US Pat. No. 10,793,196

STRUCTURAL BEAMS OF HARDENED UHSS WITH REINFORCEMENT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING

AUTOTECH ENGINEERING S.L....

1. A structural beam comprising:a first beam and a reinforcement attached to the first beam,
the first beam having
a substantially U-shaped cross-section along at least a first part of its length, the U-shape including at least a bottom wall, and two sidewalls, wherein
the bottom wall is a linear wall, with no bends, extending into the sidewalls at opposing ends of the linear wall,
the bottom wall having a first joining region,
the reinforcement having a second joining region, the second joining region including a flat area, and
the first beam and the reinforcement being welded together at the first and second joining regions, wherein, the reinforcement is welded to the first beam at the bottom wall of the U-shape cross-section, and wherein,
the first beam and the reinforcement are made of hardened UHSS, and
the second joining region comprises a arcuated region in cross section which has the flat area, such that the first beam and the reinforcement are welded at the flat area of the second joining region.

US Pat. No. 10,793,195

VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body structure, comprising:a pair of side sills extending in a fore and aft direction along either lower side part of a vehicle body;
a floor panel having a vertically facing surface and attached to upper sides of the side sills along respective lateral side edges thereof; and
a pair of side members each having an outboard edge attached to an inboard side of the corresponding side sill and an inboard edge attached a lower surface of the floor panel so as to form a closed cross section structure in cooperation with the corresponding side sill and the floor panel;
wherein each side sill includes:
an outer panel formed as a channel member extending in the fore and aft direction and having an open side facing in an inboard direction;
an inner panel formed as a channel member extending in the fore and aft direction and having an open side facing in an outboard direction, the outer panel and the inner panel being joined to each other at upper and lower edges thereof;
a first stiffener extending in the fore and aft direction in a space defined between the outer panel and the inner panel and having a lower edge joined to the lower edges of the outer panel and the inner panel;
a second stiffener formed as a channel member extending in the fore and aft direction and having an open side facing in the inboard direction, the second stiffener having an upper edge and a lower edge attached to an outboard side of the first stiffener; and
a third stiffener extending in the fore and aft direction and in a transverse direction to have an outboard edge joined to the first stiffener and an inboard edge joined to the inner panel.

US Pat. No. 10,793,194

VEHICLE BODY FLOOR STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body floor structure comprising:a floor panel having a side edge;
a side sill joined to the side edge of the floor panel;
a cross member connected to the side sill, the cross member extending in a direction that crosses a direction in which the side sill extends;
a first reinforcing member disposed at an internal corner defined by the side sill and the cross member, the first reinforcing member joined to the side sill and to a joint portion of the cross member; and
a second reinforcing member disposed at the joint portion of the cross member,
wherein the first reinforcing member has an end portion located on a side of the joint portion and having a weak portion,
wherein the first reinforcing member has a bead that extends in a vehicle width direction, and
wherein the bead extends further than the weak portion inward in the vehicle width direction.

US Pat. No. 10,793,193

VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body structure comprising:a pair of left and right suspensions provided below a vehicle body floor;
suspension mounting portions for mounting the suspensions to the vehicle body floor;
a power supply device that supplies power to drive a vehicle;
a frame that supports the power supply device; and
frame mounting portions for mounting the frame to the vehicle body floor, wherein
the frame mounting portions are disposed above the suspension mounting portions in a vertical direction, and the frame includes: a first frame part that extends in a vehicle width direction and is fixed to left and right side frames, and a second frame part that extends from the first frame part toward the suspension mounting portions,
wherein the second frame part is mounted on an upper side surface of the vehicle body floor.

US Pat. No. 10,793,192

BRACKET NODE ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE, VEHICLE FRAME ASSEMBLY HAVING SAME AND VEHICLE HAVING SAME

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

1. A bracket node assembly for an off-road vehicle configured with a side-by-side seating arrangement, the vehicle including at least one suspension member that supports a respective wheel of the vehicle, the bracket node assembly comprising:a first frame member extending along a longitudinal direction of the vehicle;
a second frame member extending along a longitudinal direction of the vehicle;
a cross member extending in a transverse direction of the vehicle;
a passenger seat; and
a bracket configured to be connected to the suspension member, and the bracket is connected to each of the first frame member, the second frame member, the cross member, and the passenger seat.

US Pat. No. 10,793,191

LOWER VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE

Mazda Motor Corporation, ...

1. A lower vehicle body structure, comprising:a vehicle body floor having a bottom surface part;
a floor tunnel bulging upwardly from the bottom surface part of the vehicle body floor, and extending in vehicle front-and-rear directions;
side sills extending in the vehicle front-and-rear directions along edge parts of the vehicle body floor in vehicle width directions;
hinge pillars extending upwardly from front end parts of the side sills;
first frames, each extending in the vehicle front-and-rear directions at least along an upper surface of the vehicle body floor, between the floor tunnel and one of the side sills;
lowered parts, each provided to the bottom surface part between one of the first frames and one of the side sills so as to be lowered below a part where the vehicle body floor and the side sills are joined; and
second frames, each provided so as to extend to one of the first frames, obliquely rearward from one of the side sills along an upper surface of the bottom surface part and inwardly in the vehicle width directions, and forming in a part including one of the lowered parts a closed cross-section with the bottom surface part.

US Pat. No. 10,793,190

ASSIST DEVICE FOR PULLING OUT OF PARKING SPOT

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

1. A parking exit assist device comprising:one or more processors configured to:
obtain information from at least one sensor disposed on a host vehicle and use the information to detect a front obstacle present in front of the host vehicle and at least a frontward distance from the host vehicle to the front obstacle;
set a target steering angle of the host vehicle using the frontward distance and a position of the host vehicle;
perform an assist control in which a steering angle of the host vehicle is changed to the target steering angle; and
determine whether exit of the host vehicle from parking is possible or not based on a result of detection of the front obstacle, wherein
when the exit of the host vehicle from the parking is determined to be possible, the one or more processors perform the assist control in which the steering angle of the host vehicle is changed from the target steering angle to a neutral angle or to a neutral neighboring angle within a predetermined range from the neutral angle at an end of the exit of the host vehicle from parking operation.

US Pat. No. 10,793,189

KING-PIN JOINT ASSEMBLY

Dana Heavy Vehicle System...

1. A king-pin joint assembly, comprising:a king-pin having an outer surface;
an axle beam having a connector portion with a radially outboard end portion and a radially inboard end portion;
wherein an axle beam king-pin receiving aperture extends from said radially outboard end portion to said radially inboard end portion of said connector portion;
wherein at least a portion of an intermediate portion of said king-pin is received and/or retained within at least a portion of said axle beam king-pin receiving aperture;
a steering knuckle having a yoke portion;
wherein said yoke portion has a first yoke arm and a second yoke arm;
wherein a first yoke arm king-pin aperture having a first end portion and a second end portion extends from an inner surface to an outer surface of said first yoke arm;
wherein at least a portion of a first end portion of said king-pin and at least a portion of said radially outboard end portion of said connector are received and/or retained within at least a portion of said first yoke arm king-pin aperture;
wherein a second yoke arm king-pin aperture extends from an inner surface to an outer surface of said second yoke arm;
wherein at least a portion of a second end portion of said king-pin is received and/or retained within at least a portion of said second yoke arm king-pin aperture;
a first bearing assembly comprising a first bearing cup and one or more first rolling elements that are received and/or retained within at least a portion of said first yoke arm king-pin aperture;
wherein at least a portion of a first end of said first bearing cup of said first bearing assembly is in direct contact with at least a portion of said radially outboard end portion of said connector portion of said axle beam;
a second bearing assembly that is received and/or retained within at least a portion of said second yoke arm king-pin aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,793,188

HIGH BANDWIDTH UNIVERSAL ELECTRIC STEERING SYSTEM CONTROLLER

Steering Solution IP Hold...

1. An electric power steering (EPS) system that provides a motor torque command, the EPS system comprising:a motor; and
a controller configured to generate and send the motor torque command to the motor to generate torque, the controller configured to:
determine a torque reference twist based on a torque reference;
determine a motor angle reference twist based on an angle-difference by multiplying the angle-difference by an autonomous mode enable signal, the autonomous mode enable signal indicative that the EPS is operating in autonomous mode;
compute a total reference twist based on the torque reference twist and the motor angle reference twist;
compute a motor angle reference based on the total reference twist and a handwheel angle; and
generate the motor torque command using the motor angle reference, and send the motor torque command to the motor.

US Pat. No. 10,793,187

STEERING CONTROL APPARATUS OF VEHICLE

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

9. A steering control apparatus of vehicle, the steering control apparatus comprisingcircuitry configured to
control a steering angle by driving, with an electric motor, a steering mechanism,
calculate a target yaw rate, the target yaw rate allowing a vehicle to travel along a traveling course that is set on a basis of external environment information and traveling information of the vehicle,
calculate target torque, the target torque being torque of the electric motor and allowing the target yaw rate to be generated, and
perform a correction process, the correction process calculating a correction gain directed to the target torque and correcting, with the correction gain, the target torque to thereby cause the target torque to be increased, the correction process being performed when an instruction value output to the electric motor varies at a constant rate and on a condition that an absolute value of a motor rotation angle variation amount becomes equal to or less than a set value, the instruction value determined by a rate limiter based on the target torque, the motor rotation angle variation amount being an amount of variation in rotation angle of the electric motor.

US Pat. No. 10,793,186

STEERING ASSISTANCE BASED ON DRIVER ANALYTICS AND BEHAVIOR

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:receiving, by a computing device, data identifying steering adjustments made by a driver of a vehicle;
determining, by the computing device, whether the driver is intending to change lanes or stay within a current driving lane based on a turn signal being active or inactive, and based on whether a degree of a turn of the vehicle indicated by the steering adjustments exceeds a threshold;
monitoring, by the computing device, steering assist variables which include a driver's profile, a frequency and degree of steering adjustments made by the driver, current road conditions, current driving conditions, vehicle analytics including vehicle maintenance and wheel alignment status, navigation directions, vehicle speed, environmental conditions, a presence of surrounding vehicles, a distance to surrounding vehicles, a time of day, and lighting conditions;
tracking, by the computing device, a distance between the vehicle and road markers after the steering adjustments are made by the driver;
identifying, by the computing device, a relative position between the vehicle and the road markers from the tracked distance;
monitoring, by the computing device, driver attention data using onboard cameras detecting an attention of the driver;
generating, by the computing device, steering assist instructions based on determining that the driver intends to maintain the vehicle's position within the current driving lane, the relative position between the vehicle and the road markers, the monitored steering assist variables and the attention of the driver; and
outputting, by the computing device, the steering assist instructions to counteract the steering adjustments made by the driver and maintain the vehicle's position within the current driving lane.

US Pat. No. 10,793,185

CHARGE PRESSURE CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENT FOR STEERING CONTROL FOR A VEHICLE

1. A steering system for an agricultural vehicle having one or more steerable front wheels and one or more steerable rear wheels, the steering system comprising:a hydraulic charge pressure circuit configured to provide charge pressure to one or more hydraulic components of the agricultural vehicle;
a hydraulic drive pressure circuit configured to provide a working pressure to one or more other hydraulic components of the agricultural vehicle; and
at least one front hydraulic motor configured to rotate at least one of the one or more steerable front wheels in order to drive the agricultural vehicle;
wherein the at least one front hydraulic motor is driven to rotate the at least one steerable front wheel by the working pressure from the hydraulic drive pressure circuit; and
wherein, to steer the agricultural vehicle, the at least one front hydraulic motor is controlled according to a flow of hydraulic fluid in the hydraulic charge pressure circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,793,184

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING AN ELECTRONIC POWER ASSISTED STEERING MOTOR IN RESPONSE TO DETECTING ENGINE STALL WHILE RESTARTING AN AUTO STOP-START ENGINE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An apparatus comprising:a controller configured to:
ramp out current from an electronic power assisted steering (EPAS) motor in response to detecting that an auto stop-start engine has stalled while the auto stop-start engine is re-cranking from an auto stopped engine state;
invoke a first stall recovery attempt at the auto stop-start engine in response to the ramp out of current, wherein the invoking of the first stall recovery attempt increases an attempt count of a stall recovery attempt counter and commences a stall recovery attempt timer;
invoke a second stall recovery attempt at the auto stop-start engine in response to detecting that the auto stop-start engine has stalled in response to the first stall recovery attempt, that the stall recovery attempt timer has expired, and that the stall recovery attempt counter has not exceeded a stall recovery attempt counter threshold; and
ramp in current to the EPAS motor in response to detecting that the auto stop-start engine has been successfully restarted based on the second stall recovery attempt.

US Pat. No. 10,793,183

TORQUE OVERLAY STEERING APPARATUS

TRW AUTOMOTIVE U.S. LLC, ...

1. A steering apparatus for assisting rotation of a steering shaft in a steering system, the apparatus comprising:a motor having a drive shaft that rotates about a drive shaft axis;
an output shaft that rotates about an output shaft axis, the output shaft axis extending parallel to the drive shaft axis, the output shaft being connected for rotation with the steering shaft; and
a gear train drivingly connecting the motor to the output shaft, the gear train including a worm screw and a worm wheel, wherein the gear train further includes a first gear provided on the drive shaft and being rotatable by the motor about the drive shaft axis, and a second gear driven by the first gear and rotatable with the worm screw for transferring rotation of the first gear to the worm screw.

US Pat. No. 10,793,182

INTEGRATED ELECTRIC POWER STEERING APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An integrated electric power steering apparatus in which a control unit for controlling a motor is disposed inside a housing, said control unit is disposed so as to be coaxial to an output shaft of said motor, and in which said control unit and said motor are integrated, wherein:said control unit includes a circuit board and an intermediate member;
main parts are mounted to said circuit board;
wiring is disposed on said intermediate member;
said circuit board and said intermediate member are stacked;
said parts are mounted to first and second surfaces of said circuit board; and
a portion of said housing and first surfaces of said parts disposed on the second surface of said circuit board are placed in direct contact or are placed in contact so as to have a heat-transferring member interposed,
wherein the second surface of said circuit board faces the motor.

US Pat. No. 10,793,181

ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE

Polaris Industries Inc., ...

1. A method of making multiple widths of all-wheel drive vehicles, comprising the steps of:providing a frame having a front portion and a rear portion;
providing a power train and coupling the power train to the frame, the power train comprising a primary motive unit, a transmission, a front final drive, a rear final drive and couplings between the transmission and the front and rear final drives;
providing a plurality of front and rear suspension components of different lengths;
providing a plurality of front and rear half shafts of different lengths;
selecting sets of front and rear suspension components and front and rear half shafts to define a measured distance from a longitudinal centerline of the vehicle;
providing front and rear wheels, where a distance measured from outside the front and rear wheels is different for the different sets;
providing front knuckles coupling the front wheels to the selected front suspension components; and
providing steering stops usable with all of the plurality of front suspension components of different lengths.

US Pat. No. 10,793,180

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A LENGTH-ADJUSTABLE STEERING SHAFT, AND LENGTH-ADJUSTABLE STEERING SHAFT

THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, ...

1. A method for producing a length-adjustable steering shaft having a hollow shaft in which a toothed shaft is received so as to be telescopic in an axial direction, the toothed shaft having a toothing which has teeth on the external circumference that extend in the axial direction and which engages in a form-fitting manner in an inner toothing of the hollow shaft, wherein a sliding layer of thermoplastic plastics material is at least in portions attached between the inner toothing and the toothing, the method comprising:forming, in the region of the toothing of the toothed shaft or the inner toothing of the hollow shaft, form-fitting elements configured to provide a form-fitting connection effective in the axial direction, wherein the form-fitting elements are plastically formed in a surface of the toothing or of the inner toothing, wherein the form-fitting elements are rolled into the surface by means of rotating profiled rollers which roll in the axial direction on the surface of the toothing;
bringing the form-fitting elements into engagement with the sliding layer; and
attaching the sliding layer.

US Pat. No. 10,793,179

ADJUSTABLE STEERING COLUMN ASSEMBLY

Steering Solutions IP Hol...

1. A steering column assembly, comprising:a jacket assembly extending along a steering column axis, the jacket assembly is connected to a support bracket;
a locking assembly connected to the support bracket, the locking assembly movable between a locked position that inhibits movement of the jacket assembly relative to the steering column axis and an unlocked position that facilitates movement of the jacket assembly relative to the steering column axis; and
an adjustment lever connected to the locking assembly and extending along a lever axis that is disposed parallel to the steering column axis, the adjustment lever being arranged to rotate about the lever axis to move the locking assembly between the locked position and the unlocked position,
wherein the locking assembly, further comprising:
a lock housing disposed on the support bracket, the lock housing defining a first pin pocket and a second pin pocket, the lock housing being fixed against rotation relative to the support bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,793,178

STEERING WHEEL ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An assembly, comprising:a steering wheel having a first member and a second member supported by the first member, the second member being extendable from the first member from a first position to an extended position;
a cylinder in the first member;
a piston slidably supported by the cylinder; and
a pyrotechnic in communication with the cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,793,177

MULTIMEDIA OPERATING STATION FOR AUTOMATIC MACHINE OPERATORS

1. A multimedia operating station for operators of an automatic machine, comprising:a mobile carriage, which is movable on a treadable surface and supports a vertical frame including a lower, first portion, and an upper, second portion;
a screen for displaying graphical and alphanumeric data connected to the second portion of the frame;
a graphical and alphanumeric data processing unit for operative connection to at least one chosen from a component and to the operating system of the automatic machine; the processing unit being positioned on the first portion of the frame and connected to the screen;
a device for introducing commands to the processing unit positioned on the first portion of the frame and connected to the processing unit;
an autonomous electricity supply unit positioned in the first portion of the frame and powering the screen and the processing unit;
wherein the frame includes a main rigid core formed by a base, integral with the mobile carriage, two uprights and an upper transversal member rigidly connected to each other to define a delimited space; inside the delimited space of the frame being positioned two plates, vertical and independent from each other, to define a part of the first portion and, respectively, the second portion of the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,793,176

PALLET LIFT

Rehrig Pacific Company, ...

1. A combination including a pallet lift and a pallet, the combination comprising:the pallet having a plurality of columns supporting a deck;
the pallet lift including:
a base having a proximal end and a distal end, the base including a pair of spaced apart rails capable of receiving columns of the pallet therebetween, wherein the base is open at the distal end to permit receiving the columns of the pallet therebetween;
a plurality of wheels supporting the base including distal wheels proximate the distal end of the base and proximal wheels proximate the proximal end of the base;
a pair of contact surfaces proximate the distal end of the base such that the pair of contact surfaces are capable of engaging lower surfaces of the pallet at approximately a center of the pallet, wherein a distance from the pair of contact surfaces to the base is fixed;
a handle projecting upward proximate the proximal end of the base, wherein the handle is fixed against rotation relative to the base; and
a rear support surface on the base between the contact surfaces and the handle;the plurality of columns received between the pair of spaced apart rails, wherein the pallet lift is capable of lifting the pallet off of a floor by rotating the handle relative to the floor while the handle is fixed against rotation relative to the base such that the pair of contact surfaces engage the lower surfaces of the pallet at approximately the center of the pallet.

US Pat. No. 10,793,175

CARE OR ORGANIZATION TROLLEY AND CLAMPING RAIL

Zarges GmbH, Weilhelm (D...

1. A medical or organisation cart (100) with a clamping rail (10) for attaching accessories at the medical or organisation cart (100) which is provided in particular to be rectangular with at least slightly rounded corners, essentially when viewed from above, whereinthe medical or organisation cart (100) is provided with corner profiles (8, 8a, 8b) among which at least one is provided with a vertically extending undercut (9),
the clamping rail (10) is provided with a tension element (20), a counter hold element (30) and a connection strap (40) which connects the tension element (20) with the counter hold element (30) and which the accessories may be attached to or hanged on,
the tension element (20) may be positively connected with the corner profile (8a) at the vertical undercut (9),
the clamping rail (10) may be fixedly attached to the medical or organisation cart (100) and may be detached from said, both with the help of the tension element (20), and
the clamping rail (10) may be displaced vertically in an infinitely variable fashion and may be fixedly attached at any position of the vertical undercut (9) and at a position of an adjacent corner profile (8b) which horizontally corresponds to said first position.

US Pat. No. 10,793,174

TROLLEY FOR HANDLING A CONTAINER INTENDED FOR CONNECTION TO AN INSULATOR

GETINGE LA CALHENE, Vend...

1. A trolley for handling at least one container for leakproof connection to an insulator by a hermetically sealed connector, said sealed connector comprising a first part on the container and a second part on the insulator, said container comprising a longitudinal axis and an opening edged by a flange and hermetically sealed by a door, said trolley comprising a support plate configured to support the container such that the longitudinal axis of the container is orientated vertically, a displacement device for displacing the trolley relative to a floor, a lifter for lifting the container vertically in order to mate the container to the insulator, a first indexer for indexing the position of the trolley relative to the insulator, the first indexer configured to coincide with a second indexer for indexing the position of the container relative to the insulator such as to align the first part and the second part of the sealed connector in the vertical direction, an angular orientation device for angularly orientating the container, said angular orientation device being configured to determine the angular orientation of the container about the longitudinal direction of the container relative to the trolley and a device for rotating the container about a vertical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,793,173

HALF PALLET SLED

Rehrig Pacific Company, ...

1. In combination:a pallet sled having a sled base having wheels, the pallet sled further including a fork tine assembly extending from the sled base, the fork tine assembly including a pair of fork tines, at least one of the pair of fork tines configured to be secured directly to a horizontal planar base of a hand cart projecting forwardly from a frame of the hand cart and having two wheels mounted rearwardly of the frame; and
the hand cart, wherein the horizontal, planar base of the hand cart is secured to the at least one of the pair of fork tines and wherein the frame of the cart extends upward vertically to a handle portion and wherein the horizontal, planar base projects forwardly from a lower portion of the frame and the two wheels are mounted to an axis rearward of the lower portion of the frame and higher than the horizontal, planar base.

US Pat. No. 10,793,172

CONTAINER ASSEMBLY

KETER PLASTIC LTD., Herz...

1. A containers assembly comprising at least one first container and at least one second container, detachably attachable to one another by a locking arrangement that comprises at least one locking member and a locking receptacle; at least one side wall of the first container comprises said at least one locking member pivotally secured at a top portion of the first container, and said locking receptacle is configured at a base portion of the second container, said locking member configured with at least one locking latch configured for locking engagement within said locking receptacle;the locking member being pivotally displaceable between a locked position in which the at least one locking latch is radially engaged within the locking receptacle, such that the second container is lockingly articulated over the first container, and an unlocked position in which the locking member is outwardly pivoted and the at least one locking latch is disengaged from the locking receptacle such that the second container can be separated from the first container;
the first container being configured with a support rim constituting a nesting portion, and wherein at the locked position the at least one locking latch radially projects inwardly through said rim,
the second container being configured at a bottom base portion thereof with a nestable portion in register with the support rim; and
said locking receptacle is at the nestable portion and has an opening on a face of said nestable portion, wherein at the locked position said opening is disposed opposite a respective locking latch of the locking member,
the locking member being configured to serve as a carrying handle, at either the locked position and the unlocked position, and further wherein the locking member is configured with a gripping portion, the gripping portion having a rim-facing surface being spaced apart, at both the locked position and unlocked position, from an opposing wall portion of the first container.

US Pat. No. 10,793,171

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION FUNCTION-EQUIPPED TEMPERATURE SENSOR UNIT OF RAILCAR BOGIE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A wireless communication function-equipped temperature sensor unit attached to a box accommodating a rotating body of a railcar bogie, the wireless communication function-equipped temperature sensor unit comprising:a temperature sensor;
a wireless communication board including
a conversion substrate including a conversion circuit configured to convert an analog temperature signal into a digital temperature signal, the analog temperature signal being output from the temperature sensor, and
a wireless communication module mounted on the conversion substrate and configured to transmit the digital temperature signal as a wireless signal,
the wireless communication board being arranged away from the temperature sensor and located at a side of the temperature sensor, the side being opposite to a side where the rotating body is arranged;
a battery arranged between the temperature sensor and the wireless communication board and configured to supply electric power to the wireless communication board; and
a housing accommodating the temperature sensor, the wireless communication board, and the battery and attached to the box,
the wireless communication board being arranged along a tangential direction of the rotating body, with the proviso that a main surface of the wireless communication board faces an outer peripheral surface of the rotating body,
the temperature sensor, the battery, and the wireless communication board being arranged so as to overlap one another when viewed from a normal direction of the wireless communication board.

US Pat. No. 10,793,170

TEMPERATURE SENSOR UNIT-EQUIPPED AXLE BOX DEVICE AND TEMPERATURE DETECTING DEVICE OF RAILCAR BOGIE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A temperature sensor unit-equipped axle box device of a railcar bogie,the temperature sensor unit-equipped axle box device comprising:
an axle box accommodating a bearing configured to support an axle;
a temperature sensor unit attached to the axle box and configured to detect a temperature of an outer ring of the bearing; and
an elastic body configured to bias the temperature sensor unit in such a direction that the temperature sensor unit is pressed against the outer ring;
wherein the temperature sensor unit is displaceable relative to the axle box around a rotation axis of the bearing, and the elastic body is elastically deformable so as to follow displacement of the temperature sensor unit around the rotation axis of the bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,793,169

MECHANICALLY ACTIVATED CAM EXTENSION CYLINDER

WESTINGHOUSE AIR BRAKE TE...

1. A brake actuator, comprising:a brake cylinder having a piston assembly;
a piston rod extensibly disposed on the brake cylinder and operatively connected to the piston assembly in the brake cylinder, the piston rod configured to be moved by the piston assembly in a reciprocal axial motion between extended and retracted positions with respect to the brake cylinder, the piston rod comprising at least one lateral protrusion laterally extending therefrom; and
an extension cylinder disposed on the brake cylinder at least partially surrounding the piston rod, the extension cylinder comprising at least one cam surface engaged by the at least one lateral protrusion of the piston rod, wherein the cam surface includes at least one rotational component and at least one translational component,
wherein the extension cylinder is configured to be operatively connected to a hand brake mechanism and to be actuated by the hand brake mechanism to rotate such that the at least one cam surface engages the at least one lateral protrusion of the piston rod to cause the piston rod to move between the extended position and the retracted position, wherein moving the piston rod between the extended position and the retracted position includes the extension cylinder moving in a rotational direction corresponding to the at least one rotational component of the cam surface and a translational direction corresponding to the at least one translational component of the cam surface while the cam surface engages the at least one lateral protrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,793,168

PROTECTING ELEMENT OF A RAILWAY WHEEL SET AND RESPECTIVE MANUFACTURING METHOD

LUCCHINI RS S.P.A., Love...

1. A protecting element (20) of an axle (2) of railway wheelset (1), the protecting element (20) comprising a pad, wherein the pad:has a thickness between 5 mm and 10 mm;
is made of a material having high-strength, between 50 kJ/m2 and 80 kJ/m2;
is provided with a plurality of transversal grooves (22), and
can be rolled up on the axle (2) at room temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,793,167

RAILCAR BOGIE AND RAILCAR INCLUDING SAME

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A railcar bogie comprising:a bogie frame; and
a single link type traction device coupling the bogie frame and a carbody and transmitting force to the carbody, the force acting on the bogie frame, wherein:
the single link type traction device includes
a single link member coupling a center pin of the carbody and the bogie frame and extending in a car longitudinal direction,
a receiving seat provided at a fixation target object constituted by the center pin or the bogie frame, the link member being fixed to the receiving seat, and
a first fastening member including a bolt and a nut and fixing an end portion of the link member to the receiving seat, the bolt being inserted into the end portion of the link member and the receiving seat from one side in the car longitudinal direction, the nut being threadedly engaged with the bolt from the other side in the car longitudinal direction; and
the receiving seat includes:
a through hole into which the bolt is inserted;
a nut accommodating space communicating with the through hole and accommodating the nut;
a base portion joined to the fixation target object;
a first projecting portion including a first surface and the through hole and projecting from the base portion, the first surface being located at the one side of the nut in the car longitudinal direction and forming the nut accommodating space;
a second projecting portion including a second surface and projecting from the base portion, the second surface being located at the other side of the nut in the car longitudinal direction and forming the nut accommodating space; and
a coupling portion coupling the first projecting portion and the second projecting portion at a side where a projecting end of the first projecting portion exists when viewed from at least an axis of the bolt.

US Pat. No. 10,793,166

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING OBJECT DETECTION WARNING

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A method of providing object detection warning to an operator of a machine, the machine including one or more object detection sensors, a display unit and a controller communicably coupled to the one or more object detection modules and the display unit, and one or more machine cameras positioned on the machine, the method comprising:detecting, by the controller using the one or more object detection sensors, at least one object being located within a predefined distance range from the machine;
determining, by the controller using the one or more object detection sensors, a distance and position of the detected at least one object relative to the machine;
displaying, by the controller on the display unit, a threat warning widget including a plurality of threat level indicators, each of the threat level indicators being representative of a warning level as a function of distance and position of the object relative to the machine, and a plurality of threat sectors corresponding to a field of view of each of the machine cameras;
activating, by the controller, at least one threat level indicator based on the determined distance and position of the detected at least one object relative to the machine;
identifying, by the controller, one of the machine cameras being displayed on the display unit along with the threat warning widget; and
highlighting, by the controller on the display unit, one of the threat sectors on the threat warning widget, based on the identified machine camera being displayed on the display unit.

US Pat. No. 10,793,165

DRIVING ASSISTANCE METHOD, AND DRIVING ASSISTANCE DEVICE, DRIVING CONTROL DEVICE, VEHICLE, DRIVING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM USING SAID METHOD

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A driving assistance device comprising:a processor; and
a memory coupled to the processor, the memory storing a program that, when executed by the processor, causes the driving assistance device to:
generate a first image representing an action a vehicle is capable of executing depending on a travel environment during autonomous driving, and a second image representing a reason, based on the travel environment, why the action should be executed or should not be executed; and
output the first image and the second image to a notification device in the vehicle in association with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,793,164

LOGICAL CONFIGURATION OF VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEMS BASED ON DRIVER PROFILES

Allstate Insurance Compan...

1. A method comprising:at a computing device including at least one or more processors and memory storing computer-executable instructions:
identifying, by the one or more processors, a driving behavior of a driver of a vehicle through vehicle operation data provided by one or more of: vehicle sensors, a telematics device, and a mobile device;
based on the driving behavior, developing, by the one or more processors, a first driving profile for the driver;
transmitting, by the one or more processors, the first driving profile to a remote server storing a plurality of driving profiles corresponding to a plurality of users;
calculating, by the one or more processors, a risk score for a driving route associated with the driver;
comparing the risk score for the driving route to driving profile safety scores corresponding to the plurality of driving profiles;
identifying, based on the risk score for the driving route matching a range of driving profile safety scores corresponding to the plurality of driving profiles, one or more driving profiles of the plurality of driving profiles;
selecting, from the identified one or more driving profiles, a second driving profile, of the plurality of driving profiles, having a driving profile safety score being closest to the risk score for the driving route, wherein the second driving profile is associated with a different driver;
downloading, by the one or more processors and from the remote server, the second driving profile associated with the different driver;
configuring, by the one or more processors, vehicle operations based off of the second driving profile associated with the different driver; and
actuating, by the one or more processors, the vehicle operations based on the configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,793,163

VEHICLE SYSTEM, VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD, AND VEHICLE CONTROL PROGRAM

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

1. A vehicle system comprising:a seat on which an occupant of a vehicle is seated;
a switching control unit configured to control switching between a first driving mode in which a degree of automatic driving of the vehicle is equal to or greater than a predetermined value and a second driving mode in which the degree of automatic driving of the vehicle is less than the predetermined value;
a first operation reception unit and a second operation reception unit configured to be operated by the occupant; and
a seat drive unit configured to, in a case where the switching control unit controls switching of the first driving mode, change a position of the seat on the basis of an operation received by the first operation reception unit, and return the position of the seat to a position before being changed by the first operation reception unit when an operation is received by the second operation reception unit,
wherein the second operation reception unit is provided at a rearward position relative to a place corresponding to a central portion in a travel direction of a seating portion of the seat in a side member provided in a side portion of the seat is validated in a case where the switching control unit controls switching to the first driving mode, and is invalidated in a case where the switching control unit controls switching to the second driving mode.

US Pat. No. 10,793,162

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PREDICTING DRIVING PATH OF NEIGHBORING VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for predicting a driving path of a neighboring vehicle proximate to a subject vehicle, comprising:receiving, by a controller, information regarding a neighboring road that is connected to a road on which the subject vehicle is being driven using a detailed map, the neighboring road including a plurality of connected segments, each segment corresponding to a minimum unit expressing a road;
determining, by the controller, a segment that is closest to the neighboring vehicle by calculating a shortest distance between the segment and the neighboring vehicle using a grid map or quad tree;
detecting, by the controller, segments of one or more roads connected to the segment;
predicting, by the controller, the driving path of the neighboring vehicle using the detected segments of one or more roads and a velocity, an acceleration, or a driving direction received from the neighboring vehicle using V2X communication with the neighboring vehicle; and
adjusting, by the controller, a driving direction and a velocity of the subject vehicle based on the predicted the driving path of the neighboring vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,793,161

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SELECTIVE DRIVER COACHING BASED ON DRIVER EFFICIENCY

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:detecting an initial instance of a deceleration event at a location;
upon repeated detection of additional instances of the deceleration event, storing data characterizing the deceleration event, subsequent reacceleration, and the location while simultaneously measuring driver-controlled deceleration and reacceleration during and after the initial instance of the deceleration event and the additional instances of the deceleration event;
generating coaching cues from estimated operating efficiency of a vehicle learned from the data characterizing the deceleration event, subsequent reacceleration, and the location;
determining driver-controlled operating efficiency of the vehicle based upon driver- controlled deceleration and reacceleration;
comparing the driver-controlled operating efficiency and the coached operating efficiency; and
prohibiting use of the coaching cues upon a determination that the driver-controlled operating efficiency exceeds the coached operating efficiency.

US Pat. No. 10,793,160

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO DETERMINE RESPONSIVENESS OF A DRIVER OF A VEHICLE TO FEEDBACK REGARDING DRIVING BEHAVIORS

SmartDrive Systems, Inc.,...

1. A system configured to determine responsiveness of a driver of a vehicle to being prompted regarding driving behaviors, the system comprising:one or more processors configured by machine-readable instructions to:
obtain, by the one or more processors, first driving behavior information that reflects an occurrence of a specific driving behavior by the driver, wherein the specific driving behavior characterizes operation of the vehicle by the driver;
prompt, by the one or more processors, the driver to curb future occurrences of the specific driving behavior;
obtain, by the one or more processors, second driving behavior information that characterizes operation of the vehicle by the driver subsequent to the occurrence of the specific driving behavior; and
assess, by the one or more processors, responsiveness of the driver to being prompted, wherein assessment of the responsiveness is based on the second driving behavior information, wherein the assessment of the responsiveness of the driver includes a determination whether the driver has curbed the specific driving behavior subsequent to the occurrence of the specific driving behavior, and wherein the determination is based on whether one or more additional occurrences of the specific driving behavior are included in the second driving behavior information.

US Pat. No. 10,793,159

APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING MAP INFORMATION FOR DETERMINING DRIVING SITUATION OF VEHICLE, SYSTEM INCLUDING THE SAME, AND METHOD THEREOF

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. An apparatus for providing map information, the apparatus comprising:a processor configured to:
update a position of an own vehicle to a detailed map including lane information;
configure a valid detailed map by selecting an effective region around the position of the own vehicle on the basis of the position of the own vehicle on the detailed map; and
generate a road model according to a requested type of a vehicle device which has requested providing of map information, using the valid detailed map,
wherein the processor selects a region within a predetermined distance or within a predetermined number of links as the effective region, based on the position of the own vehicle, and
wherein the processor selects the effective region on the basis of the number or a distance of higher links positioned in front of the own vehicle, the number or a distance of lower links positioned behind the own vehicle, and the number or a distance of sub-links at a point where links meet, on the basis of the position of the own vehicle on the detailed map.

US Pat. No. 10,793,158

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE, AND MOTOR VEHICLE

Vitesco Technologies Germ...

1. A method for operating a motor vehicle having a drive unit, an output unit, and a clutch arranged therebetween and configured to transmit a torque, the method comprising:detecting, at a detection unit, an operating state of the drive unit;
when an overrun mode is detected, controlling, by a control unit, a clutch slip which results in controlling the torque as a function of a speed of the motor vehicle; and
wherein a step-by-step controlled overrun control system is assisted in such a way that the controllable clutch slip compensates the steps of the overrun control system, in particular a gear change, by exploitation of a maximum engine speed and thus a maximum engine braking power over the overrun mode.

US Pat. No. 10,793,157

OPERATING ELECTRIFIED VEHICLES DURING TRACTION EVENTS

1. A vehicle, comprising:a drivetrain, the drivetrain including at least one wheel;
multiple motors, the drivetrain mechanically connected to the motors; and
multiple control modules communicatively connected to the motors, the control modules including a power control module per motor, each power control module assigned a motor, communicatively connected to the assigned motor, and configured to operate the assigned motor; wherein
in response to an evident or prospective loss of tractive contact between the at least one wheel and the ground, the control modules are configured to switch from a drive mode, in which the power control modules are configured to operate the respective assigned motors under a master/slave control relationship to contributorily satisfy at least one propulsion demand global to the vehicle, to a traction control mode, in which the master/slave control relationship is suspended, and one of the control modules is configured to operate the motors to contributorily satisfy at least one propulsion demand global to the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,793,156

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

Jatco Ltd., Fuji-shi (JP...

1. A vehicle control device comprising:a first control unit configured to execute sailing stop control to stop a drive source of a vehicle and to put an automatic transmission of the vehicle into a neutral state when a sailing stop condition is established, the automatic transmission being connected to the drive source; and
a second control unit configured to:
start the drive source when the sailing stop control is cancelled due to a prescribed sailing stop cancellation condition among sailing stop cancellation conditions being established, the prescribed sailing stop cancellation condition being that a brake of the vehicle is on,
implement downshifting of a variator of the automatic transmission when a size of a deceleration level of the vehicle is a prescribed value or greater after the drive source is started, and
engage an engagement element of the automatic transmission for disconnecting and connecting transmission of a driving force after the downshifting of the variator is complete, the variator being placed further upstream than the engagement element.

US Pat. No. 10,793,155

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DIGGING OUT A MOTOR VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for digging out a motor vehicle at a standstill, the method comprising: predefining, by a driver of the vehicle, a startup direction for the motor vehicle with the aid of an operating element; generating a reciprocating motion of the motor vehicle using chronologically consecutive drive force pulses which are independent of the driver and have a first intensity; ascertaining a spatial amplitude of the reciprocating motion; comparing the ascertained spatial amplitude to a predefined threshold; when the spatial amplitude of the reciprocating motion of the motor vehicle is greater than the predefined threshold value, generating a startup movement of the motor vehicle in the predefined startup direction using at least one drive force pulse which is directed in the predefined startup direction and which has a second intensity, which is greater than the first intensity.

US Pat. No. 10,793,154

METHOD FOR OPERATING A DRIVE TRAIN OF A MOTOR VEHICLE, AND DRIVE TRAIN MODULE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE OF THIS TYPE

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

1. A method for operating a drive train of a motor vehicle, the drive train having at least one transmission (2), the transmission (2) configured such that different gear ratios between an input shaft (21) and an output shaft (22) of the transmission (2) are made available by selectively engaging hydraulically actuatable shift elements of the transmission (G), the drive train further having an electric machine as a drive source (1) and a hydraulically actuatable or bridgeable starting component (3) in a power path between the drive source (1) and the output shaft (22) of the transmission (G), the method comprising:performing a starting process of the motor vehicle, the starting process driven solely by the drive source (1) with the starting component (3) locked-up; and
limiting a drive source torque (1t) of the drive source (1) during the starting process to a maximum value of the drive source torque (1t), the maximum value of the drive source torque (1t) being dependent on a current system pressure (2p) of a hydraulic system of the transmission (2).

US Pat. No. 10,793,153

VEHICLE CONTROLLER

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

1. A system of controlling a vehicle, comprising:an acceleration/deceleration operation member configured to change an accelerator opening position for operating a driving source and to be operated by a driver of the vehicle to perform acceleration and deceleration of the vehicle;
a stepwise variable automatic transmission configured to vary a speed of a rotation caused by the driving force transmitted from the driving source of the vehicle to drive a drive wheel by setting a gear position among a plurality of different gear positions having different gear ratios; and
a vehicle controller comprising an automated drive control unit configured to automatically control at least the acceleration and deceleration of the vehicle by controlling the accelerator opening position and a traveling control unit configured to output a traveling control command value including selection of one of the gear positions such that the gear position of the automatic transmission is automatically set, wherein
when the driver operates the acceleration/deceleration operation member during the automated drive control being performed by the automated drive control unit, the traveling control unit changes the gear position of the automatic transmission which has been set based on the automated drive control to an upper-level gear position.

US Pat. No. 10,793,152

METHOD FOR ASSISTING A DRIVER IN TIME-EFFICIENTLY PERFORMING A JOURNEY WITH A MOTOR VEHICLE, AND MOTOR VEHICLE

Audi AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for assisting a driver in carrying out a time-efficient trip with a motor vehicle, the method comprising:outputting an acceleration request to the driver in response to at least one event criterion occurring where the motor vehicle is operated at a speed lower than a time-efficient target speed associated with a current position of the motor vehicle; and
in response to the at least one event criterion occurring, adjusting at least one vehicle system by specifying operating parameters for an imminent acceleration, wherein the adjusting the at least one vehicle system comprises:
activating a sport mode of operation of a transmission of the motor vehicle, or
shifting down one gear the transmission of the motor vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,793,151

INSTALLATION SWITCHING DEVICE HAVING A HOUSING AND HAVING A SCREW CONNECTING CLAMP

ABB SCHWEIZ AG, Baden (C...

1. An installation switching device, comprising:a housing;
a screw connecting clamp including an essentially frame-shaped clamping part including longitudinal faces, narrow faces, and broad faces;
a head clamping screw configured to be received in a threaded aperture of the clamping part; and
a current rail arranged in a fixed manner in the installation switching device, the current rail extending through an interior of the frame-shaped clamping part,
wherein a current rail broad face is oriented, as assembled, parallel to a clamping part broad face facing the head clamping screw, and
wherein the head clamping screw supports itself, screwed-in, on the current rail and, consequently, the clamping part can be displaced in its longitudinal direction, parallel to one of the narrow faces, relative to the current rail during further screwing in the head clamping screw so that a connecting conductor can be fixedly clamped between a face of the current rail remote from the head clamping screw and the broad face of the clamping part that is remote from the head clamping screw,
wherein the housing includes a screw receiving region configured to guide a screw head of the head clamping screw laterally in its axial movement direction,
wherein the screw receiving region includes a housing-side screw access aperture that opens an access to the screw head,
wherein the screw receiving region includes a delimiter configured to prevent the screw head from penetrating the screw access aperture,
wherein a thread-free end section is located on an end section of a screw shaft of the head clamping screw lying opposite the screw head,
wherein a threaded section is located on an intermediate section of the screw shaft of the head clamping screw between the screw head and the thread-free end section,
wherein, the clamping part and the head clamping screw are operatively configured such that in the case of the head clamping screw being rotated out, the thread-free end section of the head clamping screw is located further within the threaded aperture when the thread of the clamping screw is no longer in engagement with the thread of the threaded aperture so that the head clamping screw can be further rotated in this position without a position of the clamping part changing further,
wherein the head clamping screw is dimensioned such that a length from a lower most delimiter contact point of the screw head to an end of the threaded section of the screw shaft is approximately equal to a distance from a top of the clamping part to a lower most portion of the delimiter that is configured to contact the screw head,
wherein the screw receiving region is dimensioned such that the screw head of the head clamping screw is guided therein such that the screw head can be displaced in an axial displacement direction in relation to a longitudinal center axis of the screw shaft,
wherein the screw receiving region comprises walls bounding at least two sides of the screw head that prevent the screw head from tilting,
wherein the screw receiving region comprises a transition in the direction away from the front face into a clamp receiving chamber, the clamp receiving chamber being configured to receive the screw connecting clamp and being wider than the screw receiving region,
wherein a length of the screw receiving region in the axial direction from the delimiter to the transition is configured such that at least a portion of the screw head remains within the screw receiving region from an entirely opened screw connecting clamp state to an entire closed screw connecting claim state.

US Pat. No. 10,793,150

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING VEHICLE BASED ON NEIGHBORING VEHICLES

Wipro Limited, Bangalore...

1. A method for controlling a vehicle based on neighboring vehicles, the method comprising:identifying, by a vehicle controlling device, a fiduciary object associated with each of at least one neighboring vehicle based on at least one image captured for the at least one neighboring vehicle;
tracking, by the vehicle controlling device, a position of the fiduciary object associated with each of the at least one neighboring vehicle based on a bounding box surrounding the fiduciary object associated with each of the at least one neighboring vehicle In the at least one image;
determining, by the vehicle controlling device, a direction-speed vector associated with the vehicle based on direction of motion of the vehicle and speed of the vehicle;
determining, by the vehicle controlling device, trajectory data associated with each of the at least one neighboring vehicle;
correlating, by the vehicle controlling device, the position of the fiduciary object and the trajectory data associated with each of the at least one neighboring vehicle;
re-computing, by the vehicle controlling device, the direction-speed vector of the vehicle based on a result of correlating; and
controlling, by the vehicle controlling device, the vehicle based on the recomputed direction-speed vector.

US Pat. No. 10,793,149

CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A control apparatus, comprising:circuitry configured to function as:
an input unit to which a pickup image of a camera provided to an own vehicle is input; and
a control unit that detects a mirror provided to a different vehicle that exists in front of the own vehicle from the input pickup image, detects a person from a mirror image of the detected mirror, recognizes a state of the person from an image of the detected person, and performs an alerting process or a control process for the own vehicle to prevent an accident of the own vehicle or the different vehicle in accordance with the recognized state of the person,
wherein in a case where it is detected from the pickup image that the different vehicle exists on a traffic lane different from the own vehicle, the control unit detects an outer rearview mirror provided to the different vehicle, and in a case where it is detected from the pickup image that the different vehicle exists on a same traffic lane as the own vehicle, the control unit detects an inner rearview mirror provided to the different vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,793,148

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DRIVING OF VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. An apparatus for controlling driving of a vehicle, the apparatus comprising:a sensor configured to sense an environment outside of the vehicle;
a positioning device configured to measure a current position of the vehicle; and
a controller configured to calculate a first weighted time to collision with another vehicle based on an accident severity index obtained based on the environment outside of the vehicle and the current position of the vehicle and to control collision avoidance based on the calculated first weighted time to collision,
wherein:
the accident severity index is calculated based on a number of fatalities which occur in the environment outside of the vehicle, the current position of the vehicle and a collision risk, and
the collision risk is calculated based on the number of fatalities according to a collision position and a collision direction of an accident vehicle which occurs in the current position of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,793,147

VEHICLE SURROUNDING MONITORING DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle surrounding monitoring device comprising:an object detection electronic control unit (ECU); and
a driving support ECU configured to perform a safety driving support control and an operation driving support control, the vehicle surrounding monitoring device being installed in a vehicle, the safety driving support control being a control for alerting a driver when a probability of collision between the vehicle and a moving object which is approaching the vehicle becomes high, and the operation driving support control being a control for supporting an operation for making the vehicle move in a lateral direction, wherein
the object detection ECU is configured to:
detect moving objects which are moving around the vehicle;
select, from among the detected moving objects, based on an ascending order of a predicted collision time of each of the detected moving objects, a predetermined number of first moving objects, wherein the predicted collision time is indicative of a predicted time that it takes for the moving object to collide with the vehicle;
select, from among the remaining detected moving objects other than the selected first moving objects, based on an ascending order of a relative distance of each of the remaining detected moving objects between the moving object and the vehicle, a predetermined number of second moving objects; and
send, to the driving support ECU, the selected first moving objects and the selected second moving objects.

US Pat. No. 10,793,146

SADDLE-RIDE VEHICLE WITH AUTONOMOUS BRAKING AND METHOD OF OPERATING SAME

Harley-Davidson Motor Com...

1. A vehicle operable by an unrestrained or uncontained rider situated upon the vehicle, the vehicle comprising:a controller programmed to identify a trigger for an autonomous vehicle response that autonomously actuates one or more vehicle actuators;
at least one sensor in electrical communication with the controller and operable to detect a predefined condition as the autonomous vehicle response trigger; and
a rider sensor system in electrical communication with the controller, the rider sensor system including one or both of: a rider cognition sensor operable to detect parameters of rider cognition and to report rider cognition status to the controller, and a rider physical sensor operable to detect parameters of a physical engagement between a rider and the vehicle and to report rider physical engagement status to the controller,
wherein, on the condition of the controller determining from the rider sensor system that there is positive rider engagement, the controller is programmed to instruct a first level of autonomous vehicle response to the one or more actuators to effect a change in the operation of the vehicle in response to identification of the trigger, and
wherein, in the absence of the controller determining from the rider sensor system that there is positive rider engagement, the controller is programmed to retard or disable the instruction of the first level of autonomous vehicle response in response to identification of the trigger.

US Pat. No. 10,793,145

OBJECT RECOGNITION DEVICE, OBJECT RECOGNITION METHOD, AND VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An object recognition device, which is configured to generate and output updated object data and corrected ego vehicle data based on detected object data received from an object information sensor, and on detected ego vehicle data received from a vehicle information sensor, the object recognition device comprising a microcomputer comprising:a time measuring unit configured to measure a time;
a data receiving unit configured to associate, for the detected object data and the detected ego vehicle data that are received in a period from a previous processing time immediately preceding a current processing time to the current processing time, a time measured by the time measuring unit as an object data time with each piece of the detected object data, and a time measured by the time measuring unit as an ego vehicle data time with each piece of the detected ego vehicle data to output the detected object data, the object data time, the detected ego vehicle data, and the ego vehicle data time;
a prediction processing unit configured to predict, with inputs of the object data time, the detected ego vehicle data, and the ego vehicle data time that are output by the data receiving unit, the detected ego vehicle data at the object data time to generate and output a result of the prediction as the corrected ego vehicle data, and predict, with inputs of the updated object data, and the object data time that is output by the data receiving unit, the updated object data at the object data time to generate and output a result of the prediction as predicted object data;
a correlation processing unit configured to determine, with inputs of the detected object data that is output by the data receiving unit, and the predicted object data and the corrected ego vehicle data that are output by the prediction processing unit, a correspondence between the detected object data and the predicted object data to generate and output a combination of the corrected ego vehicle data, the detected object data, the predicted object data, and the correspondence as correlation data; and
an update processing unit configured to generate, with an input of the correlation data that is output by the correlation processing unit, and using the detected object data and the predicted object data that correspond to each other, the updated object data at the object data time to output the updated object data and the corrected ego vehicle data at the object data time,
wherein the detected ego vehicle data comprises a first detected ego vehicle data and a second detected ego vehicle data that are respectively detected at a first time point and a third time point, and the detected object data comprises a first object data that is detected at a second time point preceding the third time point and subsequent to the first time point, and
wherein in response to the ego vehicle being accelerated or decelerated:
the prediction processing unit is further configured to predict the ego vehicle data corresponding to a corrected second time point that precedes the second time point of the object data time by a predetermined delay time, at the current processing time that is subsequent to the third time point, based on the first detected ego vehicle data at a corrected first time point that precedes the first time point by the predetermined delay time, and the second detected ego vehicle data at a corrected third time point that precedes the third time point by the predetermined delay time, so that a delay between a reception time and a processing time of the ego vehicle data is compensated by the predetermined delay time, and
the update processing unit generates the updated object data based on the predicted ego vehicle data,
wherein in response to the ego vehicle traveling at a constant speed:
the object recognition device is configured to recognize a target object based on the detected object data, without generating and using the updated object data.

US Pat. No. 10,793,144

VEHICLE REMOTE PARK-ASSIST COMMUNICATION COUNTERS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:an autonomy unit for remote parking;
a communication module; and
a controller configured to:
send a first signal including a first counter from the communication module to a mobile device;
determine, based on the first counter, a communication latency between the communication module of the vehicle and a mobile device;
determine that a current value of the first counter exceeds a threshold;
monitor, based on the determination that a current value of the first counter exceeds a threshold, for at least one of: a reset vehicle event and a reset mobile event; and
reset the first counter responsive to detecting at least one of the reset vehicle event and the reset mobile event.

US Pat. No. 10,793,143

PARKING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE AND VEHICLE

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A parking system for a subject vehicle configured to perform a parallel parking maneuver, the parking system comprising:at least one processor; and
a computer-readable medium having stored thereon instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to perform operations comprising:
receiving information regarding at least one nearby parked vehicle from an object detection apparatus;
setting at least one edge point of the at least one nearby parked vehicle based on the information regarding the at least one nearby parked vehicle, wherein the at least one edge point
is farthest in a left-right direction from the subject vehicle, on an exterior side of the nearby parked vehicle, wherein the exterior side is closest to the subject vehicle during sensing of an available parking space, and wherein the left-right direction is defined as an overall width direction of the subject vehicle;
setting a reference line based on the at least one edge point of the at least one nearby parked vehicle; and
providing a control signal to control the subject vehicle to perform a parallel parking maneuver with a plurality of wheels of the subject vehicle passing through the reference line,
wherein the operations further comprise:
receiving first information regarding a first nearby parked vehicle, and second information regarding a second nearby parked vehicle from the object detection apparatus, and
providing the control signal to control the subject vehicle to perform the parallel parking maneuver so that the subject vehicle is parallel parked in a space between the first nearby parked vehicle and the second nearby parked vehicle,
wherein setting the at least one edge point of the at least one nearby parked vehicle comprises:
setting a first edge point of the first nearby parked vehicle based on the first information, and
setting a second edge point of the second nearby parked vehicle based on the second information,
wherein setting the reference line based on the at least one edge point of the at least one nearby parked vehicle comprises:
setting a first reference line, during sensing of a parking space, to extend from the first edge point of the first nearby parked vehicle in a front-rear direction along a heading direction of the subject vehicle, and
setting a second reference line, during sensing of the available parking space, to extend from the second edge point of the second nearby parked vehicle in the front-rear direction along the heading direction of the subject vehicle, and
wherein providing the control signal to control the subject vehicle to perform the parallel parking maneuver comprises:
based on the first reference line and the second reference line coinciding with each other, providing the control signal to control the subject vehicle to perform the parallel parking maneuver so that the subject vehicle is parallel parked with the plurality of wheels of the subject vehicle passing through the first reference line, and
based on the first reference line and the second reference line not coinciding with each other, setting a third reference line positioned in a middle portion between the first reference line and the second reference line and providing the control signal to control the subject vehicle to perform the parallel parking maneuver so that the subject vehicle is parallel parked with the plurality of wheels of the subject vehicle passing through the third reference line.

US Pat. No. 10,793,142

SERVER FOR OPERATING A PARKING FACILITY

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A server for operating a parking facility, comprising:a database in which a digital map of a parking facility is stored;
a processor designed for ascertaining at least one target position for a vehicle in the parking facility and at least one section of the digital map which corresponds to a portion of the parking facility through which the vehicle is to drive autonomously during its driving operation to the target position; and
a communication interface designed for transmitting the section of the digital map and the target position to the vehicle via a communication network, wherein the section of the digital map transmitted to the vehicle covers less than an entire area of the parking facility, wherein the processor is designed for subdividing the section into subsections, each of which corresponds to one sub-portion of the portion, the communication interface being designed for transmitting at least some of the subsections via the communication network only during the autonomous driving operation of the vehicle to the target position, the at least some subsections corresponding to sub-portions through which the vehicle must still drive during its autonomous driving operation to the target position, and wherein the processor is designed for ascertaining the subsections with a different accuracy depending on a distance of the vehicle to a particular sub-portion during its autonomous driving operation.

US Pat. No. 10,793,141

VEHICLE TRAVELING CONTROL APPARATUS

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A vehicle traveling control apparatus comprising:a calculator configured to calculate a target steering angle directed to a feedforward control, based on a shape of a target course upon a traveling control that causes an own vehicle to travel along the target course;
a first controller configured to calculate following torque based on the target steering angle without being based on steering angle deviation between an actual steering angle of the own vehicle detected by a sensor and the target steering angle, and perform a first steering control on a steering system of the own vehicle with the calculated following torque;
a second controller configured to calculate the steering angle deviation between the target steering angle and the actual steering angle of the own vehicle, and perform a second steering control on the steering system based on the calculated steering angle deviation;
a switcher configured to switch, based on the shape of the target course, between the first steering control performed by the first controller and the second steering control performed by the second controller; and
a third controller configured to calculate, based on a feedback control amount, a yaw moment to be added to the own vehicle, and controls, based on the calculated yaw moment, a distribution of braking/driving force to be distributed to a plurality of wheels of the own vehicle, the feedback control amount causing the own vehicle to travel while allowing an amount of displacement of the own vehicle relative to the target course to be reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,793,140

FUEL PUMP SYSTEM OF HYBRID VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method of controlling a fuel pump system of a hybrid vehicles wherein the fuel pump system includes:a reservoir cup including a fuel pump configured to suction fuel from a fuel tank;
a fuel supply pipe connected to the fuel pump and extending to allow fuel to be supplied therethrough to an engine in response to an operation of the fuel pump;
a fuel return pipe branched from the fuel supply pipe and extending into the reservoir cup to allow fuel to return to the reservoir cup therethrough;
a first blocking device disposed on the fuel supply pipe, the first blocking device configured to selectively close the fuel supply pipe to block the supply of fuel; and
a pressure sensor configured to detect a pressure of fuel supplied to the fuel supply pipe, the method comprising:
receiving, by a controller, information regarding the pressure of fuel measured by the pressure sensor;
converting, by the controller, driving mode to electric driving mode when the measured pressure of fuel is less than a previously-stored reference pressure;
comparing, by the controller, an amount of fuel measured by a fuel gauge sensor with a reference level previously stored in the controller;
turning on, by the controller, a warning lamp when the measured amount of fuel is less than the reference level;
comparing, by the controller, a pressure of fuel measured by a pressure sensor with a reference pressure previously stored in the controller;
closing, by the controller, a fuel supply pipe by operating a first actuation device when the measured pressure of fuel is less than the reference pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,793,139

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control apparatus for a vehicle that includes (i) an engine serving as a drive power source, (ii) a motor/generator serving as the drive power source and (iii) a mechanically-operated transmission mechanism that constitutes a part of a power transmitting path between the drive power source and drive wheels of the vehicle,said control apparatus comprising:
an electronic control unit that is configured, when an input torque inputted to the mechanically-operated transmission mechanism is to be controlled in process of a coasting shift-down action executed in the mechanically-operated transmission mechanism, to determine an upper limit value of the input torque inputted to the mechanically-operated transmission mechanism in the process of the coasting shift-down action, such that the determined upper limit value is lower during operation of the engine than during stop of the engine, wherein:
the mechanically-operated transmission mechanism is an automatic transmission configured to establish each of a plurality of gear positions by engagement of at least one of a plurality of engagement devices including an one-way clutch,
the coasting shift-down action is a shift-down action to establish one of the plurality of gear positions in the mechanically-operated transmission mechanism, by either (i) release of a releasing engagement device as one of the engagement devices and engagement of the one-way clutch as another one of the engagement devices, or (ii) the release of the releasing engagement device and engagement of still another one of the engagement devices that is disposed in parallel with the one-way clutch, and
when the coasting shift-down action is to be executed, the electronic control unit is configured to cause the releasing engagement device to be released, and to make a torque of the drive power source temporarily higher than a required value so as to temporarily increase the input torque inputted to the mechanically-operated transmission mechanism, for thereby increasing an input rotating speed of the mechanically-operated transmission mechanism toward a synchronizing rotating speed at said one of the plurality of gear positions, such that the electronic control unit causes said still another one of the engagement devices to be engaged as the input rotating speed of the mechanically-operated transmission mechanism reaches a predetermined rotating speed.

US Pat. No. 10,793,138

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control system for a hybrid vehicle, comprising:a power split mechanism that performs a differential action among a first rotary element, a second rotary element, and a third rotary element;
an engine that is connected to the first rotary element;
a first motor that is connected to the second rotary element;
a second motor that is connected to the third rotary element; and
drive wheels to which a torque is delivered from the third rotary element;
a coupling comprising a drive member to which the torque of the third rotary element is applied and a driven member that delivers the torque to the drive wheels, in which a speed difference between the drive member and the driven member can be controlled; and
a controller that controls the first motor, the second motor, and the coupling, wherein
the controller is configured to change the speed difference in the coupling, and change a speed or a torque of at least one of the first motor and the second motor with changing the speed difference in the coupling, and
the controller is further configured to control the first motor in such a manner that a rotational speed of the second rotary element is reduced to zero with changing of the speed difference in the coupling.

US Pat. No. 10,793,137

HIGH SPEED OPERATION OF AN ELECTRIC MACHINE

BAE Systems Controls Inc....

1. A system for a hybrid electric vehicle comprising:a first inverter coupled to a generator, where the generator is mechanically couplable to an engine, the first inverter, when the generator is coupled to the engine, is configured to receive AC power from the generator and provide DC power for a DC link;
an energy storage system selectively couplable to the DC link;
a motor;
a second inverter coupled to the DC link and configured to receive the DC power from the first inverter and the energy storage system when coupled and provide AC power to the motor;
a propulsion shaft coupled to the motor;
a switch configured to close to electrically couple the energy storage system to the DC link and open to electrically isolate the energy storage system from the DC link;
a processor configured to control the switch to open when a required propulsion output from the motor corresponding to a requested propulsion exceeds a power available to the motor or when an output from the motor which is producible from the power available to the motor is less than the required propulsion output from the motor corresponding to the requested propulsion,
wherein when the switch is opened, the processor is configured to instruct an engine controller to cause the engine to boost engine output.

US Pat. No. 10,793,136

VEHICLE BEHAVIOR CONTROL DEVICE

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

1. A vehicle behavior control device applied to a vehicle having a steerable front road wheel, the vehicle behavior control device comprising:a steering speed acquiring part configured to acquire a steering speed of the vehicle; and
a deceleration jerk generating part configured to generate a deceleration jerk which is a rearward jerk in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle, when the steering speed becomes equal to or greater than a given threshold which is greater than zero,
wherein, when the steering speed becomes equal to or greater than the threshold, the deceleration jerk generating part is configured to generate the deceleration jerk such that a peak of the deceleration jerk occurs before a peak of a jerk in a width direction of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,793,135

HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE FUEL CONSERVATION SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. vehicle comprising:an internal combustion engine;
an electric machine coupled to the internal combustion engine and configured to selectively provide torque to at least one wheel of the vehicle in an electric drive mode;
a traction battery coupled to the electric machine; and
at least one controller coupled to the internal combustion engine and the electric machine, the at least one controller configured to:
receive a start signal for a trip having a destination;
generate a distance of the trip based on at least the destination and a historical probability of a charge event at the destination;
determine an electric drive range for operation of the vehicle in the electric drive mode:
engage the electric drive mode responsive to the electric drive range exceeding the distance of the trip, or a powertrain temperature being less than a threshold; and
engage an internal combustion engine drive mode responsive to the distance of the trip exceeding the electric drive range and the powertrain temperature exceeding the threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,793,134

VEHICLE COASTING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Cummins, Inc., Columbus,...

1. A system comprising:a controller structured to communicate with a transmission and an engine of a vehicle, the controller additionally structured to:
receive at least one of vehicle operation data, route data, or dynamic data during operation of the vehicle;
determine that the vehicle is in a coasting state based on the at least one of the vehicle operation data, the route data, or the dynamic data;
provide a command to at least one of the engine and the transmission to maintain the coasting state for the vehicle;
determine that the engine is providing a negative torque;
at least one of increase fueling in the engine or adjust a transmission setting of the transmission to facilitate a net zero power output from the engine to maintain the coasting state; and
determine an end of the coasting state based on the at least one of the vehicle operation data, the route data, or the dynamic data.

US Pat. No. 10,793,133

VALVE ASSEMBLY AND SYSTEM INCLUDING SAME FOR CONTROLLING FLUID FLOW TO AND FROM A CLUTCH

BorgWarner Inc., Auburn ...

1. A valve assembly for a manual transmission operably coupled to a motor, a pump, and at least one clutch, said valve assembly comprising:a housing defining an interior, with said housing defining a first orifice operably coupled to the pump a second orifice operably coupled to the at least one clutch, and a third orifice fluidly coupled to at least one of said first orifice and said second orifice;
a piston operably coupled to the motor and disposed within said interior of said housing, with said piston movable between a first position for allowing a fluid flow between said first orifice and said second orifice, a second position for obstructing said fluid flow between said first orifice and said second orifice, and a third position for limiting said fluid flow between the first orifice and the second orifice; and
a biasing member coupled to said piston, with said biasing member biasing said piston toward said first position,
wherein said piston is movable into and able to be held in said third position using an equilibrium between fluid pressure proximate said third orifice and a force of said biasing member when said motor and said pump are off.

US Pat. No. 10,793,132

VEHICLE MOTION DETECTING APPARATUS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A vehicle motion detecting apparatus comprising:a motion detecting section that detects a motion of a vehicle; and
a malfunction detecting section for detecting a malfunction of the motion detecting section and that includes a first multi-axis inertial sensor configured to detect, for three axes that are mutually orthogonal, accelerations in directions of the three axes and angular velocities about at least two of the three axes, respectively, and
wherein the malfunction detecting section includes a plurality of other sensors and a computing section that is electrically connected to the first multi-axis inertial sensor, wherein the computing section
performs a comparison operation between a detection value of the first multi-axis inertial sensor and a detection value of the plurality of other sensors, and
determines a malfunction of the first multi-axis inertial sensor based on a comparison value obtained by the comparison operation.

US Pat. No. 10,793,131

AUTOMATED CONTROLLED BRAKING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLES

Freni Brembo S.p.A., Cur...

1. A braking system for vehicles comprising:at least one manual and/or automatic actuation device, operatively connected to a processing and control unit to transmit thereto a request for a braking action by a user,
at least one first electro-hydraulic actuator device operatively connected to a first and to a second hydraulic supply circuit of a respective first and second braking device, the first electro-hydraulic actuator device being actuated by the processing and control unit depending on the request for a braking action,
wherein inside the first and second hydraulic supply circuits a first and second device for regulating the pressure are inserted, each interposed between the first electro-hydraulic actuator device and the corresponding braking device so as to identify an upstream branch, comprised between the first electro-hydraulic actuator device and the relative pressure regulator device, and a downstream branch, comprised between each pressure regulator device and the relative braking device, each pressure regulator device being operatively connected to the processing and control unit,
wherein the processing and control unit is programmed to be able to selectively and independently actuate the pressure regulator devices and the first electro-hydraulic actuator device, so as to set or vary the actuation pressures of the braking devices, downstream of the regulator devices, regardless of the delivery pressures of the first electro-hydraulic actuator device, upstream of the regulator devices,
wherein the first and second hydraulic supply circuits contain at least partially a brake fluid volume and a volume of magneto-rheological or electro-rheological fluid, said brake fluid volume and said volume of magneto-rheological or electro-rheological fluid being fluidically separate from each other,
wherein the regulator devices comprise electric actuators suitable to generate a magnetic and/or electric field influencing said volume of magneto-rheological or electro-rheological fluid and modifying the rheological properties of the magneto-rheological or electro-rheological fluid to modulate the fluid connection between the first electro-hydraulic actuator device and each corresponding braking device, to selectively vary the delivery pressures in the downstream branches of the respective braking devices.

US Pat. No. 10,793,130

HYDRAULIC PRESSURE GENERATING DEVICE

AUTOLIV NISSIN BRAKE SYST...

1. A hydraulic pressure generating device comprising a base body having a master cylinder configured to generate a brake hydraulic pressure and a slave cylinder configured to generate a brake hydraulic pressure,wherein the base body is provided with a motor configured as a driving source for the slave cylinder and a control device configured to control the motor,
wherein a motor shaft of the motor, a cylinder axis of the master cylinder, and a cylinder axis of the slave cylinder are disposed in parallel with each other, and
wherein when a virtual plane including the cylinder axis of the master cylinder is set as a vertical reference plane, a housing of the control device is disposed on one side of the vertical reference plane and the motor is disposed on the other side of the vertical reference plane.

US Pat. No. 10,793,129

VALVE BLOCK OF ELECTRONIC CONTROL BRAKE SYSTEM

MANDO CORPORATION, Gyeon...

1. A valve block of an electronic control brake system, comprising:two hydraulic pressure circuits; and
a plurality of accommodation bores at which a plurality of valves, a pump, a low-pressure accumulator, pressure sensors, and a motor are installed so as to control braking hydraulic pressure delivered to a wheel cylinder installed at each of wheels, and a plurality of flow paths configured to connect the plurality of accommodation bores to one another,
wherein:
the plurality of accommodation bores comprise wheel cylinder pressure sensor accommodation bores, each of the wheel cylinder pressure sensor accommodation bores configured to accommodate one of the pressure sensors which is connected to each of wheel cylinder ports to detect oil pressure,
one of sensor connection flow paths formed at the valve block connects one of the wheel cylinder ports, which are connected to wheels, to at least one of the wheel cylinder pressure sensor accommodation bores,
a plurality of low-pressure accumulator accommodation bores are formed on a lower surface of the valve block,
the wheel cylinder pressure sensor accommodation bores are provided at each of the two hydraulic pressure circuits, and the sensor connection flow paths connected to the wheel cylinder pressure sensor accommodation bores are formed on both lateral surfaces of the valve block in a direction facing to each other toward an inside of the valve block, and
at least one of the sensor connection flow paths is located between one of the low-pressure accumulator accommodation bores and a front surface of the valve block.

US Pat. No. 10,793,128

VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle brake system including:(A) a brake pedal configured to be operated by a driver;
(B) a brake device configured to generate a braking force in accordance with an operation of the brake pedal;
(C) an operation amount sensor configured to detect an operation amount of the brake pedal; and
(D) a controller configured to control the braking force generated by the brake device,
wherein:
the controller is configured to determine whether the brake pedal is in an operating state or in a non-operating state, where the brake pedal is determined to be in the operating state when the operation amount exceeds an operating-state determining threshold, and the brake pedal is determined to be in the non-operating state when the operation amount is less than a non-operating-state determining threshold for a duration that is not less than a first set time,
the controller is configured to shorten the first set time when the operation amount exceeds a threshold for shortening the first set time which is set to be larger than the operating-state determining threshold,
the controller is configured to return the first set time to its original value when the operation amount is less than the non-operating-state determining threshold for a duration that is not less than a second set time,
the second set time is set to be longer than the shortened first set time, and
the controller is configured to control, based on the determination, the braking force generated by the brake device.

US Pat. No. 10,793,127

CAM LOCKING HANDLE ASSEMBLY FOR MANUAL PARK RELEASE

Kuster North America, Inc...

1. A park release assembly, comprising:a housing with a depth defining base and a cover;
a cam component pivotally supported within said housing and including upper and lower portions, each further having an arcuate extending guide surface;
a guide channel network configured upon said cam component;
a cam follower displaceably supported within said cover, said cam follower extending within said guide channel network so that, in response to pivoting rotation of said cam component, concurrently displacing within said cover and along said guide channel network between each of an initial position, a Park release position, and a Park reset position;
a release cable extending in a first direction within said housing and engaging said arcuate surface of said lower cam portion;
an engagement cable extending in a second crosswise direction relative to said release cable and engaging said arcuate surface of said upper cam portion; and
a pull handle secured to an end of said engagement cable and, upon outwardly displacing said pull handle, causing concurrent rotation of said cam component in a counter biasing direction in order to linearly displace said release cable in an extending direction in order to actuate a remote lever to a vehicle Park release condition.

US Pat. No. 10,793,126

ELECTRO-HYDRAULIC BRAKE SYSTEM AND METHOD

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. An electro-hydraulic brake system, comprising:a first brake input configured to generate a first brake input signal;
a second brake input configured to generate a second brake input signal;
a master valve coupled to the first brake input and to the second brake input, wherein the master valve is configured to release hydraulic fluid in response to the first brake input signal or the second brake input signal;
a first valve downstream from the master valve and configured to release the hydraulic fluid in response to the first brake input signal to control a first brake;
a second valve downstream from the master valve and configured to release the hydraulic fluid in response to the second brake input signal to control a second brake;
a speed sensor configured to generate a speed signal indicative of a speed of a work vehicle; and
a controller comprising a processor and a memory device, wherein the controller is configured to receive the speed signal, the first brake input signal, and the second brake input signal, determine the speed of the work vehicle based on the speed signal, and to compare the speed of the work vehicle to a threshold speed, and wherein the controller is configured to synchronize actuation of the first and second valves in response to the speed being in excess of the threshold speed to control the first and second valves.

US Pat. No. 10,793,125

VEHICLE BRAKING DEVICE

ADVICS CO., LTD., Kariya...

1. A vehicle braking device which performs a following control which makes an actual value of physical quantity which is associated with a braking force to be applied to a vehicle wheel follow a target value of the physical quantity when the actual value is a value outside a dead zone and a suppression control which suppresses a change of the actual value when the actual value is a value within the dead zone in order to control the physical quantity to be the target value of the physical quantity, wherein the dead zone is defined to be a value between a lower limit threshold value which is smaller than the target value and an upper limit threshold value which is greater than the target value, the vehicle braking device comprising a processor configured to:judge whether or not the actual value passes through the dead zone with a value beyond the upper limit threshold value while the target value is increasing; and
set a second upper limit threshold value which is approximated to the target value more closely than a first upper limit threshold value which is the upper limit threshold value set when the actual value is judged not to pass through the dead zone, as the upper limit threshold value, when the actual value is judged to pass through the dead zone.

US Pat. No. 10,793,124

VEHICLE WHEEL TORQUE CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a pair of electric machines each coupled to a laterally-opposing wheel; and
a controller programmed to
command a combined regenerative braking torque output of the electric machines based on a lesser of a braking torque limit of each individual electric machine, and
command a regenerative braking torque from each electric machine to be within a predetermined torque threshold of each other in response to a yaw rate exceeding a yaw threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,793,123

EMERGENCY BRAKING FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

Waymo LLC, Mountain View...

1. A method of generating trajectories for a vehicle driving in an autonomous driving mode, the method comprising:receiving, by one or more processors, from a perception system of the vehicle, information identifying a plurality of objects in an environment of the vehicle and a confidence value for each object of the plurality of objects being a real object;
generating, by the one or more processors, a set of constraints, a first constraint of the set of constraints being generated based on a first object of the objects of the plurality of objects;
determining, by the one or more processors, that the one or more processors are unable to solve for a trajectory given the set of constraints and an acceptable braking limit;
identifying, by the one or more processors, the first constraint as a constraint for which the one or more processors were unable to solve for a trajectory and a first confidence value, the first constraint corresponding to the first object that is associated with the first confidence value;
determining, by the one or more processors, that the vehicle should apply a maximum braking level greater than the acceptable braking limit based on the identified first confidence value, a threshold, and the determination that the one or more processors are unable to solve for a trajectory; and
based on the determination that the vehicle should apply the maximum braking level, applying, by the one or more processors, the maximum braking level to control the vehicle in the autonomous driving mode and in order to slow the vehicle down.

US Pat. No. 10,793,122

CONTROLLER OF BRAKE SYSTEM FOR MOTORCYCLE, BRAKE SYSTEM FOR MOTORCYCLE, AND CONTROL METHOD OF BRAKE SYSTEM FOR MOTORCYCLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A controller of a brake system for a motorcycle, the brake system for a motorcycle comprising:a first brake operation section that is provided on a handlebar of the motorcycle;
a front-wheel brake mechanism that brakes a front wheel of the motorcycle in an interlocking manner with at least the first brake operation section;
a second brake operation section that is provided on a trunk of the motorcycle; and
a rear-wheel brake mechanism that brakes a rear wheel of the motorcycle in an interlocking manner with at least the second brake operation section,
the controller comprising:
a brake action control section that at least governs an action of the rear wheel brake mechanism,
a brake operation determination section that determines presence or absence of a user's operation of the first brake operation section, and
a slip-down determination section that determines whether the motorcycle is in a slip-down state where the motorcycle travels backward while the front wheel is braked, wherein
in the cases where the brake operation determination section determines that the user's operation of the first brake operation section is present and the slip-down determination section determines that the motorcycle is in the slip-down state when a road surface is an upward slope, the brake action control section executes an emergency braking action that causes the rear-wheel brake mechanism to generate a braking force that brakes the rear wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,793,121

ARCHITECTURE FOR AN AIRCRAFT BRAKING SYSTEM

1. An architecture for an aircraft braking system, the architecture comprising:a brake configured to brake a wheel of an undercarriage of the aircraft, the brake comprising friction members and electromechanical actuators for applying a braking force to the friction members to exert a braking torque on the wheel, each electromechanical actuator comprising an electric motor and a power module;
a computer disposed in a fuselage of the aircraft and configured to produce digital control signals;
a power unit disposed in the fuselage of the aircraft and configured to produce an electrical power supply for powering the electric motors; and
a junction box situated on the undercarriage, the junction box connected to the computer, the power unit, and the electromechanical actuators,
wherein the junction box is configured to receive the electrical power supply and to distribute the electrical power supply to the electromechanical actuators, wherein the junction box has an electrical motor control module configured to produce digital motor command signals from the digital control signals, and wherein the junction box has an electrical converter module configured to convert the digital motor command signals into analog motor command signals for the power modules of the electromechanical actuators.

US Pat. No. 10,793,120

CONTROL METHOD TO AVOID COLLISION AND VEHICLE USING THE SAME

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A vehicle comprising:an obstacle detector for detecting an obstacle around the vehicle; and
a controller configured to:
determine whether the obstacle is detected on a side of a door of the vehicle,
when the obstacle is detected on the side of the door and in front of the vehicle, predict a chance of a collision with the detected obstacle, and
when the collision with the detected obstacle on the side of the door is predicted, apply a braking force on a brake on the side of the door, among a plurality of brakes of the vehicle, different from a braking force applied on remaining brakes of the plurality of brakes such that a partial braking control on the vehicle is performed and the vehicle makes a turn to secure a space between the door and the detected obstacle when the vehicle stops.

US Pat. No. 10,793,119

BIDIRECTIONAL WHEEL CHOCK RESTRAINT SYSTEM

9172-9863 QUEBEC INC., T...

1. A bidirectional wheel chock restraint system for a vehicle, the restraint system including:an elongated base plate extending along a longitudinal axis, the base plate having a plurality of stoppers transversally-disposed on the base plate and that are spaced apart from one another along the longitudinal axis; and
a single double-sided wheel chock that is configured and disposed to cooperate with the base plate, the wheel chock including at least one substantially downwardly-projecting forward-blocking tooth and at least one substantially downwardly-projecting rearward-blocking tooth, the forward-blocking tooth and the rearward-blocking tooth being longitudinally spaced apart from one another, the wheel chock being longitudinally slidable on the base plate between a forward wheel-blocking position and a rearward wheel-blocking position when the wheel chock is placed on the base plate, the forward-blocking wheel chock tooth engaging a rear lateral surface provided on a corresponding one of the base plate stoppers and having a surface latching underneath this base plate stopper when the wheel chock is in the forward wheel blocking position to resist forces applied in a forward direction by the vehicle on the wheel chock and thereby preventing the vehicle from moving away in an unauthorized or accidental manner in the forward direction, and the rearward-blocking wheel chock tooth engaging a front lateral surface provided on a corresponding one of the base plate stoppers and having a surface latching underneath this base plate stopper when the wheel chock is in the rearward wheel blocking position to resist forces applied in a rearward direction by the vehicle on the wheel chock and thereby preventing the vehicle from moving away in an unauthorized or accidental manner in the rearward direction.

US Pat. No. 10,793,118

SCISSOR JACK KIT

1. A vehicle chassis scissor jack kit comprising:a plurality of scissor jacks, the plurality of scissor jacks comprising one scissor jack for each wheel of a vehicle, each of the plurality of scissor jacks comprising:
a parallelepiped bottom base positionable atop a ground surface; a lower support base centrally disposed atop the bottom base;
a first arm and a second arm, each of the first arm and the second arm hingedly conjoined at a central elbow, each of the first arm and the second arm having a top end and a bottom end hingedly conjoined together at the central elbow, the bottom end having a proximal end pivotably coupled to the lower support base, the top end of the first and second arms having a distal end pivotably conjoined to a single upper support base, the upper support base being a mirror image of the lower support base;
wherein each of the lower support base and the upper support base has a parallelepiped lower side, a front wall, a rear wall identical to the front wall, and a continuous channel between the lower side, the front wall, and the rear wall, each of the front and rear walls having a bottom side, a central top side parallel to the bottom side and having a length shorter than a length of the bottom side, and a concave notch disposed between the bottom side and the central top side in a position more proximal the central top side than the bottom side;
a plurality of mount holes disposed through the upper support base;
an aperture centrally disposed through the elbow of each of the first arm and the second arm;
a single leadscrew rotatably extending through the aperture of the first arm and the second arm; and
a socket disposed on an outer end of the leadscrew, the socket having a hole disposed therethrough;
a jack speed crank handle having a hook on an external end thereof, the hook engageable to the socket.

US Pat. No. 10,793,117

VEHICLE WASHING SYSTEM

1. A vehicle washing system positioned in a wash bay having a vehicle entrance end, a vehicle exit end, a first side, a second side and a floor, comprising:an elevated and horizontally disposed support rail assembly, having rearward and forward ends, positioned in the wash bay and which is sufficiently spaced above the floor of the wash bay so that a vehicle may be positioned below said support rail assembly;
said support rail assembly comprising:
(a) a generally U-shaped and fixed forward rail section having a forward end and a rearward end;
(b) a generally U-shaped and horizontally movable rearward rail section having a forward end and a rearward end;
(c) said forward end of said rearward rail section being selectively movably secured to said rearward end of said forward rail section;
(d) said rearward rail section being selectively movable between a retracted position and an extended position with respect to said forward rail section;
a wash tool movably mounted on said fixed forward rail section and said movable rearward rail section;
said support rail assembly, when said rearward rail section is in said retracted position, enabling the wash tool to closely move around and a short vehicle to be washed; and
said support rail assembly, when said rearward rail section is in said extended position, enabling the wash tool to closely move around a long vehicle to be washed.

US Pat. No. 10,793,116

WINDSHIELD CLEANING ASSEMBLY

1. A windshield cleaning assembly comprising:a wiper operationally coupled to a wiper motor of a vehicle wherein a blade of said wiper is configured for wiping a windshield of the vehicle;
a pipe coupled to said wiper such that said pipe extends from proximate to opposing ends of said blade, said pipe have a first end, said first end being closed;
a plurality of holes positioned in said pipe;
a pump coupled to the vehicle, said pump being operationally coupled to an electrical circuit of the vehicle;
a tank coupled to the vehicle wherein said tank is configured for positioning a fluid, said tank being coupled to said pump said such that said tank is in fluidic communication with said pump;
a tube coupled to and extending between said pump and a second end of said pipe such that said tube is in fluidic communication with said tank wherein said pump is positioned for selectively pumping the fluid from said tank through said tube and said pipe such that the fluid exits said plurality of holes under pressure for cleaning the windshield;
a plurality of brackets coupled to a top of an arm of said wiper;
a plurality of first bars, each said first bar being coupled to and extending from a respective said bracket such that said first bar is perpendicular to said arm;
a plurality of second bars, each said second bar being coupled to and extending arcuately from a respective said first bar distal from an associated said bracket, said pipe being coupled to said plurality of second bars distal from said plurality of first bars by connection to an arcuate surface positioned in diametric opposition to each said holes, said arcuate surface extending in opposite directions from a respective second bar terminal end and extending around said pipe approximately a quarter of a circumference of said pipe, said pipe being coupled to said second bars such that said pipe is positioned parallel to a respective opposing side of said arm proximate to a bottom of said arm.

US Pat. No. 10,793,115

VEHICLE REAR WIPER SYSTEM

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a rear window having a hydrophobic portion, and a non-hydrophobic portion below the hydrophobic portion;
wherein the non-hydrophobic portion is adjacent to a bottom of the rear window, and extends generally horizontally, with a downward curvature in a middle section and increasing downward curvature at each end toward vertical; and
a rear wiper system, mounted adjacent to a top of the rear window, including a pivotable nozzle and a blower configured to direct an airstream through the pivotable nozzle onto the rear window.

US Pat. No. 10,793,114

WINDSCREEN WIPER DEVICE

Trico Products Corporatio...

1. A windscreen wiper device, comprising:a longitudinally extending wiper strip fabricated of a flexible material and having an outer surface, said wiper strip includes a wiping portion, a hinge portion, and a spoiler portion integrally connected as one piece of said flexible material with one another with said hinge portion being disposed between said wiping and spoiler portions;
at least one carrier operatively supporting and biasing said wiper strip into a predetermined configuration;
a connecting device for connection with a wiper arm;
wherein at least a portion of said outer surface of said wiper strip includes microtextured surface impressions formed directly into said flexible material of said wiper strip, wherein said at least a portion of said outer surface of said wiper strip having microtextured surface impressions includes at least two distinct portions of at least two of said wiping, hinge and spoiler portions; and
wherein said microtextured surface impressions include a plurality of pillars which are spaced from one another and project from a generally flat base surface.

US Pat. No. 10,793,113

WINDSHIELD WIPER DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A windshield wiper device (110) for a vehicle, the device comprisinga wiper blade having
an elongate upper part (10) which is at least partially of flexible form,
an elongate lower part (12) which is at least partially of flexible form,
multiple connecting elements (18) connecting the upper part (10) and the lower part (12), wherein the connecting elements (18) are spaced apart from one another along a longitudinal extent (8) of the wiper blade (2), and wherein the connecting elements (18) are configured to permit a movement of the upper part (10) and of the lower part relative to one another with a movement component along the longitudinal extent (8) of the wiper blade (2), and
a wiper blade-side fastening part (200) having a first securing element (290) and a second engagement element (220), wherein the second engagement element (220) is disposed at a first end of the wiper blade and protrudes along the longitudinal extent (8) toward a second end of the wiper blade; and
a fastening element (500) configured to be fastened to the vehicle, wherein the fastening element (500) includes a first engagement element (210) and a second securing element (520), wherein the second securing element (520) is a recess disposed along an end of the fastening element (500) and is sized and shaped to receive the second engagement element (220), wherein the fastening element (500) includes a main body having an opening configured to receive a drive shaft (300), and a release mechanism (600) pivotally coupled to the main body;
wherein the wiper blade-side fastening part (200) is configured such that, by inserting the second engagement element (220) into the second securing element (520) and rotating the wiper blade-side fastening part (200) relative to the fastening element (500), an engagement action is realized between the first securing element (290) and the first engagement element (210) in order to connect the wiper blade-side fastening part (200) to the fastening element (500), and wherein the connection is configured to be released by way of the release mechanism (600); wherein the wiper blade-side fastening part (200) comprises a top wall and an interior wall that together define a cavity sized to receive the fastening element, wherein the wiper blade-side fastening part (200) further includes a cutout (260) within the interior wall that is concealed below the top wall and through which the release mechanism (600) is configured to be actuated, wherein the release mechanism includes an actuation part (280) in the form of a projecting central tongue that is configured to extend into the cutout in the interior wall of the wiper blade-side fastening part (200), and wherein the first engagement element (210) is in two-part form and flanks the actuation part (280).

US Pat. No. 10,793,112

STEERING WHEEL AND VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM INCLUDING THE SAME

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

1. A steering wheel, comprising:a wheel frame; and
a cover layer covering the wheel frame,
wherein the cover layer comprises a touch sensor which generates touch information based on a touch of a user,
wherein the touch sensor comprises:
a plurality of sensor pixels which sense a capacitance change corresponding to the touch;
a plurality of sensor scan lines connected to the plurality of sensor pixels; and
a plurality of output lines connected to the plurality of sensor pixels,
wherein each of the plurality of sensor pixels comprise:
a sensor electrode:
a first transistor comprising a first gate electrode, connected to the sensor electrode;
a second transistor comprising a second gate electrode, connected to the first transistor; and
a first capacitor, connected to the sensor electrode, which together define a first capacitor electrode,
wherein each sensor pixel of the plurality of sensor pixels are each connected to an i-th sensor scan line of the plurality of sensor scan lines and a j-th output line of the plurality of output lines,
wherein the first transistor is directly connected to the j-th output line and controls a current output to the j-th output line,
wherein the first capacitor electrode is connected to the i-th sensor scan line, and
wherein i is an integer of 2 or greater, and j is a natural number.

US Pat. No. 10,793,111

METHOD FOR VERIFYING A BIOMETRIC AUTHENTICATION

1. A method for the remote control of a locking equipment for a vehicle via a mobile terminal comprising a data processor configured to implement a given cryptographic function, and a biometric acquisition unit, the mobile terminal being connected to the locking equipment as well as to a server via a network, the method being characterized in that it comprises the implementation of steps of:(a) Issuing, from the terminal to the server, an authentication request to the locking equipment;
(b) Acquiring a candidate biometric datum by the biometric acquisition unit;
(c) Verifying, by a data processor of the server or the data processor of the terminal, that the candidate biometric datum matches with a reference biometric datum;
(d) If the candidate biometric datum matches with the reference biometric datum, transmitting to the mobile terminal from the server an encrypted form of a virtual key of the locking equipment;
(e) Authenticating the mobile terminal to the locking equipment through said cryptographic function and said encrypted function of the virtual key of the locking equipment;
wherein the terminal has said reference biometric datum, step (c) being implemented by the data processor of the terminal, and further comprising:
the generation, by the data processor of the terminal, of a zero-knowledge proof of the assumption that the candidate biometric datum and the reference biometric datum match; and
the transmission to the server of said zero-knowledge proof, for verification by the data processor of the server.

US Pat. No. 10,793,110

ON-VEHICLE AUTHENTICATION APPARATUS, AUTHENTICATION METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

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

1. A vehicle authentication apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire information indicating a content of a manipulation on a vehicle from a detection unit mounted on the vehicle;
a manipulation determination unit configured to determine whether a predetermined collaborative manipulation executable by two or more manipulators is performed on the basis of information acquired by the acquisition unit; and
an execution unit configured to execute a registration process of registering an electronic key of the vehicle in the on-vehicle authentication apparatus or an invalidation process of invalidating the electronic key registered in the on-vehicle authentication apparatus in a case that it is determined by the manipulation determination unit that the collaborative manipulation is performed,
wherein in a case that the manipulation determination unit determines that a predetermined first manipulation on a first manipulation part, and a predetermined second manipulation on a second manipulation part, which is in a predetermined positional relationship with the first manipulation part, have been performed at a predetermined timing, it is determined that a collaborative manipulation has been performed,
the first manipulation part is a part provided in a passenger compartment of the vehicle,
the second manipulation part is a part provided outside the passenger compartment of the vehicle,
the first manipulation comprises at least one of a manipulation on a switch for starting the vehicle and a manipulation on a manipulator for controlling traveling of the vehicle, and
the second manipulation comprises at least one of an opening and closing manipulation on a rear gate of the vehicle and an opening and closing manipulation on a bonnet.

US Pat. No. 10,793,108

BLUETOOTH-ENABLED KEY FOB

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:transitioning a fob of a user, the fob providing access to a first vehicle, from full access mode into valet mode, by sending a wireless short-range message from a cellular phone of the user to the fob, responsive to receiving first input to a user interface of the cellular phone to set the fob into valet mode;
transitioning the fob from valet mode into full access mode by sending a second wireless short-range message from the cellular phone to the fob, responsive to receiving second input to the user interface of the cellular phone to remove the fob from valet mode; and
transitioning the fob from a first profile for controlling the first vehicle to a second profile for controlling a second vehicle, by sending a third wireless short-range message to the fob, responsive to receiving a third input to the user interface of the cellular phone to set the fob to utilize the second profile.

US Pat. No. 10,793,107

VEHICLE DOOR ACTIVATION DEVICE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a vehicle door comprising:
a switch;
a back-up battery;
antennas;
one or more processors configured to:
responsive to a voltage supplied to the vehicle door being less than a threshold:
cause the back-up battery to supply power to the vehicle door; and
responsive to a tag being within a proximity from the antennas and an actuation of the switch, cause the vehicle door to unlock.

US Pat. No. 10,793,106

AUTOMOBILE TRACKING AND NOTIFICATION DEVICE AND SERVICE

1. An automobile tracking and notification device associated with a vehicle for tracking the vehicle, comprising:a memory to store at least instructions that are executed by a processor of the device;
a GPS chip to determine a location of the device, wherein the location of the device represents the location of the vehicle;
the processor to track the location of the device based on information from the GPS chip and generate notifications related to an operation of the vehicle based on said information;
a Bluetooth transceiver to wirelessly connect to a mobile device associated with the owner of the vehicle when the mobile device is located inside the vehicle;
a cellular transceiver to transmit the notifications related to the operation of the vehicle to the mobile device, wherein the notifications are not transmitted to the mobile device when the mobile device is located inside the vehicle and is connected wirelessly to the Bluetooth transceiver;
a communications interface to communicate with one or more computer systems of the vehicle, the communications interface including an immobilizer-unit control interface to provide a disable signal to an immobilizer unit of the vehicle to disable the vehicle while the engine is running but the vehicle is not moving in response to the notifications; and
a power input to receive power from the vehicle's power system;
wherein the automobile tracking and notification device includes an associated unique identification code hardcoded into hardware of the automobile tracking and notification device to associate the device with the vehicle, the associated unique identification code being based on a vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,793,105

VEHICLE STORAGE SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle body panel component storage system for a vehicle, comprising:a vehicle body panel component;
a storage container configured to hold the vehicle body panel component;
a sensing system, comprising:
a first communication device coupled to the storage container;
a second communication device coupled to the vehicle body panel component; and
a third communication device coupled to the vehicle;
an electronic device for communicating with a user; and
a controller configured to prompt the electronic device to issue an alert to the user based on data received from the sensing system relating to the position of at least one of the first communication device and the second communication device relative to the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,793,104

VEHICLE-SENSITIVE SENSOR WITH MULTI-PART SENSOR MASS

AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB, ...

1. A vehicle-sensitive sensor for a self-locking belt retractor, comprising, a carrier part, a locking lever having an engagement point, and a sensor mass coupled to the locking lever, arranged standing upright on a supporting face of the carrier part and tiltable with respect to the carrier part, the sensor mass is comprised of a sensor part, made of a first material, resting on the supporting face, and of a mass part, made of a second material, connected to the sensor part, disposed above the supporting face, wherein the first material forming the sensor part has a lower density and a lesser hardness than the second material forming the mass part, the locking lever extending through a window recess formed by the sensor part wherein a portion of the locking lever is positioned on a side located opposite the engagement point, so that the sensor mass is secured.

US Pat. No. 10,793,103

SUPPLEMENTAL DEVICE FOR USE WITH A VEHICLE SAFETY BELT AND METHODS OF USING SAME

1. A supplemental safety belt system for use with a vehicle safety belt system, the vehicle safety belt system having an adjustable safety belt operatively connected to a vehicle seat such that a first end of the adjustable safety belt is operatively connected to a seat belt anchor located adjacent to a lower portion of the vehicle seat and a second end of the adjustable safety belt is adjustably connected to an upper portion of the vehicle seat, wherein a length of the second end of the adjustable safety belt can be adjusted and wherein a vehicle safety belt latch is located between the first and second ends of the adjustable safety belt such that the vehicle safety belt latch is capable of being operatively connected to a vehicle seat latch; the supplemental safety belt system comprising:a supplemental safety belt device capable of being securely attached to the adjustable safety belt, wherein the supplemental device further comprises:
a strap extension having a first end and a second end;
a lower attachment device operatively connected to the first end of the strap extension such that the lower attachment device is capable of being securely attached to the adjustable safety belt at a location in close proximity to the seat belt anchor and an upper attachment device connected to the second end of the strap extension such that the upper attachment device is capable of being securely attached to the adjustable safety belt at a location adjacent to the upper portion of the vehicle seat, wherein the lower attachment device and the upper attachment device are located on the strap extension in an orientation that is substantially parallel to the adjustable safety belt and the lower attachment device and the upper attachment device allow the strap extension to be removed from the adjustable safety belt, wherein the lower and upper attachment devices are further comprised of:
a base having a first end and a second end, wherein the base includes a latch operatively connected to the second end of the base;
a pivot operatively connected to the first end of the base;
an upper latch device having a first end and a second end such that the first end of the upper latch is operatively connected to the pivot: and
a magnet located along a portion of the upper latch device, wherein the magnet is used to retain the vehicle safety belt latch on the upper attachment device; and
strap adjustment indicia located along a portion of the strap extension.

US Pat. No. 10,793,102

SEAT BELT WEBBING GUIDE

Ford global Technologies,...

1. A seat belt assembly comprising:a webbing guide including a slot having an upper surface and a lower surface;
a webbing extending through the slot;
a rod supported by the webbing guide;
a roller supported by the rod and rotatable relative to the webbing guide; and
a spring between the webbing guide and the rod and biasing the rod toward the lower surface of the slot;
the webbing guide including elongated openings each receiving ends of the rod;
the slot being elongated along an axis and the elongated openings being elongated along an axis transverse to the axis of the slot;
the elongated openings having a first end and a second end spaced from the first end along the axis of the elongated openings, the rod being movable along the axis of the elongated openings from the first end to the second end; and
the roller being rotatable when the rod is at the first end and at the second end of the elongated openings.

US Pat. No. 10,793,101

AIRBAG DEVICE

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

1. An airbag device adapted to be mounted on a vehicle, comprising:an airbag inflatable with an inflation gas; and
an inflator that is stored inside the airbag for feeding the airbag with the inflation gas, the inflator comprising an inflator body that is generally cylindrical in outer contour and placed inside the airbag, and one or more mounting members that protrude from an outer circumference of the inflator body generally orthogonally to an axial direction of the inflator body, the mounting members protruding out of the airbag to be mounted on a body structure of the vehicle in order to mount the airbag and inflator body on the body structure of the vehicle,
wherein:
the airbag comprises an insertion region via which the inflator is inserted into the airbag; the insertion region having a double wall structure of an outer panel and an inner panel each formed of a flexible sheet material;
the outer panel includes an outer slit via which the inflator is inserted into the airbag;
the inner panel includes an inner slit via which the inflator is inserted into the airbag;
the outer slit and inner slit are so arranged as not to overlap or intersect each other; and
the insertion region further comprises one or more through holes each of which is formed through the outer panel and inner panel and receives each of the mounting members of the inflator such that the mounting member protrudes out of the airbag,
wherein the outer slit and the inner slit are formed into straight lines which are generally parallel to each other,
wherein the outer slit and the inner slit are generally parallel to the axial direction of the inflator body and are disposed at positions dislocated from each other in a circumferential direction of the inflator body.

US Pat. No. 10,793,100

AUTOMOBILE COWL GRILLE STRUCTURE

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

1. An automobile cowl grille structure whereina cowl grille is made of resin, and is provided to cover an upper portion of a cowl box,
the cowl grille includes
an upper wall portion, and
a front wall portion separated from the upper wall portion and provided with a bending promotion portion for inducing bending deformation upon action of load from above,
the front wall portion includes
a front wall body portion, and
an attachment piece portion extending backward from the front wall body portion and fastened to a front portion of the upper wall portion,
a weak portion for load in an upper-to-lower direction is provided on a base side of the attachment piece portion,
the front wall portion is inclined such that an upper side is forward of a lower side as viewed from a side, and
a contact portion coming into contact with the front wall portion from the above and pressing down the front wall portion when the load acting from the above is formed at a front end of the upper wall.

US Pat. No. 10,793,099

GAS GENERATOR, IN PARTICULAR FOR A VEHICLE OCCUPANT PROTECTION SYSTEM, SPRING FOR ARRANGING IN A GAS GENERATOR, AIRBAG MODULE, AND VEHICLE OCCUPANT PROTECTION SYSTEM

TRW AIRBAG SYSTEMS GMBH, ...

1. A gas generator (10) for a vehicle occupant protection system, comprising:at least an igniter (15) and a combustion chamber (17) containing a pyrotechnic solid fuel bed (18); and
a spring (30) arranged in the combustion chamber (17), the spring being elongatable in a direction of an end (22) of the combustion chamber (17) remote from the igniter (15), the spring (30) having a plurality of spring segments (31, 32, 33) having outside diameters (Q1, Q2, Q3) of different size, each spring segment (31, 32, 33) having a plurality of spring turns, each spring turn of an associated spring segment (31, 32, 33) having the same outside diameter (Q1, Q2, Q3) so that the plurality spring turns of an associated spring segment defines a cylindrically-shaped spring segment.

US Pat. No. 10,793,098

VEHICLE AIRBAG

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An airbag assembly, comprising:a housing;
an airbag supported by the housing and including a vent movable between an open position and a closed position;
a tether supported by the housing and fixed to the vent, the tether controlling movement of the vent between the open position and the closed position;
a tether release operatively coupled to the tether; and
a tether retractor supported by the housing and fixed to the tether.

US Pat. No. 10,793,097

CAPACITIVE MEASUREMENT CIRCUIT WITH SENSOR WIRING DIAGNOSTICS

1. A capacitance measurement circuit for determining a sense current of a capacitive sensor including at least one electrically conductive sense electrode and at least one electrically conductive guard electrode that are proximally arranged and mutually galvanically separated from each other, the capacitance measurement circuit comprising:a periodic signal voltage source that is configured for providing an alternating measurement voltage at an output port,
a sense current measurement circuit that is configured to determine, with reference to a reference voltage, the sense current that is indicative of a position of an object relative to the capacitive sensor, and
at least one switch member that is remotely controllable by a switch remote control unit between at least a first switching state and a second switching state, wherein in the first switching state, the at least one switch member electrically connects the sense current measurement circuit to the output port of the periodic signal voltage source so as to provide the periodic measurement voltage as a first reference voltage for determining the sense current, and wherein in the second switching state, the at least one switch member electrically connects the sense current measurement circuit to a second reference voltage that is different from the first reference voltage,and wherein said capacitance measurement circuit is configured to:determine an absolute difference between a first sense current value of the capacitive sensor, which is determined when said at least one switch member is in said first switching state, and a second sense current value of the capacitive sensor, which is determined when said at least one switch member is in said second switching state, and
generate an output signal that is indicative of a sensor interruption if the determined absolute difference is smaller than a predefined threshold value for the absolute difference of sense current.

US Pat. No. 10,793,096

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE WITH OBJECT DETECTION

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicle control device for detecting an object existing in front in a traveling direction of a host vehicle by an object detection sensor and performing collision avoidance control with respect to the object based on a representative point of detected points, the vehicle control device comprising:a determining unit that, in a case where there is an object moving toward the front of the host vehicle in a direction intersecting the traveling direction of the host vehicle, determines that a portion other than a front end portion of the object is acquired by the object detection sensor as the representative point;
an estimating unit that, in a case where it is determined by the determining unit that a portion other than the front end portion of the object is acquired as the representative point, estimates a front end lateral position as a lateral position of the front end portion of the object based on a portion other than the front end portion of the object acquired by the object detection sensor; and
a control unit that, in a case where it is determined that a portion other than the front end portion of the object has been acquired as the representative point, permits collision avoidance control to be performed on the basis that the front end lateral position estimated by the estimation unit belongs to a collision prediction area even when a lateral position of the acquired portion is not in the collision prediction area as a target of the collision avoidance control.

US Pat. No. 10,793,095

STRUCTURE FOR MOUNTING RADAR

MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO ...

1. A structure for mounting a radar comprising:a cross linking member that vertically connects two width-across members aligned in a front-to-rear direction of a vehicle; and
a fixing member attached to the cross linking member and extending in a forward direction of a vehicle from the cross linking member, the fixing member including,
a fixing part fixed to the cross linking member,
a first deformable portion extending in the forward direction of the vehicle from one edge of the fixing part and having a first front end,
a second deformable portion extending in the forward direction from another edge of the fixing part and having a second front end spaced apart from the first front end,
a first supporting part provided at the first front end, and
a second supporting part provided at the second front end, the first and second deformable portions supporting a radar device,
wherein the first deformable portion is formed into a shape planar symmetric to the second deformable portion and the first and second deformable portions define an opening at a forward end and configured to bend and deform to absorb shock when an external force is input into the radar device.

US Pat. No. 10,793,093

VEHICLE FASCIA RADAR STRUCTURES AND ASSEMBLIES

Veoneer US, Inc., Southf...

1. A RADAR assembly for coupling with vehicle fascia, comprising:a RADAR module;
a bracket coupled with the RADAR module, wherein the bracket comprises a window, and wherein the RADAR module is positioned within the window; and
a conformal layer comprising a surface configured to conform with and be positioned adjacent to a surface of a portion of vehicle fascia such that the conformal layer is positioned between the vehicle fascia and the RADAR module,
wherein the conformal layer is configured to decrease the reflectivity of electromagnetic radiation from the RADAR module relative to the vehicle fascia, wherein the RADAR assembly is configured to be coupled with the vehicle fascia such that the conformal layer is spaced apart from the vehicle fascia to define an air gap between the conformal layer and the vehicle fascia, wherein the air gap is configured to further decrease the reflectivity of electromagnetic radiation from the RADAR module relative to the vehicle fascia, wherein a combined thickness of the air gap and the conformal layer is linked to a thickness of adjacent vehicle fascia to decrease the reflectivity of electromagnetic radiation from the RADAR module relative to the vehicle fascia, wherein the bracket further comprises a frame surrounding the window, wherein the frame comprises an exterior surface, and wherein the conformal layer is positioned within the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,793,092

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REDUCING FUEL CONSUMPTION OF A WORK VEHICLE BASED ON ESTIMATED PARASTIC POWER LOSSES

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A method for reducing the fuel consumption of a work vehicle having an engine and a transmission coupled to the engine, the method comprising:receiving, with one or more computing devices, a speed command signal associated with a desired ground speed for the work vehicle;
identifying, with the one or more computing devices, each unique candidate transmission/engine setting pairs for achieving the desired ground speed, each candidate transmission/engine setting pair including a separate candidate gear ratio and a corresponding candidate engine speed for achieving the desired ground speed at the corresponding candidate gear ratio;
estimating, with the one or more computing devices, a power loss value associated with operation of the work vehicle at each candidate transmission/engine setting pair, each power loss value including estimated values of consumed engine power for two or more power-consuming components of the work vehicle during operation at the associated candidate transmission/engine setting pair;
determining, with the one or more computing devices, an engine torque requirement for each candidate transmission/engine setting pair that allows the desired ground speed to be achieved based on the power loss value associated with such candidate transmission/engine setting pair;
analyzing, with the one or more computing devices, stored fuel efficiency data for the work vehicle based on the engine torque requirement determined for each candidate transmission/engine setting pair to identify a target transmission/engine setting among each of the unique candidate transmission/engine setting pairs that will minimize fuel consumption while achieving the desired ground speed; and
controlling, with the one or more computing devices, the operation of the work vehicle such that a transmission ratio of the transmission and an engine speed of the engine correspond to the candidate gear ratio and the candidate engine speed, respectively, of the target transmission/engine setting.

US Pat. No. 10,793,091

DYNAMIC BANDWIDTH ADJUSTMENT AMONG VEHICLE SENSORS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method of performing dynamic bandwidth adjustment among two or more vehicle sensors, the method comprising:receiving input at a processor, the input including data from each of the two or more vehicle sensors, wherein the two or more vehicle sensors include a camera, an audio detector, a radar system, or a lidar system;
determining, using the processor, a bandwidth at which each of the two or more vehicle sensors should provide the data; and
providing, by the processor, a control signal to each of the two or more vehicle sensors to adjust the bandwidth based on the determining, wherein the determining the bandwidth includes decreasing the bandwidth from a default bandwidth for one or more of the two or more vehicle sensors that fail to detect an object that is detected by another one or more of the two or more vehicle sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,793,090

VEHICLE CABLE FASTENER

1. A fastener comprising:a body defining an aperture that is sized to receive a vehicle actuation cable;
a first foot extending from the body and including a locking surface configured to engage a surface adjacent to an attachment aperture;
a cable engaging member, wherein the cable engaging member is an elongated tube that extends from the body along a center axis defined by the aperture; and
a leg outwardly extending from the body, wherein a portion of the leg is curved around a portion of an outer periphery of the body so that a distal portion of the leg is biased away from the body.

US Pat. No. 10,793,089

PRINTED DAMPING ELEMENT

SIKA TECHNOLOGY AG, Baar...

1. A dam element for the damming of a structure element within a vehicle, wherein the dam element comprises:a support element consisting of at least one printed strand of a first material, where the first material is in a solid physical state at least up to a temperature of from 120° C. to 200° C.; and
an expandable element consisting of at least one printed strand of a second material, where the second material is expandable at a temperature between 120° C. and 200° C.,
wherein the dam element has, at a point of greatest thickness, measured perpendicularly to a plane of the dam element, at least two, and at most ten, mutually superposed layers.

US Pat. No. 10,793,088

HANDLE DEVICE AND A TRUNK CARPET ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A handle device, comprising:a housing,
a handle unit including a base portion and a handle portion, wherein the base portion includes a first track and is pivotably connected to the housing and the handle portion includes a slider movable along the first track and wherein said base portion has a first thickness and said handle portion has a second thickness less than said first thickness; and
a retractable first locking unit connected to a first side portion of the housing via an elastic connector retractable in a direction substantially perpendicular to the first track;
wherein the retractable first locking unit is positioned at least partially within the first track in a locking position and is positioned outside of the first track in an unlocking position.

US Pat. No. 10,793,087

TRUCK BED CONTAINER

1. A truck bed compartment, comprising:a crossbar connecting a first hinge platform to a second hinge platform;
a box having an internal volume; and
a first axis rod extending from a first end of the box and a second axis rod extending from a second end of the box, where the first and second axis rods rotationally connect the box to the first and second hinge platforms, wherein a swivel flange extends from the distal end of the first axis rod, wherein a spring connects the swivel flange to a stationary bolt disposed on the mounting platform, and wherein the spring provides tension for movement of the box between an opened position and a closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,793,086

VEHICULAR VISION SYSTEM WITH WINDSHIELD MOUNTED CAMERA

MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC., ...

1. A vehicular vision system, said vehicular vision system comprising:a camera module configured for mounting at an in-cabin portion of a windshield of a vehicle;
wherein said camera module comprises a camera and a circuit board;
wherein, with said camera module mounted at the in-cabin portion of the windshield, said camera has a field of view forward of the vehicle and through the windshield of the vehicle;
wherein said camera comprises an imager and a lens, wherein said lens is accommodated in a lens barrel having a longitudinal axis;
wherein said camera captures image data when operated;
wherein said camera is electrically connected to circuitry established at said circuit board via a flexible electrical connection;
wherein circuitry of said circuit board (i) provides electrical power to said camera via the flexible electrical connection, (ii) controls said camera via the flexible electrical connection and (iii) receives image data from said camera via the flexible electrical connection;
wherein, with said camera module mounted at the in-cabin portion of the windshield, said circuit board is tilted at an acute angle relative to the longitudinal axis of said lens barrel of said camera;
wherein, with said camera module mounted at the in-cabin portion of the windshield, at least a portion of said circuit board is disposed at the windshield rearward of said lens of said camera; and
an image processor, wherein said image processor is operable to process image data captured by said camera for a vehicle headlamp control system of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,793,085

IMAGING DEVICE

Nidec Copal Corporation, ...

1. An imaging device, comprising:a lens barrel supporting, while enclosing, one or more lenses;
an imaging element detecting light that passes through the lens;
a lens holder supporting the lens barrel;
an elastic body that is disposed so as to bias the lens barrel relative to the lens holder; and
an upper case that is formed so as to enable connection with an external member, wherein:
the lens holder and the upper case are formed integrally,
the lens barrel is formed so as to contact the lens holder and contact the elastic body, and the lens holder is in contact with the lens barrel with a side surface of the lens barrel being urged by the elastic body,
the elastic body has a first surface having a curved surface portion and a second surface on which an aperture plate is formed, and
a bent portion that is bent with respect to the second surface is provided between the first surface and the second surface such that the first surface is orthogonal to an optical axis of the imaging element.

US Pat. No. 10,793,084

ELECTRIC VEHICLE HOLDER

SHENZHEN WIRELESS TECHNOL...

1. An electric vehicle holder, comprising a housing, wherein clamping arms are respectively inserted into two sides of the housing; the electric vehicle holder further comprises an electric mechanism configured to drive the two clamping arms close to or away from each other, a circuit board mounted in the housing, and a power supply module electrically connected to the circuit board; a normally open circuit configured to control the electric mechanism to drive the two clamping arms away from each other when the power supply module is powered on is arranged on the circuit board; the electric mechanism is electrically connected to the circuit board; and a detector configured to enable, upon the detection of that a tablet electronic device is placed on the housing, the circuit board to control the electric mechanism to drive the two clamping arms close to each other to clamp the tablet electronic device is further arranged in the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,793,083

ITEM HOLDING ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An assembly for holding an item in a vehicle, comprising:a bin having a rim defining an opening to an inner cavity; and
a holder assembly pivotally coupled to the bin, and comprising:
a support feature; and
a holder feature coupled to the support feature, wherein the holder assembly is configured to pivot into the inner cavity defined by the bin from a stowed position to an open position, the holder feature is operable to remain coupled with and translate relative to the support feature between a retracted position and an extended position, the uppermost portion of the holder assembly when the holder assembly is in the open position and the holder feature is in the retracted position is bin-downward of the rim, and the uppermost portion of the holder assembly when the holder assembly is in the open position and the holder feature is in the extended position is bin-upward of the rim.

US Pat. No. 10,793,082

VEHICLE SHIFTER MODULE WITH POP-UP PHONE HOLDER

GHSP, Inc., Grand Haven,...

1. A shifter module for a vehicle having a transmission with various gears that may be selected, the shifter module comprising:a substrate adapted for mounting to the vehicle;
a shifter knob provided on top of the substrate for enabling a driver to select a gear of the transmission; and
a pop-up storage compartment for storing a portable electronic device, the pop-up storage compartment comprising:
a storage drawer movable between a stowed position and an accessible position within an aperture in the substrate, the storage drawer including a forward support adapted to receive a rear surface of the portable electronic device, and a bottom ledge extending rearward from a bottom edge of the forward support, the bottom ledge and the forward support together support the portable electronic device in an upright position so that a front surface of the portable device is visible to the driver when the storage drawer is in the accessible position;
a cover disposed on a top edge of the storage drawer, wherein when in the stowed position, the storage drawer is not visible to the driver and the cover extends over the aperture in the substrate; and
a rail system extending below the aperture of the substrate for receiving and guiding the storage drawer between the stowed position and the accessible position.

US Pat. No. 10,793,081

DEPLOYABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE HOLDER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A deployable electronic device holder comprising:a sliding mechanism disposed within a slot, the sliding mechanism comprising track engagement members engaging a track within the slot; and
a base pivotally coupled to the sliding mechanism via at least one hinge at a first end of the base and having a cradle configured to support a device at a forward end of the base opposite the first end, wherein the sliding mechanism slides within the slot and the base pivots relative to the sliding mechanism to a use position in which the cradle is wholly downward of the sliding mechanism, and wherein the sliding mechanism further slides within the slot to a stowed position retained by a locking mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,793,080

ELECTRIC HOLDER

SHENZHEN NEARBYEXPRESS TE...

1. An electric holder, comprising:a shell;
a pair of clamping arms;
a linkage mechanism, which forms a linkage connection with at least one clamping arm of the pair of clamping arms;
an electric driving apparatus which forms a linkage connection with the linkage mechanism;
a control unit, which is coupled to the electric driving apparatus; and
at least one trigger unit, which is coupled to the control unit,
wherein when the trigger unit is triggered, the control unit controls the electric driving apparatus to drive the linkage mechanism, so as to move the at least one clamping arm of the pair of clamping arms that forms the linkage connection with the linkage mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,793,079

ASSEMBLING STRUCTURE FOR VEHICLE CARRYING DEVICE

KING ROOF INDUSTRIAL CO.,...

1. An assembling structure for a vehicle carrying device, including:a tubular member, having an axial direction, configured to be inserted within a trailer hitch of a vehicle, a wall of the tubular member having a through hole;
a first abutting member, being movable along the axial direction and disposed in the tubular member;
an expansion mechanism, including a second abutting member movably disposed on the first abutting member, the second abutting member being located within the through hole and urgeable to move by the first abutting member;
an actuating member, being connected with the first abutting member, configured to be externally operable to drive the first abutting member to move axially and urge the second abutting member to move radially; wherein one of the first abutting member and the second abutting member has an elongate hole extending obliquely relative to the axial direction, a guiding member is movably disposed within the elongate hole, and the guiding member is connected with the other of the first abutting member and the second abutting member.

US Pat. No. 10,793,078

STORAGE CONTAINERS AND METHODS OF SHIPPING

DEE ZEE, INC., Des Moine...

1. A storage container having a low volume profile shipping configuration comprising:a senior portion comprising a wall defining a first internal cavity and an internally projecting rim extending internally from the wall and having an inner perimeter defining a pass-through opening; and
a junior portion comprising a plurality of unassembled junior wall sections configured to be assembled together to define an outermost perimeter and a second cavity, wherein:
the junior portion is configured to be coupled to the senior portion such that the outermost perimeter of the junior portion is arranged entirely within the inner perimeter of the pass-through opening of the senior portion in both lateral and longitudinal directions when the storage container is in an assembled configuration; and
the plurality of unassembled junior wall sections are sized and configured to be arranged entirely within the inner perimeter of the pass-through opening of the senior portion in an unassembled configuration in both lateral and longitudinal directions when the storage container is in the low volume profile shipping configuration, wherein the assembled configuration has a larger volume profile than the low volume profile shipping configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,793,077

CARABINER-STYLE CARGO HOOK

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A hook, comprising:a body including a base, a first resilient section, a second section and a gate defined between said first resilient section and said second section, said base including a mounting lug and a locating rib, wherein said first resilient section has a first inner radius R1 and said second section has a second inner radius R2 where R1L2.

US Pat. No. 10,793,076

STORAGE TRAYS AND SEAT ASSEMBLIES HAVING STORAGE TRAYS

1. A storage tray for a seat assembly having a seat cushion pivotally coupled to a frame, the frame includes a pair of side shields and a frame member that extends between the pair of side shields, the storage tray comprising:a tray portion having a front lip, a rear wall, and a pair of side wall portions, the front lip, the rear wall, and the pair of side wall portions define a storage area, the tray portion is disposed between and coupled to the pair of side shields by a tab that extends outwardly from each of the pair of side wall portions, the tray portion is coupled to the frame member by a hook that extends outwardly from the rear wall.

US Pat. No. 10,793,075

BAG HOLDER

1. A bag holder configured to be attached to a seat, the bag holder comprising:a top portion having a front edge, a rear edge, and a side edge, wherein the top portion is configured to attach to a plurality of posts extending from the seat;
a middle portion having a plurality of corrugations configured to increase flexibility of the middle portion along a contour of the seat, wherein the middle portion extends from the side edge of the top portion, wherein the middle portion is less flexible in a direction perpendicular to the contour of the seat, wherein the middle portion is more flexible than the top portion along the contour of the seat;
a lower portion extending from the middle portion, the lower portion having a plurality of hooks along an axis and configured to hold a bag; wherein the axis is not parallel to the side edge of the top portion.

US Pat. No. 10,793,074

LOADING SURFACE IN A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A device for changing a volume of a loading space in a vehicle, comprising a loading surface, a side wall and at least one support arranged in the side wall and pivotable between a pivoted-in position and a pivoted-out position, wherein the at least one support has a support surface upon which the loading surface is mounted in a raised position, wherein the at least one support has a pivot axis oriented perpendicularly to the loading surface, the at least one support being supported on an underfloor below the loading surface in the pivoted-out position.

US Pat. No. 10,793,073

MODULAR CAMERA STRUCTURE

AUTOEQUIPS TECH CO., LTD....

1. A modular camera structure that is configured for mounting an image-recording device having a lens onto a rear-view mirror frame on either lateral side of a large vehicle to eliminate rear-view blind spots, comprising:(a) an annular base that is concentrically formed, that has a hole defined therethrough, and that comprises:
(i) an annular projection that is protrudingly provided on a surface of a side of the annular base and that is configured to accommodate placement thereon of said image-recording device; and
(ii) at least one curved groove that is concavely provided in a surface of an opposite side of the annular base such that the annular base is configured to engage said rear-view mirror frame of said large vehicle via the curved groove;
(b) a cover that has a hollow interior for accommodating the image-recording device, and that has defined therethrough:
(i) a first opening configured to couple with the annular projection and thereby secure the image-recording device between the cover and the annular base; and
(ii) a second opening configured to allow the lens of the image-recording device to face away from the annular base; and
(c) a fastening member having a middle section formed with a recessed portion configured to engage the rear-view mirror frame of the large vehicle via the recessed portion from a side of the rear-view mirror frame that is opposite the annular base, the fastening member having two ends, each end of the two ends being configured to couple with the annular base via a locking member so as to securely mount the annular base and the fastening member tightly on the rear-view mirror frame of the large vehicle in a clamping manner.

US Pat. No. 10,793,071

VEHICLE INTERIOR REARVIEW MIRROR ASSEMBLY WITH ACTUATOR

MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA,...

1. An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle, said interior rearview mirror assembly comprising:a mounting structure configured for mounting at an interior portion of a vehicle;
a housing;
a reflective element disposed at said housing;
wherein the reflective element comprises one selected from the group consisting of (i) an electro-optic reflective element and (ii) a prismatic reflective element;
wherein, with said mounting structure mounted at the interior portion of the vehicle, said housing and the reflective element are tandemly and pivotally adjustable about said mounting structure to provide a desired rearward field of view to a driver of the vehicle;
a user input actuatable by the driver of the vehicle when said mounting structure is mounted at the interior portion of the vehicle and when the driver is driving the vehicle;
a motorized actuator that operates responsive to actuation of said user input;
wherein said motorized actuator tilts the reflective element and said housing in tandem about a horizontal axis; and
wherein, responsive to actuation of said user input, said motorized actuator tandemly tilts the reflective element and said housing about the horizontal axis to position an outermost front surface of the reflective element more towards the driver or more away from the driver.

US Pat. No. 10,793,070

PERIPHERY MONITORING APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A periphery monitoring apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire a three-dimensional model image indicating an irregular state of a road surface, the three-dimensional model image including image data outputted from an imaging unit that takes a peripheral image including the road surface in a traveling direction of a vehicle and including height data that indicates heights of individual regions of the road surface represented in the peripheral image; and
a control unit configured to superimpose an indicator indicating a height of the road surface based on the height data onto each region included in the acquired three-dimensional model image and display the three-dimensional model image on a display device, the indicator being a wire frame indicating the irregular state of the road surface, the wire frame including a plurality of rectangles surrounded by a first wire and a second wire, each of the plurality of rectangles being deformed in accordance with the height data of each of the regions of the road surface included in the three-dimensional model image, wherein the control unit:
superimposes, together with the indicator, a route indicator indicating an estimated traveling direction based on a rudder angle of the vehicle onto the three-dimensional model image, the rudder angle indicating a rotation angle of a steering unit acquired by a rudder angle sensor,
superimposes the indicator onto a first region on which the route indicator is superimposed, the first region being one of the regions of the road surface, and
superimposes another indicator indicating the height of the road surface on a second region, the other indicator having a visual characteristic different from a visual characteristic of the indicator, the second region being one of the regions of the road surface other than the first region.

US Pat. No. 10,793,069

METHOD FOR ASSISTING THE DRIVER OF A MOTOR VEHICLE IN MANEUVERING THE MOTOR VEHICLE WITH A TRAILER, DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM AS WELL AS VEHICLE/TRAILER COMBINATION

Connaught Electronics Ltd...

1. A method for assisting a driver of a motor vehicle in maneuvering the motor vehicle with a trailer, the method comprising:capturing image data from an environmental region of the motor vehicle by at least one vehicle-side camera and at least one trailer-side camera;
generating, based on the captured image data from the at least one vehicle-side camera and the at least one trailer-side camera, an image of the environmental region for displaying on a vehicle-side display device depending on a pivot angle between the trailer and the motor vehicle;
determining a perspective from which the environmental region is displayed in the image, comprising;
determining a first perspective from which the environmental region is displayed in the image when the pivot angle is within a predetermined tolerance range, and
determining a second perspective from which the environmental region is displayed in the image when the pivot angle is outside of the predetermined tolerance range; and
automatically switching, in response to detecting the pivot angle changing between within the predetermined tolerance range and outside of the predetermined tolerance range, the perspective between the first perspective and the second perspective,
wherein the environmental region adjoining to a rear area of the motor vehicle is displayed from a first person perspective as the first perspective, and the environmental region encompassing the motor vehicle and the trailer is displayed from a third person perspective as the second perspective.

US Pat. No. 10,793,068

VEHICULAR CAMERA MONITORING SYSTEM

DONNELLY CORPORATION, Ho...

1. A camera monitoring system for a vehicle, said camera monitoring system comprising:an interior rearview mirror assembly configured for mounting at an interior portion of a vehicle equipped with said camera monitoring system;
said interior rearview mirror assembly comprising an interior mirror reflective element having a front side and a rear side;
wherein, when said interior rearview mirror assembly is mounted at the interior portion of the equipped vehicle, the front side of the interior mirror reflective element is closer to a driver of the equipped vehicle who views the interior mirror reflective element than is the rear side of the interior mirror reflective element;
wherein a video display screen is disposed behind the rear side of the interior mirror reflective element;
wherein the interior mirror reflective element comprises a transflective mirror reflector that is partially transmissive and partially reflective, so that light emanating from the video display screen disposed behind the rear side of the interior mirror reflective element when the video display screen is activated to display video images is transmitted through the transflective mirror reflector of the interior mirror reflective element;
wherein the transflective mirror reflector is viewable by the driver of the equipped vehicle when viewing the interior mirror reflective element;
wherein the video display screen disposed behind the rear side of the interior mirror reflective element physically encompasses the entirety of the transflective mirror reflector that is viewable by the driver of the equipped vehicle when viewing the interior mirror reflective element;
wherein, when the video display screen is not activated to display video images, the presence of the video display screen disposed behind the rear side of the interior mirror reflective element is covert to the driver of the equipped vehicle viewing the interior mirror reflective element;
wherein the video display screen is operable to display video images derived at least in part from image data captured by at least one video camera of a plurality of video cameras of the equipped vehicle;
wherein said plurality of video cameras comprises at least (i) a driver-side viewing video camera disposed in a driver-side exterior mirror assembly that is attached at a driver-side portion of the equipped vehicle, said driver-side viewing video camera having a field of view at least rearward and sideward of the equipped vehicle and operable to capture image data, (ii) a rear viewing video camera that is attached at a rear portion of the equipped vehicle, said rear viewing video camera having a field of view at least rearward of the equipped vehicle and operable to capture image data, and (iii) a passenger-side viewing video camera disposed in a passenger-side exterior mirror assembly that is attached at a passenger-side portion of the equipped vehicle, said passenger-side viewing video camera having a field of view at least rearward and sideward of the equipped vehicle and operable to capture image data;
wherein at least said driver-side viewing video camera and said passenger-side viewing video camera of said plurality of video cameras are components of a camera-based sensing system of the equipped vehicle;
wherein said camera-based sensing system comprises an image processor;
wherein image data captured by at least said driver-side viewing video camera and said passenger-side viewing video camera is provided to said image processor and is processed by said image processor to detect vehicles present exterior of the equipped vehicle;
wherein, responsive at least in part to detection by said camera-based sensing system of a vehicle present exterior of the equipped vehicle, video images derived at least in part from image data captured by at least one of said driver-side viewing video camera, said rear viewing video camera and said passenger-side viewing video camera are displayed by the video display screen disposed behind the rear side of the interior mirror reflective element;
wherein, during a forward driving maneuver of the equipped vehicle, and at least responsive to detection by said camera-based sensing system, via processing by said image processor of image data captured by said driver-side viewing video camera, of a vehicle present at the driver side of the equipped vehicle, said camera monitoring system is operable to display video images derived at least in part from image data captured by at least said driver-side viewing video camera by the video display screen disposed behind the rear side of the interior mirror reflective element;
wherein, during the forward driving maneuver of the equipped vehicle, and at least responsive to detection by said camera-based sensing system, via processing by said image processor of image data captured by said passenger-side viewing video camera, of a vehicle present at the passenger side of the equipped vehicle, said camera monitoring system is operable to display video images derived at least in part from image data captured by at least said passenger-side viewing video camera by the video display screen disposed behind the rear side of the interior mirror reflective element;
wherein, responsive to actuation by the driver of a driver-side turn signal indicator of the vehicle, video images derived at least in part from image data captured by said driver-side viewing video camera are displayed by the video display screen disposed behind the rear side of the interior mirror reflective element; and
wherein, responsive to actuation by the driver of a passenger-side turn signal indicator of the vehicle, video images derived at least in part from image data captured by said passenger-side viewing video camera are displayed by the video display screen disposed behind the rear side of the interior mirror reflective element.

US Pat. No. 10,793,067

IMAGING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC., ...

1. A vision system for a vehicle, said vision system comprising:a plurality of imaging sensors disposed at the vehicle, each having a respective exterior field of view and each capturing respective image data;
a display screen disposed in the vehicle and operable to display images for viewing by a driver of the vehicle, wherein said display screen is operable to display images derived from image data captured by said imaging sensors;
a processing system operable to process image data captured by said imaging sensors and to at least one of combine and manipulate image data captured by said imaging sensors to provide a three-dimensional representation of the exterior scene for display at said display screen;
wherein said processing system is operable to process said captured image data in accordance with a curved surface model;
wherein said processing system is operable to process said captured image data to provide a first three-dimensional representation in accordance with a first curved surface model as if seen by a virtual observer from a first virtual viewing point exterior of the vehicle having a first viewing direction;
wherein said processing system is operable to adjust processing of said captured image data for displaying a second three-dimensional representation in accordance with a second curved surface model as if seen by a virtual observer from a second virtual viewing point exterior of the vehicle having a second viewing direction to provide enhanced display of the images as if viewed from the second virtual viewing point; and
wherein said first and second curved surface models each comprise a virtual surface around the vehicle, and wherein each virtual surface has respective surface curvature, and wherein the surface curvature of the virtual surface of said second curved surface model is different from the surface curvature of the virtual surface of said first curved surface model; and
wherein, responsive to the first virtual viewing point exterior of the vehicle having said first viewing direction, said display screen displays the first three-dimensional representation in accordance with said first curved surface model, and wherein, responsive to the second virtual viewing point exterior of the vehicle having said second viewing direction, said display screen displays the second three-dimensional representation in accordance with said second curved surface model.

US Pat. No. 10,793,066

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VEHICULAR ALERT

2236008 Ontario Inc., Wa...

1. A system for vehicular alert, comprising:a processor;
an external microphone coupled to the processor;
memory storing processor-executable instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
detect a person or animal,
determine an environmental noise level using an external microphone, and
determine an alert characteristic responsive to the detecting of the person or animal; and
an emitter to emit an alert signal responsive to the determined alert characteristic, wherein the determined alert characteristic is adjusted responsive to the environmental noise level,
wherein the emitted alert signal draws attention of the person or animal to a vehicle to mitigate a likelihood of a collision.

US Pat. No. 10,793,065

MULTI-COLOR ILLUMINATION DEVICE

1. A multi-color illumination device, comprising:a light guide having a first end and a second end;
a first light source located adjacent the first end of the light guide;
a second light source located adjacent the second end of the light guide, wherein the multi-color illumination device is configured for attachment to a controller configured to illuminate the first light source, the second light source, or both the first light source and the second light source in accordance with one or more operation parameters to provide a status indication, wherein the first light source is configured to emit light of a first wavelength and the second light source is configured to emit light of a second wavelength;
a first additional light source at the first end of the light guide that is configured to emit light of the second wavelength; and
a second additional light source at the second end of the light guide that is configured to emit light of the first wavelength,
wherein each of the first light source, the second light source, the first additional light source and the second additional light source is a white light emitting diode (LED), a single color LED, or a red-green-blue (RGB) LED.

US Pat. No. 10,793,064

LIGHTING DEVICE FOR A SPORT UTILITY VEHICLE OR UTILITY TASK VEHICLE

Bestop, Inc., Louisville...

1. An accessory lighting assembly for a soft top vehicle, comprising:at least one attachment portion for attaching the accessory lighting assembly to an inflexible roll bar of the vehicle, wherein the assembly is substantially flexible to wrap around the inflexible bar for attachment;
at least one integrated lighting portion for selectively providing lighting to the interior of the vehicle; and
at least one housing connected directly to said at least one attachment portion with said at least one attachment portion sandwiched between first and second halves of said housing, said at least one housing containing at least one power source and including an access port and power source cover.

US Pat. No. 10,793,063

ILLUMINATED STEERING WHEEL COVER ASSEMBLY

1. An illuminated steering wheel covering assembly configured to be positioned on a steering wheel, the assembly comprising:a cover being configured to being removably positioned on a steering wheel, the cover having a circular shape to match a circular shape of the steering wheel, the cover including a tubular wall having a first end and a second end wherein the first and second ends are positioned adjacent to each other, the tubular wall having a break therein extending through an inner surface and an outer surface of the tubular wall, the break extending from the first end to the second end, wherein the break is configured to receive the steering wheel such that the tubular wall is positioned on and covers a front side of the steering wheel, the break being defined between a first lateral edge and a second edge of the tubular wall, a first rod being positioned within the tubular wall, the first rod being positioned adjacent to and extending along a length of the first lateral edge, a second rod being positioned within the tubular wall, a second rod being positioned adjacent to and extending along a length of the second lateral edge, the first and second rods having a greater rigidity than the tubular wall and retaining the cover in the circular shape;
a plurality of light emitters being mounted in the cover, the plurality of light emitters emitting light outwardly from the cover when turned on, each of the light emitters comprising an LED capable of emitting multiples colors;
a control circuit being electrically coupled to each of the light emitters; and
an actuator being electrically coupled to the control circuit, the actuator being actuated to turn the light emitters on or off.

US Pat. No. 10,793,062

LIGHTING DEVICE FOR AUTOMOBILE AIR VENT

NIFCO KOREA INC., Chungc...

1. A lighting device for an automobile air vent, wherein the automobile air vent comprises a duct, an air vent housing coupled to the duct, a damper installed within the duct and configured to adjust an open/close degree of the duct, and a knob configured to adjust an operating amount of the damper, the lighting device comprising:a variable resistor connected to the knob and configured to vary a resistance according to a manipulation amount of the knob;
a light emitter connected to the variable resistor and configured to emit light such that brightness or color of the light is varied according to the variable resistance varied by the variable resistor;
a light guide configured to guide the light emitted by the light emitter; and
a diffusion plate installed in the air vent housing and configured to diffuse the light guided through the light guide, wherein a substantial length of the light guide follows along a length of the diffusion plate.

US Pat. No. 10,793,061

METHODS OF MOUNTING AN AUXILIARY LIGHTING SYSTEM TO A VEHICLE AND RELATED SYSTEMS

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

1. A vehicle comprising:a roof panel comprising a moonroof opening and a rim extending about the moonroof opening, the rim comprising a lower edge;
at least two brackets coupled to the roof panel, each bracket comprises a first end that defines a hook portion and a second end that defines a mounting portion, the hook portion coupled to the lower edge of the rim such that the mounting portion extends through the moonroof opening;
a support member coupled to the mounting portion of the at least two brackets, wherein a portion of the support member is oriented to couple to the roof panel;
a fastener coupled between the at least two brackets and the support member, the fastener configured to hold the at least two brackets and the support member in tensioning equilibrium such that the hook portion is secured to the rim and the support member is secured to the roof panel; and
an auxiliary lighting system at least one of included at least partially within or coupled to the support member.

US Pat. No. 10,793,060

COWL COVER LIGHT MOUNT ASSEMBLY

Lund Motion Products, Inc...

1. A vehicle having a hood, a windshield, and a light mount assembly, the light mount assembly comprising:a light having a light mount with an upper portion and a base portion; and
a support defining a track, the support having an inner surface and an outer surface, the light being coupled to the track;
wherein the vehicle further comprises pre-existing holes on a portion of the vehicle between the hood and the windshield, the support having apertures aligning with the pre-existing holes on the vehicle; and
wherein the support is mounted on the vehicle such that the base portion of the light mount is spaced from an outer surface of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,793,059

HEADLAMP CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD

HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD., ...

1. A headlamp system comprising:a headlamp; and
a camera configured to acquire a forward image of an ego vehicle,
wherein the headlamp system is configured to control light irradiation of the headlamp according to a shadow area main region for a position of a front vehicle, which is detected based on the forward image acquired by the camera, and shadow area margin regions set for left and right sides of the shadow area main region, and maintain a width of each of the shadow area margin regions at a target distance by controlling the light irradiation of the headlamp according to a target irradiation angle which is decided based on a distance to the front vehicle,
wherein the headlamp system is further configured to decide the target irradiation angle through a determined distance and control the light irradiation of the headlamp, the determined distance being selected as any one of a first distance to the front vehicle, which is acquired according to a first algorithm applied to detect a neighboring object in the daytime, and a second distance to the front vehicle, which is acquired according to a second algorithm applied to detect a neighboring object in the nighttime.

US Pat. No. 10,793,058

CLUTCHING LAMP ADJUSTER

Asyst Technologies, LLC, ...

1. An adjuster for adjustable automotive lamps, the adjuster comprising:a base screw including a threaded shaft; and
a retainer connected to the threaded shaft, the retainer comprising:
a semicircular sidewall, partially surrounding at least a portion of the threaded shaft, the semicircular sidewall having interior threads that correlate to the threads of the threaded shaft, and the semicircular sidewall defining a clutching opening that permits expansion of the semicircular sidewall when the threaded shaft slips with respect to the interior threads;
a plurality of retainer snap fingers located proximate to a distal end of the retainer and configured to mate to a lamp mating portion of the adjustable automotive lamp; and
a plurality of retainer spring fingers positioned within such proximity to the plurality of retainer snap fingers as to further secure the lamp mating portion against substantial sliding movement along the adjuster after the plurality of retainer snap fingers mates with the lamp mating portion:
wherein the retainer snap fingers and retainer spring fingers move relative to the semicircular sidewall.

US Pat. No. 10,793,057

LIGHTING SYSTEM AND HEADLAMP

OSRAM GmbH, Munich (DE)

1. A lighting system, comprising:an optical unit comprising a plurality of light guides which are respectively provided for at least one light source and which respectively have an input coupling face, and wherein, on the output side, the light guides are connected via a common connecting portion of the optical unit, the connecting portion having an output face, pointing away from the light guides, for the light emerging from the light guides; and
a holding frame for the optical unit, by means of which the optical unit is fastened to a printed circuit board, having the light sources, of the lighting system;
wherein a spacer arranged at a connecting side of the holding frame is provided for positioning the optical unit, the connecting side pointing away from the output face of the optical unit and the holding frame being connectable to the printed circuit board via the connecting side; and
wherein a collar extends away from the spacer, the collar supporting the spacer on the printed circuit board.

US Pat. No. 10,793,056

SNOW PLOW HEADLAMP

Douglas Dynamics, L.L.C.,...

1. A snow plow headlamp comprising:a housing adapted to be mounted to a frame member of a snow plow assembly,
at least a first forwardly directed LED mounted in said housing between opposite ends of said housing and configured to illuminate ahead of a vehicle to which the snow plow assembly is mounted,
a second forwardly directed LED mounted in said housing adjacent one of said ends of said housing,
a reflector mounted in said housing on a side of said second LED opposite said one end of said housing and configured to reflect light from said second LED to illuminate to a side of the vehicle to which the snow plow assembly is mounted, and
a transparent cover mounted to said housing.

US Pat. No. 10,793,055

VEHICLE COMPRISING A WIND DEFLECTING ASSEMBLY AND A LIGHTING DEVICE

VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION, ...

1. A vehicle comprising:a chassis which has a longitudinal axis and which is supported by wheels;
a cab mounted on the chassis, the cab including two side walls;
a wind deflecting assembly comprising at least two side deflector panels, each side deflector panel having a front edge linked to a rear portion of the corresponding side wall of the cab and a rear edge, and extending vertically over at least part of the height of the rear portion of the corresponding side wall of the cab;
a camera monitoring system, which includes a camera arranged on a supporting arm mounted on the cab, to provide a captured image of an area located rearward of the cab;wherein the vehicle further comprises at least one lighting device which is mounted on a side deflector panel and which includes at least one IR emitting light source.

US Pat. No. 10,793,054

VEHICLE LIGHT SYSTEM

1. A vehicle light system, comprising:a front assembly securable to a front end of a vehicle, the front assembly comprising a plurality of lights and a first camera;
the front assembly further comprising a housing integrated into a vehicle grill;
the plurality of lights and the first camera disposed within the housing;
a plurality of vents on the front assembly disposed between each of the plurality of lights;
a rear assembly securable to a rear end of a vehicle, the rear assembly comprising a plurality of lights and a second camera thereon;
a display operatively connected to the first camera and the second camera; and
a control operatively connected to the front assembly the rear assembly, and the display.

US Pat. No. 10,793,053

LOAD SECURING ASSEMBLY

1. A load securing assembly being configured to restrain cargo in a truck trailer, said assembly comprising:a trailer having an outer wall, a floor, a ceiling, and said outer wall extending therebetween, said outer wall having a first lateral side, a second lateral side, a front side and a back side, each of said first and second lateral sides having an inwardly facing surface, said floor having cargo being positioned thereon for transporting the cargo;
a plurality of channels, each of said channels being coupled to said outer wall of said trailer, each of said channels being positioned within said trailer, each of said channels comprises a first panel extending between a pair of second panels, said first panel of each of said channels being coupled to said inwardly facing surface of said outer wall of said trailer, each of said second panels extending toward an interior of said trailer, each of said second panels having a distal edge with respect to said first panel, each of said second panels has a bend thereon such that said distal edge of each of said second panels is directed toward each other to define a slot between said distal edge of each of said second panels, each of said second panels on each of said channels has a plurality of apertures extending therethrough, said apertures on each of said second panels being spaced apart from each other and being distributed along said second panel; and
a plurality of locking units, each of said locking units being slidably positioned in a respective one of said channels, each of said locking units releasably engaging said respective channel to retain each of said locking units at a selected point along said respective channel, each of said locking units being positioned to abut the cargo in the trailer to inhibit the cargo from moving in said trailer, each of said locking units being positionable in a home position for storage, each of said locking units comprising a pair of tubes, each of said tubes comprising a first half being slidably positioned in a second half, each of said tubes being slidably positionable in a respective one of said channels.

US Pat. No. 10,793,052

STRAP WINCH COVER

1. A cover for a strap type winch installed on a flatbed truck or trailer comprising;an enclosure forming a single cavity, said enclosure having a single opening capable of engulfing a body of a strap winch so as to enclose elements of the strap winch including an axle, ratchet, winding components, strap and portions of a mounting bracket of said winch;
said opening having cinching components capable of closing said opening around said winch bracket;
a flap attached to said enclosure, said flap having a width wide enough to cover said enclosure opening, while at the same time being capable of fitting through said winch bracket's internal width; and
complementary securing components along a distal end of said flap and along the external surface of said enclosure.

US Pat. No. 10,793,051

CABLE FOR SECURING CARGO IN VEHICLES WITH A LOCKING TAILGATE

8th Commandment Cable Com...

1. A retractable cable locking system for use with vehicles having a tailgate, the system comprising:a vehicle having a cargo bed, wherein the cargo bed has a tailgate mounted on one end of the cargo bed and the tailgate having rotating down and latched positions, and the cargo bed having cargo bed pillars and the tailgate rotates into the latched position when the tailgate is closed onto a back face of the cargo bed pillars, and further wherein the cargo bed comprises a floor that defines the bottom surface of the cargo bed;
a cable spool comprising a length of cable retractably configured in the spool, wherein a first end of the cable that is movable away from and back into the spool, and a second end of the cable that is fixed inside the spool;
a lug fixed onto the first end of the cable, the lug having a first size and shape;
wherein the cable spool is attached behind a wall in the cargo bed;
a first hole in the cargo bed substantially the same size and shape as the first size and shape as the lug, thereby allowing the lug and cable to unwind from retract into the cable spool in a cargo space in the cargo bed;
wherein the lug has a second hole across its width;
wherein the cargo bed pillar comprises a lug hole across its width;
wherein the cargo bed pillar has the lug hole therein in a side face of the cargo bed pillar, and this side face of the cargo bed pillar is still open when the tailgate is closed;
a lock pin having a pin body with a second size and shape and a pin head that is larger than the pin body;
wherein the cargo bed pillar having the lug hole in it also has a pin hole in it that is positioned about the same height on the pillar as the lug hole, wherein the pin hole passes through the back face of the pillar and a forward face of the pillar and is substantially the same size and shape as the second size and shape of the lock pin, whereby the pin body is sized to pass through the second hole and across the width of the lug;
whereby the cable pulled from the cable spool and the lug may be inserted into the lug hole and the lock pin is inserted into the pin hole and through the second hole of the lug and then the pin is locked in the pillar when the tailgate is closed.

US Pat. No. 10,793,050

CLASPING MECHANISM

Walmart Apollo, LLC, Ben...

1. A method for securing a cart within a delivery vehicle with a lock mechanism, the method comprising:coupling the lock mechanism to a linear mounting track installed within the delivery vehicle;
shifting a closure member of the lock mechanism to pivot arms of the lock mechanism from an open position to a closed position, thereby gripping a portion of the cart;
engaging the arms with a lock member of the lock mechanism to hold the arms in the closed position; and
biasing the arms towards the open position with a spring mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,793,049

RESILIENT COVER CLIP

Dowco, Inc., Manitowoc, ...

1. A clip made from a resilient material comprising:a bulbous portion adapted to fit in a channel, the bulbous portion having a first and second side;
a first tab connected to the first side of the bulbous portion and adapted to be attached to a cover, wherein the first tab extends substantially perpendicular to the first side of the bulbous portion; and
an arm connected to the second side of the bulbous portion, wherein at least a portion of the arm is located a distance away from at least a portion of the tab;
wherein when the distance between the at least a portion of the tab and the at least a portion of the arm is decreased, the bulbous portion is deformed and the bulbous portion can be inserted in and removed from the channel; and
wherein when the at least a portion of the arm is located substantially the distance away from the at least a portion of the tab, the bulbous portion is held within the channel; and
wherein the arm can be moved when the clip is in the channel such that the distance between the at least a portion of the tab and the at least a portion of the arm is decreased to remove the clip from the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,793,048

REEL HANDLER

DEJANA TRUCK AND UTILITY ...

19. A system comprising:a reel handler comprising:
a first arm and a second arm;
a first member coupled to the first arm and a second member coupled to
the second arm,
a sleeve having the members movably positioned therein,
a first bracket coupled to the first member and to the sleeve,
a second bracket coupled to the second member and to the sleeve;
a first support coupled to the first arm such that the first support is rotatable relative to the first arm, and
a second support coupled to the second arm such that the second support is rotatable relative to the second arm,
wherein the brackets are movable to increase and decrease a distance between the arms; and
a vehicle having a platform,
wherein the arms are movable about an axis that is parallel to the sleeve in an arc, the arms being movable when the brackets are in the second configuration from a first position in which the reel engages the platform to a second position in which the reel is positioned above the platform.

US Pat. No. 10,793,047

ROBOT FOR LOADING AND SECURING ARTICLES THERETO

VECNA ROBOTICS, INC., Wa...

1. A mobile robot comprising:a support surface for supporting a plurality of articles;
securing material for securing the plurality of articles on the support surface;
one or more controllers configured to:
autonomously model a three-dimensional stable article arrangement for a desired set of articles to be arranged on the support surface of the mobile robot; and
control an operation of a robotic arm member that is secured to and operably positioned on the mobile robot with respect to the support surface; and
the robotic arm member comprising one or more end effectors;
at least four wheels supporting the support surface and the robotic arm member, wherein the robotic arm member, the one or more controllers and the one or more end effectors are configured to:
autonomously gather each article of the set of desired articles from a location remote from the mobile robot;
place each article in a corresponding position on the support surface as determined by the three-dimensional stable article arrangement;
start moving the mobile robot only in a horizontal direction without tilting the mobile robot after each article in the set of desired articles is positioned on the support surface; and
while the mobile robot is moving only in the horizontal direction and parallel to a floor on which the mobile robot is moving on the at least four wheels, autonomously secure, using the securing material, the set of desired articles on the support surface to at least partially restrict movement of the set of desired articles on the support surface.

US Pat. No. 10,793,046

RACK AND PINION LIFT FOR A TAILGATE

1. A loading lift for a tailgate comprisinga port structure, a starboard structure, and a loading platform;
wherein the loading platform attaches to the port structure and the starboard structure;
wherein the loading lift is configured for use with a pickup truck;
wherein the port structure is configured to mount on a tailgate of the pickup truck;
wherein the starboard structure is configured to mount on the tailgate of the pickup truck;
wherein the loading lift for a tailgate is a moving platform;
wherein the loading lift for a tailgate is configured for use with cargo;
wherein the port structure comprises a port housing, a port rack and pinion, a port motor, a port superior hinge, and a port inferior hinge;
wherein the port housing is a rigid casing;
wherein the port housing is a prism-shaped structure;
wherein the port housing is a hollow structure;
wherein the port housing contains port rack and pinion;
wherein the port motor attaches to the exterior surface of the port housing;
wherein the port superior hinge is a fastener with a rotating structure;
wherein the port inferior hinge is a fastener with a rotating structure;
wherein the starboard structure comprises a starboard housing, a starboard rack and pinion, a starboard motor, a starboard superior hinge, and a starboard inferior hinge;
wherein the starboard housing is a rigid casing;
wherein the starboard housing is a prism-shaped structure;
wherein the starboard housing is a hollow structure;
wherein the starboard housing contains starboard rack and pinion;
wherein the starboard motor attaches to the exterior surface of the starboard housing;
wherein the starboard superior hinge is a fastener with a rotating structure;
wherein the starboard inferior hinge is a fastener with a rotating structure;
wherein the port superior hinge attaches the port housing to the tailgate such that the position of the port housing rotates relative to the tailgate;
wherein the port inferior hinge attaches to a port jib such that the loading platform rotates relative to the port housing when the loading platform attaches to the port jib;
wherein the port inferior hinge attaches the port jib to the loading platform such that the loading platform rotates relative to the port structure;
wherein the starboard superior hinge attaches the starboard housing to the tailgate such that the position of the starboard housing rotates relative to the tailgate;
wherein the starboard inferior hinge attaches to a starboard jib such that the loading platform rotates relative to the starboard housing when the loading platform attaches to the starboard jib;
wherein the starboard inferior hinge attaches the starboard jib to the loading platform such that the loading platform rotates relative to the starboard structure.

US Pat. No. 10,793,045

ROLL OFF TRAILER FRAME AND TWO TROLLEY ASSEMBLIES

Mac Trailer Manufacturing...

1. A roll off trailer comprising:a frame having a forward end and a rear end that define a longitudinal direction therebetween, and having a first side and a second side that define a lateral direction therebetween, and having a top and a bottom that define a vertical direction therebetween;
a first moveable trolley assembly longitudinally moveable relative to the frame, and the first moveable trolley assembly includes a lateral first sheave and an anchor link containing an anchor point;
a second moveable trolley assembly longitudinally moveable relative to the frame, and a lateral second sheave on the second moveable trolley assembly;
a cable fixedly secured to the anchor link extending rearwardly longitudinal towards the sheave on the second movable trolley assembly and terminating at a free end, the free end adapted to connect to a container and move the container as the first and second moveable trolley assemblies and the anchor point move relative to the frame; and
a first position, a second position, and a third position associated with the free end of the cable, wherein the first position is adjacent the rear end of the frame, the second position is intermediate the forward end and the rear end of the frame, and the third position is adjacent the forward end of the frame; and wherein the free end moves from the first position to the second position in response to the second moveable trolley assembly moving longitudinally rearward, and thereafter the free end moves from the second position to the third position in response to the first moveable trolley assembly and the second movable trolley assembly moving longitudinally forward in unison.

US Pat. No. 10,793,044

VEHICLE VENDING SYSTEM

1. A vending system for use in a vehicle, comprising:a product housing positioned in a trunk compartment of a vehicle, said product housing including a product distribution opening;
a product dispensing mechanism including a product dispensing opening, said product dispensing mechanism being configured for dispensing a product, from a product inventory, from said product housing to said product dispensing opening;
one or more sensors configured to detect the presence one or more products in the product inventory; and
a product delivery conduit including a first end having a first elevation and a second end having a second elevation, said first end being joined with said product distribution opening and said second end including a product delivery opening, which is positioned in a passenger compartment of said vehicle, wherein said first elevation is greater than said second elevation and said product is gravity fed from said product housing to said product delivery opening via said product delivery conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,793,043

VEHICLE-MOUNTED EXPANDABLE TABLE SYSTEM

1. A table system for mounting in a cargo space of a vehicle, the table system comprising:a base portion configured to couple to the vehicle within the cargo space of the vehicle;
a table portion coupled to the base portion, the table portion being movable relative to the base portion from an expanded configuration to a storage configuration and vice versa, the table portion comprising:
a first table element coupled to the base portion;
a second table element;
a first hinge coupling the first table element to the second table element, the first hinge configured to facilitate pivoting the second table element relative to the first table element about a first axis;
a third table element;
a compound hinge assembly coupling the second table element to the third table element, the compound hinge assembly comprising:
a hinge table element;
a second hinge coupling the second table element to the hinge table element, the second hinge configured to facilitate pivoting the second table element relative to the hinge table element about a second axis, the second axis being substantially parallel to the first axis;
a third hinge coupling the hinge table element to the third table element, the third hinge configured to facilitate pivoting the third table element relative to the hinge table element about a third axis, the third axis being substantially parallel to the first axis; and
at least one support element coupled to the table portion and configured to engage the ground.

US Pat. No. 10,793,042

VEHICLE SEAT

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle seat installed in a vehicle, the vehicle seat comprising:a seatback;
a seat cushion;
a seat frame;
a movable part that is provided in a part of at least one of the seatback and the seat cushion and configured to move relative to the seat frame from a predetermined neutral position as a center;
a first spring capable of, when the movable part has shifted in a first direction, generating such an elastic force as causes the movable part to shift toward the neutral position;
a second spring capable of, when the movable part has shifted in a second direction different from the first direction, generating such an elastic force as causes the movable part to shift toward the neutral position; and
a preloading device configured to change at least one of the elastic force exerted on the movable part by the first spring when the movable part is in the neutral position and the elastic force exerted on the movable part by the second spring when the movable part is in the neutral position.

US Pat. No. 10,793,041

METHOD FOR PRODUCING AN ADJUSTING DEVICE FOR A VEHICLE SEAT, AND ADJUSTING DEVICE

Continental Automotive Gm...

1. A method for producing an adjusting device for a vehicle seat comprising:molding of a flexible hollow body from a thermoplastic plastic, wherein the hollow body forms a pressure medium chamber and has an opening surrounded by a connecting portion;
arranging a film at the opening; and
connecting the film to the flexible hollow body at the connecting portion of the opening at a connecting seam in order to thereby close off the pressure medium chamber, wherein the flexible hollow body is formed by injection molding of the thermoplastic plastic.

US Pat. No. 10,793,040

ADJUSTABLE HEADREST ASSEMBLY WITH NECK SUPPORT FEATURE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seat, comprising:a seatback coupled to a seat portion;
a headrest assembly supported from the seatback and operable between first and second configurations, wherein the headrest assembly includes:
a headrest bun having an interior;
a frame member disposed within the interior of the headrest bun;
first and second side supports adjustably coupled to the frame member, wherein the first and second side supports are each operable between stowed and extended positions;
a first hinge member having a first portion coupled to a first side of a first hinge pin and a second portion coupled to a second side of the first hinge pin that is positioned below the first side of the first hinge pin, wherein the first portion of the first hinge member is fully disposed within the interior of the headrest assembly and fixedly coupled to the frame member, and further wherein the second portion of the first hinge member is disposed outside of the interior of the headrest bun and coupled to a first structural member disposed within an interior of the first side support; and
a second hinge member having a first portion coupled to a first side of a second hinge pin and a second portion coupled to a second side of the second hinge pin that is positioned below the first side of the second hinge pin, wherein the first portion of the second hinge member is disposed within the interior of the headrest assembly and fixedly coupled to the frame member, and further wherein the second portion of the second hinge member is disposed outside of the interior of the headrest bun and coupled to a second structural member disposed within an interior of the second side support.

US Pat. No. 10,793,039

HEADREST ASSEMBLY WITH FLEXIBLE SUPPORT STRUCTURE AND STRETCHED FABRIC COVER

1. A headrest assembly, comprising:a seat back plate attachable to a front side of a seat back;
a headrest plate movably coupled to the seat back plate;
an adjustment mechanism for adjusting a position of the headrest plate relative to the seat back plate, the adjustment mechanism comprising:
spaced guide rails attached to one of the seat back plate and the headrest plate; and
a guide attached to the other one of the seat back plate and the headrest plate, the guide disposed between the spaced guide rails and carrying rollers engaged to roll along the spaced guide rails and friction members engaging the spaced guide rails;
a flexible support structure attached to the headrest plate; and
a fabric cover stretched over the flexible support structure to create a hollow pocket behind the fabric cover and forward of the headrest plate.

US Pat. No. 10,793,038

HEADREST INTEGRATED ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM

VOXX INTERNATIONAL CORPOR...

31. A headrest integrated entertainment system, comprising:a head support unit adapted to be coupled to a seat of a vehicle;
a housing member; and
an entertainment module adapted to be integrally coupled to the head support unit, comprising:
a housing unit defining a device compartment and comprising a side panel, and a multimedia system arranged accessibly and operably in the device compartment through the side panel,
wherein the side panel is at least partially exposed from the head support unit upon integral coupling of the entertainment module and the head support unit,
wherein the side panel is provided with a control interface through which the multimedia system is operable,
wherein the housing unit comprises:
a rearward facing panel having a viewing window defined therein for visually exposing at least a portion of the multimedia system toward a rear side of the seat,
wherein the rearward facing panel traverses substantially across a width of the head support unit,
wherein the side panel integrally extends from the rearward facing panel,
wherein the housing member comprises:
a base member adapted to be coupled to the head support unit, and a cover panel member that includes the rearward facing panel and the side panel configured to enclosingly couple the base member.

US Pat. No. 10,793,037

VEHICLE SEAT BACK

Gordon Murray Design Limi...

1. A seat back for a vehicle seat comprising a panel and a support structure,the support structure comprising at least two upright tubular members, joined near their lower ends by a cross-member to form a tapering framework which is wide at the bottom of the seat back and narrow at the top of the seat back,
the panel comprising a composite moulded section,
wherein the upright tubular members are bonded to the panel with each tubular member extending from a respective lower corner of the seat back, thereby to provide an attachment point for the seat back at that lower corner.

US Pat. No. 10,793,036

VEHICLE SEAT

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a seat cushion and a seat back; and
a seat frame constituting a framework of the seat cushion and the seat back, the seat frame having
a first member provided with a first engaging pawl and a first pressing surface,
a second member provided with a second engaging pawl and a second pressing surface, and
a third member provided with a first concave portion and a second concave portion, wherein
the first engaging pawl is disposed on an inner side of the first concave portion, the second engaging pawl is disposed on an inner side of the second concave portion, and at least a portion of the first pressing surface and at least a portion of the second pressing surface pressure contact each other to generate a reaction force such that the first engaging pawl engages the first concave portion, and the second engaging pawl engages the second concave portion to maintain the seat frame in an assembled state.

US Pat. No. 10,793,035

SEAT FRAME, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SEAT FRAME

TACHI-S CO., LTD., Akish...

1. A seat frame for a framework structure of a vehicle seat, the seat frame comprising:a plurality of frame bodies formed by bending a single tubular member,
wherein the single tubular member is formed in a closed cross-sectional shape by a single long and flat member being bent in a direction that is at a right angle with respect to the lengthwise direction of the long and flat member, and then end edges of the tubular member that have come to face each other being joined together by welding,
wherein each of the plurality of frame bodies comprises a bend part and rectilinear parts,
wherein the bend part is circular in cross section,
wherein the rectilinear parts comprise a rectangular cross section portion and a cross-section-varying portion,
wherein an end part of the cross-section-varying portion, connected to the rectangular cross section portion, is rectangular in cross section,
wherein an end part of the cross-section-varying portion, connected to the bend part, is circular in cross section,
wherein the cross-section-varying portion gradually varies in a cross-sectional shape from a rectangular shape to a circular shape, and
wherein ends of the rectilinear parts of one of the frame bodies are connected to ends of the rectilinear parts of another one of the frame bodies by linkages to form the seat frame having a rectangular shape.

US Pat. No. 10,793,034

VEHICLE SEAT

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle seat, comprising:a seatback, comprising:
a main frame, comprising:
a lower portion configured to be slidably engaged with a guiderail extending on a floor of a vehicle in a longitudinal direction extending from a front side of the vehicle to a rear side of the vehicle; and
an upper portion positioned at a level of the seatback for supporting a shoulder blade of a vehicle occupant;
a head rest coupled with the upper portion of the main frame for supporting a head of the vehicle occupant; and
a sub-frame suspended from and coupled with the upper portion of the main frame and positioned such that the sub-frame is below the upper portion of the main frame at a level of the seatback for supporting a lumbosacral area of the vehicle occupant, the sub-frame comprising:
a first lateral member extending in a substantially vertical direction;
a second lateral member extending in the substantially vertical direction, the second lateral member being a separate and distinct element from the first lateral member, separated from the first lateral member by a distance in a width direction such that the second lateral member is free from direct physical contact with the first lateral member; and
a reinforcement member coupling the first lateral member with the second lateral member,
wherein
the reinforcement member is at least partially situated behind the first lateral member and the second lateral member in the longitudinal direction, and
the sub-frame is coupled with the upper portion of the main frame such that the sub-frame is configured to swivel with respect to the upper portion of the main frame in a direction corresponding to a twisting motion of the vehicle occupant.

US Pat. No. 10,793,033

HEATING SYSTEM FOR AN OCCUPANT

Faurecia Automotive Seati...

1. An occupant support comprisinga vehicle seat including a seat bottom and a seat back coupled to the seat bottom,
a heating system coupled to the vehicle seat and configured to provide a heating sensation to an occupant resting on the vehicle seat,
wherein the heating system includes a controller and a heat mat coupled to the controller, the heat mat including a first zone comprising a first portion of the heat mat and a second zone comprising a second portion of the heat mat, the controller being coupled to the heat mat to cause power to be provided to the first zone or both the first zone and the second zone at the option of the occupant,
wherein the heat mat includes a single heating circuit, a first diode coupled to the heating circuit and configured to divert power to a first portion of the single heating circuit when power at a first polarity is supplied from the controller to cause the first zone to be active,
wherein the heat mat further includes a second diode coupled to the heating circuit and configured to divert power to the entire single heating circuit when power at a second opposite polarity is supplied form the controller to cause the second zone to be active, and
wherein the single heating circuit includes an input lead, a first heating unit, a second heating unit located between the input lead and the first heating unit, and an output lead located between the first heating unit and the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,793,032

VEHICLE SEAT WITH PELVIS MOVEMENT SUPPRESSION

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle seat, comprising:a pelvis movement suppression member that is disposed at an initial position at a seat upper side of a seat front side of a seat cushion, extends in a seat width direction, and is movable in a seat front-rear direction relative to a frame of the seat cushion;
a moving mechanism that moves the pelvis movement suppression member from the initial position to a restraining position at a seat rear side relative to the initial position;
a control section that, when a collision is detected or predicted, activates the moving mechanism to move the pelvis movement suppression member to the restraining position; and
an energy-absorbing mechanism that, when a load in a direction from the restraining position toward the initial position acts on the pelvis movement suppression member subsequent to the movement by the moving mechanism, absorbs at least a portion of the load,
wherein the pelvis movement suppression member is movable in a linear diagonal upward direction with respect to the vehicle seat, from the restraining position towards the initial position, and
an energy absorption direction of the energy-absorbing mechanism is the linear diagonal upward direction.

US Pat. No. 10,793,031

VEHICLE SEAT WITH STORABLE HARNESS

Hickory Springs Manufactu...

1. A vehicle seat having a storage area comprising:a horizontal seat portion having a horizontal frame and a vertical seat portion having a vertical frame operably coupled to the horizontal seat portion to form a vehicle seat, the horizontal seat portion and the vertical seat portion forming a bite therebetween, the horizontal seat portion being rotationally coupled to the horizontal frame such that the horizontal seat portion is moveable between a ride position and a storage area access position; and
a belt system selectively moveable between a storage position in the vehicle seat storage area and a deployed position on the vehicle seat, the belt system comprising:
a base plate having a first end rotationally coupled to the vehicle seat proximal the bite and a second end opposite the first end,
a harness plate having a first end rotationally coupled to the second end of the base plate,
a first cushion rotationally coupled to the harness plate and configurable to reside on the horizontal seat portion when in the deployed position,
a second cushion coupled to the harness plate and configurable to reside along the vertical seat portion when in the deployed position,
a pair of shoulder straps anchored to the vehicle seat and extending from the first cushion through a lower latch to a corresponding pair of upper latches,
at least one lap belt anchored to the vehicle seat and releasably coupled to the harness latch, and
at least one latch bar coupled to the vertical frame to which the corresponding upper latches are releasably latched.

US Pat. No. 10,793,030

RECLINING DEVICE

SHIROKI CORPORATION, Fuj...

1. A reclining device comprising:a bottomed cylindrical first member including an internal tooth at an inner cylindrical surface along a circumferential direction and having an opening surface on one side;
a main pawl including an external tooth engageable with the internal tooth;
a sub-pawl including an external tooth engageable with the internal tooth;
a second member stacked on an opening surface side of the first member and provided rotatably relative to the first member in the circumferential direction, the second member including a pawl guide configured to guide the main pawl or the sub-pawl between a lock position at which the external tooth of the main pawl or the sub-pawl engages with the internal tooth of the first member and an unlock position at which the external tooth of the main pawl or the sub-pawl is apart from the internal tooth;
a cam provided rotatably and coaxially with the first member and the second member between the first member and the second member and configured to push the main pawl and the sub-pawl in a lock position direction; and
a second cam provided between the cam and the main pawl and pushed by the cam at the lock position to contact the main pawl and the pawl guide,
wherein in a case where the main pawl and the sub-pawl are at the lock position, the external tooth of the main pawl and the internal tooth of the first member are in a fully-engaged state, the external tooth of the sub-pawl and the internal tooth of the first member are in a softly-engaged state, and relative rotation of the first member and the second member is restricted,
the main pawl, the sub-pawl, and the cam are formed such that the external tooth of the sub-pawl starts engaging with the internal tooth of the first member before the main pawl is brought into the fully-engaged state when the main pawl and the sub-pawl are moved from the unlock position to the lock position by the cam, and
when the main pawl and the sub-pawl are moved from the unlock position to the lock position by the cam, the external tooth of the sub-pawl first starts engaging with the internal tooth of the first member, and the external tooth of the main pawl subsequently starts engaging with the internal tooth of the first member.

US Pat. No. 10,793,029

MULTI-JOINT SEAT BACK FOR VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A multi-joint seat back for a vehicle, comprising:A skeletal frame;
a plurality of partitioned seat back components attached to the skeletal frame;
each of the plurality of partitioned seat back components configured to receive a seat pad;
each of the plurality of partitioned seat back components inserted into a front portion of the skeletal frame and configured to be hinged to one another for angular rotation in a forward or backward direction;
a plurality of elastic wires, each of which is connected between two adjacent partitioned seat back components selected from the plurality of partitioned seat back components;
a plurality of pulling wires, wherein the pulling wires are bound to predetermined positions of the elastic wires, respectively; and
a drive unit connected to the pulling wires such that the drive unit winds the pulling wires to pull the elastic wires or release the pulling wires to restore the elastic wires.

US Pat. No. 10,793,028

OPEN ARCHITECTURE POWER LENGTH ADJUSTER ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE SEAT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

1. A seat adjuster assembly comprising:a housing;
a worm disposed within the housing for rotation about a first axis and having a helical thread;
a worm gear disposed within the housing for rotation about a second axis and meshingly-engaged with a pitch surface of the helical thread of the worm; and
a spindle screw extending through the housing and the worm gear along the second axis, the spindle screw being meshingly-engaged with the worm gear,
wherein the pitch surface of the helical thread of the worm is longitudinally crowned such that the pitch surface has an arcuate profile.

US Pat. No. 10,793,027

LOCKING CAM COMPONENT FASTENING DEVICE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A fastening device comprising a cam lock received within a first orifice of a first component and a threaded fastener extending through a central axial cavity provided in the cam lock and received within a second orifice of a second component;wherein the cam lock induces a clamping load between the first and the second components normal to the axial cavity when rotated from a first to a second rotational position; and
wherein the cam lock comprises a barrel portion having an interior diameter and an exterior diameter through which the central axial cavity extends, a distal end, and a proximal end, the proximal end comprising a cam surface proximate the exterior diameter of the barrel portion of the cam lock that engages an interior diameter of the first orifice of the first component and displaces the first component downwardly relative the second component when the cam lock is rotated from the first to the second rotational position.

US Pat. No. 10,793,026

SLIDING DEVICE

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A sliding device comprising:a fixed rail configured to be fixed to a vehicle, the fixed rail comprising an opening opened upward, the opening being arranged in a longitudinal direction of the fixed rail;
a movable rail to which a seat body of a vehicle seat is configured to be fixed, the movable rail being slidable with respect to the fixed rail in a state where at least part of the movable rail is exposed through the opening;
a first closure member slidable with respect to the fixed rail and capable of closing at least part of the opening, the first closure member receiving a force from the movable rail to thereby slide;
a first engaging portion provided to the first closure member, the first engaging portion disengageably engaging with a first engaged portion provided to the movable rail; and
a second engaging portion provided to the first closure member, the second engaging portion disengageably engaging with a second engaged portion provided to the fixed rail,
wherein, at a forward movement in which a longitudinal end of the movable rail slides from a position inside the fixed rail to a position outside the fixed rail, an engagement state of the second engaging portion is released after the first engaging portion has entered an engagement state, and
wherein, at a backward movement in which the movable rail slides in a direction opposite to that of the forward movement, the engagement state of the first engaging portion is released after the second engaging portion has entered the engagement state.

US Pat. No. 10,793,025

VEHICLE SEAT

TS TECH CO., LTD., Saita...

1. A vehicle seat, comprising:a stationary frame;
a movable frame provided at a front end portion of the stationary frame and configured to be slidable frontward and rearward between a first position and a second position that is frontward of the first position; and
a cushion pad provided to extend frontward from an upper side of the stationary frame and configured to wrap around a front end portion of the movable frame;
the movable frame comprising:
an upper surface including a curved surface bulging upwardly,
a body frame, and
a cover member,
the body frame having an upper surface extending along an upper surface of the stationary frame,
the cover member being fixed to the upper surface of the body frame and protruding upward beyond an extended plane of the upper surface of the stationary frame, and
the curved surface being provided on the cover member,
the cover member comprising a boss protruding downward, and
the body frame having a hole in which the boss is engageable, the hole being provided at the upper surface of the body frame.

US Pat. No. 10,793,024

SEAT AND SEAT CONTROL SYSTEM

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A seat comprising:a seat body that supports a body of an occupant;
at least one driving device that changes a physical quantity of the seat body;
a controller that controls the at least one driving device; and
a plurality of sensors that measure a state of the occupant sitting on the seat body,
wherein the controller comprises:
a model generator that generates a human body model of the occupant based on output from the plurality of sensors;
an analyzer that analyzes a state quantity of the human body model;
an instructing device that drives the at least one driving device based on a result of an analysis by the analyzer; and
a display that shows a change in the state quantity caused by driving the at least one driving device,
wherein the analyzer analyzes the state quantity after the human body model is generated and after the at least one driving device is driven.

US Pat. No. 10,793,023

MOTOR MOUNTING STRUCTURE FOR ELECTRIC SEAT SLIDING DEVICE

TF-METAL CO., LTD., Kosa...

1. A motor mounting structure for an electric seat sliding device, the motor mounting structure comprising:a motor including a first protruding portion provided on a first end of the motor in an axial direction and a second protruding portion provided on a second end of the motor in the axial direction;
a first elastic support member configured to be mounted on the first protruding portion of the motor;
a second elastic support member configured to be mounted on the second protruding portion of the motor; and
a bracket configured to support the first end of the motor through the first elastic support member and the second end of the motor through the second elastic support member, the bracket including
an opening portion which has a length longer than an axial length of the motor, and which is configured to receive the motor,
a first guide portion formed on a first end portion of the opening portion in a longitudinal direction and a second guide portion formed on a second end portion of the opening portion in the longitudinal direction, and wherein the first guide portion and the second guide portion are configured to be engaged, respectively, with the first elastic support member and the second elastic support member,
wherein the motor is configured not to be unmounted from the bracket in a direction perpendicular to the axial direction of the motor, at a supported assembly position at which the first elastic support member is mounted on the first protruding portion of the motor and engaged with the first guide portion and the second elastic support member is mounted on the second protruding portion of the motor and engaged with the second guide portion, and at a normal assembly position at which the second guide portion is engaged with the second elastic support member,
wherein the first elastic support member is configured to be movable between a mounted position at which the first elastic support member is mounted on the first protruding portion, and an escape position at which the first elastic support member is unmounted from the first protruding portion, in a state where the first elastic support member is mounted on the first guide portion,
wherein the opening portion, the first guide portion, and the second guide portion are configured to receive the motor to which the second elastic support member is mounted on the second protruding portion in an initial assembly position at which the motor is positioned coaxially with the first elastic support member positioned in the escape position, and
wherein the second elastic support member is configured to be movable between an engaged position at which the second elastic support member is engaged with the second guide portion, and a disengaged position where the second elastic support member is disengaged from the second guide portion and where the second elastic support portion is mounted on the second protruding portion of the motor positioned at the initial assembly position.

US Pat. No. 10,793,022

SPINDLE GEARBOX AND DRIVE UNIT OF AN ELECTRIC SEAT DRIVE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A spindle mechanism (1) of an electric seat drive, comprisinga mechanism housing (2) for mounting a worm gear (3) and a worm (33), the worm (33) meshing with the worm gear (3),
a threaded spindle (4, 5) which is connected to the worm gear (3) and which has an axis, wherein the mechanism housing (2) is configured to have the threaded spindle (4, 5) inserted into the mechanism housing (2),
a first cover (6), and
a second cover (7),
the first cover (6) and the second cover (7) being fastened parallel to one another to the mechanism housing (2),
the threaded spindle (4, 5) being guided through the first cover (6), and the first cover (6) being fastened to the mechanism housing (2) independently of the second cover (7),
wherein the threaded spindle (4, 5) is a rotatable spindle (4) or a plunger spindle (5),
wherein the second cover (7) has a central through opening in the direction of the axis, the central through opening being configured for mounting the plunger spindle (5), and
wherein the central through opening is configured to be closed by a compensation plate (15) that is configured to bear axially against the rotatable spindle (4).

US Pat. No. 10,793,021

SEAT MOUNTING UNIT FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A seat mounting unit for a vehicle, comprising:a floor panel having a panel shape that forms a floor surface of the vehicle and includes a load path member that protrudes from the floor surface and extends in a predetermined direction, the load path member being partially cut and divided through cut portions; and
a seat mounting part positioned at the cut portions of the load path member, rotatably installed on the floor panel, and including a side surface portion having a predetermined height, the side surface portion overlapping a side surface of a cut end portion of the load path member in a height direction.

US Pat. No. 10,793,020

FUEL CELL VEHICLE SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method of controlling a fuel cell vehicle system, comprising:a fuel cell;
a first motor connected to the fuel cell via a first bus terminal and driven by power supplied from the fuel cell and configured to provide power to driving wheels of the vehicle;
a high voltage battery configured to store or supply power by charging or discharging;
a second motor connected to the high voltage battery via a second bus terminal and driven by power supplied from the high voltage battery and configured to provide power to the driving wheels of the vehicle;
a bidirectional direct current-direct current (DC/DC) converter positioned between the first bus terminal and the high voltage battery; and
a controller configured to operate the bidirectional DC/DC converter to adjust a transmission of power between the first bus terminal and the high voltage battery, the method comprising:
diagnosing, by the controller, a failure state of the fuel cell vehicle system; and
operating, by the controller, a driving wheel of the fuel cell vehicle in a driving mode selected based on the diagnosed failure state,
wherein when the fuel cell is diagnosed as having failed, the driving wheel is operated in a driving mode in which a first motor or a second motor is driven with the power of the high voltage battery, and
wherein when the second motor is diagnosed as having failed, the bidirectional DC/DC converter is operated to supply the power of the high voltage battery to a first bus terminal to operate the driving wheel in a driving mode in which the first motor is driven.

US Pat. No. 10,793,019

ELECTRIFIED VEHICLE DC POWER CONVERSION WITH BALANCING OF BATTERY STATES

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. Electrified vehicle apparatus comprising:a battery pack comprising series-connected battery units providing a main voltage;
a plurality of DC/DC converters, each having an input powered by a respective battery unit;
a low-voltage bus, wherein the DC/DC converters have respective outputs coupled in parallel to the low-voltage bus;
a central module having an outer loop controller generating a target current adapted to regulate a bus voltage on the low-voltage bus to a predetermined voltage, and having an allocator distributing the target current into a plurality of allocated current commands for respective DC/DC converters; and
a plurality of local controllers each adjusting an output current of a respective DC/DC converter;
wherein the allocator 1) identifies a battery unit having a predetermined deviation from a reference metric that characterizes the battery pack, 2) allocates a reverse current to a respective DC/DC converter for the identified battery unit, and 3) increases the target current commanded for the DC/DC converters not allocated to have a reverse current by the allocated reverse current.