leading idler wheel and the trailing idler wheel in the longitudinal direction of the track assembly, wherein: each roller wheel is rotatable about an axis of rotation transversal to a widthwise direction of the track assembly; and a first one of the roller wheels and a second one of the roller wheels are spaced from one another in the longitudinal direction of the track assembly and movable relative to one another in a heightwise direction of the track assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,112,662

TRACK ROLLER FRAME ASSEMBLY FOR TRACK TYPE MACHINES

Caterpillar SARL, Geneva...

1. A track roller frame assembly for a track type machine, comprising:a first track roller frame,
a second track roller frame, the first track roller frame slidably received in the second track roller frame, the second track roller frame having an outer surface and an opening; and
an assembly for adjusting a gap between the first track roller frame and the second track roller frame, the assembly for adjusting the gap including:
a first plate coupled to the outer surface of the second track roller frame;
a resilient pad extending through the opening of the second track roller frame and abutting the first plate and the first track roller frame; and
one or more shims arranged between the first plate and the second track roller frame.

US Pat. No. 10,112,661

TRACK HITCHING STRUCTURE FOR WHEELED CRANE AND WHEELED CRANE

Xuzhou Heavy Machinery Co...

1. A track hitching structure for a wheeled crane, comprising a vehicle frame (1) and a connecting cross beam (3), wherein the first end of the connecting cross beam (3) is connected with a track (2), the second end of the connecting cross beam (3) is connected with the vehicle frame (1), and the second end of the connecting cross beam (3) is higher than the first end of the connecting cross beam (3),wherein the connecting cross beam (3) is of a box structure, a vehicle frame box structure (4) matched with the connecting cross beam (3) is arranged on the vehicle frame (1), and the connecting cross beam (3) is inserted into the vehicle frame box structure (4),
wherein an oil cylinder (5) is arranged in the vehicle frame box structure (4), one end of the oil cylinder (5) is fixedly connected with the vehicle frame (1), the other end of the oil cylinder (5) is connected with the second end of the connecting cross beam (3), and the connecting cross beam (3) is able to be pulled into the vehicle frame box structure (4) by the oil cylinder (5) and locked, and
wherein the second end of the connecting cross beam (3) is inserted into the vehicle frame box structure (4), an inclined plane structure (6) is provided on the second end close to the oil cylinder (5), a locating wedge block (7) is arranged in the vehicle frame box structure (4), and when the oil cylinder (5) pulls the connecting cross beam (3) to a locking position in the vehicle frame box structure (4), the inclined plane structure (6) on the connecting cross beam (3) is engaged with the locating wedge block (7).

US Pat. No. 10,112,657

SUSPENSION SYSTEM FOR A CABIN OF A MINING VEHICLE

DUX MACHINERY CORPORATION...

1. A cabin for a mining vehicle, comprising:a cabin body having a plurality of interconnected walls and a floor attached to the walls, the walls and the floor defining an interior volume of the cabin body to receive within the interior volume an operator of the mining vehicle; and
a cabin suspension system having a plurality of suspension units to support the cabin body with respect to the mining vehicle, at least two of the suspension units being pivot suspension units, each pivot suspension unit being pivotably mountable to the cabin body and being fixedly mountable to the mining vehicle, the cabin body being pivotable relative to the mining vehicle about a common pivot axis defined by the pivot suspension units, each pivot suspension unit having an attenuation member to attenuate a pivot movement of the cabin body relative to the mining vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,112,656

TRUCK BODY ASSEMBLY AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING SAME

ALTEC INDUSTRIES, INC., ...

1. A truck bed assembly comprising:a truck bed composite floor,
wherein the truck bed composite floor attaches to chassis frame rails of a truck and includes a surface which spans at least a distance between the chassis frame rails of the truck; and
wherein the composite floor includes twin sheets of thermoformed thermoplastic formed using twin sheet thermoforming, wherein one of the twin sheets of thermoformed thermoplastic is an exposed walking surface of the truck bed assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,112,654

C-PILLAR ASSEMBLY FOR VEHICLE BODY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle C-pillar assembly comprising:a C-pillar;
a rear quarter extension for mounting to the C-pillar and including an arc portion; and
a rocker panel for mounting to the rear quarter extension to define a horizontal joint therebetween and including a notch providing space for the arc portion to extend upward along the C-pillar.

US Pat. No. 10,112,653

VEHICLE LOWER STRUCTURE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A vehicle lower structure comprising:a front side frame;
a floor frame, wherein a front end of the floor frame is joined to a rear end of the front side frame;
a side sill disposed on an outer side of the floor frame in a vehicle-width direction;
an outrigger extending outward in the vehicle-width direction from the front side frame to a front end of the side sill;
a reinforcing member extending obliquely rearward and inward in the vehicle-width direction from a junction area between the outrigger and the side sill to the front side frame,
wherein the reinforcing member includes a bent portion bent upward at an intermediate position thereof,
wherein the vehicle lower structure further comprises:
a front assembly including the front side frame and the outrigger; and
a floor assembly including the side sill, the floor frame, and a floor panel supported by the side sill and the floor frame, and
wherein the reinforcing member is joined to lower surfaces of the front side frame and the outrigger of the front assembly, and is joined to lower surfaces of the side sill and the floor panel.

US Pat. No. 10,112,652

THREE-WHEELED VEHICLE CRUMPLE ZONE

Hall Labs LLC, Provo, UT...

1. A three-wheeled vehicle crumple zone, comprising:a triangular, single-sided swing arm coupling a wheel to a frame of the vehicle at an end-most portion of the vehicle, wherein the swing arm comprises:
a u-shaped frame yoke coupling the swing arm to the frame; and
an angled wheel yoke coupling the wheel to the swing arm, the wheel yoke extending from the frame yoke at an angle ranging from 40 to 70 degrees, such that the frame yoke, the wheel yoke, and a centerline axis extending perpendicularly from the frame yoke form a right triangle,
wherein the angle is such that a collision force required to reduce the angle is less than a force required to bend the frame where the frame yoke couples to the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,112,651

VEHICLE BODY FRONT STRUCTURE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A vehicle body front structure comprising:left and right front side frames that each have a closed sectional shape and that each extend in a front-rear direction;
left and right floor frames that continuously extend rearward from the left and right front side frames, respectively, and
a subframe supported by the front side frames and the floor frames,
wherein each of the front side frames and a corresponding one of the floor frames constitute an upper horizontal portion that substantially horizontally extends, an inclined portion that extends rearward from a rear end of the upper horizontal portion so as to be inclined downward, and a lower horizontal portion that substantially horizontally extends rearward from a rear end of the inclined portion,
wherein a boundary between the upper horizontal portion and the inclined portion is an upper curved portion having a curved shape,
wherein a boundary between the inclined portion and the lower horizontal portion is a lower curved portion having a curved shape,
wherein a horizontal wall-shaped first reinforcing member extends rearward from the upper horizontal portion,
wherein a vertical wall-shaped second reinforcing member extends from a rear end of the first reinforcing member to a bottom wall of the inclined portion,
wherein the bottom wall of the inclined portion, the first reinforcing member, and the second reinforcing member constitute a triangular sectional portion having a triangular sectional shape in side view in the vicinity of the upper curved portion,
wherein the vehicle body front structure further comprises a front subframe support that supports the subframe under the triangular sectional portion, and
wherein the first reinforcing member substantially horizontally extends rearward from a bottom wall of the upper horizontal portion.

US Pat. No. 10,112,650

VEHICLE FRAME ASSEMBLY

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A vehicle frame assembly comprising:a main frame part including a side sill extending in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle frame assembly, the side sill having a generally C-shaped cross-section with a top wall, a bottom wall, an inboard sidewall interconnecting the top and bottom walls, and an open outboard sidewall; and
a rear frame part secured to the main frame part and including a rear frame member extending in the longitudinal direction, the rear frame member having a generally U-shaped cross-section with an inboard sidewall, an outboard sidewall, a bottom wall interconnecting the inboard and outboard sidewalls, and an open top wall,
wherein the inboard sidewall at a rearward end portion of the side sill includes a section bulging away from the open outboard sidewall in a lateral direction of the vehicle frame assembly, and the inboard sidewall of the rear frame member is secured to the bulging section of the side sill,
wherein the rearward end portion of the side sill and the rear frame member are arranged to have an overlapping configuration along each of the inboard sidewall, outboard sidewall and bottom wall of the rear frame member.

US Pat. No. 10,112,649

ELECTROMECHANICAL DEVICES FOR CONTROLLING VEHICLE SUSPENSION SETTINGS

Champagne Donuts Pty Ltd,...

1. A device for adjusting camber of a vehicle having a suspension including a strut, the device comprising:a mount body having an upper mount body and a lower mount body and a translational bearing surface on the lower mount body, wherein the mount body is configured to rigidly connect to the vehicle's frame between the upper mount body and the lower mount body;
a strut holder configured to hold an end of the strut, wherein the strut holder is movably connected to the translational bearing surface, further wherein the translational bearing surface is configured to permit the strut holder to move in a first translational axis and to constrain the strut holder from moving in a second translational axis that is transverse to the first translational axis or a third translational axis that is transverse to the second translational axis; and
an electromechanical actuator mounted on top of the upper mount body and coupled to the strut holder to drive the strut holder along the translational bearing surface in the first translational axis.

US Pat. No. 10,112,648

VEHICLE STEERING DEVICE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A vehicle steering device comprising:an electric motor configured to apply an assist torque to assist steering of a steering system of a vehicle;
a steering torque detecting unit configured to detect a steering torque required for steering said steering system;
a steering angle detecting unit configured to detect a steering angle of said steering system;
a vehicle speed detecting unit configured to detect a vehicle speed;
a cruise control unit configured to perform cruise control to keep a vehicle speed of the vehicle at a predetermined value; and
a controller configured to control a driving current of said electric motor based on said steering torque to perform control of said assist torque to said steering system, wherein
said controller further includes an anti-one-side pull controlling unit configured to compute an anti-one-side pull current value that is to be fed to said electric motor for suppressing a one-side pull behavior of said vehicle,
said anti-one-side pull controlling unit comprises:
an integrating unit configured to calculate an integrated torque value that is an integrated value of said steering torque;
an anti-one-side pull steering angle value calculating unit configured to calculate, according to said integrated torque value, the amount of displacement of an anti-one-side pull steering angle value that corresponds to a midpoint steering angle of said steering system for suppressing the one-side pull behavior of said vehicle; and
a mapping information storing unit configured to store mapping information in which the amount of displacement of said anti-one-side pull steering angle value and said anti-one-side pull current value corresponding to the amount of displacement of said anti-one-side pull steering angle value are associated with each other,
said anti-one-side pull controlling unit:
computes said anti-one-side pull current value corresponding to the amount of displacement of said anti-one-side pull steering angle value with reference to said mapping information, and,
when said vehicle is under said cruise control and said vehicle speed is below a predetermined threshold, performs control to make the amount of displacement of said anti-one-side pull steering angle value smaller than that obtained when said vehicle speed is equal to or above said predetermined threshold,
wherein the amount of displacement of the anti-one-side pull steering angle value corresponds to the amount of moving of the midpoint of said steering system.

US Pat. No. 10,112,647

GESTURE CONTROL FROM A REMOTE POSITION FOR REVERSING A VEHICLE AND A VEHICLE-TRAILER SYSTEM

Continental Automotive Sy...

1. A backing system for a vehicle, the backing system comprising:a camera for recording a video image of a user performing a gesture, the camera mounted to the vehicle or to a trailer in communication with the vehicle;
a microphone mounted to the vehicle or to the trailer in a position to capture a rear, or side rear position of the user, the microphone for capturing a voice command; and
an electronic control unit for the backing system, the electronic control unit in communication with the camera and the microphone, the electronic control unit includes instructions for:
determining that the vehicle is backing up;
interpreting the gesture with the electronic control unit to determine a meaning of the gesture;
calculating a first steering angle based upon the meaning of the gesture;
sending a first request to a steering system to provide the first steering angle;
calculating a second steering angle directly based upon the voice command; and
sending a second request to the steering system to provide the second steering angle.

US Pat. No. 10,112,646

TURN RECOVERY HUMAN MACHINE INTERFACE FOR TRAILER BACKUP ASSIST

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A backup assist system for a vehicle reversing a trailer coupled therewith, comprising:an input receiving a backing command corresponding with a desired non-zero vehicle-trailer curvature and outputting a control signal based on the desired vehicle-trailer curvature;
a controller:
receiving the control signal; and
generating a vehicle steering command for achieving the desired vehicle-trailer curvature and calculating a zero-angle recovery distance from the desired vehicle-trailer curvature based on the control signal in parallel with generating the vehicle steering command; and
an interface outputting an indication of the zero-angle recovery distance.

US Pat. No. 10,112,645

TRAVELING VEHICLE

KUBOTA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A traveling vehicle comprising:a traveling machine body supported by a pair of left and right driving wheels;
a pair of left and right motors connected to the pair of left and right driving wheels, respectively, and configured to independently drive the pair of left and right driving wheels, respectively;
a riding part disposed behind the traveling machine body, connected to the traveling machine body, configured to enable riding of a worker, and including a leg placing surface on which the worker places his/her leg when riding;
a handle formed with a grip part configured to enable gripping by the worker who is riding on the riding part, the handle being connected to the traveling machine body so as to be swingable left and right about a swing fulcrum with respect to the traveling machine body, and provided at such a position that a height of the swing fulcrum is at most a half of a height from the leg placing surface to the grip part, and is higher than a height of the leg placing surface;
a swinging operation detection sensor configured to detect a leftward and rightward swinging operation amount of the handle; and
a controller configured to control operation of the pair of left and right motors based on a detection value by the swinging operation detection sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,112,644

METHOD FOR OPERATING A STEERING SYSTEM

1. A method for operating a steering system (2) of a motor vehicle having an electric drive unit (15) for boosting the steering force, the method comprising:operating an electric drive unit by a control device configured to execute software, and
during a restart of the software, operating the electric drive unit (15) so that torque introduced via a steering device to a steering rack is damped by a torque generated by the electric drive unit.

US Pat. No. 10,112,641

GUIDE TUBE FOR A STEERING SHAFT AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

Adval Tech Holding AG, N...

1. A guide tube for the rotatable mounting of a steering spindle of a motor vehicle,wherein the guide tube is rolled cylindrically from a single metal sheet portion and is connected at an axial contact point, and
wherein the guide tube has elements for the definably axially displaceable fastening in a bearing unit,
wherein the elements are configured in the form of at least two beads, which are distributed over the circumference, are axially running, and are formed circumferentially on both sides by ribs that broaden the cylinder circumference, which beads are shaped in the metal sheet portion.

US Pat. No. 10,112,640

STEERING COLUMN ASSEMBLY HAVING A RESTRICTION ASSEMBLY

STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOL...

1. A steering column assembly, comprising:a mounting bracket having a first arm and a second arm;
a jacket assembly movable relative to a steering column axis, the jacket assembly being operatively connected to the first arm and the second arm; and
a restriction assembly operatively connected to the jacket assembly and the mounting bracket, the restriction assembly being configured to inhibit movement of the jacket assembly relative to the mounting bracket, the restriction assembly comprising:
a first strap mounted to the first arm, the first strap defining a plurality of first locking teeth,
a second strap disposed on the first arm, the second strap defining a plurality of second locking teeth arranged to selectively engage the plurality of first locking teeth and defining a plurality of third locking teeth disposed opposite the plurality of second locking teeth,
a first bracket disposed on the first arm, and
a cam member pivotally connected to the first bracket, the cam member having a plurality of complementary engagement members configured to selectively engage the plurality of third locking teeth.

US Pat. No. 10,112,638

SELF-ADJUSTING BALANCED MULTI-PURPOSE TRANSPORT CARRIER

1. A self-adjusting balanced transport carrier for carrying a load comprising:(a) a harness belt for attaching to a user;
(b) a mono-wheel;
(c) a frame comprising a first and second side rail, wherein said first and second side rails comprises a front end, a rear end, and a midpoint;
(d) a platform;
(e) a stop plate; and
(f) a pair of crisscross shoulder straps comprising a first strap and a second strap, wherein the first strap is attached to the first side rail at a first point of attachment and a second point of attachment and the second strap is attached to the second side rail at a first point of attachment and a second point of attachment, wherein said crisscross shoulder straps are not attached to the harness belt.

US Pat. No. 10,112,637

RETRACTABLE TRAY FOR SHOPPING CART

Unarco Industries LLC, W...

1. A retractable tray comprising:a tray member including a supporting surface and having a first end and a second end opposite the first end;
a mounting structure configured to be connected to a wall of a shopping cart basket; and
a connecting structure connected to the tray member and moveably connected to the mounting structure such that the tray member can move between an extended position, where the first end of the tray member is positioned adjacent the mounting structure and configured to be positioned adjacent the wall of the shopping cart basket and the second end of the tray member is extended outwardly from the mounting structure and configured to extend into the shopping cart basket, such that the supporting surface is configured to support an article above a floor of the shopping cart basket, and a retracted position, where the tray member is positioned so that both the first end and the second end of the tray member are configured to be positioned adjacent the wall of the shopping cart basket, and the supporting surface is configured to extend along the wall,
wherein the mounting structure comprises a first mount and a second mount spaced horizontally from each other, and the connecting structure comprises first and second connecting members connected to the tray member, wherein the first connecting member moveably engaged with the first mount and the second connecting member is moveably engaged with the second mount,
wherein the mounting structure further comprises a mounting member that forms the first and second mounts and extends between the first and second mounts, wherein the mounting member is configured for connection to the wall of the shopping cart basket, and
wherein the mounting member is formed of a single piece of metal wire configured to extend horizontally along the wall of the shopping cart basket, the metal wire having first and second projections that are configured to extend inwardly into the shopping cart basket to form the first and second mounts.

US Pat. No. 10,112,632

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR RAIL VEHICLE COUPLING DETERMINATION

Trapeze Software ULC, Mi...

1. A system for identifying transport units in coupled relationship comprisinga plurality of transport units in a predefined area;
a first transport unit among said plurality of transport units having one end of a coupling unit at a front end thereof; said one end of said coupling unit including a first mechanical coupling portion and a first electrical coupling portion;
a second transport unit among said plurality of transport units have a second end of said coupling unit at a rear end thereof; said second end of said coupling unit including a second mechanical coupling portion and a second electrical coupling portion;
at least one additional transport unit among said plurality of transport units being closest in physical proximity to said first transport unit;
said first electrical coupling portion including a first dry contact having a closed state when said first mechanical coupling portion and said second mechanical coupling portion are coupled together and an open state when said first mechanical coupling portion and said second mechanical coupling portion are uncoupled from each other;
said second electrical coupling portion including a second dry contact having a closed state when said second mechanical coupling portion and said first mechanical coupling portion are coupled together and an open state when said first mechanical coupling portion and said second mechanical coupling portion are uncoupled from each other;
a communications device on said first transport unit in signal communication with said dry contact; said communications device configured to communicate a data packet identifying said first transport and a state of said dry contact to a communications receiving device;
a communications device on said second transport unit in signal communication with said second dry contact; said communications device configured to communicate a data packet identifying said second transport and a state of said second dry contact to a communications receiving device;
a communications device on said at least one additional transport unit configured to communicate a data packet identifying said additional transport unit to a communications receiver;
said communications receiving device including a computer processor and computer executable instructions for determining a transport unit amongst said plurality of transport units in closest coupled proximity to said first transport unit and for providing an indication that said first transport unit is coupled to said second transport unit upon a condition in which said first dry contact is in said closed state and upon a condition in which said transport unit amongst said plurality of transport units in closest coupled proximity to said first transport unit is determined to be said second transport unit;
said communications receiving device further including computer executable instructions for confirming the identity of said first transport unit and said second transport unit indicated to be coupled by determining a transport unit amongst said plurality of transport units in closest coupled proximity to said second transport unit and for providing an indication that said second transport unit is coupled to said first transport unit upon a condition in which said second dry contact is in said closed state and upon a condition in which said transport unit amongst said plurality of transport units in closest coupled proximity to said second transport unit is determined to be said first transport unit, whereby confirmation is provided that said first transport unit is coupled to said second transport unit and avoiding an indication where said transport unit amongst said plurality of transport units in closest physical proximity is said at least one additional transport unit incorrectly indicated to be coupled to said first or said second transport units.

US Pat. No. 10,112,630

BOGIE FRAME FOR A RAILWAY VEHICLE, ASSOCIATED BOGIE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SUCH A BOGIE FRAME

Alstom Transport Technolo...

1. A bogie frame for a railway vehicle comprising:at least two stringers, each of the stingers comprising, two flanks and at least one central core, the central core of a stringer linking the two flanks of the stringer to each other; and
at least one transverse tube linking the two stringers to each other;
wherein each of the two flanks of each stringer and the central core of each stringer are formed of a single piece of a cut metal sheet which are substantially planar and not folded.

US Pat. No. 10,112,629

SIDE FRAME AND BOLSTER FOR A RAILWAY TRUCK AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

Nevis Industries LLC, Wi...

1. A side frame of a railway car truck, the side frame comprising:a forward pedestal jaw for mounting a first wheel assembly;
a rearward pedestal jaw for mounting a second wheel assembly;
a first side frame column and a second side frame column, the first and second side frame columns defining a bolster opening;
a first rib positioned on an inner side of each of the first and second side frame columns opposite to a bolster side of the respective side frame column, the first ribs each extending substantially from a first side of the side frame to a second side of the side frame; and
a first opening defined in each side frame column, each of the first openings extending from the bolster side to the inner side of each respective side frame column, wherein the first openings extend through the first ribs and are sized to receive a bolt for securing a wear plate to the bolster side of the side frame column.

US Pat. No. 10,112,628

ANTI-ROLLING DEVICE OF RAILCAR

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

4. The anti-rolling device according to claim 1, wherein each of the first bearing device and the second bearing device is fixed to the second attachment target so as to close the internal space from an outside in the width direction.

US Pat. No. 10,112,627

AIR SPRING AND RAILCAR

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. An air spring comprising:an upper surface plate;
a lower surface plate opposing the upper surface plate;
an elastic film airtightly coupling a peripheral portion of the upper surface plate and a peripheral portion of the lower surface plate to each other to form an air chamber inside the air spring;
an elastic supporting member connected to the lower surface plate; and
an exhaust passage forming member, an exhaust passage being formed at the exhaust passage forming member and including an exhaust passage inlet and an exhaust passage outlet,
the exhaust passage inlet being open to an outside of the air chamber when a clearance between the upper surface plate and the lower surface plate in an upward/downward direction falls within a predetermined allowable range and being open to an inside of the air chamber when the clearance exceeds the predetermined allowable range,
the exhaust passage outlet being open to an atmosphere,
the exhaust passage forming member is provided through the upper surface plate or the lower surface plate so as to be relatively displaceable from a position where the exhaust passage inlet opens to the outside of the air chamber to a position where the exhaust passage inlet opens to the inside of the air chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,112,626

RAIL VEHICLE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A rail vehicle comprising:a plurality of items of equipment provided within a compartment, the compartment having a first side wall and a second side wall that oppose each other and extend in a forward/rearward direction of the rail vehicle;
an air-conditioner that conditions air flowing within the items of equipment or within a housing that accommodates the items of equipment; and
a duct system that delivers air between the air-conditioner and the items of equipment, the duct system comprising a delivery duct feeds the air to the items of equipment and a return duct that returns the air to the air-conditioner from the items of equipment;
wherein the return duct is positioned above the delivery duct;
wherein the delivery duct comprises (i) a first extension that extends along the forward/rearward direction of the rail vehicle and that is adjacent to the first side wall, and (ii) a second extension that extends along the forward/rearward direction of the rail vehicle and that is adjacent to the second side wall;
wherein the return duct comprises (i) a first extension that is positioned above the first extension of the delivery duct, extends along the forward/rearward direction of the rail vehicle, and is adjacent to the first side wall, and (ii) a second extension that is positioned above the second extension of the delivery duct, extends along the forward/rearward direction of the rail vehicle, and is adjacent to the second side wall; and
wherein the first and second extensions of the delivery duct, and the first and second extensions of the return duct, are positioned above a central portion of the compartment in a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,112,625

UNIVERSAL MULTI-ROLE AIRCRAFT PROTOCOL

1. An aircraft control system comprising:an interface to provide an input to a flight computer representative of a first flight regime; and
a switch, the switch including a lock that selectively permits the interface to provide a second input to the flight computer representative of a second flight regime.

US Pat. No. 10,112,620

DRIVE ASSIST APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A system comprising:a drive assist apparatus for assisting a driver driving a vehicle that travels by using an electric power charged in a battery installed thereon and by using a driving power other than the electric power charged in the battery,
an electric power sensor configured to determine second information regarding the electric power charged in the battery, and
a driving power other than the electric power sensor configured to determine first information regarding the driving power other than the electric power charged in the battery, wherein
the drive assist apparatus includes:
a display configured to display a vicinity map including a current position of the vehicle; and
a microprocessor configured to:
receive (A) the first information from the driving power other than the electric power sensor and (B) the second information from the electric power sensor;
determine (1) a maximum travelable range of the vehicle using the electric power charged in the battery based upon the second information and (2) a maximum travelable range of the vehicle using (i) the driving power other than the electric power charged in the battery in combination with (ii) the electric power charged in the battery based on the first and second information; and
superimpose and display the determined (1) maximum travelable range of the vehicle using the electric power charged in the battery and the determined (2) maximum travelable range of the vehicle using (i) the driving power other than the electric power charged in the battery in combination with (ii) the electric power charged in the battery in a distinguishable manner on the vicinity map of the display,
the determined (1) maximum travelable range of the vehicle using the electric power charged in the battery is displayed as a first area on the vicinity map,
the determined (2) maximum travelable range of the vehicle using (i) the driving power other than the electric power charged in the battery in combination with (ii) the electric power charged in the battery is displayed as a second area on the vicinity map,
the distinguishable manner is a visual distinctiveness between the displayed first and second areas, and
the second area is greater than and includes the first area.

US Pat. No. 10,112,619

TIRE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND TIRE MANAGEMENT METHOD

Komatsu Ltd., Tokyo (JP)...

1. A tire management system that assigns work to each of a plurality of vehicles and manages a loaded state of a tire mounted on each of the vehicles that perform the assigned work, the tire management system comprising:an overload vehicle detection unit configured to detect an overload vehicle in which a tire load of the work assigned to each of the vehicles exceeds a predetermined tire load set in the tire itself of the vehicle;
a work contents changing processing unit configured to perform, when the overload vehicle is detected, processing of changing work contents of the overload vehicle such that the tire load of the overload vehicle becomes equal to or less than the predetermined tire load; and
a predicted tire load calculation unit configured to obtain a planned work at a planning stage, the planned work being assigned to each of the vehicles, the planning stage being a stage before each of the vehicles starts the assigned planned work, and calculate a predicted tire load of the planned work in the planning stage assigned to each of the vehicles,
wherein the overload vehicle detection unit detects an overload vehicle in which the predicted tire load exceeds the predetermined tire load, and
the work contents change processing unit performs, when the overload vehicle is detected, processing of changing the work contents in the planning stage of the overload vehicle such that the predicted tire load of the overload vehicle becomes equal to or less than the predetermined tire load.

US Pat. No. 10,112,618

TRAFFIC POLLUTION INDICATOR

Rimalu Technologies, Inc....

1. A traffic pollution indicator for a vehicle comprising:one or more uncalibrated sensors that output a signal varying with time, representing variations in an aggregate concentration of gases with time of one or more types of pollution, without carrying at any time any information on any absolute gas concentration;
a microcontroller that receives the signal and generates a digital representation of the signal;
a wireless communication device that transmits the digital representation to a display device;
an enclosure housing at least the microcontroller; and
a mount attached to the enclosure and comprising one or more air vent engagement elements for attaching the enclosure to an air vent of the vehicle;
wherein the display device comprises a screen and receives the digital representation from the wireless communication device and presents a visual representation of the digital representation on the screen;
wherein the signal is only generated when at least one of the variations in the aggregate concentration exceeds a predefined or calculated threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,112,617

DAMPING CONTROL DEVICE FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A damping control device for an electric vehicle having a transmission provided between a motor and drive wheels, the damping control device comprising:a shift vibration suppression unit that subtracts a compensation torque component for suppressing vibration caused by shifting from a compensation torque for suppressing vibration caused by disturbance of a rotational speed of a motor to control an output torque of the motor; and
the damping control device comprising:
a transmission ratio second-order differentiation calculating unit that calculates a second-order differential of a transmission ratio of the transmission,
the shift vibration suppression unit carries out the control of the output torque of the motor, when an absolute value of the second-order differential is equal to or greater than a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,112,616

CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control device for a vehicle provided with a power transmission device,the power transmission device including
a first clutch,
a dog clutch, and
a second clutch,
the power transmission device configured to be selectively switched between a first power transmission path and a second power transmission path, the first power transmission path and the second power transmission path being arranged in parallel, such that i) when the first clutch is engaged and the dog clutch is engaged, power from a drive power source is transmitted through the first power transmission path and ii) when the second clutch is engaged, power from the drive power source is transmitted through the second power transmission path, and
the control device comprising
an electronic control unit configured to
i) acquire a front-rear rotation speed difference which is the difference between a rotation speed of the dog clutch on an upstream side in a power transmission direction and a rotation speed of the dog clutch on a downstream side in the power transmission direction, and
ii) when the front-rear rotation speed difference becomes equal to or greater than a predetermined value after a start of clutch-to-clutch gear shift control, perform complete release control of the first clutch, the clutch-to-clutch gear shift control being control for releasing the first clutch and engaging the second clutch from a state where the first clutch is engaged and the dog clutch is engaged.

US Pat. No. 10,112,615

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF REACTING TO WHEEL SLIP IN A TRACTION VEHICLE

19. A vehicle traction control system for a vehicle having vehicle components including a prime mover, at least one wheel for providing tractive effort on a support surface and being capable of slipping, and a transmission having an input side operably coupled to the prime mover and an output side operably coupled to the at least one wheel, the traction control system comprising:a controller operable to react to wheel slip by automatically activating a plurality of reactions for reducing wheel slip, wherein at least two reactions of the plurality of reactions adjust different vehicle components in response to wheel slip, wherein the plurality of reactions are tiered to respond to increasing wheel slip such that the controller is operable to activate each reaction sequentially in a predetermined order, the predetermined order being in order of increasing wheel slip, and wherein the controller is configured to include an independent exit threshold associated with each reaction of the plurality of reactions such that the controller deactivates each reaction of the plurality of reactions in response to the wheel slip dropping to the respective exit threshold, wherein the exit thresholds are programmable or preprogrammable into the controller independently from the predetermined order of activation.

US Pat. No. 10,112,613

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANAGING TORQUE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:outputting torque from a powertrain to satisfy a driver torque demand;
responsive to a nonzero torque demand resulting in vehicle standstill, applying a friction brake to maintain the vehicle standstill and reducing output torque of the powertrain during friction brake application;
maintaining application of the friction brake for a predetermined duration of time following a shift from a motive transmission gear to a non-motive transmission gear; and
responsive to the driver torque demand deviating from the nonzero torque demand by more than a predetermined amount, satisfying driver torque demand using the powertrain and releasing the friction brake.

US Pat. No. 10,112,612

COORDINATED ACTUATION OF VEHICLE STOP MODES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:an engine operable in an auto stop-start (SS) mode, wherein the engine is configured to auto stop and auto start in the SS mode;
a transmission operable in an idle load reduction (ILR) mode, wherein engagement of a forward clutch is disposed in an alternate first gear state in the ILR mode; and
a controller operably connected to the engine and the transmission, wherein the controller is configured to command the engine to operate in the SS mode when a speed of the vehicle is below a predetermined threshold unless one or more SS inhibit conditions are present, and wherein the controller is further configured to, when one or more SS inhibit conditions are present, inhibit operation of the engine in the SS mode and to command the transmission to operate in the ILR mode unless one or more ILR inhibit conditions are present.

US Pat. No. 10,112,611

ADAPTIVE VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF ALTERING A CONDITION OF A VEHICLE USING THE SAME

1. An adaptive vehicle control system comprising:one or more processors;
one or more memory modules communicatively coupled to the one or snore processors; and
machine readable instructions stored in the one or more memory modules that cause the adaptive vehicle control system to perform at least the following when executed by the one or more processors:
determine an autonomous operation profile of a target vehicle positioned in a vehicle operating environment, wherein the vehicle operating environment comprises a roadway having one or more lanes;
determine an autonomous operation profile of one of more neighboring vehicles positioned within the vehicle operating environment;
compare the autonomous operation profile of at least one of the one or more neighboring vehicles with the autonomous operation profile of the target vehicle; and
alter a condition of the target vehicle such that the autonomous operation profile of the target vehicle matches an autonomous operation profile of an individual neighboring vehicle of the one or more neighboring vehicles positioned in the same lane as the target vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,112,610

REGIONAL ADJUSTMENT FOR DRIVER ASSISTANCE FUNCTIONS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An adaptive control system for a host vehicle, the system comprising:a distance sensor;
a location sensor;
a user interface; and
a controller including an electronic processor and a memory, the controller communicatively coupled to the distance sensor, the location sensor, and the user interface, the controller configured to
receive a control signal from the user interface indicative of a desired mode of operation of the vehicle control system, the desired mode of operation of the vehicle control system including an adaptive cruise control mode, a blind spot monitoring mode, and both the adaptive cruise control mode and the blind spot monitoring mode;
receive a distance signal from the distance sensor indicative of a distance between the host vehicle and another vehicle;
receive a location signal from the location sensor indicative of a location of the host vehicle, wherein the location is at least one selected from the group consisting of a rural area, an urban area, and neither a rural area nor an urban area;
generate an operating tolerance for a driver assistance function that is greater than, less than, or equal to a normative operating tolerance based on the location of the host vehicle, wherein the operating tolerance is a following distance or a distance threshold for the distance between the host vehicle and the another vehicle when the another vehicle is in a blind spot of the host vehicle; and
perform the driver assistance function associated with the desired mode of operation, the driver assistance function incorporating the operating tolerance.

US Pat. No. 10,112,608

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE MOUNTED ON VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE VEHICLE

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A vehicle control device provided in a vehicle, the device comprising:a communication unit;
a sensor;
a display; and
a processor configured to output driving-related information of an adjacent vehicle on the display upon satisfaction of a preset condition, the outputted driving-related information being determined by using at least one of the communication unit and the sensor,
wherein the outputted driving-related information is at least one of first information related to driving of the adjacent vehicle when received through the communication unit or second information related to driving of the adjacent vehicle when sensed by the sensor, and
wherein the processor is configured to output both the first information and the second information on the display when the first information and the second information are different from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,112,607

DRIVING SUPPORT DEVICE THAT PERFORMS DRIVING SUPPORT IN ACCORDANCE WITH CHARACTERISTICS AND SKILLS OF DRIVER

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A driving support device comprising:a processing device that performs driving support by controlling in-vehicle equipment having an influence on running of a subject vehicle equipped with the driving support device,
the processing device being configured to
repeatedly obtain and store, at a predetermined time interval or a predetermined distance interval, a pair of a value of longitudinal acceleration and a value of lateral acceleration that are generated as a result of a driving operation performed by a driver, the longitudinal acceleration being an acceleration in a traveling direction of the subject vehicle, the lateral acceleration being an acceleration in a direction orthogonal to the traveling direction,
set at least one parameter of a support operation for performing the driving support, by using a plurality of pairs of the value of the longitudinal acceleration and the value of the lateral acceleration, repeatedly obtained and stored,
plot points, each representing the respective pairs, on a two-dimensional coordinate plane that includes two axes respectively representing the longitudinal acceleration and the lateral acceleration,
generate a first shape, which is a closed shape, by connecting the plotted points adjacent to one another by line segments,
generate a second shape, which is a closed shape, formed of a circumscribed curve of the first shape,
calculate an area difference by subtracting an area of the first shape from an area of the second shape, and
set the one parameter of the support operation for performing the driving support, by using the area difference.

US Pat. No. 10,112,604

METHOD FOR OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE AND CORRESPONDING MOTOR VEHICLE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for operating a motor vehicle, said motor vehicle comprising a hybrid drive device having an electric machine, an internal combustion engine and a particle filter assigned to the electric machine, said method comprising:temporarily operating the combustion engine for regenerating the particle filter, wherein in a first operating mode the regenerating is only initiated when a navigation device determines that an electric driving region to be driven through by the motor vehicle lies ahead in which electric driving region an operation of the internal combustion engine and/or a regeneration of the particle filter is not desired.

US Pat. No. 10,112,603

FRONT END MOTOR-GENERATOR SYSTEM AND HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE OPERATING METHOD

Bendix Commercial Vehicle...

1. A front end motor-generator controller for control of a hybrid electric arrangement for an internal combustion engine of a vehicle having an integrated switchable coupling at a front of the engine arranged to selectively engage a front end of an engine crankshaft on an engine-side of the coupling to an engine accessory drive on a drive-side of the integrated switchable coupling, comprising:a front end motor-generator control module programmed to
determine an operating state of the vehicle based on operating state information received from at least one of a vehicle sensor and another controller of the vehicle;
determine from the determined operating state a current operating priority, wherein the current operating priority is one of:
meeting a safety requirement, the safety requirement including at least a requirement to maintain a first amount of stored compressed air for safe operation of a pneumatic brake system of the vehicle,
meeting an energy store requirement, the energy store requirement including at least a requirement to maintain a state of charge of an energy store above first state of charge level,
meeting an engine operating requirement, the engine operating requirement including at least a requirement to maintain an engine operating parameter within an operating limit, the engine operating parameter including at least an engine coolant temperature, and
meeting a driver comfort requirement, the driver comfort requirement including at least a requirement to maintain a climate condition of a passenger compartment of the vehicle in a desired temperature range;
select an operating mode of the hybrid electric arrangement based on the determined current operating priority, wherein the determined operating mode is one of a plurality of motor-generator operating modes, the plurality of motor-generator operating modes including at least one of an electrical energy generating mode, an engine accessory drive torque generating mode, a supplemental engine torque generating mode, and an idle mode; and
control operation of the motor-generator and the integrated switchable coupling to implement the selected operating mode, including commanding the integrated switchable coupling into one of an engaged state in which torque is transferable between the motor-generator and the crankshaft, and a disengaged state in which the motor-generator is disengaged from the crankshaft and torque from the motor-generator is transferable to the drive-side of the integrated switchable coupling to drive the engine accessory drive to drive at least one engine accessory.

US Pat. No. 10,112,601

DRIVING DEVICE FOR A HYBRID VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A driving device for a hybrid vehicle, comprising:a transmission unit configured to output a rotation of an engine while changing a rotating speed of the engine; and
a rotating electric machine, wherein
the rotating electric machine is configured to supply a torque to the engine through the transmission unit for increasing the rotating speed of the engine at the time of starting up of the engine,
in a high load state of the rotating electric machine, the engine is started up with the transmission unit in an overdrive state, and
in a state other than the high load state, a gear shift stage of the transmission unit is selected in accordance with a travel condition of the hybrid vehicle and then the engine is started, and
the high load state of the rotating electric machine is a state where a high damping torque is needed while the hybrid vehicle travels by using the rotating electric machine, or a state where a high damping torque is needed after the starting up of the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,112,600

SELF-PROPELLING WORK MACHINE AND METHOD FOR BRAKING SUCH A WORK MACHINE

Liebherr-Components Biber...

1. A self-propelling work machine, comprising:an internal combustion engine;
an electric drive having at least one electric motor, a generator drivable by the internal combustion engine and supplying the electric drive with electrical energy, and at least one auxiliary unit coupled to the internal combustion engine;
a braking apparatus configured to provide a regenerative braking by the electric drive;
a feedback apparatus for feeding back electrical motor braking power from the electric motor to the internal combustion engine via the generator; and
a controller with computer readable instructions stored on non-transitory memory for adjusting an electrical load of the at least one auxiliary unit of the internal combustion engine based on the electrical motor braking power fed back to the internal combustion engine via the generator.

US Pat. No. 10,112,599

DRIVE DEVICE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A drive device for a motor vehicle, comprising:an internal combustion engine that outputs to a gearbox or transmission having a plurality of gear ratio steps, wherein in a traction mode driven by the internal combustion engine, shiftable driving gears are provided, wherein from a starting gear to a highest driving gear, the gearbox has at least one gear ratio step that provides an overrun gear that cannot be engaged in the traction mode, but only in an overrun mode in which the vehicle drags the internal combustion engine.

US Pat. No. 10,112,598

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING ENGINE TORQUE OF HYBRID VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:an engine and a motor selectively coupled by a clutch; and
a controller programmed to,
responsive to driver-demanded torque exceeding a maximum torque of the motor and the clutch being locked, confine rates of output torque increase of the engine to a limit having a first value, and
responsive to the driver-demanded torque being satisfied, reduce the limit to a second value.

US Pat. No. 10,112,597

AUTOMATIC DRIVE MODE SELECTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for controlling a vehicle comprising:at an engine, propelling the vehicle;
responsive to a vehicle speed exceeding a predetermined threshold, switching, by a controller, the vehicle from a charge deplete mode to a charge sustain mode; and
while the vehicle speed exceeds the predetermined threshold, responsive to a range of a battery exceeding an expected drive distance, switching, by the controller, the vehicle from the charge sustain mode to the charge deplete mode.

US Pat. No. 10,112,595

PREDICTIVE CONTROL OF POWERTRAIN SYSTEMS BASED ON VEHICLE-TO-VEHICLE (V2V) COMMUNICATIONS

Hyundai America Technical...

1. A method comprising:receiving, at a host vehicle, Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) messages transmitted using V2V communication from one or more remote vehicles;
identifying at least one vehicle of the one or more remote vehicles that is ahead of the host vehicle based on information included in the received V2V messages;
selecting V2V messages among the received V2V messages that were received from the at least one identified vehicle; and
controlling a powertrain system of the host vehicle based on information included in the selected V2V messages,
wherein the controlling of the powertrain system comprises activating a hybrid power mode among a plurality of hybrid power modes based on the information included in the selected V2V messages.

US Pat. No. 10,112,594

BRAKE CYLINDER PRESSURE MAINTENANCE VALVES FOR FREIGHT CAR BRAKE EQUIPMENT

Amsted Rail Company, Inc....

1. A freight car brake system, comprising:a brake pipe;
an auxiliary reservoir;
an emergency reservoir;
a brake cylinder; and
a brake control valve connected to the brake pipe, the auxiliary reservoir, the emergency reservoir, and the brake cylinder, the brake control valve comprising a valve for maintaining brake cylinder pressure, the valve comprising:
a first diaphragm defining a first side and a second side;
a second diaphragm defining a first side and a second side;
a first port for receiving pressure from one of the emergency reservoir or a control volume, the first port in fluid communication with the first side of the first diaphragm;
a second port for receiving pressure from the brake pipe, the second port in fluid communication with the second side of the first diaphragm;
a third port for receiving pressure from the brake cylinder, the third port in fluid communication with the second side of second diaphragm;
a piston coupled to the second diaphragm, the piston comprising a stem extending into the second side of the second diaphragm; and
a biasing element disposed in the first side defined by the second diaphragm, the biasing element configured to bias the piston towards the second side of the second diaphragm.

US Pat. No. 10,112,592

BRAKING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A BREAKING DEVICE

1. An actuation device for a vehicle brake, comprising:an actuation device in the form of a brake pedal,
at least one piston cylinder unit which is connected to the vehicle brake via a hydraulic brake circuit to supply pressure medium to the brake circuit and to apply pressure on the vehicle brake, and
an electromotive drive for the piston cylinder unit,
wherein the at least one piston cylinder unit includes a piston arranged to be directly driven by the electromotive drive, wherein said piston is arranged to supply pressure medium, via a first pressure chamber, to the brake circuit in a controlled manner in both movement directions of the piston, forward stroke and return stroke, and
wherein a further piston is provided in at least one piston-cylinder unit, wherein the further piston is hydraulically driven and is configured to transfer pressure of the directly-driven piston to a second pressure chamber, wherein the second pressure chamber is connected to a further brake circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,112,590

VALVE UNIT FOR MODULATING PRESSURE IN AN AIR-BRAKE SYSTEM

WABCO GmbH, Hannover (DE...

1. A valve unit (1) for modulating pressure in a compressed air braking system, the valve unit comprising:a brake pressure input (3),
a brake pressure output (4) and a purge output (5),
an inlet valve (6) configured as a diaphragm valve,
an outlet valve (7) configured as a diaphragm valve,
for each of the diaphragm valves (6, 7), respective precontrol valves (8, 9) which are each configured as a 3/2-way solenoid valve,
an elongate valve housing (2) that is divided by a division plane (10) extending horizontally in an installation position into a base housing (11) and a housing cover (12), wherein the brake pressure input (3) and the brake pressure output (4) and the purge output (5) are arranged in the valve base housing (11), the diaphragm valves (6, 7) are arranged behind each other in the longitudinal direction (13) in the base housing (11) between the brake pressure input (3) and the brake pressure output (4), with parallel actuation axes (14, 15) and with an arrangement of diaphragms (16, 17) associated with the diaphragm valves in a common diaphragm plane parallel to and proximate to the division plane (10) and clamped between the base housing (11) and the housing cover (12), and wherein the precontrol valves (8, 9) are arranged in the housing cover (12), and
a silencer (75) at the purge output (5), the silencer including a cylindrical silencer housing (76) with an inlet opening (77), a calming chamber (78) arranged radially inside the silencer, a large outlet opening (79) and a silencer insert (80.1, 80.2) arranged upstream of the outlet opening (79) inside the silencer housing (76) and made of an air-permeable and sound-deadening material, wherein the silencer (75) is attached to the base housing (11) with base walls (83, 84) oriented parallel to the division plane (10) between the brake pressure input (3) and the brake pressure output (4).

US Pat. No. 10,112,589

BRAKE SYSTEM HAVING A BLENDING CAPABILITY

Audi AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A brake system for a motor vehicle, said brake system comprising:a first brake circuit associated to a first vehicle axle;
a second brake circuit associated to a second vehicle axle and separate from the first brake circuit;
a hydraulic brake including a master cylinder, said master cylinder comprising a first brake piston supplying the first brake circuit with hydraulic brake pressure, and a second brake piston supplying the second brake circuit with hydraulic brake pressure, said first and second brake pistons being rigidly connected to each other;
an electric motor operably connected to the first vehicle axle and configured to operate as a recuperator;
a blending device configured to withdraw hydraulic fluid from the first brake circuit during a recuperation phase of the electric motor;
a partition wall formed in the master cylinder between the first and second brake pistons to subdivide the master cylinder into a first pressure chamber which is associated to the first brake piston, and a second pressure chamber which is separate from the first pressure chamber and associated to the second brake piston; and
a floating piston operably connected to the first and second brake circuits by way of a valve to disable or enable a hydraulic communication between the first and second brake circuits with one another depending on whether a pressure difference exists between the first pressure chamber and the second pressure chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,112,588

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle control apparatus comprising:a collision detection unit configured to detect that a vehicle collides against an object outside the vehicle;
a brake control unit configured to carry out a post-collision brake control for automatically braking the vehicle when the collision detection unit detects the collision; and
a prediction unit configured to predict a yaw generation probability which is a degree of generation of yaw generated to the vehicle when the post-collision brake control is carried out, based on a collision direction and a collision position of the vehicle with respect to the object outside the vehicle, after the collision has been detected by the collision detection unit and before the post-collision brake control is carried out by the brake control unit,
wherein, when the yaw generation probability predicted by the prediction unit is high, the brake control unit suppresses to carry out the post-collision brake control in comparison with a case that the yaw generation probability is low.

US Pat. No. 10,112,583

WIPER BLADE ASSEMBLY

Cap Corporation, Gyeongs...

1. A wiper blade assembly comprising:a contact member; and
an elastic member which supports the contact member, wherein the elastic member comprises a body and a central portion which is located in a central area of the body, wherein the body comprises
a first body portion which extends from the central portion in a first direction, and a first end located at an end of the first body portion,
a second body portion which extends from the central portion in a second direction, and a second end located at an end of the second body portion, and
a first point located between the central portion and the first end and a second point located between the central portion and the second end, wherein the first point is any one of 1/3through 3/4 points of the first body portion from the central portion, and the second point is any one of 1/3 through 3/4 points of the second body portion from the central portion,
wherein the wiper blade assembly is coupled with a wiper arm configured to press the wiper blade assembly against a surface to be wiped such that there is an application of force generating pressing pressure, first pressing pressure is evenly distributed in an area from the first point to the second point, pressing pressure in an area from the first point to the first end is greater than the first pressing pressure, and pressing pressure in an area from the second point to the second end is greater than the first pressing pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,112,580

VEHICLE KEY CONTROL APPARATUS, VEHICLE HAVING THE SAME AND VEHICLE KEY CONTROL METHOD

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A vehicle key control apparatus comprising:a communicator receiving a response signal from a vehicle key receiving a search signal transmitted from a vehicle, wherein the response signal comprises an x-axis reception strength, a y-axis reception strength, and a z-axis reception strength; and
a controller determining a position of the vehicle key on the basis of at least one among the x-axis reception strength, the y-axis reception strength, and the z-axis reception strength,
wherein the controller stores information regarding the position of the vehicle key beforehand by mapping the position to a reference x-axis reception strength, a reference y-axis reception strength, and a reference z-axis reception strength corresponding thereto,
wherein the reference x-axis reception strength, the reference y-axis reception strength, and the reference z-axis reception strength are used to determine the position of the vehicle key by the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,112,579

VEHICLE ANTITHEFT SYSTEM AND VEHICLE SECURITY DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle antitheft system comprising:a house security device including
a detection unit configured to detect an event triggering an alarm of a predetermined security unit installed in a house, and
a transmission unit configured to transmit a notification indicating that the triggering event has occurred when the triggering event is detected by the detection unit; and
a vehicle security device including
a reception unit configured to receive the notification transmitted from the transmission unit of the house security device, and
a function control unit configured to control a vehicle antitheft function depending on whether the notification is received by the reception unit,
wherein the function control unit is configured to allow use of a regular vehicle key to start the vehicle or unlock the vehicle in response to the function control unit not receiving the notification from the reception unit, and
wherein the function control unit is further configured to prohibit use of the regular vehicle key to start the vehicle or unlock the vehicle directly in response to the detection unit of the house security device detecting that the event triggering the alarm has occurred based on receiving the notification at the function control unit of the vehicle security device.

US Pat. No. 10,112,578

ELECTRICAL STEERING COLUMN LOCK FOR AN AUTOMOTIVE VEHICLE

U-SHIN DEUTSCHLAND ZUGANG...

1. An electrical steering column lock for an automotive vehicle capable of locking and unlocking a steering column comprising:a bolt capable of moving for locking and for unlocking the steering column;
a cam wheel intended to rotate according a first rotation axis and to cooperate with the bolt for controlling the bolt movement; and
an assembly for determining the rotation position of the cam wheel while the cam wheel is rotating;
wherein the assembly for determining the rotation position of the cam wheel comprises a Hall effect position sensor and a magnet;
wherein the magnet is a disc with several blades protruding in a radial direction, to enable the magnet to closely follow the rotation of the cam wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,112,576

SEATBELT RETRACTOR

Joyson Safety Systems Acq...

1. A refractor assembly for a seatbelt system having a webbing for restraining a secured occupant, the retractor comprising:a spool configured to wind and unwind the webbing about an axis of rotation, the spool includes a side with an opening therein;
a collar including an outer surface and an inner surface, the outer surface configured to engage the opening;
a locking base configured to operatively engage the inner surface; and
an energy absorbing member configured to provide a progressive level of load resistance via compression of the energy absorbing member in a direction parallel to the axis of rotation upon relative rotation between the spool and the locking base.

US Pat. No. 10,112,575

PUBLIC SAFETY SMART BELT

1. A smart belt system comprising:an elongated belt;
a GPS component coupled to the belt configured to track the location and movement of the belt;
a microprocessor coupled to the belt in communication with at least one device;
logic instructions executing by the microprocessor configured to monitor and regulate at least one of the activities of the at least one device and location and movement data generated by the GPS component;
a memory configured for storing the logic instructions and coupled to the belt and accessible by the microprocessor;
a wireless data communications system coupled to the belt and configured to wirelessly communicate with an external data communications system;
a data storage component coupled to the belt and accessible by the microprocessor for storing at least one of activity data of the at least one device and the location and movement data of the belt generated by the GPS component;
a bus disposed within the belt configured to conduct at least one of electricity and data to at least one of the microprocessor, the GPS component, the memory, the data storage component, the wireless data communications system, and the at least one device; and
a rechargeable power supply coupled to the belt and configured for providing electrical power to the bus, microprocessor, memory, wireless data communications system, GPS component, data storage component, and the at least one device.

US Pat. No. 10,112,574

BELT FITTING

ENSHU CO., LTD., Shizuok...

1. A belt fitting comprising:a main body member that is formed with an insertion hole through which a belt of a vehicle seatbelt device is inserted, and that is attached to the vehicle at a portion that is not formed with the insertion hole; and
a projecting portion that is provided integrally at the main body member, that forms an outer peripheral face of the insertion hole, and that a leading side portion of the projecting portion extends out toward a radial direction outer side of the insertion hole and is apart from a base side portion of the projecting portion in an entire circumferential direction of the insertion hole; wherein
a straight portion is provided in the base side portion of the projecting portion at a side face opposite the insertion hole along the entire circumferential direction of the insertion hole, the straight portion being straight along a plane perpendicular to a circumferential direction of the insertion hole.

US Pat. No. 10,112,571

OCCUPANT PROTECTION DEVICE

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

1. An occupant protection device mountable on a vehicle for catching a head of an occupant seated in a seat of the vehicle with an inflatable airbag when a collision or a potential collision is detected, the airbag comprising:a front panel section inflatable and deployable in front of a backrest of the seat in such a manner as to be opposed to the backrest for catching the head when the head moves forward;
a left panel section inflatable and deployable between a vicinity of a left edge of the backrest and a vicinity of a left edge of the front panel section for catching the head when the head moves towards the left; and
a right panel section inflatable and deployable between a vicinity of a right edge of the backrest and a vicinity of a right edge of the front panel section for catching the head when the head moves towards the right, wherein:
the left panel section and right panel section extend rearward from left and right edges of the front panel section such that the left panel section, front panel section and right panel section form a generally U shape as viewed from above at full deployment of the airbag;
the airbag comprises, in each of the left panel section and right panel section, a frame inflatable region that is inflatable in an inverse-U shape at an upper edge region of each of the left panel section and right panel section, the frame inflatable region including a rear edge inflatable region deployable at a rear edge region of each of the left panel section and right panel section, a front edge inflatable region deployable at a front edge region of each of the left panel section and right panel section and a ceiling edge inflatable region deployable in such a manner as to connect upper ends of the rear edge inflatable region and front edge inflatable region and having gas communication with the rear edge inflatable region and front edge inflatable region; and
the airbag further comprises a regulating member that prevents the frame inflatable regions of the left panel section and right panel section from moving in a separating direction at airbag deployment.

US Pat. No. 10,112,570

SEAT SUPPORTED AIRBAG

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An assembly comprising:a seat back having a bottom, a top, and a midpoint between the bottom and the top;
an airbag supported by the seat back and inflatable to an inflated position;
a first tether connecting the airbag to a first side of the seat back and a second tether connecting the airbag to a second side of the seat back; and
in the inflated position the airbag extends from the top to a location between the midpoint and the bottom and defines a cavity with an opening facing the bottom and away from the seat back.

US Pat. No. 10,112,569

VEHICLE SEAT WITH SIDE AIRBAG APPARATUS

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

1. A vehicle seat with a side airbag apparatus, comprising:a seat frame, which forms a framework of a seat back and includes
a pressure receiving plate arranged at a center in a vehicle width direction, and
an outer frame portion, which is separated from and surrounds the pressure receiving plate,
the side airbag apparatus, which includes an airbag and an inflator, wherein the airbag and the inflator are installed in an outer side section of the seat back, and the airbag includes
a main inflation portion, which is configured to be inflated with inflation gas supplied from the inflator and project from the seat back to be deployed forward between a side wall of the vehicle and an occupant leaning against the seat back in a normal posture, and
an auxiliary inflation portion, which is configured to, prior to deployment of the main inflation portion outside the seat back, be inflated on a front side of the pressure receiving plate in the seat back with inflation gas from the inflator, thereby pushing the occupant toward an inner side, and
an entry preventing portion, which prevents the auxiliary inflation portion being inflated from entering a gap between the outer frame portion and the pressure receiving plate.

US Pat. No. 10,112,568

LOW MASS PASSENGER AIRBAG

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. An airbag system for a vehicle having an instrument panel, the airbag system comprising:an airbag module configured to be supported by the instrument panel, the airbag module including:
a fabric housing having a top panel and one or more side panels extending from the top panel; and
an airbag disposed within the fabric housing, the airbag movable between an undeployed position and a deployed position,
wherein in the undeployed position, the one or more side panels include a folded portion configured to extend in an unfolding action as the airbag is inflated and deployed, and wherein the unfolding action of the one or more side panels directs an expansion of the airbag in a desired direction; and
a support bracket coupled to the airbag module, the support bracket configured to couple to the instrument panel and including a main body portion and a pair of opposed side plates.

US Pat. No. 10,112,567

KNEE BOLSTER OF GLOVE BOX FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A knee bolster provided on a glove box for a vehicle,comprising:
a composite-material reinforced plate installed on a front surface of the glove box with which knees of a passenger collide when a vehicle collision occurs,
wherein the composite-material reinforced plate is formed of a plurality of composite-material sheets, in which continuous fibers are oriented in one direction, the plurality of composite-material sheets being stacked in a predetermined pattern on a basis of a continuous-fiber orientation, and
wherein the composite-material sheets stacked to form the composite-material reinforced plate comprise a composite-material sheet having continuous fibers oriented to extend in a transverse direction thereof, a composite-material sheet having continuous fibers oriented to extend in a longitudinal direction thereof, and a composite-material sheet having continuous fibers oriented to extend in an inclined direction thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,112,566

COLLISION PREVENTION SYSTEM

The Yokohama Rubber Co., ...

1. A collision prevention system for preventing a collision of a following vehicle into a host vehicle, the collision prevention system comprising:a sensor unit configured to acquire predetermined information that affects behavior of the host vehicle;
a warning device configured to issue a warning toward the following vehicle; and
a control device configured to control an operation of the warning device;
the control device
defining a collision danger level X such that a larger value indicates an increased possibility of the following vehicle colliding into the host vehicle due to the behavior of the host vehicle, and defining a proximity Pr such that a larger value indicates a shorter inter-vehicle distance or indicates a greater relative velocity between the host vehicle and the following vehicle,
calculating the collision danger level X, a change amount ?X/?t of the collision danger level X, and the proximity Pr, based on an output signal from the sensor unit,
when the change amount ?X/?t of the collision danger level X and a predetermined threshold value Kxa have a relationship ?X/?t when the change amount ?X/?t of the collision danger level X and the threshold value Kxa have a relationship Kxa??X/?t, the control device changing the first threshold value Kpr of the proximity Pr to a second threshold value Kpr? that is lower than the first threshold value Kpr and actuating the warning device under conditions that the collision danger level X and the threshold value Kx have a relationship Kx?X and the proximity Pr and the second threshold value Kpr? have a relationship Kpr??Pr.

US Pat. No. 10,112,564

CRASHBOX

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A crash box for a vehicle comprising a body-side end face in the form of a first wall, a bumper-side end face in the form of a second wall, and a plurality of supporting walls extending in a longitudinal direction of the crash box between, and joined with, the body-side end face and the bumper-side end face and running in different planes, wherein at least one of the body-side end face and the bumper-side end face forms a vault so that the supporting walls have lengths that vary and are shortest at a middle of the crash box, wherein the vault is configured so that loads are transferred through the first and second walls to first build in the middle of the crash box.

US Pat. No. 10,112,561

BUMPER UNIT OF VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A bumper unit of a vehicle, comprising:a plurality of bumper beams arranged in a width direction of the vehicle, each of the bumper beams being coupled at both ends thereof to a vehicle body;
a bumper reinforcement member configured as a molded synthetic-resin base, the base being formed with a plurality of through-holes in the width direction of the vehicle such that the bumper beams penetrate the base via the through-holes; and
a strengthening band formed of reinforcement fiber tows, the strengthening band being configured to surround the exterior of the bumper reinforcement member,
wherein the strengthening band and bumper reinforcement member are formed of different materials, and
wherein the bumper reinforcement member is located only at a central portion of the bumper beams.

US Pat. No. 10,112,560

DEVICES, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING PERMITTED SETTINGS ON A VEHICLE

1. A settings control system comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations comprising
receiving a unique identifier associated with a first wireless communication device of a first user and a unique identifier associated with a second wireless communication device of a second user,
determining that the first user is a driver of a vehicle based, at least in part, on a difference between a signal received from the first wireless communication device of the first user and a signal received from the second wireless communication device of the second user,
transmitting, to a server via a network, the unique identifier associated with the first wireless communication device of the first user determined to be the driver of the vehicle,
receiving, from the server via the network, in response to transmitting the unique identifier associated with the first wireless communication device of the first user determined to be the driver of the vehicle to the server, a setting corresponding to the unique identifier associated with the first wireless communication device of the first user determined to be the driver of the vehicle, wherein the setting is for controlling a function of the vehicle when the first user is determined to be the driver of the vehicle, and
implementing the setting, wherein implementation of the setting controls the function of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,112,559

MOTOR VEHICLE LATCHING SYSTEM WITH A DRIVE AND AN ELECTRONIC BRAKING DEVICE

Kiekert AG, Heiligenhaus...

1. A latching system comprising:an electrical drive that is operable in a first direction and has an electrical jack;
an external electrical plug-in connector component which is insertable into the electrical jack of the electrical drive, wherein the external electrical plug-in connector component has a housing and two electrical contacts which are arranged in the housing and each have a recess which is open on one side; and
an electronic braking device configured to prevent the electrical drive from operating in a second direction opposite the first direction, the electronic braking device having electrical conductors that are accommodated in each recess, wherein the electronic braking device is arranged in the housing of the external electrical plug-in connector component and is aligned with the electrical drive when the external electrical plug-in connector component is inserted into the electrical jack.

US Pat. No. 10,112,558

SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ONE-PAIR POWER OVER ETHERNET IN AN AUTOMOTIVE APPLICATION

AVAGO TECHNOLOGIES GENERA...

1. A method, comprising:transmitting, by a power sourcing equipment, a forward path current to a powered device via a single conductor pair, a first portion of the forward path current carried over a first conductor of the single conductor pair and a second portion of the forward path current carried over a second conductor of the single conductor pair, and a return path current from the powered device to the power sourcing equipment carried by a chassis of an automotive vehicle,
wherein the power sourcing equipment is coupled to a battery of the automotive vehicle, the battery connected to the chassis of the automotive vehicle, and the chassis connected to the powered device, and
wherein a difference between a resistance of the chassis and a resistance of the single conductor pair provides a predetermined power loss attributable to a predetermined length of the single conductor pair.

US Pat. No. 10,112,555

PACKAGE TRAY UMBRELLA HOLDER

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle cargo space comprising:a package tray cooperating with a rear seat defining a cargo area beneath the package tray, the package tray having an umbrella storage receptacle with a drain hole; and
an umbrella drainage system having a flexible hose within the cargo area fluidly connected to the package tray and a body drainage system such that water drains from the receptacle into the hose for expulsion via the body drainage system.

US Pat. No. 10,112,553

GARNISH FOR VEHICLE

HONDA ACCESS CORP., Niiz...

1. A garnish for a vehicle attached to a peripheral edge of an opening section formed in a vehicle body panel to close the opening section, the garnish for a vehicle comprising:a vehicle exterior garnish section facing an outside of a vehicle body; and
a vehicle interior garnish section facing an inside of a passenger compartment,
wherein the vehicle interior garnish section has a panel opposing surface opposite to an opening edge of an vehicle external side of the opening section of the vehicle body panel, and an interior surface facing the inside of the passenger compartment through the opening section,
the vehicle exterior garnish section is installed at a vehicle external side of the vehicle interior garnish section and is swelling toward the vehicle external side,
a region farther inside than the panel opposing surface of the vehicle interior garnish section is swelling toward the vehicle external side, and
an accommodating space is formed at a vehicle inner side of a portion of the vehicle interior garnish section swelling toward the vehicle external side.

US Pat. No. 10,112,549

VEHICLE LADDER MOUNTING SYSTEM FOR CUSTOM INSTALLATIONS

1. A vehicle ladder mounting system comprised ofa. a preexisting luggage rack or ladder rack on which the vehicle ladder mounting system is attached:
b. one or more end accepting means of roller end cap or a loading pads,
c. two or more polymeric slip pads;
d. a plurality of universal mounting clamps affixed to a pre-existing cross-member of the preexisting luggage rack or ladder rack and having a wide variety of cross-sectional shapes;
e. two guide rails wherein the guide rails are comprised of an “L” shaped cross-section with “T” shaped bolt sub-channels; and wherein interior surfaces of the “L” shaped cross-sections form a right ninety-degree (90°) angle; and wherein exterior surfaces of the “L” shape cross-sections form a reflex angle of two- hundred and seventy degrees (270°);
f. wherein the plurality of universal mounting clamps can be adjusted to accommodate various widths of ladders by adjusting the guide rails closer together or further apart;
g. a plurality of interior cross-members accepting the polymeric slip pads and extending horizontally from one guide rail to the other guide rail in the middle of the guide rails and affix to the guide rails and creating a basket for accepting ladders and where the guide rails could be either parallel or nearly parallel; and
h. wherein the interior cross-member is slotted to accept a bolt head.

US Pat. No. 10,112,548

ROLL-ON TWO-WHEELED CYCLE CARRIER

1. An apparatus for transporting one or more two-wheeled cycles comprising:a rail connector;
an elongate rail connected to the rail connector, the rail comprising:
a pathway for the wheels of a two-wheeled cycle;
a proximal end configured to attach to the rail connector; and
a distal end opposite the proximal end;
wherein a length of the rail between the proximal end and the distal end of the rail is selected such that the rail is configured to touch a first wheel and a second wheel of a two-wheeled cycle;
a loading ramp connected to the proximal end of the rail, the loading ramp being selectively deployable to a position to permit a user to roll the two-wheeled cycle up the loading ramp and onto the rail;
an upper initial engagement mechanism, the upper initial engagement mechanism comprising a first engagement arm selectively deployable to secure a first wheel of the two-wheeled cycle; and
a lower initial engagement mechanism, the lower initial engagement mechanism comprising a second engagement arm selectively deployable to secure a second wheel of the two-wheeled cycle;
wherein the loading ramp is configured to operate as a final engagement mechanism, wherein the final engagement mechanism provides, when engaged, sufficient stability to the two-wheeled cycle to keep the two-wheeled cycle secured to the apparatus during transportation, wherein when the first wheel and the second wheel are engaged with the upper and lower initial engagement mechanisms respectively, the loading ramp is capable of pivoting upwards to be in contact with the two-wheeled cycle;
wherein the upper initial engagement mechanism and the lower initial engagement mechanism, when selectively deployed to secure the first and second wheels of the two-wheeled cycle, respectively, provide sufficient stability to the two-wheeled cycle to keep the two-wheeled cycle stationary on the apparatus during loading and/or unloading of the two-wheeled cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,112,543

LOAD FLOOR LATCHES AND LATCH ASSEMBLIES, AND VEHICLES HAVING THE SAME

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A load floor latch assembly comprising:a load floor having an upper surface and a lower surface, wherein the load floor is positionable at a lowered position; and
a latch including a lower support arm and an upper clamp arm and rotatable about a pivot axis to a closed configuration for securing the load floor at the lowered position, wherein in the closed configuration the lower support arm supports the lower surface of the load floor and at least a portion of the weight of the load floor is exerted on the lower support arm and applies a torque on the latch to impart a downward force from the upper clamp arm.

US Pat. No. 10,112,542

DEPLOYING VEHICLE LADDER

Altec Industries, Inc., ...

1. A deploying ladder assembly configured to be associated with a utility vehicle and configured to be selectively placed into a deployed position and a stowed position, the deploying ladder assembly comprising:an outrigger of the utility vehicle;
an actuator connected to the outrigger,
wherein the actuator selectively moves the outrigger between the deployed position and the stowed position;
a ladder support apparatus configured to be secured to the utility vehicle; and
a ladder secured to the outrigger and moveably secured to the ladder support apparatus,
wherein the actuator imparts a force on the ladder through the outrigger so as to selectively move the ladder concurrently with the outrigger,
wherein the ladder is in the deployed position while the outrigger is in the deployed position and the ladder is in the stowed position while the outrigger is in the stowed position.

US Pat. No. 10,112,541

LOW-FLOOR DROP FRAME FOR PASSENGER TRANSPORT VEHICLE

Champion Bus, Inc., Imla...

1. A vehicle for transporting passengers comprising:a chassis that includes a front axle, a rear axle, and a frame comprising a front section that supports said front axle and a rear section that supports said rear axle; and
a drop frame insert located between said front section of said frame and said rear section of said frame,
wherein said drop frame insert comprises a longitudinally-extending left rail and a longitudinally-extending right rail, wherein said left rail and said right rail are spaced apart and extend in generally parallel relationship,
wherein a top surface of each of said left rail and said right rail of said drop frame insert is positioned lower than a top surface of said frame, and wherein at least a portion of a bottom surface said drop frame insert is generally coplanar with a bottom surface of said frame,
wherein said drop frame insert includes a reinforcement assembly positioned at a rear end of each of said left rail and said right rail, wherein said reinforcement assemblies are configured to be engaged with said rear section of said chassis frame.

US Pat. No. 10,112,538

REARVIEW MIRROR ASSEMBLY FOR VEHICLE

MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA,...

1. An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle, said interior rearview mirror assembly comprising:a mirror casing having a plastic-molded sidewall and an open end;
wherein said sidewall has wall thickness spanning between an inner surface of said sidewall and a principal outside surface of said sidewall;
wherein said sidewall comprises an outer end region that circumscribes said open end of said mirror casing and terminates at a terminal end surface of said mirror casing;
wherein said outer end region of said sidewall comprises a rounded outside surface curving between said terminal end surface of said mirror casing and said principal outside surface of said sidewall;
a mirror reflective element disposed at said outer end region of said sidewall at said open end of said mirror casing and abutting at least a portion of said terminal end surface of said mirror casing;
a mounting assembly configured to mount at an interior portion of a vehicle, wherein said mirror reflective element and said mirror casing are adjustably mounted at said mounting assembly via a pivot joint;
wherein said mirror reflective element comprises at least a first glass substrate;
wherein said first glass substrate has a front surface and a rear surface and a substrate thickness spanning between the front surface of said first glass substrate and the rear surface of said first glass substrate;
wherein, with said mounting assembly mounted at the interior portion of the vehicle, said front surface is closer than said rear surface to a driver of the vehicle who is normally operating the vehicle;
wherein said first glass substrate comprises a flat region and a rounded perimeter edge circumscribing said flat region and extending between said front surface and said rear surface;
wherein, with said mounting assembly mounted at the interior portion of the vehicle, said rounded perimeter edge of said first glass substrate is exposed to, is contactable by and is viewable by the driver of the vehicle;
wherein curvature of said rounded outside surface of said outer end region of said sidewall matches curvature of said rounded perimeter edge of said first glass substrate; and
wherein said rounded outside surface of said outer end region of said sidewall and said rounded perimeter edge of said first glass substrate combine to provide a curved transition between said front surface of said flat region and said principal outside surface of said sidewall of said mirror casing.

US Pat. No. 10,112,537

TRAILER ANGLE DETECTION TARGET FADE WARNING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of alerting a user that an optical target on a trailer needs to be replaced, the method comprising:generating a first set of data corresponding to optical characteristics of an optical target on a trailer;
generating a second set of data corresponding to optical characteristics of an optical target on a trailer at least twenty four hours after generating the first set of data; and
providing an alert indicating that the optical target on the trailer needs to be replaced if differences between the first and second sets of data exceed predefined criteria indicating that the target has: 1) degraded due to changes in a material forming the optical target that are not a result of environmental lighting changes, or 2) is likely to degrade due to changes in a material forming the optical target that are not a result of environmental lighting changes within a predefined period of time.

US Pat. No. 10,112,535

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR NOTIFICATION OF EXCEEDING SPEED LIMITS

STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOB...

1. A server computing device comprising at least one processor and a memory in communication with the at least one processor, wherein the at least one processor is programmed to:receive current speed data associated with a current speed of a wearable notification device from a movable device;
retrieve speed limit data indicative of a speed limit corresponding to a path upon which the wearable notification device is travelling;
compare the current speed data to the speed limit data; and
transmit a notification signal to the wearable notification device when the current speed exceeds the speed limit, wherein the wearable notification device translates the notification signal into a physical action having an intensity that varies as a function of a difference between the current speed and the speed limit.

US Pat. No. 10,112,531

VEHICLE BADGE WITH IMPROVED RESOLUTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle badge comprising:a housing comprising a viewable portion defined by an opaque region, a light-transmissive insignia having a long arm and a short arm, and a light-transmissive rim portion, wherein the opaque region is bounded by the long arm, the short arm, and the rim portion, the insignia extending forwardly of the opaque region;
a printed circuit board coupled to a substrate and located behind the housing; and
a plurality of light sources disposed on the printed circuit board to complement the shape of the insignia and comprising:
a first number of light sources extending in a vertical direction to coincide with the long arm of the insignia; and
a second number of light sources extending in a horizontal direction to coincide with the short arm of the insignia, wherein the first and second number of light sources are configured to sequentially activate in an outward direction stemming from one of the plurality of light sources, and wherein the first number of light sources is greater than the second number of light sources.

US Pat. No. 10,112,529

ELECTRONIC SAFETY SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE

Mastercard International ...

1. An electronic safety system for a vehicle comprising:a control unit having a processor;
a positioning unit located in the vehicle, operating under control of the control unit, and configured to determine a geographic location of the vehicle;
a sensor unit located in the vehicle and configured to detect a distress signal, the distress signal being determined by the control unit as being indicative of an emergency situation encountered by at least one of a passenger in the vehicle, an operator of the vehicle, and the vehicle itself; and
a telecommunication unit coupled to the positioning unit and the sensor unit, the telecommunication unit being configured to automatically transmit, in response to the distress signal detected by the sensor unit, an alert notification to an emergency service organization, the alert notification including the determined geographic location of the vehicle and the emergency service organization to which the alert notification is transmitted being determined, by the control unit, based on the determined geographic location of the vehicle and a distress signal type associated with the distress signal.

US Pat. No. 10,112,528

EXTERIOR LIGHTING AND WARNING SYSTEM

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A vehicle system for a vehicle that is being driven by a driver, wherein the vehicle is being followed by a following vehicle, the system comprising:control circuitry;
at least one sensor with which the control circuitry determines a relative speed between the vehicle and the following vehicle; and
a light-based device that emits light, wherein the control circuitry adjusts the light-based device in response to the relative speed, wherein the control circuitry directs the light-based device to display information on the relative speed, and wherein the control circuitry directs the light-based device to display alphanumeric characters representing the relative speed.

US Pat. No. 10,112,527

SLIDER WINDOW ASSEMBLY WITH INTEGRATED LIGHTING

MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA,...

1. A rear window assembly for a vehicle, said rear window assembly comprising:a window panel;
a lighting device comprising a housing, a first light source and a second light source;
wherein said rear window assembly is configured to be disposed at a rear portion of a cabin of a vehicle, and wherein, with said rear window assembly disposed at the rear portion of the cabin of the vehicle, an inner surface of said window panel faces toward the cabin of the vehicle and an outer surface of said window panel faces exterior and rearward of the vehicle;
wherein said housing is disposed at said inner surface of said window panel;
wherein said housing houses said first and second light sources;
wherein said first light source is operable to emit light through said window panel;
wherein said first light source, with said rear window assembly disposed at the rear portion of the cabin of the vehicle, and when said first light source is activated, emits light that passes through said window panel so as to be viewable by a person viewing said rear window assembly from exterior and rearward of the vehicle;
wherein said second light source is operable to emit light through an inner portion of said housing responsive to actuation of a user actuatable input; and
wherein said second light source, with said rear window assembly disposed at the rear portion of the cabin of the vehicle, and when said second light source is activated via actuation of the user actuatable input, emits light that passes through said inner portion of said housing and into the cabin of the vehicle to illuminate at least a portion of the cabin.

US Pat. No. 10,112,526

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING LIGHT DISTRIBUTION OF VEHICLE HEADLIGHT

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A light distribution control apparatus for headlights of a vehicle, the light distribution control apparatus comprising:a processor, the processor being configured to:
acquire positional information of a forward vehicle which is ahead of an own vehicle using a forward position sensor that detects conditions ahead of the own vehicle and output the positional information of the forward vehicle;
detect a turn angle of the own vehicle in an elapsed time period from a past time point at which the forward position sensor detects the conditions ahead of the own vehicle to a current time point, based on signals acquired from a behavior sensor that detects behavior of the own vehicle, and correct the acquired positional information of the forward vehicle based on the detected turn angle; and
control light distribution of headlights of the own vehicle based on the positional information of the forward vehicle corrected by the processor.

US Pat. No. 10,112,525

CARGO RESTRAINT WITH RF BEACON

1. A method comprising:placing a plurality of cargo units into a shipping container; and
placing a plurality cargo restraint panels in the shipping container,
wherein, after placement of the cargo units and the cargo restraint panels in the shipping container, the cargo units and the cargo restraint panels are arranged, in a front to rear direction of the shipping container, in alternating groups of one or more cargo units separated by one or more cargo restraint panels, with each of the cargo restraint panels being placed between, and separating, two of the cargo units,
wherein each of the cargo restraint panels comprises a foam component having at least one polymer foam sheet,
wherein each of the cargo restraint panels comprises an attached radio frequency (RF) beacon, and
wherein each of the attached RF beacons comprises a sensor configured to measure acceleration, a processor, an RF transmitter, and memory storing machine executable instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform steps that comprise
repeatedly transmitting, using the RF transmitter, one or more identification codes without an indication of acceleration outside of a threshold range,
monitoring values for acceleration measured by the sensor,
determining, based on the monitored values, acceleration outside of the threshold range, and
transmitting, in response to the determining, using the RF transmitter, and with the one or more identification codes, data indicative of the acceleration outside of the threshold range.

US Pat. No. 10,112,522

FROZEN CONFECTION KIOSK AND LIQUID-DISPENSING ASSEMBLY FOR USE THEREWITH

Tikiz Franchising, LLC, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a kiosk comprising a sidewall defining an interior chamber having a size suitable for accommodating a person therein;
a frozen confection forming device in the interior chamber;
a serving window formed through the sidewall and configured to allow a frozen confection to pass through the window from the interior chamber to outside the kiosk;
an elongated slot with a closed first end and an open second end formed in the sidewall;
a track extending adjacent the sidewall;
a carriage which engages and is movable back and forth along the track; with a portion of the carriage disposed within the slot and wherein the portion of the carriage within the slot is movable into and out of the slot through the open second end; and
a liquid-topping dispenser assembly which comprises a support and a plurality of liquid-dispensing faucets carried by the support and operable by a person outside the kiosk; wherein the dispenser assembly is mounted on the carriage so that the dispenser assembly is movable back and forth with the carriage.

US Pat. No. 10,112,521

SNOW-CAT WITH INCREASED FUNCTIONALITY

SNOOD S.R.L., Vipiteno (...

1. A snow-cat configured for piste grooming, the snow cat comprising:two tracks;
a front driving cab;
a support structure coupled to the front driving cab and at least partially positioned above the two tracks; and
a cabin positioned on the support structure and comprising a galley for preparing and serving food products or beverages.

US Pat. No. 10,112,520

TEMPERATURE MEASURING DEVICE AND TRANSPORT VEHICLE SKIP

MOBA Mobile Automation AG...

1. A temperature measuring device comprising:a temperature sensor, arranged within a holder, for determining the temperature of a building material located within a skip of a transport vehicle, the skip comprising an inner wall and an outer wall, and the holder being arranged on that side of the inner skip wall that faces the outer skip wall,
wherein
the holder is arranged within a recess within the inner skip wall such that it is thermally insulated from the inner skip wall, and
the holder is arranged within the recess such that a region, which faces the interior of the skip, of the holder is exposed.

US Pat. No. 10,112,519

SLIDING LOADING LIFTING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE

1. A method of moving a vehicle having wheels onto a truck having a cargo area, the cargo area having a front portion near the front of the truck, comprising the following steps:mounting a pivot on the truck receiving the wheeled vehicle,
providing a dolly comprising:
a dolly rail;
a dolly tray spanning the dolly rail;
a wheel chock mounted on the dolly tray;
a plurality of first bearings attached to the dolly rail each first bearing having a vertical rotational axis;
and
a plurality of second bearings attached to the dolly rail each second bearing having a horizontal rotational axis;
providing a tilt unit comprising:
an attachment point;
a tilt winch;
a tilt winch cable attached to the tilt winch and to the front of the cargo area;
a dolly winch;
a dolly winch cable attached to the dolly;
tilt unit rails attached to the tilt unit where in the tilt unit rails are open-sided and S-shaped;
and
a tilt unit pan attached to the tilt unit rails;
and
providing a slide unit comprising:
a slide unit pan;
slide rails that are open-sided and S-shaped, attached to the slide unit pan;
a plurality of horizontal bearings attached to the slide rails each bearing having a vertical axis;
and
a plurality of vertical bearings attached to the slide rails each bearing having a horizontal axis;
wherein:
the slide unit telescopes into the tilt unit and the horizontal and vertical bearing of the slide unit contact the tilt unit rails;
and
the-dolly telescopes into the slide unit and contacts the slide unit rails;
mounting a pivot on the truck;
attaching the tilt unit to the truck through the attachment point and the pivot;
unspooling the dolly winch cable to allow the slide unit to move outward relative to the tilt unit;
unspooling the tilt unit winch to allow the tilt unit to move upward and the slide unit to move downward on the pivot;
unspooling the dolly winch to allow the wheel chock to move to a ground position;
placing a wheel of the vehicle onto the wheel chock;
pulling the slide unit into the tilt unit by spooling the dolly winch, thereby pulling the dolly or wheel chock;
and
spooling the tilt unit winch to move the tilt unit downward onto the cargo area.

US Pat. No. 10,112,517

VEHICLE RACK

1. A position-adjustable storage rack comprising:a left side and a right side top rail, the top rails held substantially parallel and spaced apart by the two or more cross members fixed or otherwise connected perpendicularly to the top rails, the cross members and top rails forming a rectangular frame;
a left side and a right side bottom mounting rail, the mounting rails oriented substantially in a same direction as the top rails, the bottom rails spaced apart substantially parallel;
a left side and a right side from vertical support arm, the support arms fixed or otherwise connected at the lower ends thereof to the ends of the mounting rails and fixed or otherwise connected at the upper ends thereof to the top rails;
a left side and a right side rear vertical lift arm, the lift arms fixed or otherwise connected at the lower ends thereof to the mounting rails and fixed or otherwise connected at the upper ends thereof to the top rails;
at least one lift arm mechanism capable of raising and lowering the lift arms;
wherein the lift arms may be raised or lowered to increase or reduce the height of the rear end of the storage rack and wherein the left and right front vertical support arms are pivotally attached to either the mounting rails or the top rails or are each segmented about a pivot mechanism to enable articulation of the support arms to accommodate the lifting or lowering motion of the rear end of the storage rack;
the storage rack further including a left lift arm travel seat and a right lift arm travel seat, the travel seats having opposing lateral walls and end walls and each having a top wall, the travel seats fixed to the mounting rails and disposed one each toward the rear ends of the mounting rails, the top walls each including an elongate relief slot placed there through, the relief slots aligned in the general direction of the mounting rails, and wherein the left and right lift arms each include a wheeled axle centrally disposed on the lower ends thereof, the wheeled axle including a left and right wheel rotatably mounted on each end of the axle, each wheeled axle seated within a travel seat and capable of back and forth travel in the direction of the mounting rails, the travel distance governed at least in part by the length of the relief slots in the travel seats.

US Pat. No. 10,112,515

FLEX SHIELD FOR SEAT ASSEMBLY

Magna Seating Inc., Auro...

1. A flex shield adapted to be operatively coupled to a seat assembly of an automotive vehicle, wherein the seat assembly comprises a seat cushion, and front and rear legs extending and exposed above a floor of the automotive vehicle, and the flex shield is coupled to the seat assembly under the seat cushion to conceal open sides of the seat assembly below the seat cushion, said flex shield comprising:a flexible planar body portion extending laterally between a front edge and a rear edge and vertically between an upper edge and a lower edge;
a plurality of elastic straps fixedly secured to said body portion and adapted to be coupled to the seat assembly for maintaining tension on the flexible body portion; and
a plurality of pre-formed fold lines formed in said body portion and extending between at least one of said front edge and rear edge for consistently controlling folding motion of said body portion between an unfolded position defining a generally planar body portion and a folded position wherein the body portion is collapsed along said fold lines;
wherein said plurality of elastic straps includes an upper strap extending between a proximal end fixedly secured to said rear edge of said body portion and an opposite distal end spaced from said rear edge and adapted to be coupled to the seat assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,112,513

INFLATABLE SUPPORT BLADDER ASSEMBLY

LEAR CORPORATION, Southf...

1. A vehicle seat assembly comprising:a seat frame;
an inflatable support system having at least one inflatable bladder controlled to inflate between first and second inflated positions, the inflatable support system mounted adjacent the seat frame at a rear surface of the at least one bladder;
a cushion positioned adjacent a support surface of the inflatable bladder that is spaced apart and opposite the rear surface;
a seat climate control system having an air duct; and
an air duct tunnel formed through the at least one inflatable bladder and extending from the rear surface to the support surface, the tunnel cooperating with the air duct to supply air to a cushion surface,
wherein the cushion covers an opening of the air duct tunnel.

US Pat. No. 10,112,512

SUSPENSION DEVICE

GRAMMER AG, Amberg (DE)

1. A suspension device for a vehicle seat, comprising:an upper suspension portion and a lower suspension portion, said suspension portions being connected to one another by a first swivel connector and a second swivel connector, said first swivel connector being arranged on the lower suspension portion in such a way that said first swivel connector can swivel about a first swivel pin, and the second swivel connector being arranged on the lower suspension portion in such a way that said second swivel connector can swivel about a second swivel pin, a first tension spring and a second tension spring being respectively connected to the first swivel connector by a first end region and to the upper suspension portion or the lower suspension portion by a second end region,
wherein the first end region of the first tension spring is attached to the first swivel connector at a first distance, and the first end region of the second tension spring is attached to said first swivel connector at a second distance, the length of the first distance being variable,
wherein the first distance between the first end region of the first tension spring and the first swivel connector can be adjusted by an adjustment device, which is connected to the first swivel connector at one end and to the first end region at the other end.

US Pat. No. 10,112,510

LOCKABLE ARMREST

WINDSOR MACHINE AND STAMP...

1. A lockable armrest disposed in a vehicle, the lockable armrest comprising:a main body; and
a latch assembly operatively coupled to the main body, the latch assembly comprising:
an inertia latch coupled to the main body with a spring resisting rotational movement of the inertia latch during acceleration events below a predetermined acceleration threshold in response to deceleration of the vehicle; and
a locking member operatively coupled to the main body, the inertia latch moveable into engagement with the locking member in response to an acceleration event greater than the predetermined acceleration threshold in response to deceleration of the vehicle to lock the lockable armrest in a stowed condition, the inertia latch spring biased to be disengaged from the locking member.

US Pat. No. 10,112,509

CHILD VEHICLE CAPSULE

1. A safety seat comprising:a shell, an impact layer, a comfort layer, and a ventilation system;
wherein the safety seat is adapted for use with a vehicle;
wherein the safety seat is designed to protect an occupant from impact injury;
wherein the shell is a rigid case that contains the impact layer, the comfort layer and the ventilation system;
wherein the shell comprises a base, a lid, a hinge, a window, a plurality of ribs, and a latching mechanism;
wherein the lid is attached to the base using the hinge;
wherein the lid is secured to the base using the latching mechanism;
wherein the window is formed in the lid;
wherein the plurality of ribs are attached to the base;
wherein each of the plurality of ribs is a structural band that is added to the interior surface of the base;
wherein the window provides a transparent viewing port into the shell;
wherein the impact layer lines the interior surface of the shell;
wherein the impact layer absorbs the energy of an impact by permanently deforming.

US Pat. No. 10,112,508

HARNESS BOOSTER CAR SEAT CONVERTIBLE TO MULTIPLE SEPARATELY USABLE CONFIGURATIONS

EVENFLO COMPANY, INC., M...

1. A harness booster car seat comprising:a backrest booster having a seating surface thereon and a locking mechanism for releasably locking the backless booster thereto;
a backless booster capable of use independently from the backrest booster having a seating surface and an opening therein for slidingly receiving the seating surface of the backrest booster therein such that substantially all of the backrest booster seating surface is covered by the seating surface of the backless booster and an aperture through the seating portion thereof for receiving a center strap therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,112,507

SEAT RECLINING APPARATUS

SHIROKI CORPORATION, Fuj...

1. A seat reclining apparatus comprising:a base member provided on one of a seat cushion and a seatback;
a ratchet provided on the other of said seat cushion and said seatback, provided with an internal gear and allowed to rotate relative to said base member;
a first pawl which is supported to be movable relative to said base member in a radial direction about a rotation center point of said ratchet and moves between an engaged position, in which said first pawl is engaged with said internal gear, and a disengaged position, in which said first pawl is disengaged from said internal gear, said first pawl including a first limit portion; and
a second pawl which is supported to be movable relative to said base member in a radial direction about said rotation center point of said ratchet and moves between an engaged position, in which said second pawl is engaged with said internal gear, and a disengaged position, in which said second pawl is disengaged from said internal gear, said second pawl including a second limit portion,
wherein said ratchet comprises a first pawl-restriction portion which restricts movement of said first pawl to said engaged position by contact with said first limit portion and a second pawl-restriction portion which restricts movement of said second pawl to said engaged position by contact with said second limit portion,
wherein said second limit portion is positioned closer to a radially inner side than said first limit portion and said second pawl-restriction portion is positioned closer to said radially inner side than said first pawl-restriction portion,
wherein, in an unlocked range in which said ratchet can always rotate relative to said base member with said first pawl-restriction portion and said first limit portion radially facing each other, said second pawl-restriction portion and said second limit portion radially face each other in a specific range that is a portion of said unlocked range, and
wherein at least one of said second-pawl restriction portion and said second limit portion comprises a pressing portion which moves said second pawl to said disengaged position when said one of said second pawl-restriction portion and said second limit portion comes in contact with the other of said second pawl-restriction portion and said second limit portion in a rotational direction of said ratchet.

US Pat. No. 10,112,506

VEHICLE SEAT

TS Tech Co., Ltd., Saita...

1. A vehicle seat, comprising:a cushion frame configured as a framework of a seating portion of the vehicle seat;
a height device that connects the cushion frame and a vehicle body floor such that the cushion frame is movable up and down relative to the vehicle body floor; and
a side cover that covers the cushion frame and the height device from an outside of the cushion frame and the height device in a seat width direction;whereinthe height device includes an operation lever for moving up and down the cushion frame, the operation lever being attached to a supporting shaft that protrudes outward from a lateral surface of the cushion frame in the seat width direction to be rotatable around the supporting shaft, and
a positioning member that is separate from the side cover is provided on a surface of the side cover to position the operation lever, and
the positioning member is attached to the side cover while being supported by the side cover.

US Pat. No. 10,112,504

FOLDING SEAT

GRAMMER AG, Amberg (DE)

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a backrest;
a seat part; and
a seat part substructure, the seat part substructure being mounted such that it can swivel about a first swivel axis arranged in a width direction of the seat in order to move the seat part substructure together with the seat part from a sitting position into an upright position, wherein a lower region of the backrest with respect to a height direction of the seat and at least one of a rear region of the seat part and of the seat part substructure with respect to a longitudinal direction of the seat are interconnected in the sitting position by at least one releasable connection means and are not interconnected in the upright position, wherein the first swivel axis is fixed in a rotational manner to the seat part substructure, wherein the at least one releasable connection means is connected to the seat part, and wherein the seat part with the at least one releasable connection means is moveable with respect to the seat part substructure at least in the longitudinal direction of the seat.

US Pat. No. 10,112,502

VEHICLE BATTERY HEATING SYSTEM

1. A low voltage battery for an electric vehicle, the battery comprising:a plurality of electrochemical cells;
a heat source configured to increase a temperature of at least one of the plurality of electrochemical cells when the heat source is activated, wherein the heat source receives power from one or more of the plurality of electrochemical cells;
a control circuit configured to control activation of the heat source; and
a battery housing configured to enclose the plurality of electrochemical cells, the heat source, and the control circuit, wherein the control circuit is configured to control activation of the heat source based on one or more conditions of the battery housing.

US Pat. No. 10,112,500

AUTOMOBILE QUICK CHARGE CONTROL DEVICE

1. An automobile quick charge control device, comprising:an electric vehicle body, comprising a power generator;
a power storage module, installed at the electric vehicle body, and electrically coupled to the power generator, and having at least a first battery assembly and a second battery assembly coupled in parallel with each other, and the first battery assembly and the second battery assembly having a plurality of battery units and a plurality of node switches respectively, and each battery unit being formed by coupling a plurality of batteries in series with one each;
a battery management system, electrically coupled to the power storage module and the power generator, and also electrically coupled to each node switch of the first battery assembly and the second battery assembly; and
a vehicle controller, electrically coupled to the power storage module, the power generator and the battery management system, for reading information of the battery management system and monitoring the power storage module, and controlling the switch of charge/discharge of the first battery assembly and the second battery assembly;
wherein the node switch is installed between the adjacent battery units, and both ends of the first battery assembly and the second battery assembly are coupled to the node switches respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,112,499

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING CHARGING AND DISCHARGING OF ELECTRIC VEHICLE

State Grid Chongqing Elec...

1. A charging and discharging control system for an electric vehicle, characterized in that it includes a total control platform and a detecting module;said total control platform including a communication module, a data storage and management module, a dual-level optimization control module, and a power distribution control module;
said communication module for achieving two-way interaction between the total control platform and the electric vehicle, transmitting requirements for a charging and discharging service to a user of the electric vehicle, transmitting the total control platform willingness of the electric vehicle to participate in the charging and discharging service and real-time data about battery status, and performing data transmission and communication with a power control module in a charger;
said data storage and management module for storing and managing data related to charging and discharging of the electric vehicle, assigning power command values about charging and discharging of the electric vehicle to related interface variables by protocol to be invoked by the total control platform;
said dual-level optimization control module for determining in real time start-stop and power output conditions of a generator set in a wide-area power system, computing in real time decision variables of charging and discharging power of the electric vehicle which participates in a grid charging and discharging service, determining a number of electric vehicles which participate in the charging and discharging service and a real-time charging and discharging power by integrating and analyzing decision variables and data of the generator set;
said power distribution control module for controlling the charging and discharging power of the electric vehicle after receiving power control commands from the communication module;
said detecting module for detecting in real time power battery state of the electric vehicle connected to the grid and sending detection data to the total control platform through the communication module;
wherein the charging and discharging control system for the electric vehicle is used to perform the following steps:
Step 1: reading in real time load conditions of each load point in a wide-area power system, analyzing electrical energy demand of the wide-area power system in a next period of time; reading in real time related data of an electric vehicle which is willing to participate in a charging and discharging service of a power system, and storing and managing data through a data storage and management module;
Step 2: determining a total cost of transfer of electrical energy from a generator set i to a wide area network during a period of time t;
Step 3: determining a total cost of participation of an electric vehicle j in the charging and discharging service and screening out a dispatchable electric vehicle aggregator;
Step 4: obtaining a combination of the generator set and the electric vehicle which participates in the charging and discharging service according to Step 2 and Step 3;
Step 5: reading in real time data related to a power battery of the electric vehicle which participates in the charging and discharging service and calculating charging and discharging command values of the electric vehicle which participates in a grid charging and discharging service; and
Step 6: storing and then outputting charging and discharging power commands of the electric vehicle which participates in the charging and discharging service,
wherein said Step 2 specifically includes substeps of:
Step 21: monitoring in real time running status of the generator set and measuring whether the generator set i can participate in power dispatching in a future period of time t;
Step 22: determining a fuel cost Cfig(pi(t)) of the generator set i based on historical data on power generation efficiency and fuel cost of the generator set;
Step 23: determining an emission cost Ceig(pi(t)) of the generator set i based on historical data on carbon emission factor and carbon emission cost of the generator set;
Step 24: measuring and dispatching network loss of electric quantity Pi(t) during the process of transmission through simulation of transmission from the generator set i to load points of wide area network, further calculating a cost of network loss Clig(pi(t));
Step 25: determining a total cost Cjg(P j(t))of transmission of electrical energy from the generator set i to wide area network during the period of time t based on the fuel cost, emission cost, and network loss cost of the generator set, the total cost having functions of:

wherein pi(t) represents a dispatched electrical quantity when the generator set participates in dispatching of the electrical quantity, Pimin represents a minimum dispatched electrical quantity, Pimax represents a maximum dispatched electrical quantity, pidemand(t) represents an electrical energy demand of the power system, and pinetwork loss (t) represents loss of electrical energy from the generator set to load points of the grid during the process of transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,112,497

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MONITORING USAGE OF A CHARGING STATION

Nissan North America, Inc...

1. A method of monitoring usage of a charging station, comprising the steps of:collecting probe data from a plurality of electric vehicles, the probe data including charging activity history that includes an identification of each charging station at which charging occurred for each of the plurality of electric vehicles;
determining a usage value associated with a desired charging station based on the collected probe data including at least the charging activity history; and
providing the usage value associated with the desired charging station to a requesting electric vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,112,495

VEHICLE WIRELESS CHARGING SYSTEM INCLUDING AN INVERTER TO CONTROL A VOLTAGE INPUT TO A VEHICLE POWER CONVERTER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle wireless charging system comprising:an inverter; and
at least one controller programmed to change a frequency output of the inverter to control a voltage input to a vehicle power converter to drive an impedance phase angle at an output of the inverter toward a predetermined angle and achieve a power demand at an output of the vehicle power converter according to an error between the voltage input and a voltage reference that is based on the power demand, a power output of the vehicle power converter, the impedance phase angle, and the predetermined angle and change the frequency output based on a rate of change of a weighted objective function configured to reduce an output power error of the vehicle power converter and an impedance phase angle error at an inverter output.

US Pat. No. 10,112,493

CHARGE-DISCHARGE CONTROL DEVICE

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A charge-discharge control device, comprising:a plurality of power converters capable of two-way power conversion to an input side of which a power source is connected and of which positive electrodes on the input side are connected to each other and negative electrodes on the input side are connected to each other;
a plurality of power storage devices connected to an output side of the power converters and provided one for each of the power converters; and
a controller to charge or discharge a power storage device of the power storage devices connected to the power converters by controlling output currents of the power converters,
wherein the controller charges each of the power storage devices by supplying, to each of the power storage devices, power acquired from the power source via each of the power converters when the controller acquires no warming-up operation command, and when the controller acquires a warming-up operation command, the controller performs warming-up operation to discharge at least one of the power storage devices and charge at least one other of the power storage devices using power discharged from the at least one of the power storage device and repeatedly performs the warming-up operation while changing at least any of the power storage devices among the power storage devices to discharge and the power storage devices to charge.

US Pat. No. 10,112,492

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A DC/DC VOLTAGE STEP-DOWN CONVERTER

CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FR...

1. A method for controlling a DC/DC voltage step-down converter, called a “buck converter”, configured to supply an output voltage at a regulated value from an electrical source, comprising:providing said voltage step-down converter including an inductive component, one terminal of which is connected to the electrical source via a regulating switch, while another terminal is connected to a capacitive component at an output of said voltage step-down converter;
regulating the output voltage by alternating intervals, called “connection intervals”, during which the regulating switch is in an on state, with intervals, called “disconnection intervals”, during which said regulating switch is in an off state; and
switching the regulating switch from the on state to the off state when the value of the output voltage reaches a disconnection threshold, and from the off state to the on state when the value of the output voltage reaches a connection threshold,
wherein the disconnection threshold has a variable value which decreases progressively, during each connection interval, from a maximum value of said disconnection threshold which is greater than a maximum value of the connection threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,112,490

HIGH VOLTAGE DEVICE FOR A RAIL VEHICLE

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A high voltage device for a vehicle which at least during driving operation is supplied with electrical energy from a power system providing a high voltage, the high voltage device comprising:a main power switching unit;
at least one high voltage component, which by means of said main power switching unit can be electrically connected to the power system, and having at least one active section;
said at least one high voltage component being a voltage conversion device which serves, starting from the high voltage provided by the power system, to provide a voltage different therefrom;
a grounding switching device having at least one switch configured to assume a grounding position in which said switch grounds an electrical connection between said active section and said main power switching unit; and
said at least one high voltage component having a housing formed with a receiving region in which said switch is accommodated at least in said grounding position that grounds said at least one active section of said high voltage component, said housing enclosing said at least one active section of said at least one high voltage component.

US Pat. No. 10,112,489

METHOD OF CONTROLLING REGENERATIVE BRAKING COOPERATION FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method of controlling a regenerative braking cooperation for an electric vehicle, the method comprising:a correction mode entering operation, of entering a correction mode when a braking quantity of a driver is detected by a pedal stroke sensor of the vehicle;
a first braking pattern analyzing operation, by a controller, of comparing an accumulated correction hydraulic pressure braking quantity with a predetermined first hydraulic pressure braking quantity, to analyze a braking pattern of the driver through the entering to the correction mode, the first braking pattern analyzing operation including a total required braking quantity determining operation;
a regenerative braking restriction requesting operation of, when the accumulated correction hydraulic pressure braking quantity is smaller than the first hydraulic pressure braking quantity, determining, by the pedal stroke sensor, that the driver has a gradual braking-centered braking pattern and transferring a signal for requesting a regenerative braking restriction of a motor to the controller; and
a hydraulic pressure braking operation, by the controller, of determining a correction hydraulic pressure braking quantity based on a braking quantity of the driver input into the pedal stroke sensor in a state where regenerative braking of the motor is restricted, and performing a hydraulic pressure braking according to the correction hydraulic pressure braking quantity,
wherein the total required braking quantity determining operation includes a second braking pattern analyzing operation, by the controller, in which when it is determined that a traveling distance of the vehicle in a state where the total required braking quantity is determined is equal to or larger than a predetermined distance, an accumulated general hydraulic pressure braking quantity according to the travelling distance equal to or larger than the predetermined distance is compared with a predetermined second hydraulic pressure braking quantity.

US Pat. No. 10,112,487

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MAINTAINING HIGH VOLTAGE BATTERY CHARGING WITH DETECTED AUXILIARY BATTERY FAULT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An electric vehicle (EV) auxiliary battery current fault system, comprising:a battery maintenance electronic control unit (ECU);
an auxiliary battery sensor communicatively coupled to an auxiliary battery and the battery maintenance ECU;
a voltage sensor communicatively coupled to a main battery and the battery maintenance ECU;
a battery isolation switch;
a low voltage bus communicatively coupled to at least one of the main battery, the auxiliary battery, the battery isolation switch, and a DC to DC converter; and
an auxiliary battery sensor and controller communicatively coupled to the auxiliary battery and the battery maintenance ECU.

US Pat. No. 10,112,484

THROTTLE PEDAL

Orscheln Products L.L.C.,...

1. A throttle pedal assembly comprising:a unitary, one-piece housing having a first side wall, a second side wall, a top wall, a bottom wall, a front wall and a back wall which, in combination, define a main chamber and a sensor cavity adjacent said main chamber; said sensor cavity being separated from said main chamber by a common wall which isolates said sensor cavity from said main chamber; the main chamber being open to the front and bottom of the housing and being defined in part by the first side wall and common wall which are opposite each other; and the sensor cavity being open to the top wall and being defined in part by the second side wall and the common wall; said main chamber comprising a through hole in said side first wall and a blind bore in said common wall which is co-axial with said opening in said first wall;
a pedal assembly comprising a pedal, a pedal arm, and a head at an end of the pedal arm, the head being sized to be inserted into the housing main chamber; said head defining a passage which extends through said pedal head;
a pedal shaft, separate from said pedal assembly, sized to extend though said opening in said first wall of said housing, through said head passage, and to be received in said blind bore of said common wall; whereby said pedal shaft mounts said pedal assembly in said main chamber for pivotal motion of said pedal assembly relative to said main chamber about a pivot axis defined by said pedal shaft; said pedal shaft and said pedal assembly head being configured to be snappingly connected together; whereby said pedal assembly is being rotationally fixed relative to said pedal head and whereby said pedal assembly is mounted in said housing without the use of tools;
a magnet positioned on said pedal shaft such that when said pedal shaft is mounted in said housing, said magnet will be in said blind bore; said magnet being coaxial with said pivot axis such that said magnet rotates on said pivot axis as said pedal assembly rotates about said pivot axis;
a Hall effect sensor assembly mounted in the sensor cavity; the Hall effect sensor having a Hall chip; the cavity and Hall effect sensor assembly being respectively shaped, sized, and positioned in said sensor cavity such that the Hall chip is aligned with said pivot axis such that the Hall chip and the magnet lay on a common axis, and whereby the magnet rotates about the pivot axis relative to; and
a seal which closes the sensor cavity to prevent contaminants from entering the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,112,483

HYDRAULIC PUMP ASSEMBLY WITH FORWARD DRIVESHAFT CLEARANCE

HHG Holdings, LLC, Houst...

1. A vehicle mounted hydraulic pump assembly, comprising:a gearbox configured to be connected to a power take-off driven by a transmission of a four-wheel drive vehicle, the gearbox comprising:
a housing;
a plurality of vertically aligned gears contained within the housing, the plurality of gears including an input drive gear, at least one idler gear, and an output gear, the input drive gear being a same size as the output gear;
a pair of ball bearings associated with each gear;
an input shaft associated with the input drive gear;
an output shaft associated with the output gear, the output shaft being a female spline shaft configured to be disposed below a forward driveshaft associated with the transmission; and
a hydraulic pump connected to the gearbox and configured to be disposed forward of a transfer case associated with the transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,112,482

POWER TRANSMITTING COMPONENT WITH FORK ACTUATOR

1. A power transmitting component comprising:an actuator housing;
a motor coupled to the actuator housing;
a transmission driven by the motor, the transmission being at least partially housed in the actuator housing;
a lead screw that is rotatable about a first axis, the lead screw being driven by the transmission;
a first rail extending along a second axis that is generally parallel to the first axis;
a second rail extending along a third axis that is generally parallel to the first axis;
a cradle assembly driven by the lead screw axially along the first axis, the cradle assembly comprising a cradle, a cradle body and a cradle spring, the cradle having a first cradle yoke that is slidably received on the first rail, the cradle body being received in the cradle and threadably coupled to the lead screw, the cradle spring resiliently coupling the cradle body to the cradle; and
a clutch fork slidably mounted on the second rail;
wherein movement of the cradle along the first rail coordinates movement of the clutch fork along the third axis.

US Pat. No. 10,112,481

POWER TRANSFER UNIT (PTU) ASSEMBLY WITH CYLINDER

BorgWarner Inc., Auburn ...

1. A power takeoff unit for an automotive vehicle being a normally front-wheel drive vehicle and convertible to an all-wheel drive vehicle comprising:an input shaft supported in a housing, said input shaft being torsionally connected with a transmission of said vehicle;
an output shaft concentric with said input shaft, said output shaft being torsionally connected with rear wheels of said vehicle;
a shift collar to selectively connect said input shaft with said output shaft;
a shift fork to translate said shift collar, said shift fork being slidably mounted in said housing and said shift fork having a main body with a bore generally parallel with said input shaft;
a cylinder connected with said housing;
a piston slidably mounted within said cylinder; and
a headed fastener with a shank extending through said shift fork main body bore, said fastener head engaging an end of said shift fork and said fastener shank being threadably engaged with said piston to capture said shift fork with said piston.

US Pat. No. 10,112,480

IN-WHEEL MOTOR UNIT

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An in-wheel motor unit comprising;a housing supported by a vehicle body and disposed inside a wheel of a vehicle;
a motor supported by said housing and accommodated inside said housing;
a speed reducer comprising a rotating body configured to be rotated by said motor on an inside of said housing and an output shaft fixed to or integrated with said rotating body, penetrating an opening provided on a wall surface of said housing to extend to outside of said housing in an axle outward direction, and configured to integrally rotate with said wheel;
a hub bearing comprising an inner race fixed to a part of said output shaft positioned at an axle outward direction side of said rotating body and an outer race fixed to said housing, and rotatably supporting said output shaft with respect to said housing; and
a seal member fluid-tightly sealing a gap between said housing and said outer race,
wherein,
said inner race comprises a cylinder part, a part of which being disposed inside said housing and a flange part provided at an end part in said axle outward direction of said cylinder part,
said outer race comprises a cylinder part disposed inside said housing and a flange part provided at an end part in the axle outward direction of said cylinder part,
said flange part of said outer race is fixed to said wall surface of said housing by one or a plurality of fastening members, and said flange part of said inner race is fixed to a brake rotor disposed outside said housing,
said housing has a projecting part with a substantially cylindrical shape extending from said opening in an axle inward direction,
an outer peripheral surface of said cylinder part of said outer race abuts against an inner peripheral surface of said projecting part,
a part of said outer peripheral surface of said cylinder part of said outer race, said part abutting against said inner peripheral surface of said projecting part, includes a groove extending over a whole periphery of said cylinder part of said outer race, and
said seal member is disposed in said groove.

US Pat. No. 10,112,479

OBSTACLE-ADAPTIVE MECHANISM OF A MOVING DEVICE

1. An obstacle-adaptive mechanism of a moving device, the obstacle-adaptive mechanism comprising:a driving wheel connected to a driving gear;
a passive wheel connected to a passive gear;
a single intermediate gear disposed between the driving gear and the passive gear, wherein a diameter of the single intermediate gear is smaller than a diameter of the driving wheel and a diameter of the passive wheel, and the driving wheel drives the driving gear to rotate the intermediate gear, then the intermediate gear drives the passive gear to lead the passive wheel rotate with the driving wheel in the same direction; and
a driving unit connected to the driving wheel, wherein the driving unit drives the driving wheel to rotate.

US Pat. No. 10,112,477

TUBE SUPPORT ASSEMBLY

1. A tube support assembly, comprising:an elongate member including a first end region, a second end region positioned opposite said elongate member from said first end region, and a central region positioned there between, said central region including a first exterior surface and a second exterior surface positioned opposite said elongate member said from first exterior surface, said first exterior surface including a first outwardly extending protrusion including a first aperture adapted to receive therein a first fuel tube and a second outwardly extending protrusion including a second aperture adapted to receive therein a second fuel tube, said central region further including a third aperture positioned between said first and second outwardly extending protrusions and being adapted to receive therein a fastener extending through said second exterior surface, said elongate member including a first fluid flow path communicating with said first aperture and said first end region and a second fluid flow path communicating with said second aperture and said second end region.

US Pat. No. 10,112,476

COOLING MODULE OF A VEHICLE AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM, AND ASSEMBLY FOR COOLING A MOTOR VEHICLE ENGINE WITH A COOLING MODULE OF THIS TYPE

VALEO KLIMASYSTEME GMBH, ...

1. A cooling module of a vehicle air conditioning unit for trucks, comprising:a fan which has an air inlet and an air outlet and generates an air flow in an air flow direction from the air inlet to the air outlet; and
a condenser, through which the air flow can pass bi-directionally, for liquefying a refrigerant of the vehicle air conditioning unit, said condenser having an air flow cross section and being arranged adjacent to the air outlet of the fan,
wherein the air flow cross section has a first partial cross section and a second partial cross section which is different from the first partial cross section,
wherein the air outlet of the fan is exclusively assigned to the first partial cross section and loads the first partial cross section in the air flow direction with the entire air flow of the fan, and
wherein, during operation of the fan, the air flow can pass through the second partial cross section optionally in the air flow direction of the fan and counter to the air flow direction of the fan.

US Pat. No. 10,112,475

UTILITY VEHICLE

Kubota Corporation, Osak...

1. A utility vehicle, comprising:a travel unit having a left-right pair of front travel apparatuses and a left-right pair of rear travel apparatuses;
an engine capable of driving first travel apparatuses being one of the pair of front travel apparatuses and the pair of rear travel apparatuses;
a motor capable of driving second travel apparatuses being the other of the pair of front travel apparatuses and the pair of rear travel apparatuses;
a transmission apparatus capable of performing a gearshift of driving force of the engine and transmitting the driving force to the first travel apparatuses;
an accelerator operation tool capable of operation to input a change in rotational speed of at least one of the engine and the motor;
a key switch capable of operation to input driving and stoppage of the engine;
a drive switching switch capable of operation input commands to drive and stop the motor;
a gearshift lever capable of operation input to perform a gearshift of the transmission apparatus; and
a forward-reverse travel switching means capable of operation input to switch between forward travel driving and reverse travel driving of the motor in the motor two-wheel drive mode; and
a control apparatus capable of switching between an engine two-wheel drive mode in which only the engine is driven, a motor two-wheel drive mode in which only the motor is driven, and a hybrid four-wheel drive mode in which the engine and the motor are both driven.

US Pat. No. 10,112,474

DRIVING SYSTEM

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A driving system comprising:a motor that is connected to a wheel of a vehicle so as to transmit power to the wheel;
a power transmission device that is provided on a power transmission path between the motor and the wheel and that can change a power transmission capacity of the power transmission path by controlling an application force;
a motor controller that controls power that is generated by the motor; and
an application force controller that controls the application force of the power transmission device,
wherein the driving system further comprises an application force acquiring device that acquires a current application force which is an application force that the power transmission device is currently exerting, and
wherein when the motor controller receives a request for generation of power in such a state that the motor generates no power, the motor controller controls to permit or prohibit the generation of power of the motor based on the current application force and a necessary application force which is an application force of the power transmission device that is needed to transmit a maximum generation power of the motor in a current rotating state quantity which is a rotating state quantity that the motor is currently having.

US Pat. No. 10,112,472

DRIVE DEVICE FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A drive device for a hybrid vehicle, the hybrid vehicle including an engine, a motor, the engine and the motor being arranged on different rotational axes, and a drive wheel,the drive device comprising:
a driven gear shaft arranged to rotate about the rotational axis shared with a rotor shaft of the motor, the driven gear shaft being connected to the rotor shaft of the motor in a manner capable of power transmission to the rotor shaft of the motor, and the driven gear shaft extending in a shaft direction toward a rotor shaft side;
a first bearing configured to support the rotor shaft to allow rotation of the rotor shaft;
a second bearing arranged on the driven gear shaft, the second bearing being arranged in a portion on the rotor shaft side of the driven gear shaft;
a driven gear configured such that power from the engine is transmitted to the driven gear,
the driven gear being provided on the driven gear shaft; and
an output shaft arranged to be rotatable about the rotational axis shared with the rotor shaft of the motor, the output shaft being connected to the rotor shaft in a manner capable of power transmission to the rotor shaft, and the output shaft being connected to the drive wheel in a manner capable of power transmission to the drive wheel, wherein
the rotor shaft, the driven gear shaft, and the output shaft are different shafts from each other, and
the power from the engine is transmitted through the driven gear shaft, the rotor shaft, and the output shaft to the drive wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,112,471

BATTERY-DRIVEN TRAVELING DEVICE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A battery-driven traveling device comprising:a framework section disposed on at least a bottom part of a vehicle body for ensuring strength of the vehicle body;
two slide rails being composed of a left slide rail and a right slide rail and being supported by the framework section and extending substantially horizontally;
a battery supporting member that is mounted to be insertable into the vehicle body and extractable from the vehicle body by using the two slide rails; and
a plurality of dampers are non-rotatably disposed on a path through which vibration of the vehicle body is transmitted from each of the slide rails to the battery supporting member for relaxing the vibration transmitted from the vehicle body to the battery while the device travels, wherein
the left slide rail is disposed on a left side of the battery supporting member and the right slide rail is disposed on a right side of the battery supporting member, and each of the dampers is disposed above or below the left slide rail or the right slide rail, wherein each of the dampers has an end that is attached to a portion of the respective left slide rail or right slide rail.

US Pat. No. 10,112,466

PIVOTING TONNEAU COVER SYSTEM FOR TRUCK

Extang Corporation, Ann ...

1. A tonneau cover system for a cargo box of a truck, the tonneau cover system comprising:a cover including a plurality of panels hingedly coupled together, the plurality of panels including a forward panel mountable adjacent a forward end of the cargo box, the forward panel comprising a forward edge, a rear edge, and a first side edge extending between the forward edge and the rear edge, wherein the cover is foldable between an extended configuration in which the cover extends along a first plane to overlie the cargo box and a folded configuration in which the plurality of panels are arranged in a stack on the forward panel; and
a pivot mechanism for attaching the cover to the cargo box, wherein the pivot mechanism includes:
a first link bar having an upper end pivotally connected to the forward panel adjacent the first side edge intermediate the forward edge and the rear edge at a first point located a first distance from the forward edge, and the first link bar having a lower end connectable to a sidewall of the cargo box and a first length, and
a second link bar having an upper end pivotally connected to the forward panel adjacent the first side edge intermediate the forward edge and the rear edge at a second point located a second distance from the forward edge greater than the first distance, and the second link bar having a lower end connectable to the sidewall of the cargo box and a second length greater than the first length,
wherein, with the cover in the folded configuration, the pivot mechanism is designed to move the stack from an initial stack configuration in which the forward panel is in the first plane to a storage stack configuration in which the forward panel of the cover extends upright along a second plane at an angle that is substantially perpendicular to the first plane, and to simultaneously move the forward edge of the forward panel rearwardly and above the first plane.

US Pat. No. 10,112,465

VENTED TONNEAU COVER FOR A CARGO BED OF A PICKUP TRUCK

1. A vented tonneau cover for a cargo bed of a pickup truck, wherein the cargo bed of the pickup truck is defined by a pair of side walls having tops, respectively, and a tailgate to access the cargo bed of the pickup truck, wherein the top of each side wall of the cargo bed of the pickup truck has a pair of ends, wherein each end of the top of each side wall of the cargo bed of the pickup truck has a through bore therein, and wherein said vented tonneau covering comprising:a) netting for covering the cargo bed of the pickup truck; and
b) means for holding down the netting over the cargo bed of the pickup truck; wherein said netting is rectilinear-shaped; wherein said netting has a pair of axial boundaries; wherein said netting is for overlying the cargo bed of the pickup truck, while each axial boundary of said netting is for resting upon the top of a respective side wall of the cargo bed of the pickup truck, wherein said netting contains a plurality of through bores; wherein said plurality of through bores of said netting is for allowing the cargo bed of the pickup truck to vent and breathe.

US Pat. No. 10,112,461

PHOTOCATALYST DEVICE AND AIR CONDITIONER FOR VEHICLE HAVING THE SAME

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon (...

1. A photocatalyst device comprising:a body;
a first light source part including a substrate and an LED coupled to the substrate, the first light source part configured to irradiate ultraviolet light;
a catalyst part coupled to the body, the catalyst part configured to conduct a photocatalytic reaction with the ultraviolet light irradiated by the first light source part to generate a plurality of superoxygen radicals; and
a heat radiating part disposed on the first light source part, the heat radiating part configured to radiate the heat generated by the first light source part, wherein the heat radiating part includes a first radiating fin member disposed on a first side of the substrate, the first radiating fin member extending from the substrate in a direction toward the catalyst part.

US Pat. No. 10,112,460

HUMIDIFIER

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A humidifier for supplying humidified air, which is humidified by water desorbed from an adsorbing material, to a humidification object space, the humidifier comprising:a heating part that heats air, which is supplied to the adsorbing material;
an adsorbing material module that includes the adsorbing material and that desorbs water, which is adsorbed in the adsorbing material, to air heated by the heating part; and
a cooling part that cools air humidified by the adsorbing material module, wherein:
at time of desorption to desorb water from the adsorbing material, the adsorbing material module desorbs water from the adsorbing material to air heated by the heating part, and then the cooling part cools the air to be supplied to the humidification object space as the humidified air; and
at time of adsorption to adsorb water of air into the adsorbing material, the cooling part cools air, and then water is adsorbed into the adsorbing material.

US Pat. No. 10,112,459

REGISTER

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A register comprising:a turning louver turnable with a cylindrical frame disposed inside a cylindrical retainer, and a plurality of movable fins including five movable fins axially supported on the turning louver radially from a centerline parallel to an air blowing direction turnably by radial pivots inside the cylindrical frame, wherein
on the centerline parallel to the air blowing direction inside the retainer, a ball joint with a ball is disposed, the ball is provided on a tip end of a shaft portion attached at a center of a support frame provided on a rear portion in the retainer, and the shaft portion and a ball joint support portion extend axially from the support frame
on the turning louver, a central axial support portion with a plurality of axial support portions including five axial support portions projected radially is disposed at a center of the cylindrical frame, and the central axial support portion is attached tiltably and turnably by fitting a ball hole provided at the center with the ball,
the five movable fins are axially supported at substantially even intervals inside the cylindrical frame so as to be turnable by the pivots in radial directions, and inner-side portions of the five movable fins are axially supported by the five axial support portions of the central axial support portion,
the five axial support portions are provided at even intervals to project radially from the central axial support portion of the turning louver, and the five movable fins are disposed at even intervals inside the cylindrical frame of the turning louver and configured so as to close an inside of the cylindrical frame when the five movable fins turn until they become substantially parallel to a cross section of the cylindrical frame,
an operation portion that is disposed in front of the central axial support portion is fitted turnably around the centerline of the turning louver, and the operation portion is linked to each of the five movable fins via a bevel gear mechanism, and
according to a turning operation of the operation portion around the centerline, the five movable fins turn around the five axial support portions of the central axial support portion via the bevel gear mechanism, and when the operation portion is moved in a radial direction of the cylindrical frame, the turning louver tilts around the ball in a state where the cylindrical frame and a retainer inner surface are not in contact with each other and the turning louver is supported by the ball joint.

US Pat. No. 10,112,457

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A VEHICLE HEATER AND VEHICLE HEATER

Webasto SE, Stockdorf (D...

1. A method for producing a vehicle heater including a main body equipped with a non-intrinsically safe heat conductor layer, and a sensor device for detecting exceedances of a temperature threshold value, said method comprising:spraying a sensor layer onto a heat conductor layer of a main body of a vehicle heater forming a sensor device;
fixing said sensor layer onto the main body without exposing the main body to temperatures common in baking processes;
wherein the main body is at least one of a metal/air and a metal/liquid heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,112,455

TORSION BEAM SUSPENSION

Yorozu Corporation, Yoko...

1. A torsion beam suspension having a first member including an opening whose section is formed to have a U-shape; and second members which are arranged in pair in a right and left direction when mounted on a vehicle and which contact the first member at an edge portion of the U-shaped section in the first member, the torsion beam suspension comprising:right and left trailing arms which extend in a front-rear direction of the vehicle and are capable of swinging vertically, the trailing arms being formed with a pair of component members arranged at the right and left of the first member when mounted on the vehicle and being formed with the pair of the second members; and
a U-shaped torsion beam whose section has an opening and which is arranged between the pair of component members,
wherein two or more types of rigidity adjustment portions, which adjust a rigidity from the trailing arms to the torsion beam when the torsion beam is twisted, are disposed with positions of the rigidity adjustment portions displaced from each other,
one of the rigidity adjustment portions is configured with a beam connection which connects with the torsion beam in the second member,
the beam connection includes two or more extension portions extending from a contact part at which the second member contacts the first member to a bottom of the U-shaped section of the torsion beam, and
the extension portions are configured astride the axis of the torsion beam to have different lengths.

US Pat. No. 10,112,454

CLOSING COVER WITH INTEGRATED PRESSURE RETENTION VALVE HOUSING FOR AIR SPRING APPLICATIONS

Continental Automotive Sy...

1. A closing cover for an air spring comprising:a base having an end constructed and arranged to engage an end of an air spring;
a first portion integral with and extending axially from the base, the first portion defining a first internal space constructed and arranged to receive a portion of the air spring;
a second portion, integral with and extending axially from the first portion, the second portion defining a second internal space constructed and arranged to receive a main body of a pressure retention valve to thereby define an outer protective housing for the main body of the pressure retention valve, wherein the first internal space is substantially larger than the second internal space;
a spring-operated pressure retention valve inside the second internal space;
a wall, separate from and axially spaced from the end of the base, the wall separating the first internal space from the second internal space; and
a passageway extending through the wall and connecting the first internal space with the second internal space so that the pressure retention valve is exposed to pressure in the first internal space,
wherein the closing cover is in combination with an air spring of a vehicle, the cover being engaged with the air spring.

US Pat. No. 10,112,452

TRAILER AND PACKAGING SYSTEM FOR TRAILER ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A trailer yaw sensing apparatus comprising:a housing configured for installation on a trailer, and defining apertures configured to engage fasteners for mounting yaw sensors in a plurality of orientations;
a yaw sensor including an external casing, and disposed within the housing; and
a socket defined by the housing, having no electrical connectors, configured to receive a trailer-to-vehicle electrical connector, and configured to remain non-energized when the connector is received therein.

US Pat. No. 10,112,449

BALL HITCH WITH LOCKING SWIVEL AND RAMP

1. A socket apparatus for connecting a towed vehicle to an upward extending hitch ball attached to a towing vehicle by lowering the socket apparatus onto the hitch ball, the apparatus comprising:a socket member defining a socket with an open bottom, and a rear end of the socket member adapted for attachment to the towed vehicle;
a ramp member attached to the socket member with a forward end of a lower surface of the ramp member located below a rear edge of the socket, the lower surface of the ramp member sloping downward and rearward from the forward end of the ramp member to a rearward end of the ramp member;
a securing mechanism movable from an open position, where the bottom of the socket is open to allow the hitch ball to enter the socket, to a closed position where the hitch ball is secured in the socket;
wherein an upper front edge of the ramp member is configured to substantially conform to an outer surface of the hitch ball such that when the hitch ball is fully inserted in the socket and the securing mechanism is in the closed position the hitch ball bears against the upper front edge of the ramp member when the towing vehicle tows the towed vehicle in a forward direction.

US Pat. No. 10,112,448

TIRE WHEEL POSITION DETECTION DEVICE AND TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM HAVING THE SAME

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A tire wheel position detection device applied to a vehicle having a vehicle body equipped with a plurality of tire wheels, each of the tire wheels having a tire, the tire wheel position detection device comprising:a transmitter attached to each of the tire wheels and including a first controller that creates and transmits a frame including unique identification information; and
a receiver attached to the vehicle body and including a second controller that performs tire wheel position detection through
receiving the frames transmitted from the transmitters through a reception antenna, and thereafter,
selecting, from the identification informations included in the frames, candidate identification informations indicating candidates to be registered, and
identifying, from the candidate identification informations, the candidate identification informations that match the transmitters attached to the tire wheels of the vehicle, and
storing the tire wheels and the identification informations of the transmitters attached to the tire wheels in association with each other,
wherein:
the transmitter includes an acceleration sensor that outputs a detection signal based on acceleration including a gravitational acceleration component, the gravitational acceleration component being varied by rotation of the tire wheel attached with the transmitter;
the first controller of the transmitter detects an angle of the transmitter based on the gravitational acceleration component included in the detection signal of the acceleration sensor and repeatedly transmits the frame at time points at which the angle is a predetermined transmission angle where an arbitrary circumferential position of the tire wheel that is centered with respect to a central axis of the tire wheel attached with the transmitter is an angle of 0 degrees;
the second controller of the receiver performs the tire wheel position detection through:
acquiring gear information indicative of tooth positions of gears based on detection signals of tire wheel velocity sensors, the tire wheel velocity sensors detecting passage of teeth of the gears rotating in coordination with the tire wheels, each gear having a circumferential surface with the tooth portions and portions between the tooth portions to alternately exhibit different magnetoresistance values, the tooth portions being conductive bodies;
setting a permissible range of variation based on the tooth positions at a time point of reception of the frame;
when the tooth positions at a time point of reception of the frame after the setting of the permissible range of variation are outside the permissible range of variation, eliminating the tire wheel from tire wheel candidates attached with the transmitter having transmitted the frame; and
identifying and registering a remaining tire wheel as the tire wheel attached with the transmitter having transmitted the frame; and
the second controller includes:
a provisional fixer that, before the registration, makes a provisional fixing of each individual candidate identification information when the tire wheel attached with the transmitter having transmitted the frame is identified based on the tooth positions being within the permissible range of variation;
a post-provisional-fixing determiner that, after the provisional fixing, determines whether the tooth positions at a time point of reception of the frame including the provisionally fixed candidate identification information are within the permissible range of variation;
a counter that, after the provisional fixing, measures the number of receptions of the frame including the provisionally fixed candidate identification information at which the tooth positions continue to remain within the permissible range of variation;
a first determiner that determines whether the number of receptions is equal to or greater than a first predetermined value; and
a register that, when the number of receptions is equal to or greater than the first predetermined value, definitely determines and registers the provisionally fixed candidate identification information as the identification information of the identified tire wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,112,447

VEHICLE SERVICING AND MONITORING METHOD AND SYSTEM

1. A method that allows for the capture of data related to the current air pressure of a tire and the correction of said air pressure using automatic tire measuring and tire inflation equipment for use at a tire inspection lane at an on-highway retail facility, comprising:a. identifying a vehicle by receiving vehicle identifying information from a vehicle, wherein said vehicle identifying information is received in a communication device;
b. associating vehicle pre-determined maintenance settings with said vehicle;
c. receiving said vehicle pre-determined maintenance settings through an electronic network, wherein said vehicle pre-determined maintenance settings are received based on said vehicle identifying information received;
d. performing maintenance on said vehicle based on said vehicle pre-determined maintenance settings, wherein said maintenance is performed by a maintenance tool;
e. interacting said maintenance tool with said vehicle and said communication device during the performance of maintenance so that the maintenance tool receives said pre-determined maintenance setting, interacts with the vehicle in accordance with the pre-determined maintenance settings and sends information on the maintenance to the communication device, and wherein maintenance includes correction of said air pressure of said tire, and said interaction includes measurement of the air pressure during said correction of said air pressure and transmittal of said measurement to said communication device; and
(f) updating a database with said information on the maintenance sent to the communications device.

US Pat. No. 10,112,444

WEAR AMOUNT DETECTION DEVICE FOR AUTOMOBILE TIRES

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A wear amount detection device for a tire of an automobile, the wear amount detection device detecting a wear amount of the tire, the wear amount detection device comprising:a rotation sensor configured to detect a rotation signal of a wheel so as to measure a speed of the automobile;
a signal processing unit configured to extract rotation speed fluctuations synchronized with the rotation, from the rotation signal detected by the rotation sensor, and to obtain, from the extracted rotation speed fluctuations, rotation speed fluctuation patterns over a plurality of rotations, each of the rotation speed fluctuation patterns including a rotation speed fluctuation synchronized with the corresponding rotation; and
a wear state determination unit configured to determine, in the obtained rotation speed fluctuation patterns, a component value induced by a characteristic embodied in the tire, the component value varying in accordance with a wear state of the tire, to estimate a wear state of the tire on the basis of the determined component value, and to output wear information,
wherein the wear state determination unit includes a relationship set portion configured to set a relationship between progressive states of wear of the tire and component values induced by the characteristic embodied in the tire, the value varying in accordance with a wear state of the tire, and
the characteristic includes at least one of the following characteristics (b), (c), (e), (h) and (i):
(b) a characteristic in a form in which an area or a pattern thereof changes as wear progresses;
(c) a characteristic that induces rotation speed fluctuations patterns which are different from each other depending on a wear amount;
(e) a characteristic including at least one characteristic structure formed by a tread pattern of the tire in a direction traversing a tread, the feature structure varying with wear;
(h) a characteristic configured such that the rotation speed fluctuation pattern changes to have a special fluctuation as wear progresses; and
(i) a characteristic including at least one characteristic portion, the characteristic including a groove formed in the tread of the tire in an initial state, the groove having a depth which decreases as wear progresses.

US Pat. No. 10,112,443

MOTOR VEHICLE TYRE

PIRELLI TYRE S.P.A., Mil...

1. A motor vehicle tyre comprising a tread band extending around an axis of rotation, comprising:a central annular portion which straddles an equatorial plane, and two annular shoulder portions arranged on axially opposite sides of the central annular portion,
the tread band having a void-to-rubber ratio of less than 10%;
the central annular portion having an axial extension less than 50% of lateral development of the tread band and comprising at least a pair of first grooves extending substantially longitudinally on opposite sides of the equatorial plane;
each shoulder portion having an axial extension less than 35% of the lateral development of the tread band and comprising a plurality of second grooves and a plurality of third grooves, each of the second and third grooves being spaced from the first grooves and extending substantially transversally forming an average angle with the equatorial plane of more than 90°,
wherein the central annular portion has a void-to-rubber ratio more than 0.15 and each of the first grooves consists of a first segment and a second segment which is inclined with respect to said first segment so as to form a concavity directed toward the equatorial plane,
the first segment of each first groove being shorter than the second segment and preceding the second segment in a tyre rolling direction,
each groove of the plurality of second grooves consisting of a substantially linear first segment and a substantially linear second segment, and an inclination angle of the first segment of each second groove with respect to the equatorial plane is smaller than that of the second segment of each second groove with respect to the equatorial plane,
each groove of the plurality of third grooves consisting of a substantially linear first segment and a substantially linear second segment, and an inclination angle of the first segment of each third groove with respect to the equatorial plane is greater than that of the second segment of each third groove with respect to the equatorial plane; and
the first grooves of each pair defining a central annular sub-portion straddling the equatorial plane substantially without grooves, the central annular sub-portion having a void-to-rubber ratio substantially equal to zero and an axial extension equal to at least 5% and at most 15% of the lateral development of the tread band.

US Pat. No. 10,112,441

RUBBER COMPOSITION AND PNEUMATIC TIRE

1. A rubber composition comprising:a diene rubber,
a hydrocarbon wax,
cashew oil, and
a processing aid comprising at least one selected from the group consisting of a fatty acid metal salt, a fatty acid amide, a fatty acid ester and a fatty acid ester amide, wherein the processing aid has a proportion of constituent fatty acid having from 18 to 20 carbon atoms of from 20 to 60 mass %.

US Pat. No. 10,112,438

BEAD LOCK SYSTEMS AND METHODS

1. A locking system comprising:a bead lock ring including first holes and second holes;
a wheel center section having a third holes and fourth holes, the first holes being configured to align with the third holes, and the second holes being configured to align with the fourth holes, wherein the first holes and the third holes are different types of holes, and the second holes and the fourth holes are different types of holes;
coupling mechanisms being configured to be inserted into the first holes and third holes, and the second holes and fourth holes.

US Pat. No. 10,112,437

ELASTIC WHEEL FOR RAILWAY VEHICLES

CONSTRUCCIONES Y AUXILIAR...

1. An elastic wheel for railway vehicles, comprising:a tread;
a wheel center;
an axis (R) at the center of the wheel;
a retaining ring attached to the wheel center by means of attachment screws;
a V-shaped housing delimited by the tread, the wheel center and the retaining ring, for the insertion of an elastomer, in which the elastomer is formed by a plurality of V-shaped elastic blocks and the elastomer is compressed by the retaining ring towards the axis (R) of the wheel, the V-shaped housing comprising:
a vertex,
first and second inclined sections on which the V-shaped-elastic blocks are supported, the first and second inclined sections being connected at the vertex and extending away from the vertex in respective first and second directions, the first inclined section formed by an inclined surface of the retaining ring, the second inclined section formed by an inclined surface the wheel center,
a first oblique wall joined to the first inclined section, the first oblique wall formed by an oblique surface of the retaining ring,
a second oblique wall joined to the second inclined section, the second oblique wall formed by an oblique surface of the retaining ring,
a first vertical wall joined to the first oblique wall, the first vertical wall being perpendicular to the axis, the first vertical wall being formed by a vertical surface of the retaining ring,
a second vertical wall joined to the second oblique wall, the second vertical wall being perpendicular to the axis, the second vertical wall being formed by a vertical surface of the wheel center,
a first horizontal wall joined to the first vertical wall, the first horizontal wall being parallel to the axis, the first horizontal wall being formed by a first horizontal surface of the tread,
a second horizontal wall joined to the second vertical wall, the second horizontal wall being parallel to the axis, the second horizontal wall being formed by a second horizontal surface of the tread, and
a radially inwardly projecting portion between the first and second horizontal walls, between the first and second vertical walls, and between the first and second oblique walls, the radially inwardly projecting portion formed by a projecting surface of the tread,
wherein:
the first oblique wall and the retaining ring are located on a first side of a line that intersects the axis (R), is perpendicular to the axis (R), and passes through the vertex, and the second oblique wall is located on a second side of the line opposite the first side,
each of the first and second oblique walls forms an angle (?) of between 48° and 52° with respect to the axis (R) of the wheel,
the first inclined section is located on the first side of the line and disposed between the vertex and the first oblique wall,
the second inclined section is located on the second side of the line and disposed between the vertex and the second oblique wall, and
each of the first and second inclined sections forms an angle (?) of between 2° and 10° with respect to the axis (R) of the wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,112,436

CENTRE-LOCK ATTACHMENT ARRANGEMENT FOR COMPOSITE WHEELS

Carbon Revolution Limited...

1. A centre-lock attachment arrangement configured to attach at least one composite wheel to a mount using a centre-lock fastener and a centre-lock fastening nut which can be fastened on the centre-lock fastener, the composite wheel including a central attachment area having a composite wheel central attachment aperture through which the centre-lock fastener is inserted, and a plurality of composite wheel fastener apertures annularly spaced around the composite wheel central attachment aperture, the centre-lock attachment arrangement including:a front element including a front element outer engagement surface configured to engage the centre-lock fastening nut, and a front element inner engagement surface configured to engage with an outer side of the central attachment area of the composite wheel, the front element including a front element attachment aperture through which the centre-lock fastener is inserted and a plurality of front element fastener apertures annularly spaced around the front element attachment aperture, said front element fastener apertures being complementary to the composite wheel fastener apertures of the central attachment area of the composite wheel;
a backing element including a backing element outer engagement surface configured to face the mount, and a backing element inner engagement surface configured to engage with an inner side of the central attachment area of the composite wheel, the backing element including a backing element attachment aperture through which the centre-lock fastener is inserted and a plurality of backing element fastener apertures spaced apart around the backing element attachment aperture, said backing element fastener apertures being complementary to the composite wheel fastener apertures of the central attachment area of the composite wheel; and
a plurality of elongate fasteners configured to be received through the plurality of front element fastener apertures and the plurality of backing element fastener apertures which are aligned, the plurality of elongate fasteners configured to clamp the front element and the backing element over and around the central attachment area of the composite wheel.