US Pat. No. 10,246,220

MOUNTABLE FOOD CONTAINER

SNACKTOPS, Inc., Carlsba...

1. A food container coupling system, the system comprising:a food container configured to attach to a beverage container lid/coupler, the food container comprising:
a food compartment comprising a side wall and a bottom;
the bottom comprising a food compartment coupling structure, the food compartment coupling structure further comprising a plurality of arcs protruding outwardly from the food compartment bottom, the coupling structure further comprising outer walls with a first radius relative to a point on the food container and inner walls with a second radius smaller than the first radius;
wherein the outer walls securely mate with a beverage container lid of a first diameter and the outer walls face away from the point on the food container, and the inner walls securely mate with a rim of a beverage can of a second diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,246,219

FOLDABLY CONSTRUCTED FORCE-RESISTING STRUCTURE OR SUPPORT

Green Ox Pallet Technolog...

1. A foldably constructed pallet comprising:a top blank; and
a bottom blank coupled to the top blank, the bottom blank including:
at least one edge support extending along a length of an associated side of the pallet, the at least one edge support defined by folding a first portion of the bottom blank relative to an interior of the bottom blank such that an exterior surface of the at least one edge support engages an interior surface of the bottom blank; and
at least one securing panel foldably connected to the bottom blank at an interior portion spaced inwardly from all outer edges of the pallet, the at least one securing panel defined by folding a second portion of the bottom blank relative to an interior of the bottom blank, the at least one securing panel folded to engage an exterior surface of the at least one edge support to secure the at least one edge support in place.

US Pat. No. 10,246,218

NECKED BEVERAGE CAN HAVING A SEAMED-ON END

Crown Packaging Technolog...

1. A beverage can including:a drawn and ironed, metal beverage can body including a base, a cylindrical sidewall extending upwardly from the base, and a tapering neck extending upwardly from the sidewall; the base including a standing ring and a dome located within the standing ring; and
an end seamed together with an upper end of the neck, the end including a center panel located within the seam, a sealed pour aperture formed in the center panel, the sealed pour aperture is a score formed in the center panel, the end further including a tab adapted for opening the sealed pour aperture, the tab being coupled to the center panel by a rivet, the rivet being positioned between a center of the center panel and the score,
the can body having a diameter at the cylindrical sidewall that is between 40% and 100% greater than a diameter of the seamed end outside of the seam.

US Pat. No. 10,246,216

BLANKS FOR DISPLAY PACKAGE CONTAINING CARTOMIZER BLISTER PACK AND METHODS OF FORMING DISPLAY PACKAGE FOR CARTOMIZER BLISTER PACK

ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES, L...

1. A package, comprising:a front panel;
a back panel opposing the front panel, the back panel defining at least one first cut line in a semi-circular shape at an upper portion of the back panel;
a bottom panel forming a lower end of the package;
a first side panel forming a first side of the package;
a second side panel forming a second side of the package; and
an upper panel forming a top end of the package,
wherein the at least one first cut line is configured to form a tear line on an outermost surface of the package, the tear line being configured to be torn to open the top end of the package,
the upper panel being formed by a union of a lower panel and a top panel, and
the top panel being on the outermost surface of the package,
a first fold line existing at a first seam between the back panel and the top panel, and
the back panel defining a first end of the tear line that intersects with the first fold line at a first intersection point, the back panel further defining a second end of the tear line that intersects with the first fold line at a second intersection point.

US Pat. No. 10,246,215

SEMIREGULAR POLYHEDRON BOX AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLY

1. A semiregular polyhedron box, the box comprising:two rectangular sidewalls defined by a rectangular upper edge, a rectangular lower edge, and two rectangular lateral edges;
two square sidewalls defined by a square upper edge, a square lower edge, and two square lateral edges;
four corner sidewalls defined by a corner upper edge, a corner lower edge, and two corner lateral edges that are substantially longer than the corner upper edge and the corner lower edge, the four corner sidewalls being disposed between the two rectangular sidewalls and the two square sidewalls,
whereby the sidewalls join at the respective lateral edges to form an enclosed region defined by a generally rectangular shape and having four chamfered edges;
four rectangular panels hingedly joined with two opposing rectangular upper edges and two opposing rectangular lower edges of the two rectangular sidewalls,
each rectangular panel defined by a straight top edge, a pair of straight lateral edges, and a straight bottom edge, the straight bottom edge hingedly joined with the rectangular upper edge of the two rectangular sidewalls,
each rectangular panel further defined by two L-shaped slots that are centrally disposed in a spaced apart relationship; and
four irregular panels hingedly joined with two opposing square upper edges and two opposing square lower edges of the two square sidewalls,
each irregular panel defined by an irregular bottom edge hingedly joined with the square upper edge of the square sidewall,
each irregular panel further defined by an irregular top edge having a convex curve and a pair of top angled corners,
each irregular panel further defined by a pair of irregular lateral edges having a lateral notch and a pair of bottom angled corners,
each irregular panel further defined by an elongated perforation disposed lengthwise,
whereby the pair of top angled corners and the lateral notch of the four irregular panels are sized and dimensioned to detachably interlock with the two L-shape slots of the four rectangular panels.

US Pat. No. 10,246,213

CARTON WITH EXPANSION FEATURES

Graphic Packaging Interna...

1. A carton for holding one or more containers, comprising:a plurality of panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the carton, the plurality of panels comprising a bottom panel, a top panel, and at least one side panel;
a plurality of end flaps foldably connected to the respective plurality of panels to form at least one closed end of the carton;
at least one gusset foldably connected between the at least one side panel and the at least one closed end of the carton, the at least one gusset comprising a first gusset panel foldably connected to a second gusset panel, the at least one gusset further comprising a tab extending from the first gusset panel to at least partially define a notch in the at least one gusset, the at least one gusset is positionable between a first position and a second position wherein the interior of the carton is expanded; and
a handle feature in at least one end flap of the plurality of end flaps, wherein the notch aligns with the handle feature in the at least one closed end of the carton.

US Pat. No. 10,246,211

CONTAINER PRODUCED FROM A HELICALLY BENT SHEET METAL STRIP

1. A container comprising:a single-layered, helically bent sheet metal strip having an upper border region and a lower border region;
a first helically running border portion in the upper border region or the lower border region of the single-layered, helically bent sheet metal strip, wherein the first helically running border portion is bent out via a helically running outwardly bent edge with a curved region toward an outside of the container as a protruding flange;
a second helically running border portion in the upper border region or the lower border region of the single-layered, helically bent sheet metal strip, wherein the second helically running border portion runs rectilinearly in a plane of the single-layered, helically bent sheet metal strip;
wherein the first helically running border portion and the second helically running border portion each border one another in a manner adjacent in terms of height;
a continuous, helically running welded joint connecting the first helically running border portion and the second helically running border portion in a fluid-tight manner, the continuous, helically running welded joint comprising a first weld seam and a second weld seam;
wherein the first weld seam is fused from the outside of the container to an outer-side wall of the second helically running border portion and a wall of the curved region;
wherein the second weld seam is fused from an inside to an end surface of the second helically running border portion; and
wherein a first weld route of the first weld seam and a second weld route of the second weld seam are fused to each other such that a homogeneous fully fused welded joint runs from the outside to the inside.

US Pat. No. 10,246,210

CONTAINER HAVING A PETALOID BASE AND GROOVE

SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS, Oc...

1. A container (1) made of plastic material comprising a body (2) and a petaloid-shaped bottom (3) extending the body (2), the petaloid-shaped bottom (3) comprising a bottom wall (4) of general convex shape toward the outside, from which feet (7) formed by protrusions project, separated two at a time by portions of the bottom wall forming recessed valleys (12) that extend radially to a periphery (8) of the petaloid-shaped bottom (3), the petaloid-shaped bottom (3) further comprising a series of radial extension grooves (17) that extend at least partially at the bottom of the recessed valleys (12), wherein:the feet (7) extend axially over a height (D) that is less than or equal to 1/5 of a radial extension (A) of the petaloid-shaped bottom (3), the height (D) being measured axially from a standing plane (10) to the periphery (8) of the petaloid-shaped bottom (3);
the petaloid-shaped bottom (3) comprises a central dome (5) with concavity turned toward the outside of the container (1);
each of the series of radial extension grooves (17) has an inner section (17A) that radially goes beyond a respective one of the recessed valleys (12) and straddles the central dome (5), and an outer section (17B) that extends radially in the continuation of the inner section (17A), at the bottom of the respective one of the recessed valleys (12),
wherein the inner section (17A) of the of the series of radial extension grooves (17) has a width greater than the outer section (17B),
wherein each of the series of radial extension grooves (17) ends on the outside by a pointed outer end (18), and
wherein the outer ends (18) of each of the series of radial extension grooves (17) are placed in a circle that has a diameter (J) that is less than a radial extension (C) of a standing plane (10) defined by apexes (9) of the feet (7).

US Pat. No. 10,246,209

CONTAINER

Berry Plastics Corporatio...

1. A vessel comprisinga floor and
a side wall coupled to the floor and arranged to extend upwardly from ground underlying the floor and to cooperate with the floor to define an interior product-storage region therebetween,
wherein the side wall comprises an outer polymeric layer having an inner surface arranged to face the interior product-storage region and an outer surface arranged to face away from interior product-storage region and a cellular non-aromatic polymeric material layer having an inner surface arranged to face toward the product-storage region and an outer surface arranged to face away from the product-storage region and the outer surface of the cellular non-aromatic polymeric material is in direct engagement with the inner surface of the outer polymeric layer.

US Pat. No. 10,246,208

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATED HANDLE INSTALLATION

1. A handle attachment apparatus, said apparatus comprising:a frame;
a conveyor for portable containers;
a sheet picker;
a handle sheet magazine;
a slidable fixture;
a detachment mechanism configured to detach preformed handles from handle sheets; and
an attachment mechanism configured to attach said preformed handles onto connection points of said portable containers;
wherein said slidable fixture is mounted at a 45 degree angle from horizontal.

US Pat. No. 10,246,207

PHARMACEUTICAL STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL SYSTEM AND METHODS OF STORING AND RETRIEVING PHARMACEUTICALS

RXSAFE, LLC, Vista, CA (...

1. A method of filling a prescription using a pharmaceutical storage and retrieval device, the pharmaceutical storage and retrieval device including a housing, an interface panel supported by the housing and having an access control device, a shelving system configured to store containers within the housing, an access port supported by the housing, a door supported by the housing to selectively cover the access port, a scanner supported by the housing, and a gantry system positioned within the housing, the gantry system including a gripper assembly and a motor coupled to the gripper assembly to move the gripper assembly within the housing, the method comprising:verifying, by a processor, identification information input into the access control device;
obtaining, by the processor, a queue of prescriptions to be filled from a pharmacy computer;
receiving a selection of a prescription from the queue of prescriptions to be filled, the selected prescription containing prescription information including a medication type;
determining, by the processor, a shelf location in the shelving system of a container expected to have the medication type of the prescription information;
retrieving the container from the determined shelf location by engaging the container with the gripper assembly of the gantry system;
positioning the container within the access port by moving the gripper assembly and the container to the access port with the motor of the gantry system;
scanning, by the scanner, the container to determine an actual medication type within the container;
determining, by the processor, whether the actual medication type within the container matches the medication type of the prescription information;
when the actual medication type within the container matches the medication type of the prescription information, opening the door to the access port; and
when the actual medication type within the container does not match the medication type of the prescription information, returning the container to a shelf location in the shelving system by engaging the container with the gripper assembly and moving the gripper assembly and the container to the shelf location.

US Pat. No. 10,246,203

PACKAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR NAPPIES OR OTHER SOFT, FLAT, FOLDED SANITARY ARTICLES

TISSUE MACHINERY COMPANY ...

1. A packaging apparatus for nappies or other soft, flat, folded sanitary articles, comprising:a feeder for receiving a set of nappies, wherein the set of nappies comprises one or more groups of nappies, the feeder comprising a conveyor for receiving the groups of nappies from a nappy stacker device and moving them onto a conveying plane, and an elevator configured to receive the set of nappies from the conveyor and to move them into an infeed station of a wrapping machine;
a packaging arrangement, for positioning a plastic film against the set of nappies, the packaging arrangement including the wrapping machine configured to fold a sheet of the film around the set of nappies to cover at least three sides of the set of nappies and to seal the sheet of film around the set of nappies, the wrapping machine including the infeed station having an opening directed towards the feeder;
at least one comb configured to selectively withdraw groups of nappies from the nappy stacker device and place them on the feeder;
a presser operatively coupled to the feeder and configured to laterally compress the set of nappies on a plurality of lateral sides;
a programmable controller, which controls the presser to compress the set of nappies until reaching a lateral dimension having a predetermined reference value smaller than a width of the opening of the infeed station of the wrapping machine;
a further presser, controlled by the controller to apply a further lateral compression to the set of nappies which has been covered on the at least three sides, before the sheet of film is sealed around the set of nappies, the further presser being arranged such that the further lateral compression is applied to said plurality of lateral sides of the set of nappies, wherein said at least three sides which have been covered by the sheet of film comprise said plurality of lateral sides of the set of nappies.

US Pat. No. 10,246,198

ALIGNMENT SYSTEM FOR EXHAUST INSTALLATION

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. An exhaust system for an aircraft comprising:an exhaust duct configured to be in fluid communication with an auxiliary power unit for conveying exhaust from the auxiliary power unit to an exhaust exit, the exhaust duct including at least two exhaust brackets for movably mounting the exhaust duct to an airframe; and
an alignment system configured to be operatively connected to the exhaust duct, wherein the alignment system includes, disposed between each exhaust bracket and the aircraft frame, at least one tapered shim adjacent the exhaust duct for accommodating a gap between the at least one exhaust bracket and the airframe.

US Pat. No. 10,246,197

AIRCRAFT

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. An aircraft having a central axis along a longitudinal direction of the aircraft, the aircraft comprising:a fuselage including a main portion and a tail end portion, the tail end portion including a bifurcation that divides the fuselage along the central axis into at least a first inwardly tapering portion and a second inwardly tapering portion at an aft end of the fuselage, the first inwardly tapering portion and the second inwardly tapering portion each including at least one surface tapering inward towards the central axis relative to the main portion in both a width direction and a height direction of the aircraft, which are each orthogonal to the longitudinal direction; and
a boundary layer ingesting propulsor mounted on each of the first inwardly tapering portion and the second inwardly tapering portion of the tail end portion of the fuselage.

US Pat. No. 10,246,196

AIRCRAFT ENGINE ASSEMBLY COMPRISING AT LEAST TWO REAR ENGINE ATTACHMENTS AXIALLY SHIFTED FROM EACH OTHER

Airbus Operations (S.A.S....

1. An aircraft engine assembly comprising:a dual-body engine comprising an inter-turbine casing;
a pylon for mounting the engine on a structure of the aircraft, the pylon including a primary structure;
a mount for mounting the engine on the primary structure of the mounting pylon;
the mount comprising a rear engine attachment assembly comprising:
a first connecting rod articulated at one end with a bracket rigidly connected to the inter-turbine casing and articulated at another end with a bracket rigidly connected to the primary structure of the pylon, the first connecting rod being arranged in a median vertical and longitudinal plane;
a second connecting rod articulated at one end with a bracket rigidly connected to the inter-turbine casing and articulated at another end with a bracket rigidly connected to the primary structure of the pylon, the second connecting rod being arranged substantially tangential to the inter-turbine casing; and
a rear engine attachment for transverse force spreading, shifted axially backwards in relation to the first and second connecting rods, and including a shear pin oriented in a vertical direction of the engine assembly and rigidly connected to either the engine or the primary structure, as well as a seating bracket for the shear pin that is rigidly connected to another of the engine or the primary structure and that has a seating orifice for the shear pin, the shear pin being seated in the seating orifice with a clearance in the longitudinal direction of the engine assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,246,194

FLIGHT ATTENDANT SEAT ARRANGEMENT

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

1. A flight attendant seat arrangement comprising:a monument suitable for installation in an aircraft cabin having a floor and a ceiling, wherein a first receiving recess is constructed in a wall of said monument; and
a flight attendant seat which has a backrest element and a seat element, wherein said backrest element is fixedly attached to a rear wall of the first receiving recess such that the backrest element extends substantially parallel to the rear wall of the first receiving recess and a portion of the wall of said monument which borders the first receiving recess,
wherein the wall of the monument is of a double-walled design comprising:
a support wall which forms the rear wall of the first receiving recess and extends from said first receiving recess as far as an end of the monument on a floor side, wherein the backrest element and the seat element of the flight attendant seat are fastened to the support wall; and
an outer wall which is oriented substantially parallel to the support wall
wherein the seat element is pivotable, relative to the backrest element, between an inoperative position in which a seating surface of said seat element faces towards and is substantially parallel to the rear wall of the first receiving recess, and a usable position in which the seating surface of said seat element forms an angle of at least 80 and no more than 100° with said rear wall of the first receiving recess,
wherein the backrest element is completely received within a first section of the first receiving recess constructed in the wall of the monument,
wherein the seat element is completely received within a second section of the first receiving recess constructed in the wall of the monument, at least when said seat element is located in its inoperative position, the second section borders on the first section in a direction of an end of the monument on a floor side,
wherein the flight attendant seat is constructed as a stand-up seat, and
wherein the height of the seat element in its inoperative position is chosen in such a way that a person who is standing up can be supported by their buttocks on the seating surface of the seat element when in its usable position.

US Pat. No. 10,246,186

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE WITH INFLATABLE MEMBRANE

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A method to operate an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the method comprising:determining a travel path for a UAV related to a delivery of an item, the travel path including a delivery location where the UAV delivers the item;
flying the UAV along the travel path, wherein the flying of the UAV includes controlling vertical takeoff propellers of the UAV to lift the UAV;
inflating a membrane that is maintained by a stabilization mechanism at a sufficient distance from the vertical takeoff propellers of the UAV to avoid contact with the propellers while the UAV is flying, the inflating of the membrane resulting in an increase in a buoyancy of the UAV, wherein the membrane remains inflated during at least an ascending segment of the travel path during which the UAV is flown to ascend from the delivery location after delivering the item; and
deflating the membrane, wherein the membrane remains deflated during at least a horizontal segment of the travel path during which the UAV is flown in a direction that is substantially horizontal.

US Pat. No. 10,246,184

AIRCRAFT WITH INTERNALLY HOUSED PROPELLOR UNITS

1. A vertical take-off aircraft, comprising:an airframe having two sides;
a pair of wings, each said wing extending from one of said sides, each said wing having a top surface and lower surface,
a central frame structure within each said wing, said central frame structure defining at least one duct wall, wherein a height of said duct wall is equal to a distance between said top surface and said bottom surface such that at least one duct is formed within said central frame having a volume entirely within one of said wings;
at least one support member having a proximal end and a distal end, said proximal end attached to said central frame structure, said distal end extending into said duct;
a motor disposed at said distal end of said support member;
a propeller operable by said motor, said propeller entirely within said duct; and,
at least one cover operable along said top surface to open and close over said duct, each said cover matching a contour of said top surface, wherein when said cover is in an open position air is allowed to pass through said duct, and wherein when said cover is in a closed position, the integrity of said top surface of said wing is maintained;
wherein said at least one duct further comprises three ducts within each wing forming a respective triangular arrangement; and
wherein each triangular arrangement is covered by a shared lid.

US Pat. No. 10,246,182

DIFFERENTIAL EMERGENCY/PARK ELECTRIC BRAKE SYSTEM

Goodrich Corporation, Ch...

1. An emergency brake input device for providing emergency braking signals to at least two brake assemblies, the device comprising:an input member movable in a first direction corresponding to a braking magnitude and movable in a second direction corresponding to a relative distribution of the braking magnitude between first and second brake signals for the control of the at least two brake assemblies;
a first cog belt and a second cog belt, the first cog belt passing around a first angular displacement sensor and the second cog belt passing around a second angular displacement sensor,
wherein the first and second brake signals are configured to be modulated during emergency braking so as to apply differential braking to separate wheels of an aircraft; and
wherein the member is a handle, the handle that is movable linearly with respect to a guide in a direction 90 degrees relative to a pivot axis of the handle to indicate braking magnitude and rotatable about the pivot axis to indicate relative distribution of the braking magnitude,
wherein the handle is coupled to both the first cog belt and the second cog belt.

US Pat. No. 10,246,181

METHOD FOR ATTACHING A SPLIT WINGLET TO A WING

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of securing a split winglet to a wing tip of a wing of an aircraft comprising the steps of:attaching an upper winglet to an upper winglet attachment portion of a winglet attach fitting having a wing attachment portion by:
insertably stove-piping or sliding a generally hollow, box-shaped terminal end of the upper winglet attachment portion into a generally hollow interior of the upper winglet at an upper winglet root end, the upper winglet attachment portion oriented at a dihedral angle; and
extending at least one fastener through the upper winglet attachment portion and into an upper winglet skin;
attaching a lower winglet to a lower winglet attachment portion of the winglet attach fitting by:
insertably stove-piping or sliding a generally hollow, box-shaped terminal end of the lower winglet attachment portion into a generally hollow interior of the lower winglet at a lower winglet root end, the lower winglet attachment portion oriented at an anhedral angle; and
extending at least one fastener through the lower winglet attachment portion and into a lower winglet skin;
removably attaching the wing attachment portion to the wing tip using fasteners to secure the split winglet to the wing, the upper winglet extending upwardly from the wing at the dihedral angle, the lower winglet separate from the upper winglet and extending downwardly from the wing at the anhedral angle;
wherein the lower winglet and the upper winglet are non-articulating when the wing attachment portion is attached to the wing tip;
wherein the upper winglet attachment portion and the lower winglet attachment portion intersect one another at the wing attachment portion; and
wherein the upper winglet attachment portion and the lower winglet attachment portion each extend from an outboard side of the wing attachment portion, and in opposing relation to an inboard side of the wing attachment portion.

US Pat. No. 10,246,180

COOPERATIVE PERCEPTION AND STATE ESTIMATION FOR VEHICLES WITH COMPROMISED SENSOR SYSTEMS

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A method for sharing information between independent agents, comprising:receiving, with a processor, signals indicative of a fault of a sensor system of a first independent agent, wherein the fault is identified by the first independent agent;
transmitting, with the processor, signals indicative of a request for sensor information to a second independent agent in response to receiving said signals indicative of the fault of the sensor system;
positioning the second independent agent relative to the first independent agent such that a sensor system of the second independent agent can collect information about a relative position and a motion state of the first independent agent;
calculating state information for the first independent agent from the relative position and motion state information collected;
receiving, with the processor, signals indicative of the state information in response to the transmitting of the request for sensor information;
applying, with the processor, the state information to a navigation system of the first independent agent in response to the receiving of the state information; and
operating the first independent agent using the state information provided by the second independent agent.

US Pat. No. 10,246,179

DISPLAY SYSTEM

AUGUSTAWESTLAND LIMITED, ...

1. A control apparatus for a vehicle, the vehicle being an actual, non-simulated vehicle and including a plurality of controllable actuators, the control apparatus comprising:a display system for displaying a layout of controls including at least one of an information display, a switch, and a monitoring device, the display system including a touch sensitive screen; and
a computer controller which controls the display system and which responds to a front of the screen being touched where a depicted control is displayed to provide a signal which is used to operate a controllable actuator of the plurality of controllable actuators of the non-simulated vehicle;
wherein the display system displays images of the controls in different positions for different vehicle operators, and wherein the computer controller recognizes an identity of a particular operator who will control the non-simulated vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,246,178

OPTIMIZED PITCH AND ROLL CONTROL APPARATUS FOR AN AIRCRAFT

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus comprising:a control column coupled to a control wheel, a portion of the control column configured to be substantially parallel with a cockpit floor while a plane of rotation of the control wheel is perpendicular with the cockpit floor;
a pitch output link having a first pitch output link connection point, the pitch output link connected to a downstream pitch control mechanism, wherein the pitch output link is configured to transfer a first force applied at the first pitch output link connection point to the downstream pitch control mechanism;
a transfer assembly connected to the control column and to the pitch output link at the first pitch output link connection point, wherein the transfer assembly is configured to translate a second force applied to the control column to the pitch output link, the second force substantially parallel with the portion of the control column;
a roll control shaft connected to the control wheel and extending through the control column; and
a self-aligning bearing connected to an aircraft structure portion and positioned to support the roll control shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,246,177

LEADING-EDGE STRUCTURE FOR AIRCRAFT, AIRCRAFT WING, AND AIRCRAFT

MITSUBISHI AIRCRAFT CORPO...

1. A leading-edge structure for an aircraft that constitutes any leading-edge portion in an airframe of the aircraft, the leading-edge structure comprising:a spar that extends in a predetermined direction;
a plurality of ribs that are provided in the predetermined direction of the spar at intervals; and
a skin that is supported by the plurality of ribs, wherein:
among the plurality of ribs, one or more of the ribs have a front end that is provided with a gap with the skin,
as the plurality of ribs, the leading-edge structure comprises:
a pair of first ribs that are disposed at a predetermined interval, and
a plurality of second ribs that are disposed between the pair of first ribs, the second ribs each having the front end provided with the gap with the skin,
the pair of first ribs are fixed to the spar, and
the second ribs are not fixed to the spar.

US Pat. No. 10,246,174

HEAT EXCHANGE SYSTEMS FOR ENGINE-POWERED WATERCRAFT AND METHODS OF USING SAME

Indmar Products Company I...

1. An onboard heat exchange system for an engine-powered watercraft, the system comprising:a water intake that draws water from an external water source;
an engine cooling system that circulates coolant through a watercraft engine for cooling thereof, the engine cooling system including a first heat exchanger through which coolant from the engine cooling system and water from the water intake are directed, and in which heat is transferred from the coolant to the water to cool the coolant; and
a water heating system having a second heat exchanger coupled to the engine cooling system and through which coolant from the engine cooling system and water from the water intake are directed, and in which heat is transferred from the coolant to the water to thereby heat the water,
wherein the heat exchange system directs heated water from the second heat exchanger to at least one of an intake conduit proximate the water intake and at least one onboard accessory system for flushing thereof to kill aquatic invasive species.

US Pat. No. 10,246,173

TILLERS FOR OUTBOARD MOTORS HAVING NEUTRAL SHIFT INTERLOCK MECHANISM

Brunswick Corporation, M...

1. A tiller for an outboard motor having a transmission that is operable in a forward gear, a reverse gear, and a neutral gear, the outboard motor further having an internal combustion engine with a throttle that is positionable into and between an idle position and an open throttle position, the tiller comprising:a manually operable shift mechanism that is configured to actuate shift changes in the transmission amongst the forward gear, reverse gear, and neutral gear;
a manually operable throttle mechanism that is configured to position the throttle into and between the idle position and the open throttle position; and
an interlock mechanism that is configured to prevent a shift change out of the neutral gear when the throttle is positioned out of the idle position, wherein the interlock mechanism is further configured to permit a shift change into the neutral gear regardless of throttle position.

US Pat. No. 10,246,167

BOAT HAVING A MOVABLE STERN HATCH WITH A SUBMERSIBLE STERN PLATFORM

1. A boat comprising a hull provided with a rear stern hatch located in correspondence with an internal stern compartment of said hull and suitable for opening and closing in correspondence with an aperture of said compartment,said hatch having a body with opposed sides located in correspondence with side walls of said compartment and upper edge and lower edge,
said hull also having a movable and submergible stern platform,
wherein the hatch has no direct connections to the hull, but the hatch is connected to the stern platform in such a way as to reach, upon opening, a position submerged in the water where the boat is located in the moment when said platform submerges into said water,
actuating means being provided to move the hatch integral with the movable stern platform and suitable for allowing the opening and the closing of the compartment of the hull by moving said hatch.

US Pat. No. 10,246,163

BOAT WINDSHIELD WITH SLIDING WALK-THROUGH DOOR

TAYLOR MADE GROUP, LLC, ...

17. A boat windshield with a walk-through door, comprising:a door frame attachable to a boat, the door frame including a panel side member and a door side member;
a fixed door panel secured in the door frame, the fixed door panel including a framework having a first member extending between and connecting the panel side member and the door side member, an inside member, and a second member extending from the panel side member to the inside member; and
a sliding door panel coupled with the framework of the fixed door panel and displaceable laterally across the first member of the framework relative to the panel side member and the door side member between an open position at least partly overlaying the fixed door panel and a closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,246,162

MARINE VESSEL HULL WITH A LONGITUDINALLY VENTED TRANSVERSE STEP

Cross Step LLC, Yeadon, ...

1. A marine vessel hull having a fore, aft, port, and starboard, the hull comprising a non-entrapment configuration having:at least one longitudinally-vented transverse step, each longitudinally-vented transverse step comprising:
a transverse step extending from starboard to port across a bottom of the hull;
one or more forward longitudinal step portions connected to and extending forward from the transverse step, each longitudinal step portion defining a longitudinal air pathway configured to feed air into the longitudinally-vented transverse step when the hull is in motion on a body of water, each longitudinal step portion having a cross-sectional profile that comprises a cutout into the hull relative to a line defined by a deadrise angle of the hull, the cutout comprising a vertical rise starting from the line defined by the deadrise angle and a run tilted outwardly upward at a lesser non horizontal angle than the deadrise angle and that extends to an intersection with the line defined by the deadrise angle; and
one or more aft longitudinal step portions extending aft of the at least one longitudinally-vented transverse step.

US Pat. No. 10,246,161

ELECTRIC POWER-ASSISTED BICYCLE AND DRIVE SYSTEM THEREFOR

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

1. A drive system for an electric power-assisted bicycle, comprising:a first sensor for detecting pedaling force applied to a pedal from a rider;
a second sensor for detecting rocking of a bicycle body in a lateral direction;
an electric motor that assists drive of a drive wheel driven by pedaling of the rider; and
a controller that controls the electric motor based on a pedaling force, wherein
the controller has a first mode and a second mode as control modes of the electric motor, the first mode is executed in a normal-pedaling mode, the second mode is executed when the controller determines based on at least output of the second sensor that the rider pedals the bicycle while rocking the bicycle body in the lateral direction, and the controller executes different control in the second mode from that in the first mode to assist the drive of the drive wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,246,159

FRONT STRUCTURE OF SADDLE-RIDE TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A front structure of a saddle-ride vehicle, comprising:a grip provided at a distal end of a steering handlebar;
a lever provided forward of the steering handlebar, a distal end of the lever being spaced from the grip in a forward direction by a first distance;
a lever guard operatively mounted at the distal end of the steering handlebar having a front arm extending in the forward direction from the steering handlebar, the front arm having a length in the first direction greater than the first distance and an inner arm extending horizontally inwardly from a distal end of the front arm passed the distal end of the lever so that the lever is between the grip and inner arm, the inner arm having a length less than the length of the front arm;
a mirror stay having an upper end and a lower end attached to a distal end of the inner arm, the mirror stay extending vertically from the inner arm; and
a mirror body attached to the upper end of the mirror stay, the mirror body having a mirror, the mirror facing rearwardly,
wherein the grip, front arm and inner arm form a U-shaped assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,246,158

ACTUATED ACCESSORY FOR A SELF-BALANCING BOARD

1. An actuated accessory for a self-balancing board, the self-balancing board comprising a foot-deck having two lateral foot-deck ends, each lateral foot-deck end being coupled to a motor that drives a wheel in response to an orientation of the lateral foot-deck end relative to a horizontal plane, the foot-deck having at least one sensor that is triggered when a rider is in a riding position thereon, the accessory comprising:a chassis;
at least one travel surface-contacting element coupled proximal to a first longitudinal end of the chassis to facilitate travel of the chassis over a travel surface;
a seat coupled to the chassis and configured to support a rider;
an engagement structure that releasably engages the self-balancing board and fails to trigger the at least one sensor;
at least one sensor-triggering element that is actuatable relative to the engagement structure between an idle position, wherein the at least one sensor-triggering element fails to trigger the at least one sensor, and a triggering position, wherein the at least one sensor-triggering element triggers the at least one sensor;
at least one control member coupled to and actuating at least one of the engagement structure and the at least one sensor-triggering element to control the orientation of the lateral foot-deck ends relative to a horizontal plane; and
at least one actuator coupled to the at least one sensor-triggering element, the at least one actuator being manually actuatable by the rider when the rider is in the seat to actuate the at least one sensor-triggering element between the idle position and the triggering position.

US Pat. No. 10,246,157

INVERTED PENDULUM VEHICLE

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

1. An inverted pendulum vehicle, comprising:a vehicle body frame;
a main wheel combining a plurality of driven rollers arranged along a circle such that rotational center lines of the driven rollers are each directed along a tangential line of the circle;
a pair of drive disks rotatably supported by the vehicle body frame around a laterally extending rotational center line;
a plurality of drive rollers arranged on each drive disk along a circumferential direction and configured to engage the driven rollers of the main wheel in a skewed relationship thereto;
a pair of drive units including a pair of electric motors for individually driving the drive disks under an inverted pendulum control;
a control unit for controlling the drive units so as to maintain the vehicle in an upright position;
a tail wheel arm extending from the vehicle body frame in a rearward direction and having a base end pivotally attached to a part of the vehicle body frame around a laterally extending pivot center line;
a tail wheel rotatably supported by a free end of the tail wheel arm; and
a stand attached to a part of the vehicle body frame for supporting the vehicle in a forwardly tilted, park position by engaging a road surface;
wherein the pivot center line of the base end of the tail wheel arm is located inside a circle centered around a center of the tail wheel in the upright position of the vehicle and having a radius which is equal to a distance between the center of the tail wheel and the rotational center line of the drive disks in side view, and
wherein with respect to a hypothetical tail wheel arm having a base end pivotally attached to the rotational center line of the drive disks and a free end supporting a tail wheel, a first line is defined as a line extending along the hypothetical tail wheel arm when the vehicle is in the upright position, and a second line is defined as a line extending along the hypothetical tail wheel arm when the vehicle is in the forwardly tilted, park position, the pivot center line of the base end of the tail wheel arm being located on or above a bisector of an angle formed by the first line and the second line in side view.

US Pat. No. 10,246,155

ADJUSTABLE ASSEMBLY FOR A BICYCLE

SPECIALIZED BICYCLE COMPO...

1. An adjustable assembly for a bicycle, comprising:a lower tubular support configured to be attached to a bicycle frame;
an upper tubular support configured to be attached to a bicycle saddle, the upper tubular support longitudinally slidable relative to the lower tubular support;
an expansion portion support member positioned within an interior space of the lower tubular support;
an expansion portion disposed at an upper end of the expansion portion support member, wherein the expansion portion is configured to be moved between a radially expanded position and a radially contracted position, wherein an outer surface of the expansion portion is configured to engage an interior surface of the upper tubular support when the expansion portion is in the radially expanded position;
a retention assembly movably connected to the expansion portion support member adjacent the expansion portion, the retention assembly configured to slidably move with respect to the expansion portion between a locked position and an unlocked position;
wherein, when the retention assembly is in the locked position, the retention assembly engages an interior surface of the expansion portion to secure the expansion portion in the radially expanded position, thereby preventing longitudinal movement of the upper tubular support relative to the lower tubular support;
wherein, when the retention assembly is in the unlocked position, the retention assembly is moved away from the interior surface of the expansion portion, thereby allowing the expansion portion to move to the radially contracted position and the upper tubular support to move longitudinally relative to the lower tubular support;
a biasing member that biases the retention assembly into the locked position;
a resilient member configured to provide an upwardly-directed force to the upper tubular support to provide movement of the upper tubular support away from the lower tubular support when the retention assembly is in the unlocked position; and
an actuator operatively coupled to the retention assembly, the actuator being configured to selectively move the retention assembly between the locked position and the unlocked position.

US Pat. No. 10,246,154

BICYCLE SEAT

Balanced Bicycle Seats LL...

1. An apparatus comprisinga rocker element configured to support a rigid transverse beam of a seat on which a user of a device is to sit while pedaling, the rocker element supporting the rigid transverse beam on a seat post structure of the device, the rocker element comprising
a rocker that includes a continuous curved convex rocker surface facing the seat post structure and configured so that successive locations along the rocker surface bear on the seat post structure to enable rolling motion of the rigid transverse beam as the user is pedaling, and
a coupler configured to connect the rocker element to the seat post structure, the coupler being configured to permit the rolling motion and to permit simultaneous yawing motion of the rigid transverse beam.

US Pat. No. 10,246,153

SIDE-BY-SIDE VEHICLE

Polaris Industries Inc., ...

23. A utility vehicle, comprising:a plurality of ground-engaging members;
a frame supported by the ground-engaging members;
a drivetrain supported by the frame;
an operator's area defined by a driver seat and operator controls;
a cab frame covering the operator's area and defined by at least first and second front support portions, at least first and second rear support portions, and longitudinally extending sections coupling the front and rear support portions; and
the driver seat having a driver restraint harness, the cab frame being configured to support the driver restraint harness for the driver seat, the driver restraint harness comprising a first coupling location, a second coupling location, a third coupling location, a fourth coupling location, and a latching mechanism, wherein a first shoulder belt retractor is coupled to the cab frame at the first coupling location of the driver restraint harness, and the shoulder belt retractor is rearward of a rear surface of a seat back of the driver seat, the first shoulder belt retractor being configured to adjust a length of a belt, and the third and fourth coupling locations for the driver restraint harness are directly coupled to the frame and positioned vertically lower than the latching mechanism of the driver restraint harness and laterally outward from seat bottom of the driver seat, and wherein the third coupling location includes at least a portion positioned above an upper surface of the seat bottom and at least a portion positioned below the upper surface of the seat bottom.

US Pat. No. 10,246,152

CONTROL DEVICE FOR MOBILE ROBOT

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

1. A control device for a mobile robot having a plurality of movable links extended from a body, each movable link of the plurality of movable links having a predetermined site as a contacting portion and being configured to move with respect to the body by an action of one or more joints disposed between a distal end of the movable link and the body, the mobile robot moving with a motion including an operation in which at least one of the movable links of the plurality of movable links is moved in the air, not in contact with an external object, and a succeeding operation in which the contacting portion of the at least one of the movable links of the plurality of movable links is brought into contact with the external object, the control device comprising:a contacting portion displacement manipulated variable determination section which, for the contacting portion of each of the plurality of movable links,
sequentially acquires an observed value of a contact reaction force actually acting on the contacting portion from the external object and sequentially acquires a desired value of the contact reaction force,
sequentially performs a determination process to determine whether or not at least one of a first condition and a second condition has been satisfied, the first condition being a condition that the contacting portion is actually in contact with the external object, and the second condition being a condition that that a desired motional state of the contacting portion indicated by an operational goal for the mobile robot is a state in which the contacting portion is to be brought into contact with the external object, and
performs, for each contacting portion for which a result of the determination process becomes positive, either one integration processing of integrating a first deviation or integrating a second deviation, to sequentially determine a first displacement manipulated variable for making a desired position and/or posture of the contacting portion displaced from a position and/or posture indicated by the operational goal for the mobile robot so as to cause the observed value of the contact reaction force acting on the contacting portion to approach the desired value, wherein the first deviation is a deviation between the observed value and the desired value of the contact reaction force acting on the contacting portion, and the second deviation is a deviation between a first deviation corresponding to each contacting portion and an average value of first deviations corresponding respectively to all contacting portions for which each of results of the determination process becomes positive; and
an actuator controlling section which sequentially determines a desired displacement amount of each joint of the mobile robot, in accordance with at least the operational goal for the mobile robot and the first displacement manipulated variable determined, to control an actuator that drives a corresponding joint, in accordance with the desired displacement amount.

US Pat. No. 10,246,150

IDLER ASSEMBLY FOR A TRACK ROLLER FRAME

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. An idler assembly for a track roller frame, the idler assembly comprising:a housing element having a central cavity, the housing element being connectable to an end of the track roller frame;
a yoke element being movably disposed in central cavity and having spaced apart first and second arms, the yoke element being connectable to a longitudinally extending piston in the track roller frame;
at least one key element coupling the yoke element to the housing element such that the yoke element is movable relative to the housing element; and
an idler wheel rotatably supported between the first and second arms.

US Pat. No. 10,246,149

WHEEL SUSPENSION FOR A TWO-TRACK VEHICLE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A wheel suspension for a two-track vehicle, comprising:at least one stabilizer formed as a stabilizer torsion spring rod, with the stabilizer extending in the vehicle's transverse direction and having a drive lever on at least one side of the vehicle, which acts upon a wheel guidance element of the wheel suspension, and having at least one suspension spring, which is tensioned with a spring preload between the vehicle body and a wheel guidance element of the wheel suspension, wherein the suspension spring is at least partially formed as a suspension spring/torsion spring rod, wherein the suspension spring/torsion spring rod is arranged radially within the stabilizer torsion spring rod formed as a hollow rod, wherein a first actuator for extending a suspension spring foot point, for regulating a vehicle level of the vehicle body, and a second actuator for adjusting a suspension spring constant is allocated to the suspension spring.

US Pat. No. 10,246,148

CRAWLER-TRACK UNIT, FOREST MACHINE AND FOREST MACHINE ASSEMBLY

PONSSE OYJ, Vierema (FI)...

1. A modular crawler-track unit for a forest machine having an engine and a chassis with a pivot bearing, comprising:a crawler-track frame;
a sleeve shaft attached to the crawler-track frame supporting the crawler-track frame on the pivot bearing belonging to the chassis of the forest machine;
a crawler mat arranged in a circulation to distribute surface pressure of the crawler-track unit;
at least one drive wheel, mounted in first bearings in the crawler-track frame inside the circulation of the crawler mat, to rotate and support the crawler mat;
at least one idler wheel, mounted in second bearings in the crawler-track frame inside the circulation of the crawler mat, to support the crawler mat;
a support structure arranged in the crawler-track frame, inside the circulation of the crawler mat, to support a part of the crawler mat that is against the ground, which support structure is arranged to conform according to a shape of a surface of the ground, to distribute surface pressure of the crawler-track unit evenly;
a drive shaft mounted in third bearings in the crawler-track frame, coaxially with the sleeve shaft, to transmit power from the forest machine to the crawler-track unit and to pivot the crawler-track unit to the chassis of the forest machine;
a shaft mounted in fourth bearings in the crawler-track frame to pivot the drive wheel to the crawler-track frame at a distance from the drive shaft; and
a power-transmission fitted between the shaft and the drive shaft to transmit power from the drive shaft to the drive wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,246,147

INDUSTRIAL VEHICLE WITH DEVICE FOR RELEASING THE UNDERCARRIAGES WITHOUT DISCONNECTING THE HYDRAULIC SYSTEM

SCAIP S.P.A., Parma (IT)...

1. An industrial vehicle, comprising:at least one structure with a chassis and a pair of crawler undercarriages, each of which is driven by a hydraulic motor which transmits motion and torque to a planetary gearbox on which a drive wheel is keyed; and hooking-release means for releasing the crawler undercarriages from said chassis; wherein
the hydraulic motor and the planetary gearbox are interconnected through the interposition of at least one transmission device;
wherein said at least one transmission device is coaxial to the hydraulic motor and the planetary gearbox; and wherein
following the operations for releasing the crawler undercarriage from the chassis, the hydraulic motor is released from the at least one transmission device and remains integral to the chassis, keeping its hydraulic connections intact while the planetary gearbox and the at least one transmission device remain integral to the crawler undercarriage.

US Pat. No. 10,246,145

TIRE CARRIER

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A tire carrier assembly, comprising:a tire carrier having a first tire carrier end and a second tire carrier end defining a tire-sized aperture, the tire carrier comprising a plurality of tire constraint members formed as upturned wings;
a carrier support assembly which is lockable and unlockable and configured to support the tire carrier in a stowed position when locked and to lower the tire carrier toward a deployed position when unlocked, the carrier support assembly comprising a first cable, a second cable, a first cable guide member, and a second cable guide member; and
a hoist coupled to the carrier support assembly;
wherein the hoist is configured to lock the carrier support assembly and to be selectively actuatable to unlock the carrier support assembly; and
wherein the first cable passes through the first cable guide member from the hoist to the first tire carrier end and the second cable passes through the second cable guide member from the hoist to the second tire carrier end wherein the first cable guide member is a tubular member extending from the hoist to a first cable support member and the second cable guide member is a tubular member extending from the hoist to a second cable support member.

US Pat. No. 10,246,144

VEHICLE SPARE TIRE LIFT ASSEMBLY

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A tire lift assembly comprising:a body including two handles; and
a pair of moveable arms each extending from the body at a living hinge, wherein each arm has an end to grasp a vehicle tire when in a first position and to release the vehicle tire when in a second position.

US Pat. No. 10,246,143

AIRFLOW STRAIGHTENING STRUCTURE OF AUTOMOTIVE VEHICLE

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

1. An airflow straightening structure of an automotive vehicle, in which a slit and a connection portion which includes no slit are provided at a rear-end edge portion of a cover having a substantially-flat airflow straightening face extending in a vehicle longitudinal direction such that the slit and the connection portion are aligned in a direction crossing the vehicle longitudinal direction,wherein said connection portion is positioned adjacently, in the direction crossing the vehicle longitudinal direction, to said slit, and
a protrusion is provided at the airflow straightening face of the cover, the protrusion being configured to protrude in a direction away from the airflow straightening face of the cover and extend in the direction crossing the vehicle longitudinal direction,
wherein said protrusion is positioned such that an area where said protrusion is provided at the airflow straightening face of the cover does not overlap an area where said slit is provided at the rear-end edge portion of the cover in the direction crossing the vehicle longitudinal direction, and
said protrusion is configured to extend in the direction crossing the vehicle longitudinal direction from a position corresponding to an end portion, in the direction crossing the vehicle longitudinal direction, of said connection portion to a position corresponding to an opening edge portion, in the direction crossing the vehicle longitudinal direction, of the slit such that at least part of underfloor traveling air flowing down along the surface of the cover toward the protrusion is guided toward the slit by an end portion, in the direction crossing the vehicle longitudinal direction, of the protrusion which is positioned closely to the slit.

US Pat. No. 10,246,142

STRUCTURAL MEMBER FOR VEHICLE

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A structural member for a vehicle, the structural member projecting from a vehicle body, the structural member comprising:a first airflow surface and a second airflow surface along each of which airflow flows, the first airflow surface and the second airflow extending between a front edge and a rear edge of the structural member in a front-rear direction of the vehicle body and facing away from each other, the first airflow surface having a length longer than a length of the second airflow surface in the front-rear direction; and
an imaging window that is provided in the first airflow surface and through which an image of an area outside the vehicle body is captured.

US Pat. No. 10,246,140

SPOILER DEVICE AND METHOD

DR. ING. H.C. F. PORSCHE ...

13. A spoiler device for a motor vehicle, comprising:at least one spoiler unit;
at least one sensor device configured to measure a current position of the spoiler unit;
an assigned control device configured to:
actuate the drive device,
determine a characteristic value for a positional difference between the current position of the spoiler unit and a second position, and
derive, as a function of the characteristic value, a travel speed at which the spoiler unit is to be moved between the current position and the second position; and
at least one drive device configured to transfer the spoiler unit between the current position and the second position at the derived travel speed.

US Pat. No. 10,246,139

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING VEHICLE TRACTIVE EFFORT

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method of controlling a vehicle having an active aerodynamic feature including a moveable front spoiler assembly disposed on a front end of the vehicle and a moveable rear spoiler assembly disposed on a rear end of the vehicle, the method comprising;determining a current longitudinal acceleration of the vehicle;
determining an operator desired acceleration of the vehicle;
sensing a current speed of the vehicle;
defining a target aerodynamic force based upon the current speed of the vehicle, the current longitudinal acceleration of the vehicle, and the operator desired acceleration of the vehicle; and
sending a first control signal to the moveable front spoiler assembly to adjust a position of the moveable front spoiler assembly and sending a second control signal to the moveable rear spoiler assembly to adjust a position of the moveable rear spoiler assembly to achieve the target aerodynamic force.

US Pat. No. 10,246,138

LATCH MECHANISM FOR AN OPENABLE BOX SIDE OF A PICKUP TRUCK

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A bed for a truck comprising:a first side extending perpendicular from a floor and including a hinge that attaches the first side to a headboard, the first side being configured to rotate away from the floor via the hinge such that a bottom edge of the first side and an edge of the floor are spaced apart; and
a latch mechanism including a pin attached to a first end of the first side and a receiver configured to receive the pin attached to a cross member support for the floor, wherein the receiver secures the pin such that the latch mechanism is configured to lock the first side to the floor.

US Pat. No. 10,246,137

TAILGATE WITH A STEP

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A tailgate assembly, comprising:a first gate pivotably coupled to a vehicle body; and
a second gate pivotably coupled to the first gate, the second gate having an inner surface that faces a vehicle cargo bed when the second gate is in a closed position, the first and second gates moveable to a step position where the inner surface is a step surface to the vehicle cargo bed, the first gate having an inner surface that is vertically aligned with a plane of the vehicle cargo bed when in the step position.

US Pat. No. 10,246,134

TRUCK MUD FLAP WITH ELBOW TUBES

1. A mud flap for use on vehicles behind a tire thereof, the mud flap comprising:a panel defined by an interior surface and an opposing exterior surface, the panel having a plurality of annular apertures extending through the panel, each aperture defined in part by a lower semicircular perimeter;
a plurality of elbow tubes extending from the exterior surface of the panel, at each of the apertures, each of the tubes having a body extending with a downward curvature relative to the panel; and
a plurality of lip structures defined by an arced perimeter, each of the lip structures extending from the interior surface of the panel, at the lower semicircular perimeter of one of the apertures.

US Pat. No. 10,246,133

REAR VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A rear vehicle body structure comprising:right/left side rear upper side members having ends respectively connected to right/left side center pillar members disposed at right/left sides along a width direction of a vehicle as well as being formed to extend along a height direction of a vehicle and a center pillar cross reinforcement member formed to extend along the width direction to connect the right/left side center pillar members, and disposed at the right/left sides along the width direction; and
a rear upper cross member formed to extend along the width direction to connect the right/left side rear upper side members;
wherein each of the right/left side rear upper side members includes:
a rear upper side front member disposed at a front along the length direction of the vehicle;
a rear upper side center member disposed at a center and having one end connected to the rear upper side front member; and
a rear upper side rear member disposed at a rear and having one end connected to the rear upper side center member.

US Pat. No. 10,246,132

TORQUE REACTION FRAME FOR MITIGATION OF REAR IMPACT EFFECTS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A device for rear impact mitigation of a vehicle, comprising:a unitary Y-shaped frame having a first leg, a second leg, and a reaction member, the reaction member having a first end and a second end, the first leg and the second leg extending from the first end of the reaction member at a first area and defining an angle therebetween, the reaction member having a straight portion proximate the first end and a curved portion defining a second area proximate the second end and separated from the first end by the straight portion;
wherein the frame is configured to deform at one or more of the first area and the second area upon application of a force from a rear impact event to the vehicle and the frame is coupled to the vehicle at a single connection point.

US Pat. No. 10,246,130

TRACKLESS TUGGER TRAIN AND METHOD FOR STEERING A TRACKLESS TUGGER TRAIN

Hamburg Innovation GmbH, ...

1. A trackless tugger train, comprising:at least one transportation module; and
at least two axle modules;
wherein the at least one transportation module is arranged between two of the axle modules;
wherein each axle module has a wheel axle and a steering device for steering the wheel axle;
wherein each steering device of the respective axle module is embodied in each case in such a way that the steering device steers the respective axle module independently of the steering device of another one of the axle modules;
wherein the axle modules each have a first cantilever arm and a second cantilever arm, wherein the first cantilever arm and second cantilever arm are connected to the wheel axle via an articulated connection;
wherein the articulated connection has a first vertical pivoting joint and a second vertical pivoting joint, wherein the first and second vertical pivoting joints each have a rotational axis which is embodied vertically with respect to a longitudinal extent of the cantilever arm, wherein the first cantilever arm is connected to the wheel axle via the first vertical pivoting joint, and wherein the second cantilever arm is connected to the wheel axle via the second vertical pivoting joint; and
wherein the articulated connection has a horizontal pivoting joint, wherein the horizontal pivoting joint has a rotational axis which extends transversely with respect to the direction of travel of the tugger train at least in the case of straight-ahead travel of the tugger train.

US Pat. No. 10,246,127

ROTATIONAL ANGLE DETECTING DEVICE AND ELECTRIC POWER STEERING DEVICE USING THE SAME

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

15. A rotational angle detecting system, comprising:a rotational angle detecting device that is directly supplied with electric power from a battery; and
a controller provided separately from the rotation angle detecting device and being connected to the battery through an ignition switch that switches power supply to the controller from the battery, wherein
the rotational angle detecting device includes
a sensor that detects a detection value that is variable according to a rotation of a detection object;
a calculator that calculates a rotational information of the detection object based on the detection value detected by the sensor;
a memory that stores power supply failure information indicating an occurrence of a power supply failure in which electric power is not supplied to the rotational angle detecting device from the battery; and
a communication portion that outputs the rotational information to the controller,
the memory is a volatile memory that, when the power supply failure occurs, sets the power supply failure information to an initial value indicating the occurrence of the power supply failure,
the rotational angle detecting device is programmed to:
determine whether the power supply failure information stored in the memory indicates the occurrence of a power supply failure,
after determining that the power supply failure information stored in the memory indicates the occurrence of a power supply failure, output the power supply failure information to the controller and receive a notifying signal from the controller, and
after receiving the notifying signal from the controller, set the supply failure information to a normal value indicating no occurrence of the power supply failure, and
the controller is programmed to:
receive the power supply failure information indicating the occurrence of a power supply failure from the rotational angle detecting device,
after receiving the power supply failure information, detect a neutral position of the detection object, and
after detecting the neutral position of the detecting object, output the notifying signal to the rotational angle detecting device.

US Pat. No. 10,246,126

FEEDBACK CONTROL APPARATUS, ELECTRICALLY DRIVEN POWER STEERING APPARATUS

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A feedback control apparatus for determining a control value for controlling an output value on the basis of an input value depending on a difference between a target value and the output value, whereinin a first period before occurrence of a soft error, the control value is determined by means of first feedback control using a current input value and a past input value,
in a predetermined second period after the occurrence of the soft error, the control value is determined by means of second feedback control using a current input value but not using a past input value,
after a lapse of the second period, the first feedback control is resumed, and
in the first feedback control, the control value is determined by adding up a calculation value obtained by multiplying the current input value by a predetermined first factor and a calculation value obtained by multiplying a value based on the past input value by a predetermined second factor, and in the second feedback control, the second factor is reduced to zero, and a value based on the past input value is not used.

US Pat. No. 10,246,124

POWER SUPPLY DEVICE AND ELECTRIC POWER STEERING DEVICE INCLUDING POWER SUPPLY DEVICE

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

1. A power supply device comprising:a main power supply unit that is capable of supplying power to a load;
an auxiliary power supply unit that is connected to the main power supply unit and is capable of supplying charged power to the load;
a booster that is connected to the main power supply unit in parallel to the auxiliary power supply unit and is capable of boosting a voltage supplied from the main power supply unit and applying a resulting boosted voltage to the auxiliary power supply unit;
a circuit switching unit that is interposed between the main power supply unit and the load and closes one of a first connection circuit and a second connection circuit, the first connection circuit extending from the main power supply unit to the load, the second connection circuit extending from the main power supply unit to the load via the auxiliary power supply unit; and
a controller that performs switching control on the circuit switching unit;
a first open/close unit that is interposed between the booster and the auxiliary power supply unit, and opens or closes a first contact provided on a path extending from the booster to the auxiliary power supply unit; and
a second open/close unit that is interposed between the circuit switching unit and the auxiliary power supply unit, and opens or closes a second contact provided on a path extending from the circuit switching unit to the auxiliary power supply unit, wherein
the controller obtains information regarding a magnitude of power required by the load and, in a case where the magnitude of the power required by the load and indicated by the obtained information exceeds a predetermined first threshold, performs switching control on the circuit switching unit so as to close the second connection circuit and controls the second open/close unit to close the second contact, and
the controller controls the first open/close unit so as to close the first contact in a case where a magnitude of the charged power of the auxiliary power supply unit is smaller than a predetermined second threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,246,123

STEERING CONTROL APPARATUS AND STEERING CONTROL METHOD

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. A steering control apparatus comprising:a first sensing unit configured to sense a steering torque using a torque sensor;
a high frequency output unit configured to input a steering torque to a high pass filter and output high frequency steering torques in which low frequency steering torques are eliminated;
a detection unit configured to detect a first frequency corresponding to a maximum steering torque among high frequency steering torques;
a calculation unit configured to calculate a high frequency steering torque change rate, which is the rate of change in the high frequency steering torques over time;
a band frequency output unit configured to input the high frequency steering torque change rate to a band pass filter that passes a first frequency band including the first frequency, so as to output a first frequency band steering torque change rate; and
a compensation unit configured to compensate an assist current of a steering motor on the basis of a rejection gain corresponding to the first frequency and the first frequency band steering torque change rate,
wherein when a frequency has a value of being equal to or smaller than a first frequency threshold value, the rejection gain is defined as a value of “1”, when a frequency has a value exceeding the first frequency threshold value and being equal to or smaller than the second frequency threshold value, the rejection gain is inversely proportional to the frequency and defined as a value between “1” and “0”, and when the frequency exceeds the second frequency threshold value, the rejection gain is defined as a value of “0”,
wherein the steering control apparatus further comprises:
a second sensing unit configured to sense a vehicle speed using a vehicle speed sensor, wherein the compensation unit compensates the assist current on the basis of the rejection gain, the first frequency band steering torque change rate, and a speed gain corresponding to the vehicle speed, wherein, when the vehicle speed has a value of being equal to or smaller than a first speed threshold value, the speed gain is defined as a value of “0”, and when the vehicle speed has a value exceeding the first speed threshold value, the speed gain is defined as being proportional to the vehicle speed, and
wherein the steering control apparatus further comprises:
a third sensing unit configured to sense a steering angle using an angle sensor, wherein the compensation unit compensates the assist current on the basis of the rejection gain, the first frequency band steering torque change rate, and an angle gain corresponding to the steering angle, wherein, when the steering angle has a value of being equal to or smaller than a first angle threshold value, the angle gain is defined as a value of “1”, when the steering angle has a value exceeding the first angle threshold value and being equal to or smaller than a second angle threshold value, the angle gain is inversely proportional to the frequency and defined as a value between “1” and “0”, and when the steering angle has a value exceeding the second angle threshold value, the angle gain is defined as a value of “0”.

US Pat. No. 10,246,122

BALL SCREW MECHANISM AND STEERING SYSTEM

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A ball screw mechanism comprising:a screw shaft having an outer circumferential surface provided with a helical screw groove;
a cylindrical nut having an inner circumferential surface provided with a uniform diameter portion, a first enlarged diameter portion adjoining a first axial end of the uniform diameter portion, a second enlarged diameter portion adjoining a second axial end of the uniform diameter portion, and a helical screw groove formed in the uniform diameter portion and corresponding to the helical screw groove of the screw shaft;
a plurality of balls; and
a cylindrical retainer provided between the screw shaft and the nut,wherein:the retainer has a retainer groove that retains the plurality of balls to allow the plurality of balls to avoid contact with each other,
the nut is threadedly engaged with the screw groove of the screw shaft through the plurality of balls,
an axial force is applied to the screw shaft in accordance with rotation of the nut, the nut being configured to rotate about an axis,
an inside diameter of the uniform diameter portion, excluding the helical screw groove formed therein, has a uniform diameter,
an inside diameter of each of the first and second enlarged diameter portions is larger than the inside diameter of the uniform diameter portion,
the uniform diameter portion and the first enlarged diameter portion face the retainer,
the first enlarged diameter portion includes a first tapered portion having a first inclination angle and a second tapered portion having a second inclination angle, the first inclination angle being different from the second inclination angle,
the second enlarged diameter portion includes a third tapered portion having a third inclination angle and a fourth tapered portion having a fourth inclination angle, the third inclination angle being different from the fourth inclination angle, and
the first inclination angle of the first tapered portion and the third inclination angle of the third tapered portion are tapered at an angle to allow the retainer to be inclined with respect to the axis of the nut and to reduce contact and friction between the retainer and the nut.

US Pat. No. 10,246,121

VEHICLE STEERING DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle steering device, comprising:a steering section having a steering member operated in turning steered wheels of a vehicle;
a steering angle detection section for detecting a steering angle of the steering member;
a turning section having a turning actuator for applying a turning force for turning the steered wheels and being capable of turning the steered wheels in a state that the turning section is mechanically disconnected from the steering section;
a turning angle detection section for detecting a turning angle of the steered wheels;
a control section for performing drive control of the turning actuator; and
a vehicle speed detection section for detecting vehicle speed of the vehicle,
wherein if the vehicle speed exceeds a predetermined vehicle speed threshold for the first time after an ignition switch is turned on and if a specific phase shift related to correspondence relationship between the steering angle and the turning angle occurs, the control section performs drive control of the turning actuator to thereby correct the turning angle of the steered wheels such that the turning angle of the steered wheels matches the steering angle of the steering wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,246,120

RACK AND PINION STEERING GEAR UNIT

NSK Ltd., Tokyo (JP)

1. A rack and pinion steering gear unit comprising:a casing having a cylindrical shaped main housing section that is open on both ends, and a cylindrical shaped sub housing section that is open on one end and is provided in a skewed position with respect to the main housing section;
a rack shaft having rack teeth on a front surface thereof, and is located on an inside of the main housing section of the casing so as to be able to displace in an axial direction thereof;
a pinion shaft having pinion teeth that are formed on a tip half section in an axial direction thereof and that engage with the rack teeth, and with a base end section in an axial direction thereof protruding to an outside through an opening section of the sub housing section of the casing, is supported inside the sub housing section so at to be able to rotate freely;
a rolling bearing comprising an inner ring having an inner raceway around an outer circumferential surface thereof, an outer ring having an outer raceway around an inner circumferential surface thereof, and a plurality of rolling bodies that are provided between the inner raceway and outer raceway so as to be able to roll freely; and in order to support the pinion shaft inside the sub housing section, the inner ring is fastened around a portion of the pinion shaft that is closer to the base end section side in the axial direction than a portion where the pinion teeth are formed, and with one side surface in the axial direction of the outer ring being in contact with a stepped surface that is formed around the inner circumferential surface of the sub housing section, the outer ring is fitted inside and supported to the sub housing section;
a C-shaped incomplete circular ring shaped retaining ring that is located around a middle section in the axial direction of the pinion shaft, that is provided with a non-continuous area, and that, with a radially outside portion thereof fastened to a fastening groove that is formed around the inner circumferential surface of the sub housing section, presses one side surface in the axial direction of a radially inside portion thereof against other side surface in the axial direction of the outer ring so as to apply a preload to the ball bearing;
a cover fitted into the opening section of the sub housing section and covering around the pinion shaft; and
a diameter reduction prevention section formed on a tip-end surface of the cover so as to protrude toward a tip-end side of the cover and engaging with the retaining ring so as to prevent reduction of the diameter of the retaining ring,
wherein the diameter reduction prevention section is fitted inside an inner-circumferential surface of retaining ring.

US Pat. No. 10,246,119

STEERING COLUMN DEVICE

FUJI KIKO CO., LTD., Kos...

1. A steering column device comprising:a cylindrical inner jacket;
a cylindrical outer jacket in which the inner jacket is slidably inserted; and
a steering shaft rotatably supported in the inner jacket and the outer jacket,
wherein the outer jacket is divided into a molded first half member and a molded second half member at a plane including an axis of the outer jacket,
wherein the outer jacket comprises a particular groove on an inner circumferential surface of the outer jacket, and
the particular groove receives a particular member that limits an axial movement of the inner jacket relative to the outer jacket, the particular member setting a limit position in a rearward side of a vehicle in the axial movement of the inner jacket and being provided on the inner jacket, and
wherein the particular groove has a structure that does not directly communicate with an outside and is formed along an axial direction of the outer jacket.

US Pat. No. 10,246,118

CLAMPING DEVICE FOR A LONGITUDINALLY ADJUSTABLE AND/OR HEIGHT-ADJUSTABLE STEERING COLUMN OF A VEHICLE

TRW Automotive GmbH, Alf...

1. A clamping device for a longitudinally adjustable and/or height-adjustable steering column of a vehicle, comprising:a device part having circumferentially spaced first clamping cams and first depressions therebetween axially extending from an annular face thereof, wherein the first clamping cams have radially extending first oblique surfaces, and
an actuating part which having circumferentially spaced second clamping cams and second depressions therebetween, wherein the second clamping cams have radially extending second oblique surfaces, and wherein the actuating part is movable relative to the device part between a release position, in which the first clamping cams are engaged with the second depressions, the second clamping cams are engaged with the first depressions, and the steering column is unclamped and longitudinally adjustable and/or height-adjustable, and a fixing position, in which the first and second oblique surfaces slide on one another, the device part and the actuating part move axially away from each, and the steering column is clamped and neither longitudinally adjustable nor height-adjustable,
wherein the actuating part is adapted to swivel about an axis between the release position and the fixing position relative to the device part which is rotationally fixed with respect to the axis,
wherein a damping unit is provided for damping a relative movement between the device part and the actuating part, wherein the damping unit includes a ring having a surrounding annular wall around a periphery of a body of the actuating part and a radial spacing between the first clamping cams, the second cams extend from a radial inner face of the annular wall, and the annular wall defines a gap between the device part and the actuating part,
wherein the damping unit includes a first damping surface which is connected with the device part on an outer circumferential face of a body of the device part and arranged concentrically with the axis and a second damping surface which is connected with the actuating part on the radial inner face of the annular wall and arranged concentrically with the axis,
the first and second damping surfaces being adjacent to each other at least in sections and being spaced apart from each other by the gap, and
a high-viscosity fluid being provided in the gap for damping the relative movement between the device part and the actuating part, wherein the high-viscosity fluid contacts the device part and the actuating part.

US Pat. No. 10,246,117

HAND-DRIVEN, WHEELED CARRIER DECELERATION DEVICE AND HAND-DRIVEN, WHEELED CARRIER HAVING THE SAME

1. A hand-driven, wheeled carrier deceleration device, applied to an axle of a hand-driven, wheeled carrier, the hand-driven, wheeled carrier deceleration device comprising:a wheel pivotally disposed at the axle, the wheel comprising:
a drive gear rotating together with the wheel;
a driven gear disposed beside the axle, meshing with the drive gear, driven by the drive gear, and having a connection portion;
a reluctance motor connected to the connection portion and driven by the driven gear, the reluctance motor comprising:
a plurality of permanent magnets; and
a plurality of metal elements, wherein the metal elements and the permanent magnets are arranged annularly, and the metal elements rotate relative to the permanent magnets; and
a resistive component electrically connected to the permanent magnets.

US Pat. No. 10,246,116

MULTIPURPOSE UTILITY CARTS

Rubbermaid Commercial Pro...

1. A utility cart, comprising:a shelf defined by a rim extending perpendicularly from the shelf, the rim comprising a u-shaped wall disposed on at least two sides of the shelf, the u-shaped wall comprising at least two parallel sidewalls and a transverse upper wall connecting the two parallel sidewalls, the transverse upper wall comprising at least one aperture formed in an upper surface thereof, wherein the at least one aperture and the u-shaped wall define a channel for receiving an accessory;
a handle coupled to the rim;
a plurality of legs supporting the rim; and
a plurality of wheels configured such that the utility cart is manually propellable by a user exerting a force on the handle.

US Pat. No. 10,246,113

WHEEL BARROW

1. A wheel barrow comprises:an A-frame;
a first front wheel;
a second front wheel;
a rear wheel;
a clevis;
a barrow receptacle;
a handle bar;
the first front wheel and the second front wheel being positioned opposite to each other across the A-frame;
the first front wheel and the second front wheel being rotatably mounted to the A-frame;
the barrow receptacle being positioned between the first front wheel and the second front wheel;
the barrow receptacle being mounted adjacent to the A-frame;
the rear wheel being positioned offset from the first front wheel and the second front wheel along on the A-frame;
the clevis being swivelably mounted onto the A-frame;
the rear wheel being rotatably mounted into the clevis;
the handle bar being positioned offset to the barrow receptacle;
the handle bar being connected onto the A-frame, opposite to the rear wheel;
a first wheel brace;
a second wheel brace;
the first wheel brace and the second wheel brace each comprise a proximal end and a distal end;
the first front wheel and the second front wheel being positioned in between the first wheel brace and the second wheel brace;
the proximal end of the first wheel brace being axially connected to the first front wheel;
the distal end of the first wheel brace being externally connected to the barrow receptacle;
the proximal end of the second wheel brace being axially connected to the second front wheel; and
the distal end of the second wheel brace being externally connected to the barrow receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,246,112

APPARATUS FOR HAULING AND STORING SUPPLIES

1. An apparatus, comprising:a vertical frame portion, the vertical frame portion configured with at least one pair of mounting brackets, the mounting brackets of the pair being attached to opposing sides of the vertical frame portion at a particular vertical height, the mounting brackets of the pair adapted for removable attachment of a storage rack, the storage rack comprising an open frame in which at least one container for holding supplies is suspendable and configured with a pair of mounting arms extending from the open frame in a perpendicular direction and coplanar therewith, wherein:
an outer dimension of the mounting arms is adapted for removably sliding within the mounting brackets to provide the removable attachment; and
the opposing sides of the vertical frame portion each have an open terminal end at a top end thereof;
a horizontal base portion attached to a bottom end of the vertical frame portion;
a pair of rotatable wheels connected to an axle, the axle being connected to the vertical frame portion;
at least one pair of support members attached to the vertical frame portion for hanging the storage rack therefrom when detached, the support members of the pair being attached to opposing sides of the vertical frame portion at a same vertical height; and
a removably attachable suspension member adapted for suspending supplies from the apparatus when attached to the open terminal ends of the frame portion, the suspension member comprising a side member configured with a pair of suspension member mounting arms extending perpendicularly therefrom and coplanar therewith, wherein an outer dimension of the suspension member mounting arms is adapted for removably sliding within the open terminal ends of the frame portion to provide the removable attachment of the suspension member.

US Pat. No. 10,246,111

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM

GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC, ...

1. A system comprising:a locator device configured to determine a trailing distance between a trailing vehicle system that travels along a route and a leading vehicle system that travels along the route ahead of the trailing vehicle system in a same direction of travel; and
one or more processors operably connected to the locator device, the one or more processors configured to compare the trailing distance to a first proximity distance relative to the leading vehicle system and, in response to the trailing distance being less than the first proximity distance, set a permitted power output limit for the trailing vehicle system to be less than a maximum achievable power output of the trailing vehicle system, the permitted power output limit being set based on a power-to-weight ratio of the leading vehicle system.

US Pat. No. 10,246,110

HEAVY FREIGHT TRAIN MARSHALLING DEVICE AND MARSHALLING METHOD, AND ELECTRONICALLY CONTROLLED PNEUMATIC BRAKE SYSTEM

CRRC QINGDAO SIFANG ROLLI...

1. A heavy freight train marshalling device, comprising a Head End Unit (HEU) and a plurality of carriage control units, wherein,the HEU is communicated with each of the carriage control units;
each carriage control unit comprises a carriage control module, and a Beidou positioning module and a communication module respectively connected with the carriage control module;
a first-vehicle identification terminal is further provided in the carriage control unit working as a first vehicle;
the carriage control module acquires first-vehicle state data via the first-vehicle identification terminal;
the Beidou positioning module is configured to acquire latitude and longitude data of the corresponding carriage control unit; and,
the carriage control mode receives, via the communication module, a command transmitted by the HEU, and transmits, to the HEU and via the communication module, the latitude and longitude data of the carriage control unit read from the Beidou positioning module and the first-vehicle state data of the carriage control unit;
wherein a calculation module for calculating the distance between the carriage control units is provided in the HEU.

US Pat. No. 10,246,109

RAILCAR YOKE

Miner Enterprises, Inc., ...

1. A railcar yoke, comprising:a rigid and elongated top wall joined to and axially extending from a back wall toward an open forward end of said yoke, a rigid and elongated bottom wall joined to and axially extending from said back wall toward the open forward end of said yoke, with the top and bottom walls of said yoke being separated by a distance whereby allowing an energy management system to be disposed therebetween; and
with the top and bottom walls of said yoke each having two forward-facing stops thereon, with the stops on the top and bottom walls of the yoke extending in opposed lateral directions from each other, with the two forward-facing stops on the top wall of said yoke being arranged generally coplanar with the two forward- facing stops on the bottom wall of said yoke.

US Pat. No. 10,246,107

CHASSIS FOR A RAIL VEHICLE

1. A chassis for a rail vehicle having wheel sets with axles and axle bearings, the chassis comprising:a chassis frame supported at least on a first wheel set and a second wheel set of the rail vehicle;
an A-arm disposed on each wheel set on both sides of the chassis for horizontally guiding the axle of the wheel set;
a wheel-set-side bearing hinging a respective said A-arm to one of two axle bearings of a wheel set and two frame-side bearings hinging said A-arm to said chassis frame;
said frame-side bearings having elastomer bushings with constant longitudinal and transverse rigidity and said wheel-set-side bearings having hydraulic bushings with constant transverse rigidity and variable longitudinal rigidity;
said frame-side and wheel-set-side bearings of each said A-arm being arranged on corners of a horizontally aligned isosceles triangle, the triangle having a tip forming said wheel-set-side bearing and a base forming said frame-side bearings,
each of said hydraulic bushings having an externally located fluid chamber in a longitudinal direction and an internally located fluid chamber in the longitudinal direction, which are arranged opposite one another in the longitudinal direction and are filled with a hydraulic fluid, each of said fluid chambers being connected to a fluid duct through which hydraulic fluid can flow into or out of the fluid chamber, wherein the longitudinal rigidity of said hydraulic bushing varies as a function of an excitation frequency of fluid flows forced into or out of a fluid chamber by wheel set guiding forces;
said hydraulic bushings arranged on a same chassis side are connected via external fluid ducts such that said externally located fluid chamber of said first wheel set is hydraulically coupled to said internally located fluid chamber of said second wheel set and said internally located fluid chamber of said first wheel set is hydraulically coupled to said externally located fluid chamber of said second wheel set;
a pressure sensor assigned to and coupled with each said fluid chamber via a fluid duct, said pressure sensor responding when a pressure prevailing in the hydraulic fluid falls below a pre-defined threshold value, said pressure sensors being connected individually and/or serially to a pressure monitoring device, and the pressure monitoring device is configured for transmitting a warning signal to a central control device of the rail vehicle when one or all of said pressure sensors respond.

US Pat. No. 10,246,104

VEHICLE FUEL CONSUMPTION MONITOR AND FEEDBACK SYSTEMS

SmartDrive Systems, Inc.,...

1. A system configured to detect excess fuel consumption in a fleet of vehicles, wherein the fleet of vehicles includes a first vehicle and a second vehicle, wherein the first vehicle is associated with a first driver, and wherein the second vehicle is associated with a second driver, the system comprising:a user interface configured to facilitate interaction between a fleet manager and the system; and
one or more processors configured via computer-readable instructions to:
receive a first consumption difference, wherein the first consumption difference is determined based on a difference between a first actual fuel consumption amount and a first target fuel consumption amount, wherein the first actual fuel consumption amount is based on actual fuel consumption by the first vehicle during a first detected vehicle maneuver, wherein the first detected vehicle maneuver is detected based on one or more first vehicle parameters related to operation of the first vehicle, wherein the first target fuel consumption amount is based on an estimation of a first amount of fuel that would have been consumed by the first vehicle at the time of the first detected vehicle maneuver if the first vehicle had been operated so as to prevent excessive fuel consumption; and
effectuate presentation of the first consumption difference to the fleet manager via the user interface.

US Pat. No. 10,246,102

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPLEMENTING USER PREFERENCES FOR VEHICLES

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method for implementing user preferences for vehicles, the method comprising:receiving preferences of a user with respect to vehicle settings pertaining to a plurality of vehicles, wherein the preferences of the user represent preferred vehicle climate control settings for a vehicle climate control system, as preferred by the user for whenever the user is present within any of the plurality of vehicles; and
implementing, via instructions provided by a processor, the user's preferences for the vehicle settings, including the user's preferred vehicle climate control settings, whenever a user is set to occupy any vehicle of the plurality of vehicles.

US Pat. No. 10,246,101

DRIVER TRAINING SYSTEM

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A computer programmed to:autonomously operate a vehicle along a predefined course according to predetermined criteria;
simultaneously record an optimal path through the predefined course based on operation of the vehicle according to the predetermined criteria;
then monitor operation of at least one vehicle control while the vehicle is operated by a human driver along the predefined course; and
while monitoring, actuate the at least one vehicle control based on a predetermined deviance from the recorded optimal path.

US Pat. No. 10,246,098

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RESPONDING TO DRIVER STATE

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

1. A method of controlling one or more vehicle systems in a motor vehicle, comprising:receiving monitoring information from one or more monitoring systems;
determining a plurality of driver states of a driver based on the monitoring information from the one or more monitoring systems, wherein the plurality of driver states includes a first driver state comprising hand contact of the driver with a steering wheel of the motor vehicle, and a second driver state comprising engagement of a brake pedal or engagement of an accelerator pedal by the driver;
determining a combined driver state index as a value dependent on evaluating the plurality of driver states together, including evaluating the first driver state and the second driver state together; and
controlling the one or more vehicle systems as a function of the combined driver state index.

US Pat. No. 10,246,097

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE OPERATOR IDENTIFICATION

STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOB...

1. A computer-implemented method for identifying a vehicle operator in an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle, comprising:receiving, at one or more processors, a request to identify the vehicle operator;
receiving, at one or more processors, identifying information regarding the vehicle operator, wherein the identifying information is received from one or more of the following: a sensor disposed within the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle or a mobile computing device associated with the vehicle operator;
determining, by one or more processors, the identity of the vehicle operator, wherein the identity of the vehicle operator is determined either to be a known vehicle operator or an unknown vehicle operator;
determining, by one or more processors, the vehicle operator is not authorized to operate the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle based upon the determined identity of the vehicle operator;
limiting, by one or more processors, operation of the vehicle when the vehicle operator is determined not to be authorized to operate the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle, wherein limiting operation of the vehicle includes a functionality of not operating the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle when the vehicle operator is determined not to be authorized;
generating, by one or more processors, an alert when the vehicle operator is determined not to be authorized to operate the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle;
transmitting, via a communication network, the alert to a computing device associated with an entity situated at a location remote from the vehicle, wherein the entity is at least one of the following: an owner of the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle, an authorized user of the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle, or another party having an interest associated with the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle;
determining, by one or more processors, an insurance policy associated with the vehicle; and
adjusting, by one or more processors, the insurance policy based upon the functionality of not operating when the vehicle operator is determined not to be authorized to operate the autonomous vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,246,096

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR INCREASING ENGINE BRAKING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of increasing engine braking of an engine for a vehicle, the method comprising:determining a change in kinetic energy of the vehicle over a period;
determining an energy output from a drivetrain of the vehicle over the period;
comparing the change in kinetic energy to the energy output;
increasing engine braking of the vehicle when the change in kinetic energy is greater than the energy output over the period;
determining an energy input into a brake system of the vehicle; and
increasing the engine braking of the vehicle when a temperature of the brake system is greater than a predetermined temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,246,095

REGENERATIVE BRAKING CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VEHICLES

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A regenerative braking control apparatus for an autonomous vehicle, comprising:an interface unit configured to receive driving information of a vehicle, wherein the interface unit comprises a port configured for passage of data;
an object detection device configured to generate object information based on detecting an object outside the vehicle, wherein the object detection device comprises at least one of a camera, a radar, an ultrasonic sensor, or an infrared sensor; and
at least one processor configured to:
determine whether to perform regenerative braking for the vehicle, based on the driving information and the object information; and
provide at least one signal corresponding to a result of determining whether to perform the regenerative braking for the vehicle,
wherein the at least one processor is further configured to:
receive, through the interface unit, driving mode information; and
based on a determination to perform regenerative braking:
determine a regenerative braking start location based on the driving mode information; and
determine a regenerative braking start time based on whether the vehicle travels in an unmanned driving mode or a manned driving mode.

US Pat. No. 10,246,094

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE CORNERING MANEUVER

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle system comprising:a sensor configured to identify a first location and a second location; and
a processing device programmed to estimate a plurality of energy usages each based at least in part on a different possible speed of a host vehicle at the first location, select one of the plurality of energy usages as a target useable energy, and, upon reaching the first location, control the host vehicle during a cornering maneuver, including braking, turning, and accelerating, in accordance with the speed associated with the selected target useable energy.

US Pat. No. 10,246,093

METHOD FOR OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for operating a vehicle having an engine, comprising:receiving, by a controller, a first signal corresponding to at least one of vehicle speed and vehicle acceleration;
receiving, by the controller, a second signal corresponding to at least one of tire pressure and braking pressure;
receiving, by the controller, ambient data corresponding to at least one of air temperature, wind speed, and wind direction;
receiving, by the controller, a third signal corresponding to a distance to a forward vehicle; and
disengaging the engine from a vehicle powertrain in response to a freewheeling distance exceeding a corresponding threshold, the freewheeling distance calculated by the controller based on the first, second, and third signals and the ambient data.

US Pat. No. 10,246,092

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING A DRIVING STATE OF AN EXTERNAL MOTOR VEHICLE

Continental Automotive Gm...

1. A method that determines, in a first vehicle (100), whether an external motor vehicle (101, 102, 103) uses automated lateral control assistance, the method comprising:detecting, using at least one sensor (104) of the first vehicle, the external motor vehicle (101, 102, 103) moving in a longitudinal direction (105);
detecting, by the at least one sensor, reference road markings (106, 108) by reference to which a movement of the external motor vehicle (101, 102, 103) transversely to the longitudinal direction (105) can be determined;
determining a first distance (109, 110) between the external motor vehicle (101, 102, 103) and at least one of the reference road markings (106, 107, 108) at a first point in time;
determining a second distance (114, 115) between the external motor vehicle (101, 102, 103) and the at least one of the reference road markings (106, 107, 108) at a second point in time, which is after the first point in time;
in a case in which the difference between the first distance (109, 110) and the second distance (114, 115) is less than or equal to a predetermined value, then:
informing a control system of the first vehicle (101) that the external motor vehicle (101, 102, 103) uses automated lateral control assistance, and controlling an automated lateral control system of the first vehicle to adjust parameters of the automated lateral control system of the first vehicle based on the informing; and
controlling, by the automatic lateral control system of the first vehicle, the first vehicle so as to automatically increase the distance between the first vehicle and the external motor vehicle, based on the adjusted parameters, when the control system of the first vehicle has been informed that the external motor vehicle is using automated lateral control assistance.

US Pat. No. 10,246,091

REAR MONITORING FOR AUTOMOTIVE CRUISE CONTROL SYSTEMS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An adaptive cruise control system for a host vehicle, the system comprising:a rearward facing sensor;
a speed control; and
a controller including an electronic processor, the controller communicatively coupled to the rearward facing sensor and the speed control, the controller configured to
receive at least one parameter indicative of at least one from the group consisting of a road condition and a traffic condition;
activate a coasting mode based on the at least one parameter;
receive a signal from the rearward facing sensor indicative of a presence of a target vehicle positioned behind the host vehicle;
restrict the coasting mode when the signal from the rearward facing sensor detects the target vehicle positioned behind the host vehicle, wherein restricting the coasting mode includes disabling the coasting mode; and
perform coasting via the speed control when the signal from the rearward facing sensor does not detect the target vehicle positioned behind the host vehicle and when the coasting mode is active.

US Pat. No. 10,246,090

VEHICLE COLLISION SEVERITY MITIGATION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method, comprising:based on respective impacts resulting from each of two available paths for a vehicle, determining a best path of the two or more vehicle paths by determining damage severity of each impact based on time to impact, vehicle speed and direction and object speed and direction; and
controlling one or more of steering, propulsive torque and braking torque to pilot the vehicle on the best path based on the damage severity.

US Pat. No. 10,246,089

COLLISION AVOIDANCE ASSIST APPARATUS, COLLISION AVOIDANCE ASSIST METHOD, AND PROGRAM

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

6. A non-transitory computer-readable recording medium including a program for causing a computer to execute:(a) calculating an estimated time to collision, which is an amount of time for a first moving object to arrive at a virtual line that extends from a right end portion of a second moving object in a travel direction of the second moving object and that is parallel to the travel direction of the second moving object, and determining whether the second moving object will cross into a scheduled region, which the first moving object will cross after the estimated time to collision elapses, prior to the first moving object;
(b) estimating a relationship between a future location of the first moving object after the estimated time to collision elapses and a future location of the second moving object after the estimated time to collision elapses based on a change in a current location of the second moving object when it is determined that the second moving object will cross into the scheduled region prior to the first moving object in (a);
(c) determining whether or not the second moving object is capable of crossing in front of the first moving object without colliding with the first moving object based on the relationship estimated in (b), and determining whether or not the relationship estimated in (b) satisfies a predetermined condition; and
(d) performing a drive assist of the first moving object by controlling an output unit that includes at least one of a reporting device, a braking device, and a steering device in response to a first determination result that the second moving object is capable of crossing in front of the first moving object without colliding with the first moving object and a second determination result that the relationship estimated in (b) satisfies the predetermined condition,
wherein the program further causes the computer to execute steps of:
obtaining a hazard region including a region of the estimated future location of the second moving object after the estimated time to collision time elapses, and an extension region that extends rearward in the travel direction of the second moving object positioned at the estimated future location of the second moving object estimated in (b); and
performing the drive assist of the first moving object by controlling the output unit in a case where the hazard region, and the future location of the first moving object after the estimated time to collision elapses, overlap each other.

US Pat. No. 10,246,087

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COLLISION MITIGATION DURING MACHINE ARTICULATION

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. An articulated work vehicle comprising:a front frame having a first pair of wheels;
a rear frame having a second pair of wheels;
a hitch pivotally coupling the front frame to the rear frame;
a powertrain configured to drive at least the second pair of wheels;
a steering system configured to provide controlled articulation of the front frame relative to the rear frame about the hitch based on a driver control input that is received by a driver while operating the articulated work vehicle;
a first sensor system configured to sense objects around the articulated work vehicle;
a second sensor system configured to sense real-time articulation angle of the front frame relative to the rear frame;
a third sensor system configured to sense real-time rotation of the first and second pair of wheels; and
real time processing circuitry electrically coupled to the steering system, the first sensor system, the second sensor system, and the third sensor system, the processing circuitry configured to:
determine a safe-zone around the articulated work vehicle based on signals from the first sensor system corresponding to sensed objects around the articulated work vehicle;
determine a position and velocity of one or more peripheral points on the articulated work vehicle based on signals from the second sensor system, and the third sensor system;
receive the driver control input to control articulation of the front frame relative to the rear frame about the hitch;
responsive to the receiving the driver control input to control articulation of the front frame relative to the rear frame about the hitch, determine whether to apply a limit to the driver control input by comparing a desired driver operator articulation angle associated with the received driver control input to the determined safe-zone around the articulated work vehicle; and
responsive to the determining whether to apply the limit, apply the limit to the driver control input when a peripheral point on the articulated work vehicle is expected to be within a predetermined distance to a nearest edge of the safe-zone.

US Pat. No. 10,246,086

ECHELON PARKING

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A system, comprising a computing device that includes a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor to:determine when one of a driver condition and a subsystem fault preventing continued operation on a roadway occurs;
identify an orientation for parking the vehicle at a specified acute angle relative to an adjacent traffic lane; and
initiate operation in an autonomous mode only in a predetermined geographic area and maneuver the vehicle to park at the orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,246,083

HYBRID VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A hybrid vehicle comprising:an engine;
a first motor generator and a second motor generator each including a rotor provided with a permanent magnet;
an output shaft mechanically connected to the rotor of the second motor generator and drive wheels;
a planetary gear device mechanically coupling a crankshaft of the engine, the rotor of the first motor generator and the output shaft;
first and second rotation angle sensors provided to the first motor generator and the second motor generator, respectively;
first and second current sensors provided to the first motor generator and the second motor generator, respectively;
a rotation detection sensor provided to the crankshaft;
first and second inverters that control an output of the first motor generator and an output of the second motor generator, respectively;
a power storage that transmits and receives electric power to and from the first motor generator and the second motor generator through the first and second inverters; and
an electronic control unit programmed to, in a running mode in which an abnormality occurs in one rotation angle sensor of the first and second rotation angle sensors and an other rotation angle sensor of the first and second rotation angle sensors is normal during running of the vehicle, control an output of one motor generator of the first motor generator and the second motor generator, wherein the one motor generator corresponds to the one rotation angle sensor,
the electronic control unit being programmed to, during the running of the vehicle:
(i) periodically calculate an estimated rotation angle speed of the one motor generator based on a gear ratio in the planetary gear device, a detected value of the rotation detection sensor, and a detected value of the other rotation angle sensor of the first and second rotation angle sensors;
(ii) periodically calculate an estimated electric angle by integrating an estimated rotation angle change amount calculated from the estimated rotation angle speed; and
(iii) periodically generate a control command for one inverter of the first and second inverters which corresponds to the one motor generator, by use of the estimated electric angle,
the estimated electric angle being calculated in each period by correcting a sum of the estimated electric angle in a previous period and the estimated rotation angle change amount between the previous period and a present period, with an electric angle error calculated and estimated from the control command for the one inverter and a current value detected by one current sensor of the first and second current sensors which is provided to the one motor generator.

US Pat. No. 10,246,082

PROPULSION SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE

1. A drive system for a vehicle, wherein the drive system comprises:an output shaft in a combustion engine;
an input shaft of a gearbox;
an electrical machine comprising a stator and a rotor;
a planetary gear comprising three components in the form of a sun wheel, a ring gear and a planetary wheel carrier, wherein the output shaft of the combustion engine is connected with a first of said components in the planetary gear, so that a rotation of such shaft leads to a rotation of such first of said components, wherein the input shaft of the gearbox is connected with a second of said components of the planetary gear, so that a rotation of such shaft leads to a rotation of such second of said components, and wherein the rotor of the electrical machine is connected with a third of said components in the planetary gear, so that a rotation of the rotor leads to a rotation of such third of said components;
a first locking means, which may be moved between a locked position in which two of said components are locked together so that the three components rotate with the same rotational speed, and a release position in which the components are allowed to rotate at different rotational speeds;
a second locking means, which may be moved between a locked position in which the combustion engine's output shaft is locked to said first of said components, and a release position, in which the output shaft of the combustion engine is disconnected from said first of said components, and is allowed to rotate independently; and
at least one control device, adapted to control fuel supply to the combustion engine and to control exchange of electrical energy between the electrical machine and storage means for electric energy,
wherein the control device is adapted to control said first and second locking means to be moved between said locked position and release position and, in order to lock, to control the combustion engine and/or the electrical machine to achieve the same rotational speed in the parts to be locked together by the respective first and second locking means, and, subsequently, to control the locking means to be moved to a locked position and, in order to release, to control the combustion engine and/or the first electrical machine to achieve a torque balance between the parts to be released from each other, and, subsequently, to control the first and second locking means to be moved to a release position, and
wherein the control device is adapted to control, when the vehicle is driven with the combustion engine running, and with the second locking means in a locked position at braking of the vehicle:
the electrical machine to apply a braking torque to the input shaft of the gearbox throughout the braking of the vehicle;
the combustion engine and the electrical machine to a synchronous rotational speed of the input shaft of the gearbox, the electrical machine's rotor (9b) and the combustion engine's output shaft if the first locking means is in a release position, and to move the first locking means to a locked position;
the combustion engine towards a zero torque between the combustion engine's output shaft and said first of said components, when a certain value of a vehicle speed is not met;
the second locking means to be moved to the release position; and
the combustion engine towards and to idling speed.

US Pat. No. 10,246,081

TRANSMISSION FOR ENGAGING A DRIVING GEAR OF A FIRST GEAR GROUP BEFORE SELECTING A DRIVING GEAR OF A SECOND GEAR GROUP

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

1. A transmission comprising:a drive source for generating drive force to drive a vehicle;
a first input shaft being selectively connected to the drive source through a first connection and disconnection means;
a second input shaft being selectively connected to the drive source through a second connection and disconnection means;
a first gear group including one or a plurality of driving gears provided on the first input shaft in a relatively rotatable manner;
a first synchronous engagement mechanism synchronously engaging one driving gear of the first gear group with the first input shaft selectively;
a second gear group including one or a plurality of driving gears provided on the second input shaft in a relatively rotatable manner;
a second synchronous engagement mechanism synchronously engaging one driving gear of the second gear group with the second input shaft selectively;
an output shaft on which one or a plurality of driven gears to be engaged with each of the driving gears belonging to the first and second gear groups are provided in a relatively non-rotatable manner; and
a control device for controlling the first and second synchronous engagement mechanisms;
wherein the control device is configured to, in response to a determination that the vehicle is to be started from a stop state, control the first synchronous engagement mechanism so as to synchronously engage one driving gear of the first gear group with the first input shaft before selecting one driving gear of the second gear group and engaging the second connection and disconnection means such that the vehicle is started from the stop state with the selected one driving gear of the second gear group engaged.

US Pat. No. 10,246,078

TIME-OPTIMIZED PARTICLE FILTER IN HYBRID VEHICLES

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for regenerating at least one particle filter of a motor vehicle provided with an electric drive and an internal combustion engine, comprising:supplying of electric energy to a storage device of the vehicle is paused when at least one particle filter is charged to a predetermined threshold, and wherein upon reaching a second charging threshold of the at least one particle filter, at least one particle filter is charged by the internal combustion engine in such a way that at least one particle filter must be regenerated, an enthalpy initiated by the internal combustion engine in at least one particle filter is increased in comparison to the enthalpy that is associated with operations, wherein the internal combustion engine is impacted in addition to the charge that is associated with operations also with a charge that is used to generate a charging current.

US Pat. No. 10,246,076

CONTROL APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control apparatus that is applied to a hybrid vehicle, the hybrid vehicle including an internal combustion engine, an electric motor, and a storage battery that supplies electric power to the electric motor, the hybrid vehicle being configured to perform regenerative braking with the use of the electric motor and be able to charge the storage battery with electric power generated through the regenerative braking, the hybrid vehicle being also configured to be able to charge the storage battery with electric power generated by using output power of the internal combustion engine, the control apparatus comprising:a controller configured to:
control the internal combustion engine and the electric motor such that a required driving force that is required from the vehicle is satisfied and a remaining amount of charge of the storage battery approaches a target remaining amount of charge set to a first remaining amount of charge,
acquire positional information, indicating a position of the vehicle, and road information,
determine a scheduled travel route of the vehicle on the basis of the positional information and the road information,
search for a target downhill section that satisfies a predetermined condition within the scheduled travel route on the basis of the road information pertaining to each road section that constitutes the scheduled travel route,
determine a first controlled target section when the target downhill section is included in the scheduled travel route, the first controlled target section being a section from a downhill control start point to an end point of the target downhill section, the downhill control start point being located a predetermined first distance before a start point of the target downhill section,
execute a downhill control when the vehicle travels on the first controlled target section, the downhill control being control for changing the target remaining amount of charge to a second remaining amount of charge lower than the first remaining amount of charge,
continue to execute the downhill control until the vehicle reaches an end point of the first controlled target section for which the downhill control is started even when the controlled target section is newly determined during execution of the downhill control,
determine whether the controlled target section is newly determined, and
continue to execute the downhill control until the vehicle reaches an end point of the first controlled target section for which the downhill control is started when the controller determines the controlled target section is newly determined.

US Pat. No. 10,246,075

HYBRID VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A hybrid vehicle comprising:an engine;
an electricity storage device configured to store electric power generated using an output of the engine;
an electric motor configured to generate drive power for traveling, using the electric power received from the electricity storage device;
a controller configured to control a state-of-charge of the electricity storage device by adjusting the output of the engine to control charging-discharging of the electricity storage device; and
a navigation system configured to search for a traveling route of the hybrid vehicle, wherein
the controller is configured to predict a traveling situation on the traveling route found through a search performed by the navigation system,
the controller is configured to execute navigation-cooperative control for controlling the state-of-charge by controlling charging-discharging of the electricity storage device based on the predicted traveling situation,
the controller is configured not to execute the navigation-cooperative control when a temperature of the electricity storage device falls below a prescribed temperature at which charging-discharging of the electricity storage device is limited,
the controller is configured to control the state-of-charge of the electricity storage device so that the state-of-charge of the electricity storage device is adjusted to a target state-of-charge,
the controller is configured to set the target state-of-charge based on the predicted traveling situation on the traveling route, and
the controller is configured to execute temperature increasing control when the temperature of the electricity storage device falls below the prescribed temperature, the temperature increasing control including increasing the target state-of-charge to exceed a reference value and decreasing the target state-of-charge to fall below the reference value.

US Pat. No. 10,246,074

HYBRID VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A hybrid vehicle comprising:an engine;
a first motor;
a second motor;
a planetary gear set including at least one planetary gear, at least part of rotating elements of the at least one planetary gear being connected to the engine, the first motor, the second motor and a drive shaft coupled to an axle;
a rotation restriction mechanism configured to restrict rotation of the engine;
a battery configured to exchange electric power with the first motor and the second motor; and
an electronic control unit configured to:
(i) control, in one of a charge depleting mode and a charge sustaining mode, the engine, the first motor and the second motor such that the hybrid vehicle travels by using a required output for propelling the hybrid vehicle according to an accelerator operation, in any one of a hybrid drive mode, a single-drive mode and a double-drive mode, the hybrid drive mode being a mode in which the hybrid vehicle travels while the engine is operated by placing the engine in a rotating state, the single-drive mode being a mode in which the hybrid vehicle travels by using output from only the second motor in an electric drive mode in which the hybrid vehicle travels while the engine is placed in a rotation stopped state to cause the engine not to operate, and the double-drive mode being a mode in which the hybrid vehicle travels by using output from the first motor and the second motor in the electric drive mode,
(ii) cause a drive mode to shift into the hybrid drive mode by starting the engine when a predetermined high response request is not being issued, when the required output becomes larger than a first threshold in the charge sustaining mode in the single-drive mode, and
(iii) cause the drive mode to shift into the double-drive mode without starting the engine when the predetermined high response request is being issued, when the required output becomes larger than the first threshold in the charge sustaining mode in the single-drive mode.

US Pat. No. 10,246,073

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A HYBRID-ELECTRIC VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A controller, for a hybrid-electric vehicle, the controller comprising a processor and a memory and programmed to:determine an occupancy status of the vehicle based on received sensor data;
set an operating parameter for a power system of the hybrid-electric vehicle based on the occupancy status; and
control the power system to operate in accordance with the parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,246,069

HAPTIC INTERFACE PROVIDING IMPROVED CONTROL OF THE HAPTIC SENSATION

12. A haptic interface comprising:a user interaction element for interacting with a user configured to move in a first direction and in a second direction;
a fluid interaction element for interacting with a fluid, viscosity whereof varies according to an external stimulus, the fluid interaction element being secured at least in translation or at least in rotation with the user interaction element;
a brake comprising a fluid, viscosity whereof varies according to a brake external stimulus, and a generation system for generating the brake external stimulus on command in the fluid, the fluid interaction element being arranged in the fluid;
a current position sensor for determining a current position of the user interaction element;
a speed sensor for determining speed of the user interaction element;
a control circuitry configured to send orders to the system to generate each stimulus, the control circuitry comprising means for generating the orders according to the current position of the user interaction element and the current actuation speed of the user interaction element;
means for determining the user's intended action on the user interaction element, comprising a torque sensor to detect torque or force applied by the user to the user interaction element, in a case of a rotatable user interaction element, to determine direction of the torque and whether the torque is greater than a given value for a given direction, the control circuitry controlling the generation system for generating the stimulus on the basis of the information obtained on the torque at least when a zero or low speed of the user interaction element is detected, or a load sensor to detect load applied by a user to the user interaction element, in a case of a translatable element for interacting with the user, to determine the direction of the force and whether the force is greater than a given value for a given direction, the control circuitry controlling the generation system to generate each stimulus on the basis of the information obtained on the force at least when a zero or low speed of the user interaction element is detected,
wherein the control circuitry comprises:
a first database containing values of a first haptic pattern when norm of the actuation speed is less than or equal to a first given value and the user interaction element is moved in the first direction,
a second database containing values of a second haptic pattern when the norm of the actuation speed is at least equal to a second given value and the user interaction element is moved in the first direction,
a third database containing values of a third haptic pattern when the norm of the actuation speed is less than or equal to a third given value and the user interaction element is moved in the second direction,
a fourth database containing values of a fourth haptic pattern when the norm of the actuation speed is at least equal to a fourth given value and the user interaction element is moved in the second direction; and
wherein the means for generating orders uses, according to a direction of actuation of the user interaction element, the first and/or second databases or the third and/or fourth databases to determine a value of a new haptic pattern on the basis whereof an order is generated.

US Pat. No. 10,246,067

BRAKE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A BRAKE SYSTEM

1. A method for operating a slip-controlled brake system for motor vehicles comprising:connecting a plurality of wheel brakes to a pressure supply device via a plurality of electrically actuated normally open inlet valves, each associated with one of the plurality of wheel brakes;
connecting the plurality of wheel brakes to a pressure medium storage container at atmospheric pressure via a plurality electrically actuated normally closed outlet valves, each associated with one of the plurality of wheel brakes;
displacing a piston of a cylinder-piston assembly with an electromechanical actuator, wherein an electrically controlled pressure supply device is formed by the piston which at least partially defines at least one hydraulic pressure chamber;
determining when a first predetermined braking condition exists in a normal control mode of the brake system;
outputting an actuation signal to the pressure supply device to close the plurality of inlet valves of the wheel brakes when the first predetermined braking conditions exists in the normal control mode thereby terminating a displacement of the piston of the pressure supply device;
determining when a second predetermined braking condition exists in a normal control mode of the brake system;
changing the normal control mode to a special control mode when the second predetermined braking condition for the pressure supply device exists;
determining when the first predetermined braking condition exists in the special control mode of the brake system;
outputting an actuation signal to the pressure supply device to return at least one of the plurality of the inlet valves to normally opened when the first predetermined braking condition exists in the special control mode, thereby terminating a displacement of the piston of the pressure supply device;
opening at least one of the plurality of outlet valves associated with a same wheel brake as the least one inlet valve at least temporarily when the first predetermined braking condition exists in the special control mode; and
closing a remaining of the plurality of inlet valves when an estimated volume of pressure medium has been discharged through the at least one outlet valve.

US Pat. No. 10,246,064

ELECTRIC BRAKE DEVICE

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. An electric brake device comprising:a brake rotor;
a frictional material configured to come into contact with the brake rotor;
an electric motor;
a motion converter mechanism configured to convert a driving force of the motor into a motion of the frictional material in a direction towards or away from the brake rotor; and
a brake controller unit, the brake controller unit including:
a motor rotational angle estimator configured to estimate a rotational angle of the motor;
a braking force estimator configured to estimate a braking force that is actually being generated;
a braking force controller configured to control the braking force by controlling the motor in such a way to follow a given target braking force;
a clearance estimator configured to, based on the estimated rotational angle, estimate a clearance, inclusive of negative values, between the frictional material and the brake rotor; and
a clearance controller configured to compare the target braking force with a predetermined switch-determining braking force, to generate, if the target braking force is below the switch-determining braking force, a target clearance, the target clearance being a clearance between the frictional material and the brake rotor which approaches zero or a predetermined negative value as the target braking force increases, and to use the estimated clearance to control the motor to follow the target clearance, in place of control performed by the braking force controller according to the target braking force.

US Pat. No. 10,246,063

WHEEL REFERENCE BALANCE ESTIMATOR

Goodrich Corporation, Ch...

1. A method for controlling brakes, comprising:receiving, by an antiskid controller (ASK), a first wheel speed;
calculating, by the ASK, a first wheel reference speed (WRS), the first WRS comprising a value corresponding to the first wheel speed when no brakes are applied;
calculating, by the ASK, a first wheel reference estimate (WRE), the first WRE being an average of the first WRS; and
determining, by the ASK, if the first WRS is within a threshold value of the first WRE.

US Pat. No. 10,246,061

WHEEL BRUSH AND LUG NUT CLEANER

Black Tie Brands, LLC, M...

1. A wheel brush and lug nut cleaner comprising:a handle having a rear portion, a releasable front portion pivotably disposed on the rear portion, the front portion being pivotable upwardly and downwardly relative the rear portion, the front portion having a forward end and a rearward end, the rear portion having a forward side, a rearward side, a notch centrally disposed on the forward side, and a center portion disposed between the forward side and the rearward side, wherein the rearward end of the front portion is disposed within the notch;
a pivot pin rotatably disposed through the rearward end of the front portion and the forward side of the rear portion, the pivot pin having a plurality of grooves disposed along an external perimeter thereof;
a chamber disposed within the center portion of the rear portion proximal the forward side in a position rearwardly disposed relative the pivot pin;
a spring loaded release mechanism disposed within the chamber, the release mechanism including an accessible release button transversely disposed on the center portion and a lock tab longitudinally disposed within the chamber, and in operational communication with the release button;
wherein upon the exertion of pressure on and the alternate release of pressure from the release button, the lock tab disengages from the plurality of grooves and alternately engages one of the plurality of grooves, respectively;
wherein upon the disengagement of the lock tab from the plurality of grooves, the front portion is released from the rear portion;
wherein upon the engagement of the lock tab with one of the plurality of grooves, the front portion is secured to the rear portion;
a brush head having a resilient non-abrasive longitudinal shaft and a plurality of bristles radially disposed along the entire longitudinal shaft, the longitudinal shaft having an exterior end and an interior end disposed on the forward end of the front portion, a first bristle set of the plurality of bristles extending forwardly from the exterior end and directed forwardly therefrom, a second bristle set of the plurality of bristles extending rearwardly from the interior end;
a lug nut and rim cavity-cleaning body disposed on the rearward side of the rear portion, the lug nut and rim cavity-cleaning body having an central base disposed on the rearward side;
a plurality of spaced apart flexible cleaning flanges extending rearwardly from the central base; and
a gap disposed between each of the cleaning flanges.

US Pat. No. 10,246,060

INTEGRATED VACUUM FOR MOTOR VEHICLE

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A vehicle comprising:a front row of seats;
a second row of seats;
a third row of seats;
a sliding door;
an interior trim quarter side panel assembly disposed adjacent the third row of seats behind the sliding door, the interior trim quarter side panel assembly comprising:
a quarter side panel interior trim having an outermost surface;
a handle pocket adjacent an armrest portion of the interior trim, the handle pocket formed in the interior trim and defining (a) an opening disposed between a backrest portion of the third row of seats and the second row of seats, the opening located on and extending along a downslope portion of the interior trim facing toward a front of the vehicle; (b) a cavity that projects below the outermost surface of the interior trim; and (c) a hose passage;
a storage cavity of the interior trim disposed adjacent to and below the handle pocket in the downslope portion facing toward the front of the vehicle, the storage cavity defining a bin portion for receiving vacuum accessories, wherein the storage cavity bin stores the vacuum accessories below the outermost surface of the interior trim; and
a sliding door that slidably moves along a track in the storage cavity between an open position providing access to the bin and a closed position covering the bin; and
an on-board central vacuum system comprising:
a vacuum motor assembly; and
a vacuum hose fluidly connected to a vacuum nozzle handle, the vacuum hose extending from behind the interior trim through the hose passage to the vacuum nozzle handle,
wherein the handle pocket includes an absence of a cover and nestingly accepts the vacuum nozzle handle in a recessed and stowed position relative to the outermost surface such that the vacuum nozzle handle is located below and substantially flush with the outermost surface of the interior trim when in the stowed position, and
wherein the vacuum hose slidably advances through the hose passage from behind the interior trim when the vacuum nozzle handle moves from the recessed and stowed position to a use position.

US Pat. No. 10,246,059

WASHER-INTEGRATED TYPE WIPER APPARATUS

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A washer-integrated type wiper apparatus, comprising:a nozzle cover coupled to one side of a bending component of a retainer to support a wiper blade;
a hose module that extends in a longitudinal direction within the retainer and is positioned within the nozzle cover and is coupled to a washer liquid storing tank;
a main nozzle connected in the interior of the nozzle cover to the hose module and formed to expose a plurality of spray ports to the exterior of the nozzle cover and is configured to spray the washer liquid supplied from the washer liquid storing tank through the spray ports; and
a heater module which is installed in a heating area defined at the main nozzle and configured to transfer heat in the direction of the spray ports,
wherein the main nozzle includes:
a spray component disposed to be exposed to the exterior of the nozzle cover, wherein the spray ports are disposed on the exposed lower surface thereof, and the heating area is defined on the upper surface thereof;
a heater module installation component configured to guide an installation passage of the heater module installed in the heating area and formed to be bent in the same direction as a bent direction of the nozzle cover; and
a washer liquid supply component spaced apart from the heater module installation component and integrally connected with the hose module, and configured to supply the washer liquid in the direction of the spray ports.

US Pat. No. 10,246,058

DEVICE FOR RETAINING A PIPE, NOTABLY FOR WINDSCREEN WASHER LIQUID

1. A cap that retains a windscreen washer liquid pipe of a windscreen wiper, the cap being capable of being fitted to a driver for retaining the windscreen washer liquid pipe, the cap comprising:a first housing, formed on the said cap between a radially inner skirt and a radially outer skirt, that receives a curved portion of the windscreen washer liquid pipe,
a second housing, delimited by a surface of the radially inner skirt that faces away from the windscreen washer liquid pipe, that receives a nut that attaches the driver to a drive shaft of the windscreen wiper, and
wherein the second housing is a cavity comprising striations that engage with one or more surfaces of the nut.

US Pat. No. 10,246,057

ADAPTOR FOR CONNECTING A WINDSCREEN WIPER UNIT TO A DRIVING ARM

1. An adaptor for connecting a windscreen wiper unit to a driving arm, the adaptor comprising:two substantially parallel walls connected together by at least one connecting element, the walls having inner side faces between which the at least one connecting element extends, and outer side faces; and
at least one stop element which is mounted on one of the walls and which projects at least partially from the outer side face of the one of the walls,
wherein the at least one element is movable between an operational stop position and a non-operational position,
wherein the at least one element is connected by a hinge to the one of the walls,
wherein the hinge defines a hinging axis of the element, which is substantially parallel to an elongation axis of the adaptor, and
wherein the element is formed as one piece with the one of the walls, and the hinge is formed by a thin film of material connecting the one of the walls to the element.

US Pat. No. 10,246,056

VEHICLE THEFT PREVENTION BASED ON FUELING PATTERN

International Business Ma...

1. A method for vehicle theft prevention, the method comprising:receiving, at a server, fueling location data and vehicle identification data of a vehicle from each of a plurality of radio frequency identification (RFID) transceivers situated at each of a respective plurality of fueling stations, the RFID transceivers situated at each of the plurality of fueling stations receiving a signal from a cryptographic RFID transponder as part of the vehicle identification data, the server communicating with the RFID transceivers using a communication network;
receiving by the server, from an authorized user of the vehicle, a plurality of user authentication signals authorizing a corresponding plurality of fueling stations;
determining from the received fueling location data, the received vehicle identification data, and the received user authentication signals, one or more fueling patterns;
detecting a fueling location from the received fueling location data deviating from the one or more fueling patterns; and
sending an alert to a user authorized device of the detection of the fueling location deviating from the one or more fueling patterns.

US Pat. No. 10,246,054

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ENABLING ACCESS TO A PASSENGER COMPARTMENT OF A MOTOR VEHICLE, IN PARTICULAR FOR CONVEYING A CONSIGNMENT OF GOODS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A motor vehicle comprising:at least one sensor configured to detecting a surroundings of the motor vehicle;a compartment; andan authorization device operatively connected to the at least one sensor and the compartment, the authorization device being configured to:
receive an authorization request transmitted from an automated drone that is outside the motor vehicle;
perform a successful authorization to the compartment in response to the request only in response to detecting that no humans are within a predetermined radius of the motor vehicle based on data corresponding to the surroundings of the motor vehicle received from the at least one sensor; and
open the compartment to receive a consignment of goods from the automated drone only in response to the successful authorization.

US Pat. No. 10,246,052

STEERING LOCK DEVICE AND ASSEMBLING METHOD OF STEERING LOCK DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A steering lock device comprising:a housing;
a lock bar accommodated in the housing and capable of engaging a steering shaft, wherein the lock bar is moved between an engagement position where the lock bar is engaged with the steering shaft and a non-engagement position where the lock bar is disengaged from the steering shaft;
a camshaft accommodated in the housing and rotatable in response to a locking operation and an unlocking operation, wherein the camshaft includes a lock actuation cam that allows for the lock bar to be moved to the engagement position in a locking direction, and rotation of the steering shaft is prohibited when the lock bar is engaged with the steering shaft;
a key cylinder coupled to the housing, wherein the key cylinder includes a hole into which a key blade is insertable;
a key interlock unit coupled to the housing, wherein the key interlock unit permits removal of the key blade from the key cylinder only when a shift lever of a vehicle is located at a parking position;
an interlock cam arranged on the camshaft and having a cam surface that comes into contact with the key interlock unit and actuates the key interlock unit; and
a counterweight arranged on the camshaft, wherein the counterweight has a mass that adjusts rotational balance of the camshaft,
wherein the counterweight and the interlock cam project radially from the camshaft in opposite directions to each other with respect to a shaft axis of the camshaft.

US Pat. No. 10,246,051

VEHICLE SEATBELT ASSEMBLY

Nissan North America, Inc...

1. A vehicle seatbelt assembly, comprising:a seat assembly having a seat cushion portion and a seatback portion, the seat cushion portion being configured to attach to a floor structure within a passenger compartment of a vehicle, the seatback portion being supported to the seat cushion portion and having a tether passageway defined therein extending from proximate an upper section downward toward a lower section of the seatback portion; and
a seatbelt tether having a tensioning mechanism that is non-movable relative to the seat assembly, a tether ring and an elongated connecting portion, the elongated connecting portion having a first end connected to the tensioning mechanism and a second end attached to the tether ring, the elongated connecting portion extending through the tether passageway of the seatback portion from the tensioning mechanism and out of the tether passageway to the tether ring, with the tether ring being located outside the tether passageway at the upper section of the seatback portion, the tether ring being shaped and dimension to receive a seatbelt such that the seatbelt can slidably move therethrough,
the tensioning mechanism being configured to selectively apply tension to the elongated connecting portion and the tether ring and move the elongated connecting portion and the tether ring a predetermined distance in response to detection of a tensioning event, such that in a non-tensioned state the tether ring is moveable to an upper outboard side of the seatback portion and in a tensioned state the tether ring is pulled in an inboard direction away from the upper outboard side of the seatback portion.

US Pat. No. 10,246,049

INTELLIGENT RETRACTOR HAVING MODE CHANGING LEVER

WOOSHIN SAFETY SYSTEMS CO...

1. An intelligent retractor comprising:a spool around which webbing is wound;
a flywheel which is provided at one side of the spool and rotates along with the rotation of the spool;
a locking unit which fixes the flywheel when a predetermined condition for preventing an extension of the webbing is satisfied;
a mode switching lever which rotates in a state in which the webbing is extended by a predetermined length or greater, and operates the locking unit so that the locking unit fixes the flywheel; and
an auxiliary rotating unit which rotates the mode switching lever in a state in which the webbing is extended by the predetermined length or greater,
wherein the mode switching lever includes a switching protrusion, and the auxiliary rotating unit includes a rotating member which shares the same rotation axis with the flywheel and rotates along with the rotation of the flywheel, and a disc member which rotates the mode switching lever by pushing the switching protrusion in accordance with a rotation angle of the auxiliary rotating member.

US Pat. No. 10,246,048

DIRECT LOCKING RETRACTOR ASSEMBLY FOR A SEATBELT SYSTEM AND A METHOD FOR ACTUATING THE SAME

Tool, Inc., Marblehead, ...

1. A seatbelt system comprising:a buckle assembly;
a spool;
a length of webbing having a first end engaged with the spool and a locking tongue provided on the webbing; wherein the locking tongue is selectively engageable in the buckle assembly;
a ratchet wheel operatively engaged with the spool, said ratchet wheel and spool being selectively rotatable in unison about an axis in a first direction to wind the webbing onto the spool and in a second direction to wind the webbing off of the spool;
a pawl configured to stop rotation of the ratchet wheel and thereby to stop rotation of the spool in one direction; and
a control mechanism operatively engaged with the pawl, said control mechanism being movable between a first condition and a second condition; and when the control mechanism is in the first condition the pawl is disengaged from the ratchet wheel and the ratchet wheel and spool are rotatable in either of the first and second directions; and when the control mechanism is in the second condition the pawl is moved into engagement with the ratchet wheel and the ratchet wheel and spool are only able to rotate in the first direction;
wherein the control mechanism includes:
an actuator assembly that engages the pawl and moves the pawl into engagement with the ratchet wheel only after the locking tongue on the webbing is interlockingly engaged with the buckle assembly; and
a cable extending between the buckle assembly and the actuator assembly; and when the locking tongue is engaged with the buckle assembly the cable is pulled in a direction away from the actuator assembly; and
wherein the actuator assembly includes:
a slider that is operatively engaged with the cable; and when the cable is pulled in the direction away from the actuator assembly, the slider is caused to move into a lockable position; and
a plunger that is selectively movable into contact with the pawl or selectively movable out of contact with the pawl; and wherein the slider locks the plunger in contact with the pawl after the cable has been pulled by engaging the locking tongue in the buckle assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,246,045

HARNESS BAR ASSEMBLY

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a body;
a front seat and a rear seat each supported by the body;
a seat belt buckle supported by the rear seat;
a harness bar supported by the body and disposed between the front seat and the rear seat;
a webbing attached to the harness bar; and
a tongue attached to the webbing and engaged with the seat belt buckle.

US Pat. No. 10,246,041

SIDE AIRBAG DEVICE

AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB, ...

1. A side airbag for a vehicle for providing impact restraint for an occupant adapted to be assembled with an inflator which is provided inside the airbag and deployed in a side collision, the inflator upon receiving an output signal from a sensor, supplies a gas to the airbag in a folded state, and deploys the airbag, comprising:a tether attached to an outer surface of the airbag on a side of the airbag that faces the occupant of the vehicle when the airbag is deployed,
the tether is shaped such that a vertical length of a front edge of the tether is positioned at a front end of the airbag when deployed is longer than a vertical length of a rear edge of the tether which is positioned at a rear end of the airbag when deployed,
the front edge is shaped so as to continuously extend in the vertical direction along the front end of the airbag between an upper part of the airbag on a ceiling side of the vehicle and a lower part of the airbag on a floor side of the vehicle when the airbag is deployed,
the rear edge is shaped so as to extend in the vertical direction in a vicinity of the rear end of the airbag between the upper part and the lower part of the airbag when deployed, and
the front edge of the tether is continuously joined in the vertical direction to a vicinity of the front end of the airbag, and the tether is attached so as to move in the vertical direction and a horizontal direction in a state of being pulled in an oblique direction which is inclined with respect to the vertical direction from the front end to the rear end of the airbag when deployed, and
the airbag is formed of at least two blanks of fabric material joined together at perimeter edges, wherein the rear edge of the tether is attached to the rear end of the airbag by providing a hole for inserting a stud bolt of the inflator on the rear edge of the tether and fitting the stud bolt into the hole, the airbag blanks and the tether configured such that the airbag blanks must be folded or rolled in order to extend the tether such that the hole fits over the stud bolt.

US Pat. No. 10,246,040

AIR BAG MODULE

TRW AUTOMOTIVE GmbH, (DE...

1. An airbag module comprising a housing (14) for an airbag (16) and a cover (12), the housing including a fabric part (14) which at least partly encloses the airbag (16),wherein a strip (30) for fastening the housing (14) is formed integrally with the cover (12),
wherein the fabric part (14) is arranged directly on the fastening strip (30),
and wherein the fabric part (14) is sewn to the fastening strip (30).

US Pat. No. 10,246,038

OBJECT RECOGNITION DEVICE AND VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. An object recognition device that recognizes a target object around a vehicle, the device comprising:a distance information-based target object determination unit that determines whether or not an object is a target object, using distance information from the vehicle to the object;
an image information-based target object determination unit that determines whether or not the object is the target object, using image information obtained by capturing an image of the object from the vehicle;
a target object detection reliability calculation unit that calculates detection reliability of the target object, using the distance information and the image information;
a pair of left and right image capturing units that captures an image of the front of the vehicle, and a parallax calculation unit that calculates parallax information of the object based on the image information captured by the image capturing units, wherein
the distance information-based target object determination unit determines whether or not an object in front of the vehicle is a pedestrian that is the target object, using the parallax information as the distance information,
the image information-based target object determination unit detects a parked vehicle in front of the vehicle using the distance information, detects a pedestrian candidate in the vicinity of the parked vehicle using the image information, and determines whether the pedestrian candidate is a pedestrian using the image information and the distance information,
the target object detection reliability calculation unit calculates the detection reliability of the pedestrian, using the determination result of the distance information-based target object determination unit and the determination result of the image information-based target object determination unit,
the target object detection reliability calculation unit determines that the reliability is high, when the object in front of the vehicle is determined as the pedestrian by the distance information-based target object determination unit, and the pedestrian candidate is determined as the pedestrian by the image information-based target object determination unit,
the target object detection reliability calculation unit determines that the reliability is low, when the object in front of the vehicle is not determined as the pedestrian by the distance information-based target object determination unit, and the pedestrian candidate is determined as the pedestrian by the image information-based target object determination unit, and
the target object detection reliability calculation unit determines that the reliability is intermediate, when the object in front of the vehicle is determined as the pedestrian by the distance information-based target object determination unit, and the pedestrian candidate is not determined as the pedestrian by the image information-based target object determination unit.

US Pat. No. 10,246,036

SECONDARY BUMPER ASSEMBLY

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A bumper assembly comprising:a crush can;
a bumper extending along a longitudinal axis supported by the crush can; and
a secondary bumper assembly releasably supported by the bumper and including a secondary bumper extending along a longitudinal axis and a hand-actuated release supported by the secondary bumper having an arm attachable to the bumper, the arm moveable between an engaged position for engagement with the bumper and a disengaged position for disengagement from the bumper;
wherein the hand-actuated release includes a slider, the slider operably connected to the arm to move the arm between the engaged and disengaged positions.

US Pat. No. 10,246,035

CHARGE TRANSFER FUNCTION IN THE EVENT OF FAILED STARTING

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A vehicle, comprising:an internal combustion engine;
a starter assigned to the internal combustion engine;
an electrical system battery of the vehicle, the starter drawing power from the electrical system battery of the vehicle in order to start the internal combustion engine;
an engine control unit assigned to the internal combustion engine;
a backup battery connectable in parallel to the electrical system battery;
an electric connection element arranged between the electrical system battery and the backup battery, the electric connection element being controllable by the engine control unit,
wherein
in an event of an engine start failure using the electrical system battery, the backup battery is electrically connected to the electrical system battery via the connection element in a manner that permits recharging of the electrical system battery with a predetermined amount of electric energy from the backup battery, and
the engine control unit is configured to determine when the predetermined amount of electric energy has been transferred to the electrical system battery by integrating an amount of electric current supplied by the electrical connection to the electrical system battery over a length of time of the electrical system battery is recharged.

US Pat. No. 10,246,034

POWER DISTRIBUTION CENTER MOUNTING ASSEMBLY

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, ...

1. A power distribution center mounting assembly for a vehicle comprising:a power distribution center including a connection surface and the power distribution center including a housing, the housing having a locking structure made of a resilient material, formed thereon on at least one side of the housing, the housing including a pair of pivot structures disposed on opposing sides of the housing;
a pair of pivot brackets configured to engage opposing sides of the housing and further configured to be mounted on the vehicle, each of the pair of pivot brackets including a pivot slot formed therein receiving the pivot structures, wherein the pivot slot extends from an opening on a proximal end of the pivot slot and along an alignment section having planar walls terminating at an ovoid pivot hub at a distal end of the pivot slot; and
wherein at least one of the pivot brackets includes a pair of lock slots, each of which are spaced apart from each other and separated by the pivot slot, the pair of lock slots releasably engage the locking structure wherein engagement of one of the pair of lock slots to the locking structure places the power distribution center in the pre-stage position and engagement of the other of the pair of lock slots to the locking structure places the power distribution center in the final-stage position, wherein when in the pre-staged position the connection surface is positioned at an inclined angle wherein the connection surface is visible relative to a horizontal plane extending from a bottom of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,246,032

TRIM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

DURA AUTOMOTIVE HOLDINGS,...

1. A vehicle trim for supporting an illuminable electronic element, the vehicle trim comprising:a first component formed of an at least semitransparent first material, the first component having an outer surface defining a portion of an exterior of the vehicle trim; and
a second component formed of a second material less transparent than the first material, the second component disposed on the first component and defining an inner surface of the vehicle trim, the second component defining a recess that is free from the second material and having a frame protruding from a rear portion of the second component proximal to the recess, and wherein the first component is disposed overtop the recess; and wherein the recess is configured to receive the illuminable electronic element.

US Pat. No. 10,246,031

SELF-RETAINING ANGLED FASTENING DEVICE FOR SECURING A COMPONENT TO A PANEL IN A VEHICLE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A fastening device for connecting a mountable vehicle component to a hole in a first panel, the fastening device comprising:a face plate including a first side and a second side, the face plate defining a first plane;
a cantilevered extension plate including a proximal end and a distal end, the extension plate connected to the face plate at the proximal end and projecting away from the first side of the face plate toward the distal end, the extension plate defining a second plane disposed at an offset angle from the first plane; and
a retention member connected to the face plate and projecting away from the second side of the face plate, the retention member including:
a first shoulder configured to engage an edge of the hole to retain the face plate to the first panel;
a first flexible arm projecting away from the second side of the face plate, the first flexible arm including a first knee and the first shoulder;
a second flexible arm projecting away from the second side of the face plate, the second flexible arm including a second knee and a second shoulder; and
wherein the first knee and the second knee move toward one another and contact each other when an external force is exerted on the extension plate.

US Pat. No. 10,246,030

OBJECT DETECTION APPARATUS AND DRIVING ASSISTANCE APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An object detection apparatus that detects a target object from a predetermined mounting position, comprising:a stereo camera configured to perform an object detection from the predetermined mounting position, and in a case where a target object is detected, acquires a first position of the target object at a first time and a second position of the target object at a second time;
an electronic control unit configured to:
estimate a third position of the target object at a third time based on a movement vector from the first position to the second position;
acquire a feature amount on a road surface between the second and third positions of the target object;
set a reference point on the road surface based on the feature amount on the road surface acquired by the electronic control unit; and
calculate movement information of the target object from the second position of the target object acquired by the stereo camera with the reference point set by the electronic control unit as a reference, in a case where the target object is detected by the stereo camera,
wherein the electronic control unit sets the reference point from the position surrounding a lateral direction from adding 0 to 1 times a movement amount in the lateral direction of the target object detected by the stereo camera to the lateral movement direction side, from the position in the lateral direction of the target object acquired by the stereo camera.

US Pat. No. 10,246,028

CUP HOLDER WITH INTEGRATED, DEPLOYABLE PURSE AND PARCEL HOOK

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a body including a first cup well, a second cup well and a partition wherein said partition is positioned between said first cup well and said second cup well;
a hook carried on said body, said hook being (a) displaceable between a home position and a deployed position and (b) an integral part of said partition;
a hinge connecting said hook to said body, said hinge being carried on a post held in said body and displaceable between a stowed position and a raised position; and
a push-push latch releasably securing said hook in said home position, wherein said push-push latch includes a striker carried on said hook and a striker receiver carried on said partition, and wherein said striker receiver is a spring loaded piston.

US Pat. No. 10,246,027

BICYCLE CARRIER FOR VEHICLE

1. A bicycle carrier for a vehicle, which is used to load a bicycle onto the vehicle and transport the bicycle, the bicycle carrier comprising:a base support rod 10 which is disposed horizontally and has a cylindrical shape;
a vertical support 20 which is rotatably connected to the base support rod 10, is supported on a rear surface of a trunk of the vehicle, has a horizontal portion 22 on which one or more shock absorbing members 24 are mounted, and has mainly a U shape, and a cylindrical cross section;
a horizontal support 30 which is rotatably connected to the base support rod 10 so as to form a fixed angle with the vertical support 20, is supported on an upper surface of the trunk of the vehicle, has a portion which is in direct contact with the upper surface of the trunk of the vehicle and on which one or more shock absorbing members 34 are mounted, and has mainly a U shape, and a cylindrical cross section;
a bicycle holder 40 which is rotatably connected to the base support rod 10, has a rotating wheel 43 which is installed at one end portion thereof at a side opposite to the base support rod and supported on a rear glass of the vehicle, has mainly a U shape, has a longer length than the horizontal support 30, and supports a bicycle frame;
an angle fixing holder 50 which is connected between the horizontal support 30 and the bicycle holder 40 and fixes an angle between the horizontal support and the bicycle holder;
two handlebar fixing holders 60 which are slidably installed at both sides of the base support rod 10 and fix both handlebars 110 of the bicycle;
a bicycle frame fixing holder 70 which is slidably installed on any one of or both support rods 42 and 44 which are parallel to each other and constitute the bicycle holder 40, and fixes a horizontal frame 120 of the bicycle; and
three fixing straps 80; 82, 83, and 84 which are connected to both end portions of the base support rod 10 and one end portion of the horizontal support 30, are coupled to desired portions of the vehicle, and are adjustable in length,
wherein the three fixing straps 80 are fixed to the vehicle and securely tightened, the bicycle 100 is turned upside down, the horizontal frame 120 of the bicycle is fixed to the bicycle frame fixing holder 70, and both the handlebars 110 of the bicycle are fixed to the two handlebar fixing holders 60, respectively, such that the bicycle is safely fixed to the vehicle and transported.

US Pat. No. 10,246,025

KAYAK LOADING SYSTEM

University of South Flori...

1. A system for loading items onto a roof of a vehicle, comprising:a mounting platform adapted to mount to the roof of the vehicle;
a first rotating arm structure including a first arm member, a second arm member, and a third arm member, wherein the first arm member includes a proximal end connected a rotational axle incorporated into at a lateral side of the mounting platform and a distal end pivotally interconnected with a proximal end of the second arm member;
a proximal end of the third arm pivotally secured to the mounting platform and a distal end of the third arm pivotally secured to a distal end of the second arm member;
a J-shaped support slidably secured to the second arm member, thereby allowing the support to slide along an extent of the second arm member resulting in the support extending closer to the ground;
the J-shaped support having a width adjustment to alter a distance of a free end of the J-shaped support from a body of the J-shaped support in a lateral direction with respect to a longitudinal axis of the body of the J-shaped support; and
a motor adapted to rotate the rotational axle, thereby allowing a user to transition the system between a stored configuration and a loading configuration by controlling the rotation of the rotational axle.

US Pat. No. 10,246,024

STORAGE CONTAINER FOR A TRACTOR TRAILER

1. A storage container for use in combination with a tractor trailer comprising:at least two side walls positioned parallel to at least two frame rails of said tractor trailer;
at least two end walls coupled to said at least two side walls, wherein said at least two end walls are oriented perpendicular to said at least two side walls;
a bottom plate coupled adjacent said tractor trailer; and
a cover plate hingedly coupled adjacent said tractor trailer, wherein said storage container is located behind a cab of said tractor trailer and opens parallel to said at least two frame rails, and wherein said cover plate opens remotely with actuators.

US Pat. No. 10,246,023

COLLAPSIBLE MAP POCKET WITH THERMOFORMED POLYETHYLENE/POLYPROPYLENE FIBERS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A map pocket usable as a trim component for a vehicle door assembly, the map pocket comprising:an inward-facing, substrate material layer comprising a polyethylene/polypropylene fibrous, thermoformed material, wherein the fibrous, thermoformed material comprises two material-types of fibers, polyethylene fibers and polypropylene fibers, that are neither woven nor knitted, but that are blended and laid into a matted form with the fibers randomly oriented in the mat; and
an outward-facing, A-side material layer comprising a non-woven, thermoformed material, disposed abuttingly against the substrate material layer.

US Pat. No. 10,246,022

MAP POCKET ASSEMBLY

LEAR CORPORATION, Southf...

18. A vehicle seat comprising: a seat back panel; a map pocket panel coupled to the seat back panel and having a top edge and a bottom edge each moveable between a closed position and an open position relative to the seat back panel to define a map pocket opening therebetween; and a support arm coupled to the seat back panel at a first end and coupled to the map pocket panel at a second end to maintain a fore-aft opening distance of the bottom edge of the map pocket panel generally perpendicular to the seat back panel when the bottom edge is in the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,246,016

OPTICAL SURFACE CLEARING ARRANGEMENT

14. An arrangement according to claim 11, wherein the fastener fastens the distal end of the conduit at a top end of the back-up camera.

US Pat. No. 10,246,015

REMOTE OPERATION OF NON-DRIVING FUNCTIONALITY AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

Cubic Corporation, San D...

1. An autonomous transit vehicle, comprising:a vehicle body;
a drive mechanism configured to propel the vehicle body;
an audio/video communications device that is in communication with a remote control system;
an imaging sensor;
a processing unit in communication with the drive mechanism, the audio/video communications device, and the imaging sensor;
a memory having instructions stored thereon that, when executed, cause the processing unit to:
detect, using the imaging sensor, improper behavior by a passenger on the transit vehicle;
communicate, using the audio/visual communications device, a notification to the passenger that the improper behavior was detected;
detect, using the imaging sensor, that the passenger has not rectified the improper behavior;
record, using the imaging sensor, an image of the passenger;
communicate an alert to a security device, the alert comprising the image of the passenger and an indication of the improper behavior; and
notify the passenger that the image has been recorded and sent to the security device.

US Pat. No. 10,246,012

STEERING WHEEL

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

1. A steering wheel comprising an indicator, the indicator including:a light source that emits light; and
a light guide including an outer surface and an end opposing the light source, wherein the light from the light source enters the end of the light guide, and some of the light is emitted from the outer surface, wherein
the light guide includes a driver seat side surface,
part of the driver seat side surface includes a recess, which is shaped so that light entering the end is emitted from the light guide,
the recess is one of a plurality of recesses,
part of the driver seat side surface of the light guide includes the recesses, which are spaced apart from one another by a predetermined interval,
the recesses have surface areas that differ from one another and increase as the light source becomes more distant, and
a light emission region is set based on a virtual line connecting eyes of the driver, when properly sitting in a driver's seat, and a center of the light guide.

US Pat. No. 10,246,010

ULTRASONIC SENSOR AND OBSTACLE DETECTION APPARATUS

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. An ultrasonic sensor configured to be fixed to a bumper of a vehicle, the ultrasonic sensor comprising:a transducer for transmitting and receiving an ultrasonic wave;
one or more light sources to be mounted in a back side of the bumper; and
an optical element for holding the transducer configured in such a manner that at least a part of the optical element is exposed on a front surface of the bumper, wherein the optical element is configured to guide light emitted by the one or more light sources to a front surface of the bumper and to project the light to an outside of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,246,009

USER NOTIFICATION OF POWERED SYSTEM ACTIVATION DURING NON-CONTACT HUMAN ACTIVATION

MAGNA COLSURES INC., New...

1. A user-activated, non-contact power closure member system for operating a closure member of a vehicle, comprising:at least one sensor for sensing at least one of an object and motion adjacent the closure member and outputting data corresponding to at least one of an object and motion;
at least one indicator disposed on the vehicle in a location indicating an appropriate location to make a correct activation gesture;
an electronic control unit coupled to said at least one sensor and said at least one indicator and configured to:
receive and process data corresponding to the at least one of the object and motion from said at least one sensor,
determine whether the data associated with the at least one of the object and motion is the correct activation gesture required to move the closure member,
initiate movement of the closure member in response to the at least one of the object and motion being the correct activation gesture, and
notify the user using said at least one indicator of the appropriate location to make the correct activation gesture and inform the user that that they are making the activation gesture in the correct location.

US Pat. No. 10,246,007

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS, VEHICLE COMPONENT AND VEHICLE

1. An illumination apparatus for a vehicle component, especially for a rearview device of a motor vehicle, comprising:at least one illuminant for emitting light;
a condenser unit having at least one condenser lens, wherein the condenser unit is adapted to focus the light emitted by the at least one illuminant into an optical path;
at least one mask means, which is arranged in the optical path and by means of which an image, symbol, logo and/or legend can be displayed on a projection surface;
a lens unit having at least one objective lens, which is arranged in the optical path and provides a magnification characteristic to the image, symbol, logo and/or legend displayed on the projection surface; and
at least one reflector unit, which is arranged between the condenser unit and the projection surface, wherein the reflector unit is adapted to deflect the optical path, especially essentially transversely or diagonally, to the projection surface, wherein the reflector unit comprises a reflector element which comprises at least one surface section by means of which the light can be deflected relative to the optical path, and wherein the surface section of the reflector element is configured as a freeform surface in order to focus the light, and further wherein the light which is emitted from the at least one illuminant is configured to change direction only upon passing through the reflector unit and does not change direction upon passing through the objective lens.

US Pat. No. 10,246,006

TAILGATE LED (LIGHT EMITTING DIODE) CAP SYSTEM, DEVICE, AND METHOD

Martin L. Stowell, Valen...

1. A light system for being attachable to truck tailgates, comprising:an elongated cap sized to fit onto a top of a truck tailgate, the elongated cap having an elongated rear lip, an elongated top, and an elongated front side;
a plurality of lights on the elongated front side of the elongated cap;
a plurality of compartments in the elongated top, each having upper open ends through the elongated cap;
a plurality of fasteners adapted for attaching the cap to the top of the truck tailgate, each of the fasteners being positioned in each of the compartments; and
a plurality of removable doors, each for covering the upper open ends of the compartments; and
a plurality of locks, each lock being used for each door for preventing access to each of the fasteners to prohibit removing the light system unless the locks are unlocked, wherein the plurality of the lights is powered by a power supply.

US Pat. No. 10,246,005

ILLUMINATED VEHICULAR ASSEMBLY FOR DAY AND NIGHT USE

1. A luminescent indicia assembly comprising:a mounting surface displaying a first color;
a luminescent planar sheet affixed to said mounting surface and constructed to provide a non-luminescent and a luminescent indicia in the form of a letter or number, said luminescent planar sheet including a non-luminescent printed circuit board in the shape of said letter or number, said printed circuit board having one or more layers of non-electrically conducting substrates and a plurality of electrically conducting pathways; said printed circuit board having a top surface displaying a second color which contrasts with said mounting surface's first color, said luminescent planar sheet including a plurality of light sources surface mounted upon said printed circuit board which are electrically connected to said electrically conducting pathways, said light sources mounted substantially uniformly upon said printed circuit board so as to be arranged in the shape of said letter or number so that upon illumination of said light sources an illuminated letter or number is produced, and said light sources covering no more than 20% of the surface area of said printed circuit board's top surface so that at least 80% of said printed circuit board top surface can be seen; and
a power source for providing power to said one or more luminescent planar sheets.

US Pat. No. 10,246,003

DETERMINATION AND SETTING OF OPTIMAL INTENSITY

International Business Ma...

1. A fog light modulation system, comprising:a first sensor for detecting speed of said vehicle and outputting a signal representing said speed of said vehicle;
a second sensor for detecting an amount of precipitation falling proximately to said vehicle and outputting a signal representing said amount of precipitation;
a light driver for illuminating a light positioned in the rear of the vehicle to an intensity;
a controller comprising a microcontroller coupled to said first sensor, said second sensor, and said light driver, wherein said microcontroller is programmed to include a series of spray propensity coefficients representing vehicle specific aerodynamic characteristics for a respective series of corresponding vehicles and to allow one of said series of spray propensity coefficients to be selected for adjusting said intensity;
wherein said microcontroller is programmed to calculate an intensity value for said at least one light based on said speed received from said first sensor as a fraction of a maximum speed of said vehicle times said amount of precipitation received from second sensor as a fraction of a maximum amount of precipitation and to adjust said intensity value by the selected one of said series of spray propensity coefficients; and
wherein said microcontroller is programmed to modulate said intensity of said at least one light according to said intensity value by controlling said light driver.

US Pat. No. 10,246,002

LIGHTING DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A lighting device for a vehicle, the lighting device comprising:an irradiator that includes a light source mounted in the vehicle, the irradiator being configured to emit band-shaped light from the light source at a predetermined irradiation angle to irradiate a road surface with the band-shaped light, and the irradiator being configured to change an irradiation direction of the band-shaped light toward the road surface;
a detector configured to detect a pedestrian; and
a shield that is provided to face an emission side of the band-shaped light from the light source, the shield being configured to shield a part of the band-shaped light such that the road surface is illuminated in a shape of a figure indicating prescribed information in an orientation configured to be read by the detected pedestrian.

US Pat. No. 10,246,000

PARKING ASSISTANCE SYSTEM

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A parking assistance system for a motor vehicle comprising:a monitoring unit configured to detect an object in a zone surrounding the motor vehicle and to sense a bearing of the detected object; and
a lighting system operably coupled to the monitoring unit and configured to emit light in an area surrounding the motor vehicle;
wherein the monitoring unit controls a distribution of the emitted light as a function of the sensed bearing,
wherein the monitoring unit is further configured to determine when the detected object is on a left-side of the vehicle or on a right-side of the vehicle, and to produce a first distribution of emitted light when no object is detected, a second distribution of emitted light when the detected object is on the left-side of the motor vehicle and a third distribution of emitted light when the detected object is on the right-side of the motor vehicle,
wherein the lighting system comprises a first light located on the left-side of the motor vehicle and a second lights located on the right-side of the motor vehicle opposite the first light, the first and second lights being operable in a first operating state and a second operating state different from the first operating state; and wherein the monitoring unit is further configured to operate the first and second lights in the first operating state for producing the first distribution, to operate the first light in the first operating state and the second light in the second operating state for producing the second distribution, and to operate the first light in the second operating state and the second light in the first operating state for producing the second distribution,
wherein the monitoring unit is further configured to sense the distance of the detected object from the vehicle and to control a light property of the lighting system in the second operating state as a function of the sensed distance, and
wherein the controlled light property comprises an opening angle defined between a light boundary and a dark boundary of the light emitted by the first and second lights in the second operating state.

US Pat. No. 10,245,999

HEADLIGHT WITH A MODULAR PROJECTION MODULE FOR ENHANCING ILLUMINATION INTENSITY

YUJING TECHNOLOGY CO., LT...

1. A headlight with a modular projection module for enhancing illumination intensity, comprising:a base having a connection portion formed on and protruding obliquely downwards and rearwards from a middle portion of the base;
a lighting module mounted on a top of the connection portion of the base;
a support frame mounted on a front portion of the base and having an opening formed through the support frame;
a reflective cover mounted on the top of the connection portion of the base with a front portion of the reflective cover mounted through the opening of the support frame, and having a first reflective surface concavely formed on an inner wall of the reflective cover and facing the lighting module;
a lens assembly mounted on a front portion of the support frame and having a center line centrally passing through the lens assembly, wherein the center line is an optical axis of the lens and the lighting module is located below the center line of the lens assembly; and
a light-shielding member mounted between the lens assembly and the support frame and having:
a blocking wall formed on and protruding upwards from a top edge portion of a right half part of the light-shielding member, and located above the center line;
a blocking ear formed on and horizontally protruding rearwards from a portion of a rear surface of the blocking wall which is adjacent to a left end of the blocking wall, and located above the center line; and
a reflective block formed on and obliquely protruding downwards and rearwards from the rear surface of the light-shielding member, located below the blocking ear, and having a second reflective surface concavely formed on a rear portion of the reflective block and facing the first reflective surface of the reflective cover;
wherein a vertical plane and a horizontal plane perpendicularly intersect in the center line, light emitted from the lighting module is reflected by the reflective cover, is partially blocked and partially reflected by the light-shielding member, and passes through the lens assembly to generate an illumination pattern associated with lower beam for right hand traffic, wherein
the illumination pattern includes:
a left half pattern and a right half pattern located below the horizontal plane and divided by the vertical plane, wherein the left half pattern is lower than the right half pattern;
a passing-beam dimming zone located in the left half pattern, and defined to be an area 0.86 degrees below the horizontal plane and 3.5 degrees to the left of the vertical plane, wherein a part of light emitted from the lighting module and irradiating to the blocking ear is blocked by the blocking ear of the light-shielding member to prevent the part of light from further irradiating to the lens assembly and cause a reduced luminous intensity at the passing-beam dimming zone;
a brightened region stretching across the vertical plane and divided by the vertical plane to have:
a left part located on the left of the vertical plane, extending downwards from a top edge portion of the left half pattern and leftwards from the vertical plane, and spaced apart from the passing-beam dimming zone by a gap; and
a right part of the brightened region extending rightwards from the vertical plane with a left top portion thereof coinciding to a left top portion of the right half pattern of the illumination pattern;
wherein a part of light emitted from the lighting module and irradiating to the second reflective surface of the reflective block is sequentially reflected by the second reflective surface and the first reflective surface of the reflective cover and the reflected light further irradiates to pass through the lens to cause an increased luminous intensity at the brightened region.

US Pat. No. 10,245,996

BOAT TRAILER

1. A boat trailer configured to transport a plurality of boats comprising:a lower platform, said lower platform having opposing longitudinal support members, said lower platform further including opposing end members, said end members being perpendicularly secured to said opposing longitudinal support members, said end members being located at opposite ends of said opposing longitudinal support members, said lower platform further including at least two track members, said at least two track members being mounted to said opposing end members;
an upper platform, said upper platform having opposing longitudinal support members, said opposing longitudinal support members being parallel in configuration, said upper platform having opposing end support members, said opposing end support members being perpendicular to said opposing longitudinal support members, said opposing end support members being secured at opposite ends of said opposing longitudinal support members;
a plurality of support members, said plurality of support members operable to secure the upper platform to said lower platform, said plurality of support members extending upward from said lower support platform, said plurality of support members being adjustable in height; and
wherein the plurality of support members function to provide alternate heights of the upper platform relative to the lower platform so as to accommodate objects superposed the lower platform.

US Pat. No. 10,245,995

METHODS FOR BACKING A TOWED DINGHY

1. A method for preventing front tires of a flat-towed dinghy from pivoting into a maximum turn when a towing vehicle and the flat-towed dinghy are maneuvered backward, said method comprising:(a) positioning a respective carrier behind each respective front tire of the dinghy such that a respective drag mechanism is supporting a trailing end of each respective carrier and a respective set of wheels is supporting a leading end of each respective carrier;
(b) rolling each dinghy front tire in reverse up onto its respective carrier until each respective front tire is stopped by a respective chock on its respective carrier; and
(c) applying a reversing force to said dinghy, said reversing force moves said carriers on said respective supporting sets of wheels and on said respective supporting drag mechanisms.

US Pat. No. 10,245,994

TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM INCLUDING AUTONOMOUS DETACHABLE ENGINE MODULES AND PASSENGER MODULE

1. A transportation system comprising:at least one passenger module;
a plurality of autonomous engine modules, each autonomous engine module of the plurality of autonomous engine modules being physically separable from, and configured to operatively couple with, the at least one passenger module to form an autonomous passenger vehicle, each engine module of the plurality of autonomous engine modules including an engine module computing system comprising one or more engine module computing system processors for controlling operation of the engine module computing system, and an engine module computing system memory for storing data and program instructions usable by the one or more engine module computing system processors, each engine module computing system memory storing a self-driving capability;
another computing system separate from the autonomous engine module computing systems, the other computing system comprising one or more processors for controlling operation of the computing system, and a memory for storing data and program instructions usable by the one or more processors, the memory storing an engine module use candidate determination capability including instructions that when executed by the one or more processors cause the one or more processors to:
determine, responsive to a user request for use of an autonomous engine module of the plurality of autonomous engine modules, at least one suitable autonomous engine module use candidate from the plurality of autonomous engine modules;
generate, responsive to a determination of at least one suitable autonomous engine module use candidate from the plurality of autonomous engine modules, a notification directed to the user and including information relating to the at least one suitable autonomous engine module use candidate; and
receive a selection, by the user, of an autonomous engine module use candidate from the at least one suitable autonomous engine module use candidate,
wherein the self-driving capability of each engine module computing system includes instructions that when executed by the one or more engine module computing system processors cause the one or more engine module computing system processors to control the autonomous engine module use candidate selected from the at least one suitable autonomous engine module use candidate, to autonomously drive the selected autonomous engine module use candidate to a designated pickup location.

US Pat. No. 10,245,993

MODULAR AUTONOMOUS GROUND VEHICLES

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

14. A transportation method, comprising:directing a coupling portion to couple a storage compartment portion to a propulsion portion of an autonomous ground vehicle (AGV);
instructing the AGV to travel to a location where the storage compartment portion is to be delivered;
instructing the coupling portion to decouple the storage compartment portion from the propulsion portion;
instructing a movement mechanism comprising at least one of a roller, a mechanical actuator or a robotic arm to move the storage compartment portion off of the propulsion portion to deliver the storage compartment portion at the location; and
instructing the AGV to depart from the location.

US Pat. No. 10,245,992

LOADING RAMP ASSEMBLY AND A MOVABLE CARGO TRANSPORT INCLUDING THE LOADING RAMP ASSEMBLY

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A loading ramp assembly configured for attachment in a cargo area including a floor, a first sidewall disposed transverse to the floor and a second sidewall disposed transverse to the floor, with the first and second sidewalls spaced apart and generally aligning with each other, the loading ramp assembly comprising:a ramp pivotable inside the cargo area relative to the floor between a use position in which at least a portion of the ramp is disposed in a generally horizontal orientation on top of the floor and a storage position in which the ramp is spaced from the floor and secured in a generally vertical orientation along at least one of the first and second sidewalls;
further including a bracket attached to the ramp;
wherein:
the ramp includes a ramp body;
the bracket includes a first arm and a second arm spaced apart from each other, and the first and second arms are attached to the ramp body;
the first and second arms of the bracket each include a respective pivot point to pivot the ramp body between the storage position and the use position;
the ramp includes a plurality of segments cooperating with each other;
one of the segments is defined as an initial segment that extends between the first and second arms and overlaps the floor between the first and second arms;
the initial segment includes a use surface and a mounting surface opposing each other;
the use surface of the initial segment faces outwardly opposite of the floor when in the use position and the mounting surface of the initial segment faces the floor when in the use position;
the first and second arms are mounted to the mounting surface of the initial segment, and at least part of the first and second arms are disposed between the mounting surface and the floor when the ramp is in the use position; and
at least another one of the segments is movable between a loading position and a stowed position, and the at least another one of the segments is configured to telescope outwardly from the initial segment such that at least a portion of the ramp is disposed outside of the cargo area when in the loading position, and the at least another one of the segments is configured to retract inwardly into the initial segment when in the stowed position such that the ramp is completely contained inside the cargo area when in the stowed position.

US Pat. No. 10,245,991

ILLUMINATED FLOOR MAT RETENTION ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An illuminated floor mat retention assembly comprising:a fastener having a housing configured to fasten a floor mat onto a floor, wherein the fastener comprises an upper grommet and a lower grommet, wherein the lower grommet is fixedly connected to the floor and the upper grommet fastens onto the lower grommet;
a light transmissive window provided in the housing; and
a light source located proximate to the fastener for generating light to be output through the window.

US Pat. No. 10,245,989

HEADREST

TACHI-S CO., LTD., Tokyo...

1. A headrest comprising:a stay held on a seat back;
a headrest body which is supported tiltably about a tilting shaft provided in the stay;
a lock part which locks the headrest body in a non-tiltable manner; and
a lock release part which releases lock of the lock part,
the lock release part includes:
an operation button to be pressed, the operation button has a pair of locking pawls;
a biasing member which biases the operation button in an opposite direction to a pressing direction of the operation button; and
a bezel which has a cylinder wall and a bottom wall for containing the operation button to be movable back and forth in the pressing direction, and is provided with a locking part which locks the operation button biased by the biasing member to hold the operation button in the cylinder wall, wherein:
the locking part is provided in the bottom wall, the locking part including a pair of elastically deformable locking pieces which extend in the pressing direction and pinch the pair of locking pawls therebetween to be engages with the pair of locking pawls respectively,
respective engaging surfaces of the pair of locking pawls which are engaged with the locking pieces are formed as tilted surfaces which are brought close to each other toward the pressing direction,
the operation button including a guide part which extends along a central axis of the cylinder wall,
the pair of locking pawls are provided in a tip of the guide part,
the bottom wall includes a guide hole into which the guide part is inserted, and
the pair of locking pieces are in an edge of the guide hole.

US Pat. No. 10,245,987

ACTIVE VEHICLE SEAT ARCHITECTURE FOR INERTIAL COMPENSATION IN MOTOR VEHICLES

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. An active vehicle seat assembly for a motor vehicle, the motor vehicle having a vehicle body with a base plate, the vehicle body having mutually orthogonal longitudinal, lateral, and vertical axes, the active vehicle seat assembly comprising:an occupant chair including a backrest portion and a seat portion connected to the backrest portion;
a motion sensor connected to the occupant chair and configured to detect motion of the occupant chair and output signals indicative thereof;
an automated platform subjacent the seat portion and configured to movably mount the occupant chair to the vehicle body, the automated platform including:
a pitch plate movably mounted to the seat portion, the pitch plate being configured to pivot relative to the lateral axis;
a pitch actuator connected to and configured to selectively pivot the pitch plate;
a roll plate pivotably mounted to the pitch plate, the roll plate being configured to pivotably mount to the base plate and pivot relative to the longitudinal axis; and
a roll actuator connected to and configured to selectively pivot the roll plate; and
a four-bar roll linkage with first and second roll actuation plates and first and second sets of roll pivot joints, the first set of roll pivot joints being configured to pivotably couple first ends of the first and second roll actuation plates to the base plate of the vehicle body, and the second set of roll pivot joints pivotably coupling second ends of the first and second roll actuation plates to the roll plate; and
an on-board controller communicatively connected to the motion sensor, the pitch actuator, and the roll actuator, the on-board controller being operable to respond to a motion signal from the motion sensor indicative of an inertial motion disturbance to the occupant chair and output a control signal to one or both of the pitch and roll actuators to selectively pivot one or both of the pitch and roll plates and thereby counteract the inertial motion disturbance.

US Pat. No. 10,245,986

VEHICLE SEAT

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a seat back including:
a top plate main part having a front-facing seating surface; and
a top plate side part configured to protrude more forward than the top plate main part from an outer side of the top plate main part;
a side adjuster configured to move the top plate side part between a protruding position in which the top plate side part protrudes more forward than the top plate main part and a retracted position in which the top plate side part is retracted from the protruding position; and
a controller configured to, in a case where a side collision of a vehicle is detected, drive and control the side adjuster so that the top plate side part is in the protruding position,
wherein the top plate side part has a shape including a curved concave surface which protrudes in a shape curved toward the front side so as to wrap the top plate main part from a backside of the top plate main part to both sides of the outer side of the top plate main part in a recessed shape.

US Pat. No. 10,245,985

RECLINING SEAT TO MITIGATE THE EFFECTS OF MINE BLAST LOAD ON SPINE AND LOWER LEG INJURIES

The United States of Amer...

1. A combination of a seat assembly and associated structure configured to be installed in a vehicle and to recline the seat assembly in response to an upward acceleration of the vehicle so as to mitigate injury to a human occupant when seated in the seat assembly, the combination comprising:a seat assembly frame;
a back frame portion of the seat assembly frame;
a lower frame portion of the seat assembly frame extending forward from the back frame portion;
a means for absorbing energy applied to the seat assembly frame from the upward acceleration;
a seat pivotal connection between the lower frame portion and the energy absorbing means;
stop means incorporated in the seat pivotal connection for preventing tilting of the seat assembly when less than a predetermined amount of tilting force acts on the seat assembly;
a dog-leg lever having a foreleg and an aft leg and a junction between the foreleg and the aft leg;
a pivot connection configured to couple the junction and a floor of the vehicle, the pivot connection being disposed more rearward relative to the seat assembly frame than the energy absorbing means;
wherein the foreleg is configured to extend forward relative to the seat assembly frame and to be disposed over the floor forward of the pivot connection when the combination is installed in the vehicle; and
a strut pivotally connected between the aft leg and the back frame portion of the seat assembly frame.

US Pat. No. 10,245,984

SEAT SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE

ClearMotion Acquisition L...

1. A seat system for a vehicle, comprising:a seat constructed and arranged to pivot relative to the vehicle at least about a first axis that passes through a first pivot point movably attached to the vehicle;
a first actuator and a second actuator that can interact with the seat constructed and arranged to pivot the seat about at least the first axis; and,
a processor configured to: (i) determine a desired angle of rotation of the seat relative to the vehicle based at least in part on a predetermined control parameter, and (ii) command the first actuator and the second actuator to pivot the seat to the desired angle of rotation about at least the first axis wherein a motion of the seat relative to the vehicle results in rotation of the seat, about a second pivot point, relative to earth.

US Pat. No. 10,245,982

VEHICLE SEAT WITH LATERALLY COLLAPSING PORTION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seat, comprising:a cushion coupled with a seatback,
each of the seatback and the cushion including:
a respective base body defining an internal cavity open on a side of the base body; and
a respective secondary body slidably mounted with the respective base body so as to be extendible out of the respective internal cavity beyond the side of the respective base body and retractable at least partially within the respective internal cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,245,981

CHILD'S BOOSTER SEAT WITH DETACHABLE BELT POSITIONER CAR SEAT

1. A child safety seat comprising:a seat back;
a seat base removably coupled in its entirety to the seat back, the seat base comprising:
a primary base; and
a removable base removably coupled to the primary base the removable base comprising:
a seating surface configured to receive a child thereon;
a bottom surface opposite the seating surface;
a first left armrest coupled to the removable base and rotatable with respect to the removable base and configured to rotate from a first stored position along the bottom surface to a use position along a first side of the removable base; and
a first right armrest coupled to the removable base and rotatable with respect to the removable base and configured to rotate from a second stored position along the bottom surface to a use position along a second side of the removable base opposite the first side; and
wherein the removable base is configured to be used as a first booster seat when detached from the primary base, with the bottom surface resting on a vehicle seat and the primary base is configured to be used as a second booster seat when the removable base is detached from the primary base.

US Pat. No. 10,245,979

DUAL ACTUATOR

1. An actuator comprising:a motor;
a gear assembly;
a pulley selectively rotatable about an axis by the motor via the gear assembly;
at least one biasing member;
a first cable connected at one end to the pulley; and
a second cable connected at one end to the pulley,
wherein the pulley is rotatable in a first pulley direction to a first actuation position to increase tension in the first cable and is rotatable in a second pulley direction opposite the first pulley direction to a second actuation position to increase tension in the second cable, and wherein the at least one biasing member is operable to bias the pulley in the second pulley direction when the pulley is in the first actuation position and to bias the pulley in the first pulley direction when in the pulley is the second actuation position.

US Pat. No. 10,245,978

VEHICLE SEAT AND METHOD FOR FIXING A SEAT ELEMENT

1. A vehicle seat having a seat element which is pivotally mounted to a front base part at a secondary axis for movement from a use position into a storage position,wherein the vehicle seat has a locking means;
wherein, in a fixing position taken up in the use position, the locking means interacts with the seat element in a first direction or a second direction in a form-fitting manner or a force-fitting manner;
wherein the locking means has a pivotable locking catch pivotally supported on a rear base part of the vehicle seat;
wherein the locking catch interacts in the fixing position in the form-fitting or the force-fitting manner with a bolt fixed to the seat element;
wherein the locking catch is configured to be pivoted in order to leave the fixing position;
wherein the vehicle seat has an articulation system that is a four-bar linkage having a first link pivotally connected to each of the front base part and the rear base part and a second link pivotally connected to each of the front base part and the rear base part for folding up the seat element; and
wherein the seat element is connected to the rear base part via a third link that forms a scissor linkage with at least a portion of the seat element, wherein, in the use position, the rear base part is fixed in a positionally fixed manner, wherein the four-bar linkage and the scissor linkage are configured such that the base part is pivoted about the secondary axis in order to take up the storage position.

US Pat. No. 10,245,977

ARMREST CONTROL DEVICE AND ARMREST DEVICE

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. An armrest control device, comprising:a driving mode determiner that determines a switching state of a driving mode of a vehicle capable of switching between an automatic driving mode and a manual driving mode; and
an armrest controller that moves a supporter of an armrest, which supports an arm of a driver, so that the supporter approaches a steering wheel, when the driving mode determiner determines that a switching from the automatic driving mode to the manual driving mode has started.

US Pat. No. 10,245,976

CONTROLLER AND INTERFACE FOR VEHICLE SEAT

Faurecia Automotive Seati...

1. A controller and interface system comprisingan electronic control unit,
a human-machine interface,
the electronic control unit integrated with the human-machine interface;
the integrated electronic control unit and human-machine interface incorporated physically and electronically within a vehicle seat side shield;
wherein the vehicle seat side shield comprises a substrate and a conductive layer coupled to the substrate;
wherein electrical components of the electronic control unit and the human-machine interface are disposed on a common circuit board; and
the substrate and conductive layer substrate are configured as the common circuit board.

US Pat. No. 10,245,973

TECHNOLOGY AND METHODS OF ON-BOARD VEHICLE OCCUPANT ACCURATE WEIGHING BY A SIMPLIFIED WEIGHING APPARATUS BASED ON WEIGHING MODERATOR AND ITS APPLICATIONS IN ON-BOARD OCCUPANT WEIGHING SYSTEMS

1. A method of weighing a person sitting in a seat of a vehicle, comprising:applying a force in a horizontal direction of a predetermined value with respect to a substantially vertical surface of another object that is a predetermined distance away from a weighing unit operatively coupled to the seat of the vehicle, wherein the application of the horizontal force does not change a weight measurement of the object recorded by the weighing unit when the object is applying the force to the vertical surface wherein the horwest effect is defined by a rule that states that an object located in a closed system and on the weighing unit providing and applying a force in a horizontal direction of a predetermined value with respect to a substantially vertical surface of another object that is a predetermined distance away from the weighing unit, does not change a weight measurement of the object recorded by the weighing unit when the object is applying the force to the substantially vertical surface wherein said horwest effect provides an accurate weight measurement of an occupant sitting on the seat, to which the weighing unit is operatively attached, by compressing in a horizontal direction a piece that is hanging from a substantially vertical part of the vehicle and secures the foot of the occupant while being compressed by the foot of the occupant in a horizontal direction, and this compressing does not influence the accurate weight measurement of the occupant's whole body measured by said weighing unit at the time when a switch connected to said substantially vertical part of the vehicle signals to a computing and control unit that the foot of the occupant compresses the piece and the current result of the weight measurement is correct.

US Pat. No. 10,245,972

TRAILER-BASED ENERGY CAPTURE AND MANAGEMENT

HYLIION INC., Austin, TX...

1. An apparatus comprising:a towed vehicle for use in combination with a towing vehicle, the towed vehicle having an electrically powered drive axle configured to supply supplemental torque to one or more wheels of the towed vehicle and to thereby supplement, while the towed vehicle travels over a roadway and in at least some modes of operation, primary motive forces applied through a separate drivetrain of the towing vehicle;
an energy store on the towed vehicle, the energy store configured to supply the electrically powered drive axle with electrical power and further configured to receive energy recovered using the electrically powered drive axle in a regenerative braking mode of operation, and wherein the energy store on the towed vehicle includes a battery or battery array;
an auxiliary power unit (APU) interface to supply electrical power from the energy store to the towing vehicle; and
an inverter coupled between the battery or battery array and the APU interface to supply AC power to the towing vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,245,969

POWER SOURCE CONTROL DEVICE AND POWER SOURCE CONTROL METHOD

MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO ...

1. A power source control device comprising:a charging state detector configured to detect a charging state of a drive battery mounted on an electric vehicle; and
a power source mode switch configured to switch a power source mode of the electric vehicle,
wherein the power source mode switch is configured to automatically switch the power source mode from an ON mode in which a power source for an electric device is turned on to an OFF mode in which the power source is turned off in a case that charging of the drive battery is stopped while the power source mode is set at the ON mode.

US Pat. No. 10,245,968

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CHARGING A VEHICLE USING A DYNAMIC POWER GRID, AND SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MANAGING POWER CONSUMPTION IN THE VEHICLE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A system for managing power consumption in a vehicle, comprising:a power source signature database that stores power source signatures for a plurality of power sources used in charging and refueling events within the vehicle, the power source signatures identifying an ultimate source of power;
an optimizing device which:
stores quantity data associating a quantity of the power being stored in the vehicle with the ultimate source based on the power source signatures; and
optimizes a plurality of parameters to determine a power to be consumed by the vehicle based on the quantity data; and
an operating mode setting device which sets an operating mode for powering the vehicle based on the determined power,
wherein the plurality of parameters includes an environmental impact of a power source in the plurality of power sources.

US Pat. No. 10,245,965

TRANSMISSION COIL FOR THE INDUCTIVE TRANSFER OF ENERGY

Robert Rosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A transmission coil (10) which is configured to inductively transfer energy, comprising a carrier (17), a coil arrangement (11) with a multiplicity of turns (12), and a capacitance, characterized in that the capacitance is formed by a multiplicity of capacitors (22), wherein one of the capacitors (22) is assigned to an individual turn (12) and another of the capacitors is assigned to a group of at least two turns (12) of the coil arrangement (11), and the capacitors (22) are arranged, together with the coil arrangement, on the carrier (17).

US Pat. No. 10,245,963

AIR COOLED WIRELESS CHARGING PAD

Lear Corporation, Southf...

1. A charging pad comprising:a housing having a magnetics assembly housing part and an electronics assembly housing part;
an interface layer within the housing, the interface layer having a top side and a bottom side, wherein the interface layer includes a thermal insulator sub-layer and an electromagnetic shielding sub-layer, the thermal insulator sub-layer forms one of the top side and the bottom side of the interface layer and the electromagnetic shielding sub-layer forms an other one of the top side and bottom side of the interface layer;
wherein the magnetics assembly housing part includes a floor portion spaced apart from the bottom side of the interface layer;
wherein the electronics assembly housing part includes a ceiling portion spaced apart from the top side of the interface layer;
a magnetics assembly arranged below the bottom side of the interface layer within the magnetics assembly housing part and attached to the floor portion of the magnetics assembly housing part; and
an electronics assembly spaced apart from and arranged above the top side of the interface layer within the electronics assembly housing part and attached to the ceiling portion of the electronics assembly housing part, the electronics assembly including a printed circuit board having electric and electronic components arranged thereon, the printed circuit board being attached to the ceiling portion of the electronics assembly housing part.

US Pat. No. 10,245,962

ACTIVE RECTIFIER FOR WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER SYSTEM, VEHICLE ASSEMBLY USING SAME AND OPERATION METHOD THEREOF

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An active rectifier for a wireless power transfer system, the active rectifier comprising:a first rectifying circuit;
a second rectifying circuit;
a first switching circuit;
a second switching circuit; and
a controller, wherein
the first rectifying circuit, the second rectifying circuit, the first switching circuit, and the second switching circuit are arranged in a form of a bridge circuit between a secondary coil of a vehicle and a battery of the vehicle,
the active rectifier controls the first and second switching circuits according to a charging status of the battery or an output status of the wireless power transfer system in order to change or maintain a charging power to the battery,
a first connection node between a first terminal of the first rectifying circuit and a first terminal of the first switching circuit and a second connection node between a first terminal of the second rectifying circuit and a first terminal of the second switching circuit are connected to both ends of the secondary coil,
a first common terminal between a second terminal of the first rectifying circuit and a second terminal of the second rectifying circuit and a second common terminal between a second terminal of the first switching circuit and a second terminal of the second switching circuit are connected to both ends of the battery,
when an increased output of the wireless power transfer system is desired, the controller selectively turns on or off one of the first and second switching circuits while the other of the first and second switching circuits is turned off according to a phase of a voltage or current induced in the secondary coil, and
when a decreased output of the wireless power transfer system is desired, the controller selectively turns on or off one of the first and second switching circuits while the other of the first and second switching circuits is turned on according to the phase of the voltage or current induced in the secondary coil.

US Pat. No. 10,245,961

INVERTER-CHARGER COMBINATION

1. An inverter-charger combination comprising:a plurality of first and second switching elements each comprising a plurality of switching units disposed in parallel, the plurality of first and second switching elements being adapted to be electrically coupled to a load and to a rechargeable energy storage system (RESS);
a capacitor, connected in parallel to the plurality of first and second switching elements; and
a dual active bridge, connected in parallel to the plurality of first and second switching elements and the capacitor, the dual active bridge being adapted to be electrically coupled to the RESS,
wherein each one of the first switching elements is connected in series with one of the second switching elements to form a first switching subassembly, there being provided at least two first switching subassemblies disposed in parallel, each switching subassembly being electrically connected to an alternating current (AC) source,
wherein each of the first and the second switching elements comprises a first and a second contactor,
wherein, when the first contactor is open and the second contactor is closed, a first electric current is enabled to flow from the RESS in direct current (DC) form to the load in AC form through the plurality of switching elements to provide power to the load,
wherein, when the first contactor is closed and the second contactor is open, a second electric current is enabled to flow from the AC source in the AC form to the RESS in the DC form through the plurality of switching elements to charge the RESS, and
wherein at least some of the first and second switching elements are configured to have only one or more of the switching units active during RESS charging and all of the switching units active during power transmission to the load.

US Pat. No. 10,245,959

POWER CONVERTER SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THEREOF

Nanyang Technological Uni...

1. A power converter system comprising:a power bus;
a plurality of power converter modules connected to the power bus in parallel;
a plurality of energy storage modules, each energy storage module coupled to the power bus via a corresponding one of the plurality of power converter modules; and
a controller module configured to control at least one of the plurality of power converter modules to operate in each of a plurality of charging power conversion modes, each charging power conversion mode configured for connecting an input power source to the corresponding energy storage module for charging power to the corresponding energy storage module,
wherein the at least one power converter module is configured to be switchable by the controller module to operate in any one of the plurality of charging power conversion modes.

US Pat. No. 10,245,958

HYBRID VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A hybrid vehicle, comprising:an engine;
a first motor configured to generate a counter-electromotive voltage with rotation of the first motor;
a second motor connected to a driving shaft coupled with driving wheels of the hybrid vehicle, the second motor being configured to generate a counter-electromotive voltage with rotation of the second motor;
a planetary gear set including three rotation elements connected to three shafts, the shafts including a shaft of the first motor, a shaft of the engine, and the driving shaft, the three rotation elements being connected such that the first motor, the engine, and the driving shaft are arrayed in the order of the first motor, the engine, and the driving shaft in an alignment chart;
a first inverter configured to drive the first motor;
a second inverter configured to drive the second motor;
an electric storage device;
a step up-down converter connected to a low voltage-side electric power line and a high voltage-side electric power line, the low voltage-side electric power line being connected to the electric storage device, the high voltage-side electric power line being connected to the first inverter and the second inverter, the step up-down converter being configured to transfer electric power between the low voltage-side electric power line and the high voltage-side electric power line while changing voltage of the electric power; and
an electronic control unit configured to:
(i) control the engine and the step up-down converter such that the counter-electromotive voltage of the first motor becomes higher than a direct current-side voltage of the first inverter and a direct current-side voltage of the second inverter and that torque is output from the first motor to the driving shaft through the planetary gear set, when an accelerator is on during specified traveling of the hybrid vehicle with gates of the first inverter and the second inverter being cut off and the engine being operated, and
(ii) control the engine and the step up-down converter such that rotational speed of the first motor becomes smaller and voltage of the high voltage-side electric power line becomes lower when the accelerator is off than when the accelerator is on during the specified traveling.

US Pat. No. 10,245,955

VEHICLE CAPABLE OF SUPPRESSING AN IMPACT TO BATTERY UNITS AT A TIME OF COLLISION

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

1. A vehicle comprising:a first battery unit comprising a front module group which has a plurality of battery modules and which is arranged under a front seat of the vehicle, a middle module group which has a plurality of battery modules and which is arranged under a rear seat of the vehicle, and a front casing accommodating the front module group and the middle module;
a second battery unit comprising a rear module group which has a plurality of battery modules and which is arranged in a rear portion of the vehicle, and a rear casing accommodating the rear module group; and
a rear sub frame arranged in a region surrounding the second battery unit, wherein
the front casing and the rear casing are independently fixed to a skeletal structure of the vehicle,
a space is provided between the front casing and the rear casing,
a front frame of the rear sub frame is arranged in the space, and
the front frame is overlapped with the front casing and the rear casing in a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,245,954

VEHICLE DISPLAY DEVICE AND DISPLAY METHOD THEREOF

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Mina...

1. A vehicle display device comprising:an image display device that is disposed in front of a driver in a vehicle and displays an image; and
a frame member that is disposed on a driver side of the image display device and surrounds a part of an image display region in the image display device, wherein
when displaying a new image in a surrounding of the frame member, the image display device displays the new image from an edge of the frame member in a slide-in manner.

US Pat. No. 10,245,952

SELF-BALANCING TWO-WHEELED VEHICLE

SPIN MASTER LTD., Toront...

1. A self-balancing two-wheeled vehicle, comprising:a body;
a first wheel rotatably coupled to the body;
a second wheel rotatably coupled to the body, the second wheel having at least one lateral roller rotatable about a roller axis that is one of oblique and orthogonal to a rotation axis of the second wheel;
at least one motor coupled to the second wheel to control rotation of the second wheel and the at least one lateral roller;
at least one sensor coupled to the body to generate orientation data therefor;
a control module coupled to the at least one sensor and the at least one motor to control operation thereof at least partially based on the orientation data generated by the at least one sensor; and
a receiver coupled to the control module to communicate operational commands received from a remote control unit to the control module, the remote control unit having a set of user controls and communicating the operational commands generated by actuation of the user controls,
wherein the control module at least partially controls the at least one motor at least partially based on the operational commands to maintain a center-of-gravity of the self-balancing two-wheeled vehicle over an area of contact of the first wheel and the second wheel with a travel surface, and
wherein the first wheel is pivotable relative to the body, and wherein pivoting of the first wheel is controlled by the control module at least partially based on the operational commands received from the remote control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,245,950

CONTROL DEVICE OF VEHICULAR FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control device for a four-wheel drive system of a vehicle,the four-wheel drive system including
a transfer case configured to distribute a part of drive power generated from a drive source to left and right secondary drive wheels,
a differential mechanism coupled to the left and right secondary drive wheels,
a propeller shaft that transmits power delivered from the transfer case, to the differential mechanism,
a first meshing clutch provided in the transfer case, the first meshing clutch being configured to selectively permit and inhibit power transmission between the drive source and the propeller shaft, and
a second meshing clutch configured to selectively permit and inhibit power transmission between the propeller shaft and the differential mechanism,
the differential mechanism including a pair of control couplings configured to adjust transmission torque transmitted to the left and right secondary drive wheels,
one of the first meshing clutch and the second meshing clutch including a synchro mechanism,
the control device comprising
an electronic control unit configured to, when the four-wheel drive system is switched from a two-wheel drive state in which the first meshing clutch and the second meshing clutch are released to a four-wheel drive state in which the first meshing clutch and the second meshing clutch are engaged during turning,
synchronize rotation of the one of the first meshing clutch and the second meshing clutch including the synchro mechanism, by means of the synchro mechanism, and
synchronize rotation of the other of the first meshing clutch and the second meshing clutch, by controlling coupling torque of one of the pair of control couplings which transmits power to one of the left and right secondary drive wheels which provides an outer wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,245,947

VEHICLE INCLUDING A SHIFTABLE TRANSMISSION WITH OPERATION LEVER

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A vehicle comprising:two seats juxtaposed in a right-left direction of the vehicle;
an engine including at least a portion located between the two seats in a plan view of the vehicle;
a continuously variable transmission located to a side of the engine with at least a portion thereof located below one of the two seats in the plan view and to which a rotational power from the engine is transmitted;
a shiftable transmission located on a same side as the engine in the right-left direction with respect to the continuously variable transmission and to which a rotational power from the continuously variable transmission is transmitted;
a transmission that transmits the rotational power from the shiftable transmission to a vehicle wheel;
a switching lever on a same side as the continuously variable transmission with respect to a center of the shiftable transmission in the right-left direction, and that inputs a shifting operation force into the shiftable transmission;
a shift rod linked to the switching lever; and
an operation lever operated by a driver seated on the seat to shift the shiftable transmission, and linked to the shift rod.

US Pat. No. 10,245,946

PLATFORM HEAVY DUTY TRANSFER CASE

MAGNA POWERTRAIN OF AMERI...

1. A transfer case for use in a motor vehicle having a powertrain and front and rear drivelines, the transfer case comprising:a mainshaft adapted to receive drive torque from the powertrain;
a rear output shaft adapted to be connected to the rear driveline;
a front output shaft adapted to be connected to the front driveline;
a transfer mechanism having a first transfer component rotatably supported on said mainshaft and a second transfer component rotatably supported on said front output shaft, said first and second transfer components being drivingly interconnected for common rotation;
a mode clutch operable in a first mode to disconnect said first transfer component from said mainshaft and in a second mode to connect said first transfer component to said mainshaft;
a mode actuator for controlling shifting of said mode clutch between its first and second modes;
a rear planetary gearset having a first component driven directly by said mainshaft and a second component driven at a reduced speed relative to said mainshaft;
a rear range collar drivingly connected to said rear output shaft and moveable between first and second range positions relative to said rear planetary gearset, said rear range collar operable in its first range position to establish a drive connection between said first component of said rear planetary gearset and said rear output shaft and is further operable in its second range position to establish a drive connection between said second component of said rear planetary gearset and said rear output shaft;
a front planetary gearset having a first component driven directly by said second transfer component and a second component driven at a reduced speed relative to said second transfer component;
a front range collar drivingly connected to said front output shaft and moveable between first and second range positions relative to said front planetary gearset, said first range collar operable in its first range position to establish a drive connection between said first component of said front planetary gearset and said front output shaft and is further operable in its second range position to establish a drive connection between said second component of said front planetary gearset and said front output shaft; and
a range actuator operable for controlling coordinated movement of said rear range collar and said front range collar between their respective first and second range positions.

US Pat. No. 10,245,943

FILLER LID STRUCTURE

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

1. A filler lid structure comprising:a base member having an opening portion communicating with a supply port;
a lid having a distal end as one end and a proximal end opposite to the distal end as another end and configured to shift between a closing position at which the lid covers the opening portion and an opening position at which the lid opens the opening portion; and
a link including a first link member and a second link member and connecting the base member to the lid, wherein
the first link member has a first support portion supported on the base member and a second support portion supported on the lid, is swingable relative to the base member about the first support portion, and is swingable relative to the lid about the second support portion, the distal end of the lid being distal to the second support portion and the proximal end of the lid being closer than the distal end to the second support portion,
the second link member has a third support portion supported on the base member and a fourth support portion supported on the lid, is swingable relative to the base member about the third support portion, and is swingable relative to the lid about the fourth support portion,
the second support portion is located at the proximal end side of the lid with respect to the fourth support portion,
the third support portion and the first support portion are located at the same position,
at the opening position, a distance in an outer-inner direction between the distal end of the lid and the base member is larger than a distance in the outer-inner direction between the proximal end of the lid and the base member,
when the lid shifts from the closing position to the opening position, the first link member swings about the first support portion in a direction in which the second support portion is moved away from the base member, and
a distance between a base support point at which the base member supports the third support portion and an end support point at which the lid supports the fourth support portion changes when the lid shifts from the closing position to the opening position.

US Pat. No. 10,245,942

OPERATING MEDIUM TANK ARRANGEMENT FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. An operating medium tank arrangement for a motor vehicle, comprising:an operating medium tank;
a filling tube for refueling the operating medium tank, said filling tube being fluidly connected on one side to the operating medium tank and on the other side has an insertion opening for receiving a refueling device;
a guide insert arranged in the filling tube for guiding the refueling device; and
a liquid separator comprising a separator chamber which is divided into a first sub-chamber and a second sub-chamber, said first sub-chamber being fluidly connected to the operating medium tank via a ventilation line, said second sub-chamber being fluidly connected to a filter device, said separator chamber being fluidly connected to the filling tube for purging operating medium separated in the liquid separator into the filling tube,
said first sub-chamber and said second sub-chamber being fluidly connected with each other via a labyrinth separator which is formed by the liquid separator and the filling tube,
wherein the separator chamber is formed in a separator housing of the liquid separator, said first sub-chamber being separated from the second sub-chamber by at least one separating web arranged in the separator housing,
wherein the at least one separating web traverses the entire separator housing.

US Pat. No. 10,245,941

VENT VALVE

1. A vent valve to control internal tank pressure of a fuel tank, comprising:at least one valve housing having at least one first connection configured to provide fluid communication with the fuel tank and at least one second connection configured to provide fluid communication with a fuel vapour filter,
at least one valve element seated by at least one of gravitational force and spring force in a valve seat in a position which completely closes the first connection,
wherein the vent valve is operable such that, when a pressure from the fuel tank rises above a threshold pressure, the valve element is unseatable from the valve seat and, when the pressure from the fuel tank lowers below the threshold pressure, the valve element is returnable to the seated position,
wherein the valve element is arranged to move within a valve element guide,
wherein the valve element and the valve element guide are configured to permit a gap flow between the valve element and the valve element guide,
wherein the valve element has at least one first relief opening, which forms a bypass for said gap flow, and
wherein the first relief opening is arranged approximately at a level of the valve seat or below the valve seat in relation to the direction of flow through the valve, and
wherein the valve element has at least one second relief opening, which is closed by a nonreturn valve acting counter to a direction of closing of the vent valve.

US Pat. No. 10,245,939

GRILLE SHUTTER DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A grille shutter device comprising:a first bumper reinforcement extending in a vehicle width direction; and
a shutter mechanism that is provided with a plurality of support members extending from the first bumper reinforcement in a direction intersecting with the vehicle width direction, is supported by the plurality of support members, and regulates a flow rate of air which flows into an engine room from a grille, wherein
the shutter mechanism includes a movable fin that is rotatably supported by the plurality of support members,
the movable fin has a distal portion provided with a seal member that is elastically deformable, and
a distance from a rotary shaft of the movable fin to a distal end of the seal member attached to the movable fin is set to be longer than a distance from the rotary shaft of the movable fin to the first bumper reinforcement, and a distance from the rotary shaft of the movable fin to the distal portion of the movable fin not including the seal member is set to be shorter than a distance from the rotary shaft of the movable fin to the first bumper reinforcement.

US Pat. No. 10,245,938

ASSEMBLY OF AN AIR GUIDE TO A STRUCTURAL ELEMENT OF A MOTOR VEHICLE, AND CORRESPONDING VEHICLE

RENAULT s.a.s., Boulogne...

1. An assembly comprising:an air guide on a structural component of a motor vehicle; and
at least two fastening means of the air guide to the structural component, said fastening means being disposed on lateral edges of said air guide and of the structural component, each fastening means comprising a first fastening component integral with the air guide and a second fastening component integral with the structural component, the first and second fastening components being formed to work together in a same fastening direction,
wherein the fastening means project laterally from a frame defined by the lateral edges of the structural component in a direction substantially perpendicular to the fastening direction,
wherein the first fastening component is joined to the air guide by retaining means formed to break following an impact in a direction substantially parallel to the fastening direction, and
wherein the lateral edges of the air guide exhibit guide parts situated substantially opposite second fastening components, each guide part being formed to guide a lateral edge of the structural component supporting a second fastening component inside the air guide following a breakage of the retaining means of the first fastening component working together with said second fastening component, the breakage resulting in a movement of the air guide towards the structural component in a direction substantially parallel to the fastening direction.

US Pat. No. 10,245,935

MOBILE PLATFORM FOR MATERIALS TRANSPORT

1. A mobile platform comprising:a chassis comprising a first end, a second end distal the first end, and opposite sides extending there between;
a drive system comprising a differential drive motor pair configured to drive a respective pair of central wheels;
a pair of suspension devices located on the opposite sides, each comprising:
a respective rocker beam, pivotally connected to a respective side, and extending from about a centre of the chassis to about the first end, and being one of a pair of rocker beams;
the pair of central wheels comprising, for each of the pair of suspension devices, a respective central wheel connected to the rocker beam at about the centre, and being one of a pair of central wheels; and,
a respective first end wheel connected to the rocker beam at about the first end, and being one of a pair of first end wheels; and,
one or more second end wheels located at the second end,
each of the pair of rocker beams configured to rotate between at least: a first position, the pair of central wheels extending outwards from a bottom portion of the chassis in the first position, such that the chassis rolls using at least the pair of central wheels; and, a second position, the pair of central wheels retracting towards the bottom portion in the second position, such that the chassis rolls using the pair of first end wheels, and the one or more second end wheels without the pair of central wheels.