US Pat. No. 10,363,989

DUAL PURPOSE CYCLE

CHERUB CYCLE ENTERPRISE C...

1. A dual purpose cycle comprising:a frame unit;
a wheel unit including a front wheel rotatably mounted to said frame unit;
a hub unit surrounding an axis, extending through said front wheel, and including opposite mounting portions that are respectively disposed at two opposite sides of said front wheel, each of said mounting portions having
an end surface that faces oppositely of said front wheel, and
an engaging groove that is indented from said end surface along the axis, and that has a non-circular cross-section; and
two crank arm units, each of which includes an engaging member having a non-circular cross-section and removably and engagingly inserted into said engaging groove of a respective one of said mounting portions;
wherein each of said mounting portions of said hub unit further has an outer surface extending around said engaging groove, and an external thread formed on said outer surface and proximate to said end surface, and
each of said crank arm units further includes a nut rotatably disposed around said engaging member, having an internal thread, and engaging removably said external thread of a respective one of said mounting portions;
wherein said hub unit further includes a hollow axle extending through said front wheel,
said mounting portions of said hub unit are respectively and fittingly inserted into two opposite end portions of said hollow axle, and
said end surface and said external thread of each of said mounting portions are exposed from a respective one of said end portions;
wherein each of said crank arm units further includes a main arm portion, a hub connecting portion bent from said main arm portion to connect a respective one of said mounting portions, and a pedal connecting portion bent from said main arm portion and opposite to said hub connecting portion,
said engaging member is configured as a non-circular tube that fittingly sleeves around said hub connecting portion, and
said nut is configured as a cap nut that is disposed around said hub connecting portion, that is in abutment with said end surface of a respective one of the mounting portions, and that is in threaded engagement with said external thread of the respective one of said mounting portions.

US Pat. No. 10,363,988

REAR SUSPENSION SYSTEM FOR BICYCLES

668598 B.C. LTD., Burnab...

1. A bicycle having a rear wheel, said bicycle comprising:(a) a frame orientable in a vertical plane, said frame comprising a top tube, a down tube having a bottom bracket at a bottom end thereof for receiving a pedal assembly, and a seat tube coupled to said top tube and configured for receiving a seat post within an upper portion of said seat tube;
(b) a rear suspension for pivotably coupling said rear wheel to said frame;
(c) a rear shock absorber mounted on said frame; and
(d) a linkage pivotably mounted on said frame for coupling said rear suspension to said shock absorber for controlling the wheel path of said rear wheel,
wherein said upper portion of said seat tube comprises a linear tubular sleeve having an opening at an uppermost end thereof for receiving said seat post and wherein at least said upper portion of said seat tube has a longitudinal axis coaxial with said sleeve that intersects said down tube at a location spaced forwardly and upwardly from said bottom bracket,
wherein said upper portion of said seat tube configured to receive said seat post is of a sufficient length to enable at least 4 or more inches of adjustment of said seat post within said seat tube along said longitudinal axis to adjust the position of a seat saddle mounted on said seat post,
wherein said longitudinal axis of said seat tube extends at an angle within the range of 50-75° relative to a horizontal plane passing through said bottom bracket perpendicular to said vertical plane, and
wherein said longitudinal axis extends tangentially relative to the most forwardly intrusive position of said rear wheel and said rear suspension when said rear suspension is under full compression.

US Pat. No. 10,363,986

ELECTRICAL BICYCLE OPERATING SYSTEM

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. An electrical bicycle operating system comprising:a first switch configured to generate a first signal;
a second switch configured to generate a second signal; and
a controller configured to generate a third signal different from the first signal and the second signal in response to a concurrent operation of the first switch and the second switch, the controller being configured to generate a fourth signal different from the third signal in response to a release of the first switch in a state where the second switch is operated continuously after the concurrent operation.

US Pat. No. 10,363,985

HOLDER

Abus August Bremicker Soh...

1. A holder for a two-wheeler accessory, comprisinga base body that defines a contact surface which the two-wheeler accessory contacts when it is received in the holder; and
one or more pivot clips that each comprise a holding limb and a lever limb and that are pivotable about a pivot axis beyond a dead center position, in which the lever limb extends substantially in parallel to the contact surface, between a release position and a securing position to allow a reception of the two-wheeler accessory in the holder or a removal of the two-wheeler accessory from the holder in the release position and to block the two-wheeler accessory against a removal from the holder in the securing position when said two-wheeler accessory is received in the holder, and
a spring apparatus that acts on the respective lever limb and that is configured to preload the respective pivot clip into the release position at one side of the dead center position and into the securing position at the other side of the dead center position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,982

BICYCLE SEAT BAG ATTACHMENT SYSTEM

Revelate Designs LLC, An...

1. A bicycle seat-mountable storage system, comprising:a storage bag;
a rigid mounting base attached to the storage bag and including one or more elongate hollow retaining sleeves;
a clamp apparatus including:
a fixed member having a proximal side defining a long axis and shaped to rest against a pair of bicycle saddle rails in a stable configuration when compressed against the rails, and a distal side including a pair of protrusions extending away from the proximal side with an aperture formed in each protrusion, wherein the apertures are aligned with each other and collectively define an axis parallel to the long axis of the proximal side;
a pair of cantilever arms which are rotatable between a mounting position in which the cantilever arms are configured to fit between the saddle rails and a clamping position in which the cantilever arms are configured to overlap the saddle rails, and
one or more adjustment members configured to adjust a distance between the cantilever arms and the fixed member and thereby to selectively clamp the saddle rails between the cantilever arms and the fixed member; and
an elongate rigid pin configured to be passed through the apertures of the fixed member and one of the retaining sleeves of the mounting base, thereby attaching the storage bag to the clamp apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,363,981

HEAT-REFLECTING AND WARMING SEAT COVER

1. A seat cover, comprising:a body having a lip extending from a perimeter of an exterior side of the body, thereby forming an open lower end, wherein the open lower end is configured to receive a seat therein;
wherein the exterior side comprises a reflective material configured to reflect heat;
a heating element attached to an interior side of the seat cover, wherein the heating element is configured to increase a temperature of the exterior side and comprises a heating strip that extends between a front end and a rear end of the body;
wherein the lip is adjustable for maintaining the seat cover in a secured configuration over the seat;
a fastener disposed on the lip, the fastener configured to removably secure the seat cover to the seat; and
a battery-operated casing attached to an internal power source.

US Pat. No. 10,363,980

BICYCLE CONTROLLING DEVICE

TIEN HSIN INDUSTRIES CO.,...

1. A bicycle controlling device, comprising:a height adjusting assembly, comprising an outer tube, an inner tube and a switch, wherein the inner tube is inserted into the outer tube; the switch can be switched between a first state and a second state; the inner tube is movably correspond to the outer tube at the first state, while the inner tube is not movably correspond to the outer tube at the second state;
a lifting controller, comprising a lifting operation interface and a first wireless communication unit, wherein the lifting operation interface is operated by a user to generate a lifting control signal, and the lifting control signal is emitted by the first wireless communication unit;
a shifting controller, comprising a shifting operation interface and a second wireless communication unit, wherein the shifting operation interface is operated by the user to generate a shifting control signal, and the shifting control signal is emitted by the second wireless communication unit;
an electric rear derailleur, comprising a movable portion, a chain shifter connected to the movable portion, and a first motor, wherein the first motor is adapted to drive the movable portion to move the chain shifter between a plurality of positions; and
a seat height controller, comprising a wireless signal receiver, a control circuit, and a second motor; wherein the second motor is connected to the switch of the height adjusting assembly with a mechanical driving relation which drives the switch to adjust between the first state and the second state;
wherein, the wireless signal receiver is electrically connected to the control circuit, and the control circuit is electrically connected with the first motor and the second motor; and the control circuit is adapted to receive and transmit a control signal generated by the first wireless communication unit or the second wireless communication unit, and correspondingly control an operation of the first motor or the second motor.

US Pat. No. 10,363,979

GROUP OF MOTOR VEHICLES

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A group of motor vehicles, comprising:at least two front-end modules with different spacings of engine mounts;
at least two passenger cell modules with different spacings of front seats, wherein
the at least two front-end modules and the at least two passenger cell modules are combinable such that at least two groups of motor vehicles of different vehicle classes are producable, each group having at least one of said modules constructed as a common component.

US Pat. No. 10,363,977

HEIGHT-ADJUSTABLE SPARE TIRE CARRIERS HAVING CHEBYSHEV LINKAGES

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a spare tire carrier to be coupled to a vehicle, the spare tire carrier including a Chebyshev linkage, the Chebyshev linkage including:
a post having a first end and a second end located opposite the first end of the post, the post to be coupled to the vehicle;
a first link having a first end and a second end located opposite the first end of the first link;
a second link having a first end and a second end located opposite the first end of the second link; and
a third link having a first end and a second end located opposite the first end of the third link, the third link including an output shaft to carry a spare tire of the vehicle, the output shaft being movable between a raised position and a lowered position relative to an underlying ground surface on which the vehicle is positioned;
wherein the first end of the first link is rotatably coupled to the first end of the post, the second end of the first link is rotatably coupled to the first end of the third link, the first end of the second link is rotatably coupled to the second end of the post, and the second end of the second link is rotatably coupled to the second end of the third link.

US Pat. No. 10,363,976

VEHICLE AERODYNAMIC APPARATUS

Jaguar Land Rover Limited...

1. A vehicle comprising:a first lateral vehicle underbody diffuser disposed on a first side of the vehicle; and
a second lateral vehicle underbody diffuser disposed on a second side of the vehicle;
the first and second lateral diffusers being movable from a retracted position to at least a first deployed position, wherein said first and second lateral vehicle underbody diffusers are each configured to be displaced downwardly into a wheel wake behind a respective rear wheel of the vehicle as they move from said retracted position to said deployed position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,974

CONTAINER APPARATUS INCLUDING A SANDWICH STRUCTURE

Celltech Metals Inc., Se...

1. A transportation container apparatus comprising:at least one core sheet including alternating peaks and valleys, raised ridges spanning between adjacent of the peaks, top lands of the peaks being larger than the ridges;
outer sheets attached to and sandwiching the at least one core sheet therebetween, the outer sheets spanning across the peaks and valleys of the at least one core sheet;
a connector attached to and located at least partially between the outer sheets, the connector being elongated to extend at least a majority of a width or length of the outer sheets;
a trailer floor attached on top of an uppermost one of the outer sheets; and
a fastener securing the floor to the uppermost outer sheet, the uppermost outer sheet being metal.

US Pat. No. 10,363,973

VEHICLE FRAMEWORK STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle framework structure comprising:a tunnel disposed in a central part of a floor panel of a vehicle in a vehicle width direction so as to extend in a vehicle front-rear direction;
a pair of rockers disposed on respective outer sides of the floor panel in the vehicle width direction so as to extend in the vehicle front-rear direction;
a floor cross structure connected to a rear end of the tunnel and disposed along the vehicle width direction; and
a floor frame disposed between one of the rockers and the tunnel along the vehicle front-rear direction, a front end of the floor frame in the vehicle front-rear direction being connected to a front side structure provided in a vehicle front part so as to be disposed between the one of the rockers and the tunnel in the vehicle width direction and to extend along the vehicle front-rear direction, and a rear end of the floor frame in the vehicle front-rear direction being connected to the one of the rockers and the floor cross structure,
a rear side structure disposed on an outer side of a vehicle rear part in the vehicle width direction, the rear side structure extending in the vehicle front-rear direction, wherein a front part of the rear side structure in the vehicle front-rear direction and a rear part of the floor frame in the vehicle front-rear direction are placed at a same position in the vehicle width direction,
the floor frame and the rear side structure is connected to the one of the rockers, the floor frame and the rear side structure are connected to each other, and the floor cross structure is connected to this connection portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,972

VEHICLE REINFORCING MEMBER AND VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A vehicle reinforcing member for a vehicle body of a vehicle, the vehicle reinforcing member comprising:a cylinder;
a first piston that sections an inside of the cylinder into a gas chamber and a main liquid chamber and is movable in an axial direction in the cylinder;
a second piston that sections the main liquid chamber into a first sub-liquid chamber and a second sub-liquid chamber and is movable in the axial direction in the cylinder;
a piston rod coupled to the second piston and extending to an outside of the cylinder through the second sub-liquid chamber; and
an adjuster that adjusts a moving load through the second piston in the main liquid chamber; wherein
gas is sealed in the gas chamber, and liquid is sealed in the first and second sub-liquid chambers;
the piston rod is coupled to a first one of two locations on the vehicle body;
the cylinder is coupled to a second one of the two locations on the vehicle body;
at least one of the second piston and the piston rod includes a communication path that connects the first sub-liquid chamber to the second sub-liquid chamber;
the adjuster adjusts the moving load by adjusting a moving amount of liquid in the communication path;
the adjuster adjusts the moving amount of the liquid in the communication path by changing a cross sectional area through which the liquid passes in the communication path;
the adjuster includes:
a moving member including an insertion portion that is insertable into the communication path; and
a driver that moves the moving member;
the driver changes the cross sectional area through which the liquid passes in the communication path by moving the moving member to change a relative positional relationship between the communication path and the insertion portion;
the second piston includes a through hole extending in the axial direction;
the piston rod includes:
a rod inserted into the through hole of the second piston; and
a cap nut;
a movement path of the rod extends in the axial direction, and a communication opening connects the movement path to the second sub-liquid chamber;
a first end of the rod projects into the first sub-liquid chamber;
the cap nut is attached to the first end of the rod;
a communication hole in the cap nut connects the first sub-liquid chamber to the movement path of the rod;
the moving member includes an adjusting rod movably inserted into the movement path of the rod;
a tip end of the adjusting rod is positioned inside of the cap nut as the insertion portion;
the communication path includes the communication hole of the cap nut, a clearance between an inner surface of the rod and an outer surface of the adjusting rod, and a communication opening of the rod;
the driver changes a positional relationship between the communication hole of the cap nut and the insertion portion by moving the adjusting rod relative to the rod;
the movement path of the rod and the adjusting rod respectively have circular or substantially circular cross-sections; and
the driver includes:
a first screw thread on an outer surface of the adjusting rod;
a second screw thread on an inner surface of the rod and that engages with the first screw thread; and
a rotator that rotates the adjusting rod and moves the adjusting rod in the movement path of the rod.

US Pat. No. 10,363,971

ADAPTABLE RETAINER

Ford Global Technologies,...

7. An attachment assembly, comprising:a retainer, comprising
a base;
a body extending from the base; and
an engagement platform coupled to the body by a hinge feature;
a first substrate coupled to the base of the retainer;
a fastener coupled to the engagement platform of the retainer; and
a second substrate coupled to the fastener, wherein the hinge feature comprises a living hinge.

US Pat. No. 10,363,970

VEHICLE PILLAR STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle pillar structure, comprising:a pillar outer panel that extends with a length direction substantially in a vehicle vertical direction and that configures a first part of a vehicle pillar, the vehicle pillar including a first column extending substantially along the vehicle vertical direction and a second column disposed at a predetermined spacing from the first column and extending substantially along the vehicle vertical direction;
a pillar inner panel that configures a second part of the vehicle pillar, that extends with a length direction in the substantially vehicle vertical direction, and that is provided facing the pillar outer panel; and
a weld portion at which an end in a short direction of one of the pillar outer panel or the pillar inner panel is abutted against a flat face provided at the other of the pillar outer panel or the pillar inner panel, and welded to the flat face.

US Pat. No. 10,363,969

VEHICLE UNDERSTRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle understructure comprising:a rocker molding that is disposed at a lower part of a vehicle, the rocker molding extending in a forward-rearward direction of the vehicle; and
a liner that is attached to at least one end part of the rocker molding in the forward-rearward direction of the vehicle, wherein:
the rocker molding includes a side wall part and an extending part which is plate-shaped;
the side wall part extends in the forward-rearward direction of the vehicle in a range from a wheel housing on a front side of the vehicle to a wheel housing on a rear side of the vehicle;
the extending part extends toward a vehicle width center position in a vehicle width direction of the vehicle from one end part of the side wall part in the forward-rearward direction of the vehicle, which is the one end part of the rocker molding;
the liner is attached to the extending part so as to cover a portion of an outer surface of the extending part on a vehicle width center side in the vehicle width direction;
the outer surface is a surface far from a forward-rearward center position of the vehicle out of two surfaces of the extending part in the forward-rearward direction of the vehicle;
the outer surface of the extending part includes a first protruding strip part and a second protruding strip part that protrude toward a side far from the forward-rearward center position of the vehicle;
the first protruding strip part extends along an edge of the extending part on the side far from the vehicle width center position in the vehicle width direction;
the second protruding strip part is located between on an edge of the liner on the side far from the vehicle width center position in the vehicle width direction and the first protruding strip part; and
the edge of the liner on the side far from the vehicle width center position in the vehicle width direction and an edge of the second protruding strip part of the extending part on a side near the vehicle width center position in the vehicle width direction extends in parallel.

US Pat. No. 10,363,968

ROCKER ASSEMBLY FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A rocker assembly comprising:an outer rocker panel defining a slot;
an inner rocker panel attached to the outer rocker panel;
an insert including an upper tube and a lower tube disposed between the outer rocker panel and the inner rocker panel, the upper and lower tubes extending between a front end and a rear end of the rocker assembly; and
a track assembled between the upper and lower tubes, wherein the slot provides access to the track.

US Pat. No. 10,363,967

FRONT SIDE MEMBER

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A front side member of a vehicle having a front side member body disposed at right and left sides along a width direction of the vehicle while being formed to extend along a longitudinal direction of the vehicle and having a closed cross-sectionally formed inside,wherein the closed cross-sectionally formed inside is divided by at least one rib, and wherein at least two flow paths that are not communicated with each other are formed,
wherein a coolant pipe communicating with a flow path among at least two flow paths is connected to the front side member body, and
wherein a flange is integrally or monolithically provided in a front portion of the coolant pipe and an assemble bolt is inserted to the front side member body, and the flange of the coolant pipe is inserted to the assemble bolt to be assembled to a nut.

US Pat. No. 10,363,966

VEHICLE SIDE STRUCTURE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle side structure comprising:a pillar inner member provided so as to extend toward an upper portion of a vehicle in a vehicle up-down direction; and
a pillar outer member placed opposite to an outer side of the pillar inner member the pillar outer member including
an outer wall portion having a plate shape, opposed to the pillar inner member and provided so as to extend toward the upper portion of the vehicle in the vehicle up-down direction,
a front side wall portion provided so as to extend inwardly in a vehicle width direction from an edge of the outer wall portion on a vehicle front side,
a rear side wall portion provided so as to extend inwardly in the vehicle width direction from an edge of the outer wall portion on a vehicle rear side,
a front flange portion provided so as to extend forward in a vehicle front-rear direction from an inner edge of the front side wall portion in the vehicle width direction and configured such that an inner surface of the front flange portion in the vehicle width direction is fixed to the pillar inner member, and
a rear flange portion provided so as to extend rearward in the vehicle front-rear direction from an inner edge of the rear side wall portion in the vehicle width direction and configured such that an inner surface of the rear flange portion in the vehicle width direction is fixed to the pillar inner member,
a hem portion in which the front side wall portion extends arcuately so as to be placed closer to a front side in the vehicle front-rear direction as it goes toward a lower side of the vehicle, and the rear side wall portion extends arcuately so as to be placed closer to a rear side in the vehicle front-rear direction as it goes toward the lower side, the hem portion being provided in a part of the pillar outer member on the lower side in the vehicle up-down direction,
the pillar outer member includes at least one of
a front reinforcing portion configured to reinforce a boundary between the outer wall portion and the front side wall portion, or
a rear reinforcing portion configured to reinforce a boundary between the outer wall portion and the rear side wall portion, wherein:
at least one of a condition (i) or a condition (ii) is satisfied
(i) a yield strength of the boundary between the outer wall portion and the front side wall portion with respect to a lateral load applied to the outer wall portion at a right angle from outside in the vehicle width direction is higher than a yield strength of the front side wall portion with respect to the lateral load,
(ii) a yield strength of the boundary between the outer wall portion and the rear side wall portion with respect to the lateral load is higher than a yield strength of the rear side wall portion with respect to the lateral load, and wherein:
at least one of a condition (iii) or a condition (iv) is satisfied,
(iii) the front side wall portion includes a bending region bending between the inner edge and an outer edge of the front side wall portion in the vehicle width direction, the bending region of the front side wall portion having a front outer portion placed on an outer side in the vehicle width direction relative to a first edge line of the bending region of the front side wall portion, a front inner portion placed on an inner side in the vehicle width direction relative to the first edge line, the first edge line is provided in the hem portion and the first edge line is provided between a center in the vehicle width direction and the inner edge of the front side wall portion,
(iv) the rear side wall portion includes a bending region bending between the inner edge and an outer edge of the rear side wall portion in the vehicle width direction, the bending region of the rear side wall portion having a rear outer portion placed on the outer side in the vehicle width direction relative to a second edge line of the bending region of the rear side wall portion, a rear inner portion placed on the inner side in the vehicle width direction relative to the second edge line, the second edge line is provided in the hem portion and the second edge line is provided between the center in the vehicle width direction and the inner edge of the rear side wall portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,965

MOTOR VEHICLE PROVIDED WITH A POWERTRAIN UNIT AND A SAFETY DEVICE FOR MOVING THE POWERTRAIN UNIT SIDEWAYS DURING AN IMPACT

FCA Italy S.p.A., Turin ...

1. A motor vehicle comprising:a front engine compartment;
a powertrain unit housed in said engine compartment;
at least one pair of side-members arranged along respective sides of the engine compartment and substantially parallel to an advancing longitudinal axis of the motor vehicle;
at least one of said side-members comprising:
an intermediate portion comprising a lateral wall having a hole, and
a front terminal portion;
the motor vehicle further comprising at least one safety device configured so as to move said powertrain unit sideways during an impact, towards the opposite side to that which is subject to said impact, and comprising a beam having:
a first axial end fixed with respect to said terminal portion and horizontally spaced from said terminal portion laterally towards the outside of said engine compartment, and
a second axial end fixed to said intermediate portion by fixing elements; wherein said safety device further comprises a pin, which is fixed with respect to said second axial end, is a component distinct from said fixing elements, and projects with respect to said second axial end through said hole and towards said powertrain unit.

US Pat. No. 10,363,962

SPINDLE SYSTEM FOR WHEEL ALIGNMENT CORRECTION

Compagnie Generale Des Et...

1. An apparatus for inducing a desired angular orientation of an axis of revolution of a tire mounted to an axle and accommodating change in position of brake components resulting from use of said apparatus, said apparatus comprising:a sleeve which includes an inner surface and an outer surface, an inboard end and an outboard end, said inner surface of said sleeve aligned with a surface of revolution about a first axis, said outer surface of said sleeve aligned with a surface of revolution about a second axis, said second axis positioned at a predetermined angle compared to said first axis, said outboard end possesses an at least one depression positioned on and extending radially inward past said outer surface, said sleeve possessing an at least one protrusion extending radially inward from said inner surface;
a washer which includes an outboard surface, an inboard surface, an inner surface forming an aperture, said aperture extending from said outboard surface to said inboard surface, said washer includes at least one protrusion protruding radially inward from said inner surface for engaging said at least one depression of said sleeve;
an axle spindle possessing an outer surface of revolution about a third axis, at least one depression extending radially inward past said axle spindle outer surface of revolution;
wherein when said sleeve is positioned upon said axle spindle, said sleeve protrusion engages said at least one depression of said axle spindle, preventing rotation of said sleeve about said third axis of said spindle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,959

METHOD FOR ASSISTING A MANEUVERING PROCESS OF A MOTOR VEHICLE, AND PARKING ASSISTANCE DEVICE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:during an assisted parking maneuver (APM) in which a stored plurality of values define a maneuvering trajectory followed by a vehicle during the APM, and in response to occurrence of a stuck condition, processing by a controller the values in reverse order to exit the stuck condition by returning the vehicle to a position on the maneuvering trajectory encountered prior to the stuck condition.

US Pat. No. 10,363,956

STEERING CONTROL APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A steering control apparatus that controls an assistance torque outputted by a steering assistance motor based on a steering torque applied by a driver, the steering control apparatus comprising:a basic assistance torque calculating unit that calculates, using a processor, a basic assistance torque; and
a return control unit that calculates, using the processor, a return control amount for providing assistance such that a steering wheel returns to a neutral position, as a correction torque to be added to the basic assistance torque, wherein
the return control unit includes
a driver steering correcting unit that calculates, using the processor, a correction amount outputted in relation to any calculation quantity in a calculation process for the return control amount, based on the steering torque and steering wheel position-related information, such that the return control amount is maintained or increased in response to the steering torque being applied in a returning direction towards the neutral position of the steering wheel, and the return control amount is reduced in response to the steering torque of which an absolute value is equal to or greater than a predetermined critical value being applied in a turning direction away from the neutral position of the steering wheel, the steering wheel position-related information being information of which a value at which the steering wheel is at the neutral position is zero and the value is positive or negative based on a steering wheel position in relation to the neutral position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,955

CONTROL DEVICE FOR A STEERING SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A control device for a steering system in a vehicle with electromotive servo assistance, the control device comprising:a body that includes at least two chambers and a predefined filling level, the at least two chambers sealed off from each other in a watertight fashion at least up to the predefined filling level; and
at least two sets of electronic components configured to actuate a servo motor, wherein:
each set is distributed over the at least two chambers; and
the electronic components in each set form a respective control device element.

US Pat. No. 10,363,954

HOUSING ASSEMBLY FOR AN ELECTRIC MOTOR

JOHNSON ELECTRIC INTERNAT...

1. A housing assembly comprising:a housing having an open end;
a plurality of magnets located at an inner surface of the housing, each of the plurality of magnets having a radial thickness that is greater in a circumferential middle than at either circumferential end;
a magnet holder supporting the magnets, wherein the magnet holder has a plurality of arranged pillars, which are non-magnetic and spaced from each other, and extend in an axial direction of the housing, opposite circumferential ends of each of the magnets respectively directly abut against adjacent pillars; and
a cover mounted in the magnet holder for fixing the magnets,
wherein the cover is in the form of a sheet metal roll before being assembled, having an outer radius greater than a first distance between a radially inner surface of the magnet and an axis of the housing, but smaller than a second distance between a radially innermost portion of the pillar of the magnet holder and the axis of the housing; the cover is resiliently deformed when assembled to the magnet holder and magnets, and forms a plurality of first deformed portions respectively abutting against the radially inner surfaces of the magnets to resiliently urge the magnets towards the inner surface of the housing, and a plurality of second deformed portions protruding outwardly between the magnets and abutting against the radially innermost portions of the pillars.

US Pat. No. 10,363,952

ORDER FULFILLMENT CART HAVING NESTING CAPABILITY

WALMART APOLLO, LLC, Ben...

1. An order fulfillment cart comprising:a first frame portion, the first frame portion including a first plurality of support members configured to support a first plurality of containers that are slidably removable from the order fulfillment cart;
a second frame portion positioned a distance from the first frame portion, the second frame portion including a second plurality of support members configured to support a second plurality of containers that are slidably removable from the order fulfillment cart;
a third frame portion positioned between the first frame portion and the second frame portion, wherein the third frame portion includes a third plurality of support members on a first side facing the first plurality of support members, configured to support the first plurality of containers that are slidably removable from the order fulfillment cart, and a fourth plurality of support members on an opposing second side facing the second plurality of support members, configured to support the second plurality of containers that are slidably removable from the order fulfillment cart; and
a connector having a first end that is attached to the first frame portion on a top surface of the first frame portion so that the first end of the connector overlaps a portion of a top frame member of the first frame portion, and a second end that is attached to the second frame portion on a top surface of the second frame portion so that the second end of the connector overlaps a portion of a top frame member of the second frame portion, such that the connector spans diagonally across a length of the order fulfillment cart above the top surfaces of the first frame portion and the second frame portion, wherein a first nesting area is formed between the first frame portion and the third frame portion and a second nesting area is formed between the second frame portion and the third frame portion;
wherein, when the order fulfillment cart is in a nesting position with a neighboring order fulfillment cart, the connector abuts a connector of the neighboring order fulfillment cart and frame components of the neighboring order fulfillment cart pass under the connector and reside within the first nesting area and the second nesting area.

US Pat. No. 10,363,951

CHILD RESTRAINT FOR CHILD SEAT

Safe-Strap Company, LLC, ...

1. A restraint device for restraining a child occupant of a child seat, comprising:an adjustable restraint member being located above and that extends in a same direction as a front edge of the child seat and movably positionable in a downward and upward direction respectively toward and away from the front edge;
a retaining element for retaining the restraint member in a plurality of positions along a path of movement, the retaining element being configured to permit the restraint member to move in the downward direction with an application of a first amount of force and to resist movement in the upward direction upon application of a second amount of force that is greater than the first amount of force;
a position in the plurality of positions near a top of the path of movement, the position being configured with a retaining component that resists movement of the restraint member in the downward direction with a third amount of force that is less than the second amount of force and greater than the first amount of force; and
a release mechanism coupled to the retaining element and configured to be actuated to free the restraint member from being retained at a position along the path of movement.

US Pat. No. 10,363,948

TRAIN CONTROL DEVICE, TRAIN CONTROL METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

1. A train control method that is executed by a train control device mounted on a train, the train control method comprising:detecting acceleration of the train along a rotation radius direction, when the train is turning and passing a curved section of a rail line with a cant; and
setting a passing speed of the train passing through the curved section so that the state of the train is placed in a balanced cant, based on a direction of the detected acceleration.

US Pat. No. 10,363,947

STORAGE WAGON FOR BULK MATERIAL

1. A storage wagon for bulk material comprising:a loading container having a loading end and a transfer end the loading container is mobile on on-track undercarriages
a bottom conveyor belt extending the longitudinal direction of the wagon the bottom conveyor belt having a loading end and a transfer end,
a transfer conveyor belt for passing on the stored bulk material in a conveying direction,
the transfer conveyor belt adjoining transfer end of the bottom conveyor belt and projecting beyond a front end of the wagon, and
an auxiliary conveyor belt arranged at an upper end of the loading container and extending in the longitudinal direction of the wagon,
a deflector plate arranged above the transfer end of the bottom conveyor belt and underneath a discharge end of the auxiliary conveyor belt extending perpendicularly to the longitudinal direction of the wagon,
a pivot axis disposed above the transfer end of the bottom conveyor belt;
the deflector plate is designed to be pivotable about the pivot axis relative to the loading container the deflector plate extending back towards the loading end of the bottom conveyor belt, the deflector plate for changing a deflection angle a enclosed with a conveying plane of the bottom conveyor belt wherein the bottom conveyor belt is configured for a reversal of its conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 10,363,946

HYBRID PNEUMATIC REGENERATIVE SYSTEM FOR RAILWAY VEHICLES

Harris Corporation, Melb...

1. A pneumatic regenerative system for a railway vehicle, the railway vehicle including a locomotive with a main drive mechanism, and the railway vehicle including plurality of axles that rotate when the railway vehicle is propelled along a railway, the system comprising:a plurality of pneumatic drive mechanisms, each pneumatic drive mechanism mechanically coupled to one of the plurality of axles of the railway vehicle, one of the plurality of pneumatic drive mechanisms being coupled to a one of the plurality of axles of the railway vehicle which is not mechanically driven by the main drive mechanism of the locomotive, each pneumatic drive mechanism comprising:
an accumulator that is operable to receive and store pressurized air; and
a pneumatic device operably coupled to one of the plurality of axles and the accumulator, the device operable in a first configuration, where the device is driven by rotation of the one of the plurality of axles during a braking operation of the railway vehicle to generate and store pressurized air in the accumulator, and a second configuration, where the pneumatic device receives pressurized air from the accumulator to drive rotation of the one of the plurality of axles during an acceleration operation of the railway vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,945

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A USER SITUATION AWARENESS MODIFICATION OF A USER OF A VEHICLE, AND A USER SITUATION AWARENESS MODIFICATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. An apparatus configured to control a user situation awareness modification of a user of a vehicle, the apparatus comprising:an input module configured to repeatedly receive a first event detection signal comprising information related to a detected event outside a vehicle and to repeatedly receive a first user detection signal comprising information related to a reaction or a missing reaction of a user to the detected event outside the vehicle; and
a processing module configured to determine a user situation awareness level based on the information related to the detected event outside the vehicle and the information related to the reaction of the user to the detected event, and to generate a control signal configured to control a user situation awareness modification module based on the determined user situation awareness level,
wherein the processing module is configured to determine a desired time-till-takeover based on the detected event outside the vehicle,
wherein the processing module is configured to generate the control signal to trigger the user situation awareness modification module if the determined user situation awareness level indicates that a predicted time-till-takeover is larger than the desired time-till-takeover.

US Pat. No. 10,363,944

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR EVALUATING PEDESTRIAN COLLISION RISKS AND DETERMINING DRIVER WARNING LEVELS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

10. A system for pedestrian warning in a vehicle, the system comprising:a traffic controller external to the vehicle; and
a vehicle controller receiving pedestrian information from the traffic controller external to the vehicle, the vehicle controller configured to generate a pedestrian detection warning based on evaluating the pedestrian information, the generation of the pedestrian detection warning comprising:
constructing a pedestrian zone based on pedestrian information that is received from the traffic controller external to the vehicle;
computing a vehicle trajectory that predicts a path for the vehicle;
determining a minimal distance between the pedestrian zone and the vehicle trajectory;
predicting a time to collision by computing a time for the vehicle to reach a location corresponding to the minimal distance along the vehicle trajectory; and
in response to the time to collision being below a threshold, generating a warning for an operator of the vehicle,
wherein the vehicle controller is further configured to compute a time-decay risk as:
where Ref_Safe_Distance is a predetermined parameter and CV is a time decayed confidence-value indicative of a pedestrian being present in the pedestrian zone, and wherein the vehicle controller predicts the time to collision in response to the time-decay risk being greater than a risk threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,363,943

CROSS-TRAFFIC ASSISTANCE AND CONTROL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A lane crossing assistance system for a vehicle, the system comprising:at least one object sensor;
a cross traffic guidance indicator; and
an electronic controller configured to
automatically detect a multiple lane intersection where a first crossing lane and a second crossing lane both intersect with a current lane occupied by a host vehicle, wherein vehicles operating in the first crossing lane are expected to move in a first direction and vehicles operating in the second crossing lane are expected to move in a second direction opposite the first direction;
determine, based at least in part on sensor data received from the at least one object sensor mounted on the host vehicle, whether a crossing vehicle is present in the first crossing lane and moving towards an intersection of the first crossing lane and the current lane occupied by the host vehicle;
calculate, based at least in part on the sensor data, a first lane crossing vehicle arrival time indicative of an amount of time until the crossing vehicle in the first crossing lane will reach the intersection;
calculate a first lane crossing time indicative of an amount of time required for the host vehicle to move through the intersection across the first crossing lane;
determine, based at least in part on sensor data received from the at least one object sensor, whether a crossing vehicle is present in the second crossing lane and moving towards the multiple lane intersection;
calculated, based at least in part on the sensor data, a second lane crossing vehicle arrival time indicative of an amount of time until the crossing vehicle in the second crossing lane with reach the intersection;
calculate a second lane crossing time indicative of an amount of time required for the host vehicle to move through the intersection across the second crossing lane;
transmit an activation signal to the cross traffic guidance indicator in response to determining both that a crossing vehicle is present in the first crossing lane and that the first lane crossing time is greater than the first lane crossing vehicle arrival time; and
transmit the activation signal to the cross traffic guidance indicator in response to determining both that a crossing vehicle is present in the second crossing lane and that the second lane crossing time is greater than the second lane crossing vehicle arrival time,
wherein the cross traffic guidance indicator is configured to produce, in response to receiving the activation signal, an indication perceivable by a driver of the host vehicle that the intersection cannot be crossed by the host vehicle under current conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,363,940

VEHICLE POSITION ATTITUDE-ANGLE ESTIMATION DEVICE AND VEHICLE POSITION ATTITUDE-ANGLE ESTIMATION METHOD

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A vehicle position attitude-angle estimation device which sets an existent distribution range to a predetermined range by using a particle filter and disperses particles, which represent predicted positions and candidate attitude angles of a vehicle, within the existent distribution range to estimate a position and attitude angle of a vehicle from an image capturing surroundings of the vehicle by a camera mounted on the vehicle which has front wheels and rear wheels, advances in a front-rear direction and corners in a vehicle width direction, comprising:a vehicle-speed detection unit configured to detect a speed of the vehicle; and
a particle-existent-distribution-range setting unit configured to widen the existent distribution range in a vehicle width direction of the vehicle when the speed of the vehicle detected by the vehicle-speed detection unit exceeds a speed threshold,
wherein the speed of the vehicle exceeding the speed threshold gives a sideslip angle to wheels of the vehicle producing a motion on the vehicle in the vehicle width direction, and the particle-existent-distribution-range setting unit widens the existent distribution range in the vehicle width direction is in response to the sideslip angle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,939

VEHICLE REFERENCE VELOCITY ESTIMATION APPARATUS AND METHOD

Jaguar Land Rover Limited...

1. An apparatus for estimating confidence in a vehicle reference velocity, the apparatus comprising:a controller comprising an electronic processor having an electrical input for receiving at least one vehicle operating parameter;
an electronic memory device electrically coupled to the electronic processor and having instructions stored therein;
wherein the electronic processor is configured to access the memory device and execute the instructions stored therein such that it is operable to:
monitor the at least one vehicle operating parameter;
determine a rate of change of the at least one vehicle operating parameter; and
calculate a confidence value representing the confidence in the vehicle reference velocity, the confidence value being calculated in dependence on the determined rate of change of the at least one vehicle operating parameter; and
output the confidence value to a vehicle dynamics controller.

US Pat. No. 10,363,938

AUTHENTICATION USING ELECTROMAGNET SIGNAL DETECTION

NIO USA, Inc., San Jose,...

1. A vehicle, comprising:at least one motor being configured for selective mechanical coupling with at least one drive wheel of the vehicle; and
a motor controller that provides a motor control signal to the at least one motor or an electrical component connected to the at least one motor, wherein the motor controller further utilizes the at least one motor to transmit an electromagnetic signal to a receiver system, and wherein the motor controller comprises a motor speed controller that selectively adjusts a rotational speed of the at least one motor thereby causing the at least one motor to emit the electromagnetic signal at a predetermined frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,363,936

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD

MANDO CORPORATION, Gyeon...

1. A vehicle control method comprising:measuring, by a sensor, a first vehicle speed;
calculating a relative vehicle speed of an image captured by a camera with respect to a vehicle;
calculating an error rate of the measured first vehicle speed and the calculated relative vehicle speed; and
correcting a vehicle speed of the vehicle by calculating a second vehicle speed based on the error rate of the measured first vehicle speed and the calculated relative vehicle speed.

US Pat. No. 10,363,935

METHOD FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE HAVING A MANUAL TRANSMISSION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of vehicle operation comprising:providing a manual transmission having an idling position, a clutch, and a service brake activated by a brake pedal;
depressing the brake pedal and activating the service brake to bring the vehicle to a stationary state;
stopping engine operation when the vehicle reaches the stationary state, the idling position of the manual transmission is engaged, and the clutch is engaged;
starting engine operation after releasing the brake pedal; and,
generating a brake pressure for a predefined time period starting when releasing the brake pedal.

US Pat. No. 10,363,934

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR STARTING AN ENGINE USING A HYDRAULIC HYBRID DRIVETRAIN

Dana Italia S.R.L., Arco...

1. A series hydraulic hybrid driveline for a vehicle, comprising:a hydraulic circuit comprising a first hydraulic displacement unit in fluid communication with a second hydraulic displacement unit, the first hydraulic displacement unit having a variable hydraulic displacement and the first hydraulic displacement unit being drivingly engaged with an internal combustion engine;
a hydraulic accumulator assembly selectively fluidly connected to the hydraulic circuit, the hydraulic accumulator assembly comprising a high pressure hydraulic accumulator and a low pressure hydraulic accumulator; and
a hydraulic actuator adapted to control the hydraulic displacement of the first hydraulic displacement unit, the hydraulic actuator being in fluid communication with the hydraulic accumulator assembly and with the hydraulic circuit;
wherein the hydraulic actuator is in fluid communication with the hydraulic accumulator assembly and with the hydraulic circuit through a pilot pressure portion, the pilot pressure portion comprising shuttle valves adapted to select a greatest hydraulic pressure between a greatest hydraulic pressure in the hydraulic circuit and a greatest hydraulic pressure in the hydraulic accumulator assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,363,933

SMART DRIVER PRESENCE STRATEGY FOR POLICE AND COMMERCIAL VEHICLES TO INCREASE AUTO-STOP ENGINE AVAILABILITY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of controlling a vehicle, comprising:responsive to an engine being auto-stopped and a signal indicating a driver exiting the vehicle, securing traction wheels against rotation, modifying a convenience feature power consumption from a first state to a decreased second state, and maintaining the engine in an auto-stopped condition; and
responsive to a signal indicating the driver returning to the vehicle, returning the convenience feature power consumption to the first state.

US Pat. No. 10,363,932

SSC-SCC SYSTEM FOR INCREASING SSC DISTANCE USING SSC AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for controlling a Start/Stop Coasting (SSC)-Smart Cruise Control (SCC) system for increasing a SSC distance using SCC, comprising:determining, by a controller, whether a vehicle in operation satisfies a preset SSC entry condition;
entering, by the controller, a SSC mode or maintaining a SSC entry state, when the vehicle satisfies the preset SSC entry condition;
measuring, by the controller, a distance from a preceding vehicle using a sensor after the entering of the SSC mode or the maintaining of the SSC entry state;
determining, by the controller, whether the measured distance is equal to or less than a preset reference distance; and
performing, by the controller, SCC braking in response to determining that the measured distance is equal to or less than the preset reference distance, while maintaining the SSC entry state,
wherein the performing of the SCC braking includes operating a brake or maintaining an operation state of the brake, in a state where an engine is stopped and a clutch is released.

US Pat. No. 10,363,930

METHOD OF SPEED CONTROL FOR A VEHICLE

Jaguar Land Rover Limited...

1. A method of automatically controlling a speed of a vehicle to maintain a control speed, said method comprising:detecting a plurality of off-road conditions of the vehicle;
determining a maximum-speed control speed appropriate to each of the detected off-road conditions; and
automatically setting a maximum-speed control speed appropriate to the detected off-road condition corresponding to a minimum of the determined maximum speed control speeds appropriate to each of the detected off-road conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,363,929

VEHICLE AUTOMATIC TRAVEL CONTROL DEVICE AND VEHICLE AUTOMATIC TRAVEL METHOD

ISUZU MOTORS LIMITED, To...

1. A vehicle automatic travel control device provided on a vehicle having an internal combustion engine and controlling the vehicle to automatically travel in a short section, in which a horizontal distance from a start point to an end point in front of the vehicle is preset, while maintaining a speed of the vehicle within a speed range which is faster than a lower limit speed set to be slower than a preset target speed and is slower than an upper limit speed set to be faster than the target speed, the vehicle automatic travel control device comprising:a memory; and
a processor coupled to the memory, the processor configured to execute instructions stored in the memory to:
calculate an end point speed, which is a vehicle speed at the end point in a case where it is assumed that the vehicle is controlled to perform inertial travel in the short section, based on a relationship between potential energy and kinetic energy of the vehicle at the start point, potential energy and kinetic energy of the vehicle at the end point and loss energy of the vehicle to be lost from the start point to the end point or an acceleration of the vehicle in the short section;
determine whether the calculated end point speed falls within the speed range,
wherein the vehicle is controlled to perform the inertial travel in the short section in a case where the end point speed falls within the speed range;
calculate a balanced slope at which an air resistance force, a rolling resistance force, and a slope resistance force, which are to be applied to the vehicle in a case where it is assumed that the vehicle is controlled to perform the inertial travel in the short section, are balanced; and
determine whether an absolute value of a negative slope of the short section of a descending road is smaller than an absolute value of the balanced slope,
wherein, in a case where it is determined that the absolute value of the slope is smaller than the absolute value of the balanced slope, control of approximating the lower limit speed to the target speed is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,363,928

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

1. A vehicle control system mounted on a vehicle, the system being configured to;detect an object external to the vehicle,
determine a speed distribution area extending at least in a lateral area of the object in a travelling direction of the vehicle and defining a distribution of an allowable upper limit of a relative speed of the vehicle with respect to the object in the travelling direction of the vehicle, and
execute an avoidance control for restricting the relative speed of the vehicle with respect to the object so that the relative speed does not exceed the allowable upper limit in the speed distribution area.

US Pat. No. 10,363,927

SPEED CHANGE CONTROL APPARATUS FOR WORK VEHICLE

1. A speed change control apparatus for a work vehicle, the speed change control apparatus comprising:a hydraulic continuously variable speed transmission that performs speed change on power that is input from an engine by changing a trunnion shaft angle based on a depressing amount of a speed change pedal and outputs the power;
a pedal position detector that detects a pedal position responsive to the depressing amount of the speed change pedal; and
a control unit that controls a number of revolutions of the engine and the trunnion shaft angle of the hydraulic continuously variable speed transmission based on the pedal position detected by the pedal position detector, wherein
the pedal position includes a first pedal position and a second pedal position that corresponds to a second depressing amount of the speed change pedal that is less than a first depressing amount of the speed change pedal that corresponds to the first pedal position, and
the control unit performs control so that
at a pedal position between the first pedal position and the second pedal position, a vehicle speed of the work vehicle changes linearly, and
at a pedal position between a release position of the speed change pedal and the second pedal position, a change rate of the vehicle speed of the work vehicle is non-linear such that it decreases with decreasing the depressing amount of the speed change pedal and increases with increasing the depressing amount.

US Pat. No. 10,363,924

CONTROL DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control device for a vehicle, the vehicle includingan engine,
a rotating electric machine, the vehicle configured to travel using power of at least one of the engine and the rotating electric machine,
an automatic transmission including an input shaft connected to the engine and the rotating electric machine,
a collision detection sensor configured to detect whether or not a collision of the vehicle occurs, and
a first clutch provided between the rotating electric machine and the input shaft, the first clutch being configured to switch a connection state of the rotating electric machine and the input shaft between an engagement state and a release state,
the control device comprising
an electronic control unit configured to
(i) execute a first engagement switching control, the first engagement switching control being control for switching the first clutch from the release state to the engagement state when the occurrence of the collision of the vehicle is detected by the collision detection sensor, the first clutch is in the release state, and a rotation speed of the rotating electric machine is equal to or higher than a rotation speed of the input shaft, and
(ii) execute a release maintenance control, the release maintenance control being control for maintaining the first clutch in the release state when the occurrence of the collision of the vehicle is detected by the collision detection sensor, the first clutch is in the release state, and the rotation speed of the rotating electric machine is lower than the rotation speed of the input shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,363,923

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

Bendix Commercial Vehicle...

1. A hybrid electric arrangement for an internal combustion engine, comprising:a motor-generator;
a torque transfer segment having a motor-generator end configured to receive the motor-generator and transfer torque between the motor-generator end and a coupling end of the torque transfer segment; and
an integrated switchable coupling configured to be co-axially located between the coupling end of the torque transfer segment and a front end of an engine crankshaft,
wherein the integrated switchable coupling includes an engine-side portion including a crankshaft vibration damper portion configured to be coupled to the engine crankshaft, a drive-side portion configured to be coupled to the torque transfer segment coupling end and to drive at least one engine accessory drive coupled to the drive-side portion, and a clutch arranged between the engine-side portion and the drive-side portion, the clutch being configured to selectively engage the engine-side portion with the drive-side portion,
the drive-side portion concentrically surrounds at least a portion of the clutch along a coupling rotation axis, and
a rotation axis of the motor-generator is parallel to and laterally offset from the coupling rotation axis.

US Pat. No. 10,363,921

CLUNK MITIGATION TECHNIQUES FOR PEDAL TIP-IN AND TIP-OUT EVENTS

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A control system for a vehicle having a powertrain comprising a torque generating system and an automatic transmission, the control system comprising:a pedal position sensor configured to measure a position of an accelerator pedal of the vehicle; and
a controller configured to:
based on the accelerator pedal position, detect a pedal tip-in or tip-out event, wherein the pedal tip-in event comprises a transition from (a) a shaft of the automatic transmission driving a shaft of the torque generating system to (b) the torque generating system shaft driving the automatic transmission shaft, and wherein the pedal tip-out event comprises an opposite transition than the pedal tip-in event; and
in response to detecting the pedal tip-in or tip-out event:
(i) determine a desired output torque for the torque generating system corresponding to the pedal tip-in or tip-out event, and
(ii) command the torque generating system to gradually transition, over a period, from its current output torque to the desired output torque to mitigate clunk caused by abrupt contact between gear teeth of the torque generating system shaft and the automatic transmission shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,363,919

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A control apparatus for a hybrid vehicle wherein the hybrid vehicle includes a power source including an internal combustion engine and an electric motor, and a transmission having a plurality of transmission stages provided on a power transmission path through which power of the power source is transmitted to an output shaft, said control apparatus comprising an electronic control unit configured to:switch between a HV running mode in which the internal combustion engine is operated for the hybrid vehicle to run, and an EV running mode in which the internal combustion engine is stopped and the power of the power source is used for the hybrid vehicle to run;
switch between a normal mode and a power mode in which an acceleration performance is emphasized more than in the normal mode; and
control the transmission in such a manner that a transmission stage in a particular state in which the EV running mode and the power mode are selected is lower than a transmission stage when the hybrid vehicle is not in the particular state.

US Pat. No. 10,363,918

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING TORQUE REDUCTION OF HYBRID VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for controlling torque reduction of a hybrid vehicle including a motor and an engine as power sources, the method comprising:determining, by a controller, a discharging torque control factor of the motor and a charging torque control factor of the motor based on a current state of charge of a battery that supplies an electric power to the motor and a threshold state of charge of the battery;
calculating, by the controller, a torque of the motor corresponding to a driving torque reduction request of a traction control system (TCS) based on a discharging limit torque of the motor that the discharging torque control factor is reflected in and a charging limit torque of the motor that the charging torque control factor is reflected in;
calculating, by the controller, a torque of the engine corresponding to the driving torque reduction request based on the calculated torque of the motor and a request torque of the traction control system (TCS);
reducing, by the controller, the torque of the motor based on the calculated torque of the motor; and
reducing, by the controller, the torque of the engine based on the calculated torque of the engine,
wherein a target state of charge included in the threshold state of charge is a state of charge that decreases noise of the engine and maintains a state of charge of the battery, and
wherein the controller is in communication with the traction control system (TCS).

US Pat. No. 10,363,917

ENHANCED RAILWAY EQUIPMENT AND RELATED INTEGRATED SYSTEMS

DAVANAC INC., Dorval (Qu...

1. A method for indicating brake air pressure status in brake pipes of multiple interconnected train cars, the method comprising:providing at least one end-hose adapter per train car, each end-hose adapter comprising:
a housing comprising:
opposed ports connectable with a train car end hose and a brake pipe respectively;
an exterior surface; and
a channel extending between the opposed ports and being in fluid communication with brake air within the brake pipe;
a pressure sensor mounted to the housing and extending within the channel, the pressure sensor being configured to sense brake air pressure within the brake pipe and generate a brake air pressure signal;
a control unit operatively connected to the pressure sensor to receive the brake air pressure signal, and configured to generate control signals comprising:
a first control signal when the brake air pressure signal indicates a brake air pressure above a pre-determined pressure threshold; and
a second control signal when the brake air pressure signal indicates a brake air pressure below the pre-determined pressure threshold;
a light system mounted with respect to the exterior surface of the housing and configured to receive the control signals from the control unit and to display different colors in response to different control signals; and
a power source connected to the pressure sensor, the control unit, and the light system to provide power thereto;
operating each of the end-hose adapters to sense the corresponding brake air pressure within the corresponding brake pipe to which the end-hose adaptor is mounted such that:
when the brake air pressure in the brake pipe is above the pre-determined pressure threshold, the light system of the end-hose adapter is operated to display a first colour; and
when the brake air pressure in the brake pipe is below the pre-determined pressure threshold, the light system of the end-hose adapter is operated to display a second colour indicating air leakage in that brake pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,363,916

PRESSURE CONTROL APPARATUS AND PRESSURE CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

MANDO CORPORATION, Gyeon...

1. A pressure control apparatus comprising:an input unit configured to receive an input of a current pressure value of a brake apparatus detected by a detection apparatus when drive of the brake apparatus is prepared, the brake apparatus comprising a motor and a hydraulic valve;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the input current pressure value is a preset standard pressure value;
a control unit configured to receive the current pressure value, transfer a determination command to the determination unit, and control the motor of the brake apparatus to maintain a constant torque of the motor while simultaneously iterating repeatedly on and off operations of the hydraulic valve of the brake apparatus so that the current pressure value reaches the standard pressure value when the current pressure value is not the standard pressure value; and
a first identification unit configured to cause a normal pressure to be identified when the current pressure value is the standard pressure value or cause an abnormal pressure to be identified when the current pressure value is not the standard pressure value.

US Pat. No. 10,363,914

SELF-SEALING HYDRAULIC DEVICE

Lee Chi Enterprises Co., ...

1. A self-sealing hydraulic device comprising:a connecting assembly having
a hose with a channel therein; and
an adaptor having
a shell having
an axis;
a first end face;
a second end face;
a protrusion disposed adjacent to the second end face of the shell;
a fillet portion connected to the protrusion and contacted by an O-ring mounted on and around the protrusion;
an activity chamber formed inside the shell and having a bottom;
a first recess defined in the first end face;
a second recess defined in the second end face of the shell;
a bore defined in the bottom of the activity chamber, the activity chamber and the second recess communicating with each other via the bore;
a male fitting mounted in the shell, being moveable relative to the shell along the axis of the shell, and having
a first end;
a second end opposite the first end of the male fitting;
an abutting portion extending till the second end of the male fitting, passing through the bore, and extending out of the second recess;
a blocking portion disposed at the first end of the male fitting, received in the activity chamber, and capable of being blocked by the bottom of the activity chamber;
an axial hole radially defined through the abutting portion and disposed between the first end of the male fitting and the second end of the male fitting, and extending along the axis of the shell;
a radial hole orthogonally communicating with the axial hole and sealed by the shell; and
an indention formed in the abutting portion, disposed at the second end of the male fitting, and communicating with the radial hole via the axial hole;
a barb fitting connected to and communicating with both the shell and the hose;
wherein when the male fitting is mounted to the shell, the blocking portion abuts against the bottom of the activity chamber to block the bore and the activity chamber, and the radial hole is disposed in the bore; and
a hydraulic assembly being assembleable to the connecting assembly and having
a housing having
a hydraulic chamber; and
an assembling hole communicating with the hydraulic chamber via a through hole;
an elastic element disposed in the housing; and
a valve unit disposed inside the hydraulic chamber and driven by the elastic element to seal the through hole;
wherein when the connecting assembly is connected to the hydraulic assembly, the fillet portion pushes the O-ring to abut against a bottom of the assembling hole to prevent leakage from the housing;
when the connecting assembly is connected to the hydraulic assembly, the second end of the male fitting abuts against the valve unit, and the blocking portion is detached from the bottom of the activity chamber to make the bore communicate with the activity chamber;
wherein when the connecting assembly is connected to the hydraulic assembly, the adaptor is inserted in the assembling hole, and the male fitting and the valve unit drive each other mutually to make the radial hole and the through hole unsealed by the shell and the valve unit respectively and to make the connecting assembly and the hydraulic assembly communicate with each other; and
when the connecting assembly is detached from the hydraulic assembly, the adaptor moves out from the assembling hole, and the male fitting is detached from the valve unit to make the radial hoe and the through hole sealed by the shell and the valve unit respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,363,911

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE WITH A BRAKE HOLDING ASSIST

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for determining a brake torque reduction parameter for brake torque reduction in a motor vehicle with a brake holding assist function comprising:detecting at least one motion parameter of the motor vehicle;
comparing the at least one detected motion parameter with a predetermined threshold value of said motion parameter;
determining a correction value for at least one initial brake torque reduction parameter when said at least one detected motion parameter differs from said predetermined threshold value of said motion parameter;
adjusting the at least one initial brake torque reduction parameter using the correction value to determine at least one optimized brake torque reduction parameter;
wherein the at least one brake torque reduction parameter is a point in time of a brake torque reduction, the at least one initial brake torque parameter is an initial point in time of a brake torque reduction, and the brake torque reduction point in time correction value; and
using the at least one optimized brake torque reduction parameter as a brake torque reduction parameter for the brake torque reduction and changing the point in time of the brake torque reduction and correspondingly the point in time of a vehicle brake release.

US Pat. No. 10,363,907

FLUID EXCHANGE MACHINE

BG Intellectuals, Inc., ...

1. A fluid exchange machine comprising:a frame having a housing;
a display coupled with the housing;
a new fluid manifold and a used fluid manifold, the new fluid manifold and used fluid manifold coupled with the housing and in fluid communication with each other;
an auxiliary fluid tank support structure coupled with the housing;
a new fluid pump and a used fluid pump, the new fluid pump coupled with the new fluid manifold and the used fluid pump coupled with the used fluid manifold;
a processor coupled with the display for displaying an image having a first icon and a second icon thereon, wherein the first icon controls activation of the new fluid pump and the used fluid pump to perform a first type of fluid exchange, and wherein the second icon controls activation of the new fluid pump and the used fluid pump to perform a second type of fluid exchange;
a used fluid tank for holding used fluid, the used fluid tank supported by the frame, wherein the used fluid pump is selectively in communication with the used fluid tank and is operable to selectively withdraw fluid from the used fluid tank and dispense fluid into the used fluid tank;
a new fluid tank for holding new fluid, the new fluid tank supported by the frame, wherein the new fluid pump is selectively in communication with the new fluid tank and is operable to selectively withdraw fluid from the new fluid tank and dispense fluid into the new fluid tank; and
an auxiliary fluid tank for holding auxiliary fluid, wherein the new fluid pump is selectively in communication with the auxiliary fluid tank and is operable to selectively withdraw fluid from the auxiliary fluid tank and dispense fluid into the auxiliary fluid tank.

US Pat. No. 10,363,906

WIPER FOR LIQUID LEVEL SENSORS IN AUTOMOTIVE WASHER BOTTLE

ABC TECHNOLOGIES INC., T...

1. A sensor wiper for a sensor pin used for fluid level detection, the sensor wiper comprising:at least one swinging wiper having a wiper head for rotational association with a sensor pin, and an arcuate arm connected at a head end thereof to the wiper head; and
a plurality of inwardly directed radial elements associated with the wiper head for engagement with the sensor pin,
wherein sloshing action of fluids act upon the arcuate arm to move the wiper head, thereby causing the plurality of inwardly directed radial elements to engage and wipe the sensor pin.

US Pat. No. 10,363,905

WIPER BLADE

Pylon Manufacturing Corp....

1. A wiper blade comprising:an elongate wiper strip comprising a wiping lip, a wide portion, and an intermediate portion between the wiping lip and the wide portion, wherein the intermediate portion is narrower than the wide portion;
an elastic elongate backing element having a top portion from which two opposing, elongate legs descend, wherein each leg comprises an elongate claw that extends towards the opposite leg and having an end such that the ends of the claws of the two legs may define a gap sized to receive the intermediate portion of the wiper strip, such that the top portion, legs and claws define a wiper strip cavity and the wide portion of the wiper strip is disposed within the wiper strip cavity;
a mounting base that is capable of connecting the wiper blade to a wiper arm, and receiving a force from the wiper arm, wherein the mounting base is disposed on a section of the backing element such that the mounting base is capable of applying a force from the wiper arm to the backing element, and the backing element is capable of distributing the force along the length of the wiper strip; and
a first cover section extending from a first end of the mounting base to a first end of the backing element,
wherein the first end of the mounting base further comprises a projecting extension, and the first cover section is further provided with an extension recess, such that the projecting extension fits within, and is covered by the extension recess of the first cover section; and
wherein the mounting base further comprises a cover securing peg located on the projecting extension, and the first cover section further comprises a securing hole located in the extension recess, wherein the cover securing peg is located within the securing hole.

US Pat. No. 10,363,904

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO DETECT TELEMATICS UNIT DISCONNECTION

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A system to detect a vehicle system module (VSM) disconnection, the system comprising:a memory configured to comprise a program and a processor configured to execute the program, wherein the program enables the processor to:
sense a disconnection event, wherein the disconnection event is a hardwire connection between the VSM and a communication bus being severed, wherein the disconnection event is sensed when the VSM has stopped receiving periodic heartbeat signals from one or more other VSMs through the communications bus; and
in response to the disconnection event being sensed, gather VSM location data.

US Pat. No. 10,363,903

VEHICLE KEYLESS SYSTEM AND ON-VEHICLE DEVICE OF VEHICLE KEYLESS SYSTEM

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. A vehicle keyless system comprising:a portable device configured to transmit a command signal; and
an on-vehicle device configured to receive the command signal transmitted from the portable device and control an on-vehicle component in response to the command signal as received, wherein
the portable device includes an operation unit, a portable-side control unit, and a transmission unit,
the portable-side control unit:
transmits, when an operation is made on the operation unit, the command signal including ID information unique to the portable device as a main signal from the transmission unit, and
transmits, when an operational mode of the operation unit following the operation made on the operation unit satisfies requirement of a special mode, the command signal including the ID information as a sub signal subsequent to the main signal from the transmission unit,
the on-vehicle device includes:
a reception unit configured to receive the command signal,
an on-vehicle device-side control unit configured to execute command processing of controlling the on-vehicle component based on the command signal as received by the reception unit, and
a storage unit configured to store ID information unique to a portable device to which the on-vehicle device is available,
the sub signal includes a plurality of identical signals intermittently transmitted,
the on-vehicle device-side control unit executes state transition processing in a case that the command signal transmitted as the main signal is received and the ID information included in the main signal as received does not match with the ID information stored in the storage unit, and
in the state transition processing, the reception unit is transitioned to a sleep state in which the reception unit is intermittently activated at a timing that is different from a timing of the sub signal intermittently transmitted and the on-vehicle device is transitioned to a power saving state in which processing is not performed on the sub signal transmitted subsequent to the main signal.

US Pat. No. 10,363,902

ANTI-THEFT REMOTE KEYLESS ENTRY SYSTEM USING FREQUENCY HOPPING WITH AMPLITUDE LEVEL CONTROL

TRW AUTOMOTIVE U.S. LLC, ...

1. A method for preventing security breaches of passive remote keyless entry systems for a vehicle, comprising the steps oftransmitting a vehicle control command comprising a plurality of radio frequency signals from a fob to the vehicle, including the step of hopping between at least two radio frequency transmitting channels within the vehicle control command in a particular pseudo-random pattern known to the vehicle, the plurality of radio frequency signals being transmitted from the fob to the vehicle including a signal that is not normally expected to be received by the vehicle, and including the step of transmitting a particular pseudo-random pattern including fake portions,
receiving at the vehicle each portion of said particular pattern and sequentially adjusting the reception to take account of the known characteristics of each portion of the known pattern, and including the step of ignoring said fake portions,
detecting at the vehicle anomalies in the pattern of the received signals, and
blocking access to said vehicle when detected anomalies exceed permissible limits.

US Pat. No. 10,363,901

BELT BUCKLE FOR A SAFETY BELT SYSTEM

AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB, ...

1. A belt buckle for a seatbelt system comprising a buckle housing, a spring-loaded lock mechanism, a securing pin for locking a belt tongue inserted into the buckle housing, and a pushbutton including a frame which is displaceably guided on the buckle housing under a spring effect to impact upon the lock mechanism for unlocking the belt buckle, wherein the frame has a recess including at least one contact region for guiding or retaining the securing pin coming into contact with the contact region upon an actuation of the belt buckle, wherein at least one of the at least one contact region of the recess formed on the pushbutton includes a noise-damping element.

US Pat. No. 10,363,900

FRONT AIRBAG FOR VEHICLES

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A front airbag for a vehicle, the front airbag comprising:an airbag cushion including a rear panel located at a side of a steering wheel and a front panel located at a side of a passenger and having a shape corresponding to a shape of the rear panel, the rear panel and the front panel provided with protruding supports formed at a first side and a second side of lower end portions thereof;
a first tether connecting a central part of the front panel, corresponding to a loading position of the passenger's head, to an airbag housing;
a second tether connecting the lower end portion of the front panel, corresponding to a loading position of the passenger's chest, to the airbag housing and having a shorter length than a length of the first tether; and
a first sewing line connecting the front panel and the rear panel, formed at a position distanced from boundaries of the protruding supports in a direction towards a center of the front panel, and configured for fracturing when a pressure having an intensity greater than a designated value is applied to the first sewing line.

US Pat. No. 10,363,899

SIDE AIR CURTAIN BAG

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle airbag assembly comprising:an airbag;
a ramp carrier; and
a deployable ramp provided on the carrier to unfurl during airbag deployment and ride over a vehicle component and including a movable element to move from a first position in a stowed configuration to a second position in a ramped configuration responsive to the deployment,
wherein a ramp thickness increases along an airbag length when the movable element is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,898

AIR-BAG DEVICE

AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB, ...

1. An airbag device for restraining an occupant in a vehicle, comprising:a main bag adapted to be inflated and deployed in front of a front seat in the vehicle;
a center bag adapted to be inflated and deployed on an inner side of the main bag in a vehicle width direction; and
an upper side joining means that is provided above a region of the airbag device intended for restraining the head of the occupant and above a valley formed between the main bag and the center bag and for joining the center bag to the main bag for a prescribed range in a vehicle front-back direction, the prescribed range in the vehicle front-back direction extending further toward a vehicle rear side than portions of the valley, the valley positioned to receive the head of the occupant in an oblique impact condition.

US Pat. No. 10,363,897

PASSENGER AIRBAG MODULE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. An airbag module, comprising:a housing comprising a retaining tab;
a cushion disposed within the housing; and
a chute having a first side and a second side with a seam centrally formed therebetween, wherein each of the first and second sides comprise a plurality of fingers which operatively cooperate to define a track configured to slidably attach the housing to the chute such that the housing is pressed against the chute and moved in a direction parallel to the seam of the chute until the chute sufficiently encloses the cushion within the housing, and wherein the chute is configured to open during deployment of the cushion, the chute further having a retaining base; and
wherein, when the housing is sufficiently slidably attached to the chute, the retaining tab and retaining base are operatively positioned to receive a joining mechanism which affixes the housing to the chute.

US Pat. No. 10,363,895

AIRBAG DEVICE FOR A FRONT PASSENGER SEAT

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

1. An airbag device for a front passenger seat adapted to be mounted on a vehicle having a rearview mirror which protrudes downwardly out of a roof of the vehicle, the airbag device comprising a housing adapted to be mounted on an instrument panel of the vehicle disposed in front of a front passenger seat, and an airbag that is housed in the housing in a folded-up configuration and inflatable with an inflation gas for rearward deployment, the airbag comprising:a main bag section that protrudes rearward out of the housing and deploys in front of the front passenger seat;
a center bag section that protrudes towards an inboard side in a vehicle width direction out of the main bag section and deploys in front of a space between the front passenger seat and a driver's seat, the center bag section as deployed including, on an upper portion thereof, a region that faces the rearview mirror in an up and down direction;
a passenger protection region that is composed of a rear portion of the airbag as deployed for protecting a passenger, the passenger protection region comprising a front-collision arresting plane for protecting a head of the passenger in the event of a frontal collision of the vehicle and an oblique-collision arresting plane that is disposed on an inboard side in the vehicle width direction of the front-collision arresting plane for protecting the head of the passenger as the passenger moves diagonally forward in the event of an oblique collision or an offset collision of the vehicle; and
a regulating tether that is disposed generally along an up and down direction inside the center bag section and connects the region of the upper portion of the center bag section facing the rearview mirror at airbag deployment and a region of a lower portion of the center bag section which is deployed beneath the region facing the rearview mirror, in order to prevent contact between the center bag section and the rearview mirror.

US Pat. No. 10,363,894

ROLLOVER PROTECTION DEVICE

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche ...

1. A rollover protection device for a passenger car, comprising: a supporting device that extends in an upward direction when installed properly, and a crossmember secured on the supporting device and extending in a lateral direction when installed properly, the crossmember defining a beam shape with rounded portions and defining a die-cast, low-pressure die-cast or forged unit, the crossmember having recesses arranged adjacent to one another in the lateral direction, each of the recesses extending substantially in a longitudinal direction of the passenger car when installed properly, the recesses comprising a first plurality of recesses with closed front ends and open rear ends and a second plurality of recesses with closed rear ends and open front ends, the recesses of the first plurality alternating with the recesses of the second plurality so that each recess with a closed front end is adjacent at least one recess with a closed rear end.

US Pat. No. 10,363,893

SELF-DRIVING VEHICLE CONTEXTUAL LOCK CONTROL SYSTEM

International Business Ma...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:receiving, by one or more processors, sensor readings from sensors on a self-driving vehicle (SDV) that describe a vehicle context assessment of the SDV and a passenger context assessment of a passenger in the SDV; and
transmitting, by one or more processors, a signal to a lock controller mechanism in the SDV to selectively lock or unlock a lock in the SDV based on the vehicle context assessment and the passenger context assessment;
directing the lock controller mechanism to, prior to locking or unlocking the door, request passenger confirmation from the passenger in the SDV; and
in response to receipt of the passenger confirmation from the passenger in the SDV, directing the lock controller mechanism to lock or unlock the lock in the SDV.

US Pat. No. 10,363,892

CRASH BOX AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION,...

1. A crash box comprising a longer-length metallic tubular body and a set plate including locking sections,the locking sections are individually formed as a part of the set plate,
the tubular body having a basic cross-sectional shape that is a polygon surrounded by a plurality of ridges extending in a first direction and a plurality of side wall portions, the tubular body including one or more groove portions in side wall portions on long sides that are substantially parallel to a major axis direction of the cross section, the groove portions extending in the first direction, and the tubular body including a curved portion molded integrally with the tubular body and outward flanges continuing to the curved portion at an end portion of the tubular body in the first direction,
the set plate being welded to an end of the tubular body having the outward flanges, and the locking sections being integral with the set plate and projecting upwardly from a surface of a portion of the set plate positioned within the tubular body,
wherein the locking sections of the set plate are butted against the curved portion of the tubular body.

US Pat. No. 10,363,891

ASSEMBLY, A CLIP ASSEMBLY FOR RETAINING A CONDUIT AND A VEHICLE

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. An assembly, comprising:a support defining an opening;
a clip attachable to the support via the opening, with the clip including a body;
a retention member extending from the body and having a first portion inserted through the opening to attach the body to the support and a second portion directly engaging the support inside the opening to prevent rotation of the body relative to the support; and
wherein the retention member includes a tab and the retention member is movable between an initial position from which the first portion of the retention member elastically deforms from an original configuration as the tab is inserted into the opening and a final position at which the first portion of the retention member has elastically deformed back toward the original configuration once the tab has passed beyond the opening such that the second portion directly engages the support at a plurality of spaced apart locations inside the opening to prevent the rotation of the body relative to the support.

US Pat. No. 10,363,890

ELECTRONIC DEVICE, WORKING MACHINE, AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR TERMINATION RESISTOR

KUBOTA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A working machine comprising:an engine;
a working tool mounted on the working machine;
a display device configured to display information at least related to:
a driving state of the working machine; and
operation of the working tool;
a control system comprising:
an in-vehicle network;
a first control device configured to control movement of the working tool mounted on the working machine;
a second control device configured to control the engine;
a third control device configured to control the display; and
a fourth control device configured to control the working tool,
wherein each of the first, second, third and fourth control devices comprises:
a termination resistor connectable to a first communication line and a second communication line of the in-vehicle network;
a termination resistor switch adapted to switch between a connection state where the termination resistor of a respective first, second, third or fourth control device is connected to the in-vehicle network and a non-connection state where the termination resistor of a respective first, second, third or fourth control device is not connected to the in-vehicle network;
a non-transitory data storage configured to store identification information; and
a switch control, including at least one transistor, configured to control a switching operation of the termination resistor switch,
wherein the control system has a mode of operation where the switch control:
utilizes first identification information from one of the first, second, third or fourth control device when the engine starts, said first identification information being identification information stored in the data storage of the respective, first, second, third or fourth control device;
obtains second identification information different from another of the first, second, third or fourth control device;
compares the second identification information with the first identification information;
performs a calculation based on the first and second identification information; and
either switches the termination resistor switch to the connection state based on the calculation or switches the termination resistor switch to the non-connection state based on the calculation.

US Pat. No. 10,363,889

VEHICLE WIRELESS ELECTRICAL CONNECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A wireless electrical device interconnect system for a vehicle, the being vehicle provided with a windshield or a backlite having a first surface, the vehicle comprising:an electrically powered device adapted to be disposed on an interior or exterior surface of the vehicle;
a first transceiver operable to provide a wireless electric power signal;
a second transceiver coupled to the electrically powered device to provide electric power to the electrically powered device to energize the electrically powered service responsive to the wireless electric power signal;
a conductive link having a first coil and a second coil, the conductive link and the first and second coils being disposed on the first surface, the first coil being disposed adjacent the first transceiver to couple the wireless electric power signal from the first transceiver to the conductive link, and the second coil being disposed adjacent the second transceiver to couple the wireless electric power signal from the link to the second transceiver and wherein,
the first coil is disposed on the first surface adjacent the first transceiver, the second coil is disposed on the first surface adjacent the second transceiver, the first transceiver is remote from the second transceiver and the link is a conductor disposed on the surface operatively electrically joining the first coil and the second coil.

US Pat. No. 10,363,888

WIRE HARNESS

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A wire harness to be installed in a vehicle comprising:an electric wire; and
a protective tube that protects the electric wire,
wherein the electric wire is provided at a lower part of a vehicle body of the vehicle,
the protective tube covers the electric wire and includes ferromagnetic and resin materials, and
content of the ferromagnetic material and a distance between the electric wire and the protective tube are designed according to a required inductance of the protective tube.

US Pat. No. 10,363,887

GLAZING WITH EXTRUDED SEAL, TRIM AND CORE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE GLAZING

SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE...

1. A vehicle glazing, comprising a glazed element, at least one portion of extruded seal, at least one trim having an elongate form which extends along an edge of said glazed element and having an outer face visible from an outside of a vehicle on which the vehicle glazing is to be mounted and an inner face situated opposite said outer face, and a core, having an elongate form and having, in cross section, a head and a foot, said core being situated under said trim with at least a part of said head in contact with said inner face of the trim and said foot which protrudes under said trim with at least a part of said foot which is not in contact with said inner face of the trim, said portion of extruded seal, seen in cross section, being in contact with said glazed element, said foot and a part of said outer face of the trim, wherein said portion of extruded seal is manufactured by molding a plastic material on said glazed element, on said foot and on the part of said outer face of the trim.

US Pat. No. 10,363,886

THICK MOLDED TAPE PAD

ABC TECHNOLOGIES INC., T...

1. An exterior component for attachment to a vehicle surface, the exterior component comprising:a primary body having a pad support wall and a profile wall extending therefrom,
the profile wall defining an exterior profile of the exterior component, and presenting an exterior surface having an aesthetic finish,
the pad support wall being an elongate continuous structure that runs substantially an entire length of the exterior component,
the pad support wall including a continuous tape pad configured to receive an adhesive for bonding the exterior component to the vehicle surface, and
the pad support wall having a wall structure that is thickened relative to the profile wall; and
at least one clip mount to provide additional mechanical attachment to the vehicle surface.

US Pat. No. 10,363,885

AUTOMOBILE REARVIEW MIRROR WITH DRIVING VIDEO RECORDING FUNCTION

1. A rearview mirror attachment having recording functionality for removably coupling to a face of an existing automobile rearview mirror, wherein said automobile review mirror includes a top and bottom edge and backward facing surface, said attachment comprising:a rearview mirror body comprising a housing and a mirror mounted in said housing, said housing comprising a first pivot holder and a second pivot holder, said first pivot holder and said second pivot holder each defining therein a ball socket and a position-limiting passage in communication with said ball socket, each said position limiting passage being an open-ended passage facing downwards and having an inner diameter gradually increased toward an open end thereof;
a first camera module comprising a camera holder, an image capture device mounted in said camera holder and adapted for capturing outside video images, a connection rod extended from a top side of said camera holder and terminating in a ball, said connection rod having a substantially uniform circumference, wherein said ball being coupled to said ball socket of said first pivot holder in a tight-fit manner so that said ball is rotatable relative to said ball socket to the desired angular position by an external force and then positively positioned in the adjusted angular position after said external force is disappeared, wherein the uniform connection rod is capable of being adjusted within the position-limiting passage off-axis from mechanical center of said position-limiting passage, said connection rod being extended through said position-limiting passage to a certain distance outside said rearview mirror body to suspend said camera holder outside said rearview mirror body
wherein the ball further comprises a pin protrusion; and
the ball socket further comprises a corresponding pin opening except in one location where the ball socket comprises a pin arresting surface configured so that the maximum rotation of the camera holder about the yaw axis cannot be greater than 360° .

US Pat. No. 10,363,884

MULTIFUNCTIONAL VEHICLE-MOUNTED MOBILE PHONE HOLDER

1. A multifunctional vehicle-mounted mobile phone holder, comprising a holder body for retaining a mobile phone and a mounting seat for connecting with a component in a car, the holder body being connected to the mounting seat, the holder body being provided with a window glass breaker;wherein an outer surface of the window glass breaker is covered with a flexible protective cover so that a sharp tip of the window glass breaker is enclosed by the flexible protective cover, and the flexible protective cover is a silicone protective cover;
wherein the mounting seat comprises an adjusting base and a blade clamp, the blade clamp is disposed on the adjusting base, the blade clamp includes an immovable blade and a movable blade opposite to each other, an end surface of the adjusting base is formed with a mounting trough, a bottom end of the immovable blade is fixed to the mounting trough, a bottom end of the movable blade is provided with a button, the button is movably disposed in the mounting trough, the button has a press end extending out of a side wall of the adjusting base from the mounting trough, a spring is provided in the mounting trough, and the spring is compressively disposed between a side wall of the mounting trough and the button so that the movable blade always has a tendency to lean against the immovable blade.

US Pat. No. 10,363,883

ROAD FINISHING MACHINE WITH RETAINER DEVICE FOR SUPPORTING AND POSITIONING A SENSOR UNIT

1. A road finishing machine comprising:a chassis;
a height-adjustable screed mounted to the chassis for laying a paving layer;
a sensor unit; and
a retainer device associated with the screed for supporting and positioning the sensor unit, the retainer device comprising a supporting arm module, a sensor module that supports the sensor unit, and a link movably positioned along the supporting arm module and that mounts the sensor module to the supporting arm module, wherein the supporting arm module is oriented along a direction of travel of the road finishing machine, the sensor module comprises a retainer with a mounting plate which is releasably mounted to the link, and the sensor module is mountable to the link in various assembly angles with respect to a horizontal line.

US Pat. No. 10,363,882

MOUNTING STRUCTURE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A mounting structure formed to be temporarily fixable to a mounting target having an aperture formed therein, wherein the mounting structure comprises:a main body portion having a side wall portion;
an elastic portion provided on the side wall portion, wherein the elastic portion is configured to contact the mounting target and to surround the aperture; and
a temporary fixing unit including a portion to be passed through the aperture and provided on the side wall portion to temporarily fix the main body portion to the mounting target by sandwiching a part of the mounting target between the temporary fixing unit and the elastic portion while the portion of the temporary fixing unit is passed through the aperture, wherein
the temporary fixing unit has,
a supporting portion provided on the side wall portion and including a distal end portion to be passed through the aperture,
a holding portion located oppositely to the main body portion and provided with an inclined surface, which slides along an edge portion of the aperture when the holding portion is passed through the aperture,
a spring portion connecting the distal end portion of the supporting portion and the holding portion, wherein the spring portion undergoes deformation when the holding portion is pushed down while the inclined surface of the holding portion slides along the edge portion of the aperture, and
a stopper portion, which is a single planar member and which extends from the side wall portion toward the holding portion,
the stopper portion is configured to limit movement of the holding portion when the holding portion is pushed down while the inclined surface of the holding portion slides along the edge portion of the aperture,
the supporting portion is separated from the stopper portion,
the main body portion is temporarily fixed to the mounting target when, by passing the holding portion through the aperture, the part of the mounting target is sandwiched between the holding portion and the elastic portion and further the elastic portion is forced to undergo elastic deformation while pressing against the mounting target,
the holding portion has a surface that faces the main body portion and is configured to make surface contact with a part of the mounting target that is located outward of the aperture after the holding portion is passed through the aperture,
the supporting portion is one of two supporting portions that are integral with the spring portion, and the supporting portions are located at opposite ends of the spring portion, respectively, and
the holding portion is located at an intermediate position between the supporting portions.

US Pat. No. 10,363,881

AUTOMOBILE ROOF RAIL AND SEAL SYSTEM

DURA OPERATING, LLC, Aub...

1. An automobile roof rail system, comprising:a rail having a first side wall and a second side wall joined by a cross member with a cavity positioned between the first side wall and the second side wall and the cross member and extending downward from and in line with the first side wall and the second side wall;
a retention feature integrally provided with each of the first side wall and the second side wall, the retention feature of each of the first side wall and the second side wall having an engagement member defining a male member formed within the cavity below the cross member and extending into the cavity and facing each other and facing into the cavity, the male member being thinner where connected to the first side wall or the second side wall than in a portion of the male member spaced away from the first side wall or the second side wall;
first and second resilient material seals including a female cavity having a shape matching an outer surface of the male member, wherein the male member is frictionally received in the female cavity of the seals, the seals engaged at a first end with the male member of the retention feature of the first side wall and the second side wall, the first seal frictionally and positively engaged with the first side wall and the second seal frictionally and positively engaged with the second side wall, both seals positioned entirely between the first side wall and the second side wall and facing each other; and
a living hinge separating a free second end of each seal from the first end of each seal, the free second end of each seal freely positioned in the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,363,880

VEHICLE SEAT ASSEMBLY HAVING DEPLOYABLE HANGER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seat assembly comprising:a seat base;
a seat back coupled to the seat base;
a hanger pivotally mounted to the seat back and having a retaining structure, wherein the hanger pivots forward of the seat back to a use position and pivots rearward to a stowed position; and
a spring biasing the hanger to the stowed position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,879

VEHICLE DASHBOARD DESK

1. A vehicle dashboard desk comprising:a semi-rigid bottom member constructed to partially extend across a vehicle dashboard, the bottom member flexible enough to be made to conform with the dashboard upper surface, and to rest on it;
a semi-rigid top member constructed to rest above the bottom member and conform to the shape of the bottom member;
a plurality of vertical slats insertable or attached between the bottom member and the top member forming a series of compartments;
a lip attached to the bottom member, the lip extending the length of the bottom member;
whereby, items can be stored in the compartments with the lip preventing said items from slipping out.

US Pat. No. 10,363,878

COLLAPSIBLE STORAGE COMPARTMENT WITH INVERTING HINGE FOR USE IN A VEHICLE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A collapsible storage compartment comprising:an inner bin including an inner side wall and an inner base wall, the inner side wall connected to a periphery of the inner base wall to define a cavity;
an outer bin connected to the inner bin, the outer bin including an outer base wall and a flexible hinge, the flexible hinge movably connected to the outer base wall and configured to move the outer base wall between a stowed position and a deployed position; and
wherein at least a portion of the hinge flexes into the cavity to move the outer base wall toward the inner base wall when the outer base wall is moved from the deployed position to the stowed position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,877

LOAD SPACE COVERING DEVICE

Jaguar Land Rover Limited...

1. A device for covering a load space of a vehicle, the device comprising:a cover which is movable between a retracted position in which the load space is uncovered and a deployed position in which the load space is at least partially covered; and
a sensor for detecting an object in the path of the cover and/or which may interfere with the movement of the cover;
wherein the sensor comprises at least one cover sensor disposed on the cover and at least one seat position sensor operable to output a signal indicative of a seat of the vehicle being disposed within the path of the cover, wherein the signal is indicative of at least one of: a vehicle seat being in a folded/stowed state; a row position of the seat within the vehicle; a position of the seat within the vehicle with respect to a longitudinal axis of the vehicle; and, a position of a headrest of the seat with respect to a backrest of the seat.

US Pat. No. 10,363,876

IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE

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

1. An image display device comprising:a display having a display screen for displaying an image captured by a camera and a different image that is different from the captured image; and
an image controller configured to cause the display to display image captured by the camera and the different image on the display screen,
wherein the image controller provides, on the display screen of the display,
a captured-image-only region in which only the captured image is displayed when the display displays the captured image, and
a multiple-image region in which an extended image continuous from the captured image or the different image is selectively displayed when the display displays the captured image, and
wherein the image controller is configured to,
when causing the different image to be displayed in the multiple-image region in a state where the extended image continuous from the captured image is displayed in the multiple-image region, fix a position of the captured-image-only region on the display screen and cause the different image to fade in while decreasing a display area of the extended image in the multiple-image region, or
when ending displaying the different image in a state where the different image is displayed in the multiple-image region, fix the position of the captured-image-only region on the display screen and cause the different image to fade out from the multiple-image region while increasing the display area of the extended image, and
wherein the image controller is further configured to, when it is detected that a caution-target object is present within the extended image corresponding to the multiple-image region in a state where the different image is displayed in the multiple-image region, the caution-target object being an object for which a user has to heed caution, cause the display to display a notification about the presence of the caution-target object at a position between the captured-image-only region and the multiple-image region, while causing the different image to fade out from the multiple-image region.

US Pat. No. 10,363,875

VEHICULAR EXTERIOR ELECTRICALLY VARIABLE REFLECTANCE MIRROR REFLECTIVE ELEMENT ASSEMBLY

DONNELLY CORPORTION, Hol...

1. An exterior electrically variable reflectance mirror reflective element assembly suitable for use for a vehicle, said exterior electrically variable reflectance mirror reflective element assembly comprising:an electrically variable reflectance mirror reflective element;
wherein said electrically variable reflectance mirror reflective element comprises a front substrate and a rear substrate and an electrochromic medium disposed between said front and rear substrates;
wherein said front substrate has a first surface and a second surface and wherein a transparent electrically conductive layer is disposed at said second surface of said front substrate;
wherein said rear substrate has a third surface and a fourth surface and wherein a mirror reflector is disposed at at least a portion of said third surface of said rear substrate;
wherein said mirror reflector comprises a stack of thin films and wherein said stack of thin films comprises at least a first metal thin film and a second metal thin film;
wherein said first metal thin film is formed of a metal material that has a specific resistivity of less than 1×10?3 ohm·cm;
wherein said second metal thin film is formed of a metal material that has a specific resistivity of less than 1×10?3 ohm·cm;
wherein said metal material of said first metal thin film is different than said metal material of said second metal thin film;
wherein said mirror reflector provides at least 55 percent photopic reflectance measured in accordance with Society of Automotive Engineers test procedure SAE J964a;
wherein said electrochromic medium is disposed in an interpane cavity between said third surface of said rear substrate and said second surface of said front substrate and is bounded by a perimeter seal;
wherein width of said perimeter seal is at least 0.5 mm;
wherein no part of said rear substrate extends beyond any part of said front substrate;
wherein a perimeter layer is disposed at said second surface of said front substrate proximate a perimeter edge of said front substrate, and wherein said perimeter layer comprises a reflective perimeter layer;
wherein said perimeter layer comprises at least one metal thin film and wherein said perimeter layer is electrically conductive;
wherein said perimeter layer conceals said perimeter seal from view by a driver of a vehicle normally viewing said front substrate when said exterior electrically variable reflectance mirror reflective element assembly is mounted in an exterior mirror assembly attached at an exterior portion of the vehicle;
wherein at least a portion of said mirror reflector extends from under said perimeter seal outward towards at least a portion of said perimeter edge of said rear substrate;
wherein light that reflects off of said mirror reflector and passes through said electrochromic medium and said front substrate has an untinted reflectant characteristic to a viewer normally viewing said front substrate of said electrically variable reflectance mirror reflective element when no voltage is applied to said electrochromic medium; and
wherein said front substrate has a thickness of 0.063 inches or less and said rear substrate has a thickness of 0.063 inches or less.

US Pat. No. 10,363,874

HITCH ASSIST SYSTEM WITH HITCH COUPLER IDENTIFICATION FEATURE AND HITCH COUPLER HEIGHT ESTIMATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A hitch assist system comprising:an imager for capturing one or more images of a trailer having a hitch coupler;
a user-input device for specifying a location of the hitch coupler in the one or more captured images; and
a controller for:
generating an image patch around the user-specified location;
segmenting the image patch to identify the hitch coupler; and
estimating a trailer height based on both a height and projective geometry of the imager, wherein the projective geometry comprises at least two angles between a first plurality of field of view components and the ground and at least two angles between a second plurality of field of view components and a longitudinal axis of the trailer, and wherein the first and second plurality of field of view components originate from the imager and are selected based on a projective geometry of the imager.

US Pat. No. 10,363,873

WORK VEHICLE AND IMAGE DISPLAYING METHOD FOR WORK VEHICLE

KUBOTA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A work vehicle comprising:a vehicle body having a peripheral area surrounding the vehicle body and selected work equipment attachable to the vehicle body, the peripheral area being divided to allocated areas, the selected work equipment being alternatively selected from a plurality of work equipment;
cameras provided on the vehicle body to capture images of the allocated areas, respectively;
a work equipment type input interface via which a type of the selected work equipment is to be input;
circuitry configured to
convert the images captured by the cameras to partial overhead images via view-point transformation, respectively,
composite the partial overhead images based on an image composition pattern to produce a peripheral overhead image of the peripheral area, the image composition pattern being generated according to the selected work equipment, and
change the image composition pattern based on the type of the selected work equipment; and
a display to display the peripheral overhead image.

US Pat. No. 10,363,872

PERIPHERY MONITORING DEVICE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A periphery monitoring device comprising:a first storage that stores therein road surface information in a moving direction of a vehicle including a plurality of wheels, the road surface information being imaged by an imager of the vehicle;
a controller that generates underfloor information on an underfloor region of the vehicle from the road surface information stored in the first storage, the underfloor region being a road surface previously imaged by the imager and including at least part of a region of the wheels of the vehicle in a current position on the previously imaged road surface;
a second storage that is nonvolatile and stores therein, at the time of power-off of the vehicle, the underfloor information which is generated on the basis of a stop position of the vehicle; and
a display that displays the underfloor information stored in the second storage, upon power-on of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,871

VEHICLE NOTIFICATION APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicle notification apparatus equipped to a subject vehicle having at least one of a heads-up display that provides a display notification to an occupant, a vibration device that provides a vibration notification to the occupant, and a speaker that provides an audio notification to the occupant, the vehicle notification apparatus comprising an electronic control unit configured to:determine whether the subject vehicle is travelling on a road where a lane change is allowed;
determine whether to output a notification signal to at least one of the heads-up display, the vibration device, and the speaker based on a distance between the subject vehicle and a non-subject vehicle and a relative speed of the non-subject vehicle with respect to the subject vehicle when the electronic control unit determines that the subject vehicle is travelling on the road where the lane change is allowed;
determine whether a rearward non-subject vehicle is following the subject vehicle in a different lane from the subject vehicle and whether a forward non-subject vehicle is travelling in front of the subject vehicle in a same lane as the subject vehicle; and
determine not to output the notification signal to any of the heads-up display, the vibration device, and the speaker regardless of a distance between the rearward non-subject vehicle and the subject vehicle and a relative speed of the rearward non-subject vehicle with respect to the subject vehicle when the electronic control unit determines that the rearward non-subject is following the subject vehicle in the different lane from the subject vehicle and that there is no forward non-subject vehicle travelling in front of the subject vehicle in the same lane as the subject vehicle;
wherein:
the electronic control unit determines whether to output a first notification signal about the rearward non-subject vehicle after determining whether to output a second notification signal about the forward non-subject vehicle,
in a determination of whether to output the first notification signal about the rearward non-subject vehicle, when the subject vehicle and the rearward non-subject vehicle are travelling in different lanes and the forward non-subject vehicle is not travelling in front of the subject vehicle in the same lane, the electronic control unit does not output the first notification signal about the rearward non-subject vehicle without consideration of the distance to the rearward non-subject vehicle and the relative speed of the rearward non-subject vehicle, and
in the determination of whether to output the first notification signal about the rearward non-subject vehicle, the electronic control unit determines whether the forward non-subject vehicle is traveling in the same lane as the subject vehicle with reference to a determination result of whether to output the second notification signal about the forward non-subject vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,869

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PEDESTRIAN ALERT

2236008 Ontario Inc., Wa...

1. A method for pedestrian alert comprising:deriving a pedestrian path representing a projected path for a pedestrian;
deriving a vehicle path representing a projected path for a vehicle;
determining an intersection of the pedestrian path and the vehicle path;
determining an environmental noise level detected by an external microphone;
determining an alert characteristic responsive to the determined intersection; and
emitting an alert signal from the vehicle responsive to the determined alert characteristic,
wherein the determined alert characteristic is adjusted responsive to the environmental noise level; and
wherein the emitted alert signal draws the attention of the pedestrian to the presence of the motor vehicle to mitigate a likelihood of a collision between the vehicle and the pedestrian.

US Pat. No. 10,363,868

VEHICLE APPROACH NOTIFICATION DEVICE

ANDEN CO., LTD., Anjo, A...

1. A vehicle approach notification device comprising:a first push-pull circuit configured to perform a push-pull output based on a notification sound signal;
a phase inversion circuit configured to invert a phase of the notification sound signal; and
a second push-pull circuit configured to perform a push-pull output based on the notification sound signal whose phase has been inverted by the phase inversion circuit,
wherein:
the first push-pull circuit and the second push-pull circuit constitute a BTL circuit amplifier that includes a sounding body disposed between the first push-pull circuit and the second push-pull circuit; and
the first push-pull circuit and the second push-pull circuit are configured to amplify a power of the notification sound signal by their push-pull outputs and configured to output the amplified notification sound signal to the sounding body so that the sounding body emits a notification sound for notification of an approach of a vehicle,
the vehicle approach notification device further comprising:
a microcomputer connected to a first common connection terminal without connection through the BTL circuit and configured to output a voltage between the first common connection terminal and a ground, the first common connection terminal being between the first push-pull circuit and the sounding body;
a first resistive element between the microcomputer and the first common connection terminal;
a second resistive element between a second common connection terminal and the ground, the second common connection terminal being between the second push-pull circuit and the sounding body; and
a failure determination unit configured to determine whether there is a wire-discontinuity failure in the sounding body by determining whether a voltage between the first common connection terminal and the second common connection terminal is equal to or higher than a predetermined value when the microcomputer outputs a voltage between the first common connection terminal and the ground while both the push-pull output of the first push-pull circuit and the push-pull output of the second push-pull circuit are stopped.

US Pat. No. 10,363,867

PRINTED LED TRIM PANEL LAMP

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An illumination apparatus for a vehicle comprising:a circuit disposed on a trim panel comprising:
first and second proximity sensors disposed proximate a surface of the trim panel and configured to detect a presence of an object;
a first light source disposed proximate the first proximity sensor, and a second light source disposed proximate the second proximity sensor, the first and second light sources comprising a plurality of LEDs in a semiconductor ink;
a first reflective surface configured to reflect the first light source at a first emission angle, and a second reflective surface configured to reflect the second light source at a second emission angle; and
the first proximity sensor configured to selectively activate the first light source, and the second proximity sensor configured to selectively activate the second light source, wherein the trim panel corresponds to a molding configured to seal a first window to a second window.

US Pat. No. 10,363,866

CONTEXTUAL PRIORITY SIGNAL IN AUTONOMOUS ENVIRONMENT

International Business Ma...

1. A method for determining contextual priority of an autonomous vehicle comprising a computer in communication with sensors and a notification system of the autonomous vehicle, the autonomous vehicle having at least one passenger, the method comprising the steps of:the computer receiving one or more inputs regarding the at least one passenger in the autonomous vehicle to define an event, wherein at least one of the one or more inputs comprises manual input from the at least one passenger of a scan of a ticket of the at least one passenger, a pass of the at least one passenger, credentials of the at least one passenger or a badge of the at least one passenger;
the computer analyzing the input to determine whether the event is genuine;
for each event determined to be genuine, the computer calculating a score for the event; and
for each event with a calculated score greater than a threshold, the computer classifying the event as an emergency and activating the notification system to alert other vehicles.

US Pat. No. 10,363,865

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VEHICLE SAFETY LIGHTING

Admore Lighting, LLC, Ca...

1. A vehicle safety lighting system, comprising:a multi-axis accelerometer, mechanically coupled to a vehicle, configured to detect acceleration of the vehicle along each of a plurality of axes, the axes including a first axis, and a second axis that is normal to the first axis, and to output a corresponding plurality of acceleration measurements, the acceleration measurements include a first axis acceleration measurement and a second axis acceleration measurement;
a controller, coupled to the multi-axis accelerometer, and configured to:
apply a reference frame filtering process configured to generate, based at least in part on the first axis acceleration measurement and the second axis acceleration measurement, a filtered first axis acceleration measurement and a filtered second axis acceleration measurement, the filtered first axis acceleration measurement being aligned with an axial direction of the vehicle, and the filtered second axis acceleration measurement being aligned with a lateral axis, the lateral axis being normal to the axial direction of the vehicle,
determine a vehicle deceleration, based only on the filtered first axis acceleration measurement, and
detect the vehicle deceleration exceeding a brake light activation threshold and, based at least in part on said detection, output a deceleration light signal; and
a light emitting element (LEL) array, including a plurality of LELs coupled to the controller, the LEL array being configured to receive the deceleration light signal, and in response, emit a deceleration light.

US Pat. No. 10,363,864

DIRECTION INDICATOR FOR PUSHABLE TRANSPORT OBJECTS

1. A portable signaling system, comprising:a signaling device, comprising:
at least one indicator light controllable to display a left signal and a right signal;
a first mounting component for removably mounting the signaling device to a transport object; and
a control device communicative with the signaling device to control the at least one indicator light, the control device comprising:
a user interface for receiving a user input, the user interface including a left input component for controlling the at least one indicator light to display the left signal and a right input component for controlling the at least one indicator light to display the right signal; and
a second mounting component for mounting the control device to a handle of the transport object, wherein the second mounting component positions the control device at an opposite end of the transport object from the signaling device.

US Pat. No. 10,363,863

FLEXIBLE LIGHTING SYSTEM WITH CONDUCTIVE ADHESIVE BACKING FOR MOUNTING ON A GROUNDED SURFACE OF A VEHICLE

1. A flexible lighting system configured to be mounted on a grounded surface of a vehicle, the flexible lighting system comprising:a rubber layer that is transparent or translucent and comprised of flexible polymers acting as an electrical insulator;
a plurality of light emitting diodes being embedded within the rubber layer, the plurality of light emitting diodes being positioned in parallel to each other, the plurality of light emitting diodes being positioned between an upper surface of the rubber layer and a lower surface of the rubber layer;
a conductive adhesive backing layer being comprised of adhesive and conductive materials, the conductive adhesive backing layer being positioned directly under the rubber layer;
internal wiring positioned in a plurality of rows embedded within the rubber layer configured to couple the plurality of light emitting diodes positioned in parallel to each other, wherein each of the plurality of rows of the internal wiring is directly coupled with the conductive adhesive backing layer through columns of the internal wiring, each of the columns of the internal wiring is positioned between adjacent light emitting diodes on different rows of the internal wiring, wherein each of the plurality of rows includes at least one of the plurality of light emitting diodes, wherein each of the light emitting diodes on each of the plurality of rows is horizontally and vertically offset from each of the light emitting diodes on the others of the plurality of rows, each of the columns of the internal wiring extending from a plane including the light emitting diodes embedded within the rubber layer and into the conductive adhesive backing layer;
a power input comprised of a single wire configured to supply power to the flexible lighting system, wherein the power input is coupled to the internal wiring on a sidewall of the rubber layer.

US Pat. No. 10,363,862

ADVANCED WARNING LIGHTING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Kinney ASWD Holding Compa...

1. An advanced warning light system, comprising:a controller area network (CAN) bus for transmitting messages;
at least one controller configured for monitoring operations of a motorcycle, the at least one controller further configured for transmitting a message on the CAN bus when a monitored operation occurs on the motorcycle, the message comprising data indicating that the motorcycle is slowing down;
a CAN bus interface configured for receiving messages from the controller via the CAN bus, analyzing the received messages to determine if the motorcycle is decelerating, and transmitting a signal comprising data indicating to illuminate an advanced warning light if the motorcycle is slowing down; and
a processor on a printed circuit board (PCB) contained in a helmet is configured for receiving the signal from the CAN bus interface, the processor further configured for illuminating the advanced warning light coupled to the PCB on a back of the helmet being worn by a rider to indicate to a driver following the motorcycle that the motorcycle is slowing down in response to the signal.

US Pat. No. 10,363,861

TIMING CORRECTION IN A COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. An isolator circuit interconnecting a data transmitter and a data receiver, the isolator circuit comprising:an isolation barrier configured to provide isolation of a DC-balanced digital communication signal that is transmitted from the data transmitter to the data receiver; and
a pulse-width distortion (PWD) correction circuit arranged between the barrier and the data receiver and being configured to adjust at least one timing parameter associated with the DC-balanced digital communication signal;
wherein the pulse-width distortion (PWD) correction circuit comprises:
at least one edge-delay circuit, each of the at least one edge-delay circuit comprising:
a buffer configured to generate a buffered digital communication signal based on a digital communication signal, the buffer comprising an inverter stage configured to invert the digital communication signal;
a filter configured to generate an average voltage corresponding to an average amplitude of the buffered digital communication signal; and
an error amplifier configured to compare the average voltage with a predetermined reference voltage to generate a comparison signal that controls the inverter stage of the buffer in a negative feedback arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,363,860

HEADLIGHT MODULE AND HEADLIGHT APPARATUS

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A headlight module comprising:a plurality of light sources each including a light emitting face placed on a first plane and configured to emit light as projection light;
a plurality of condensing optical elements, each being configured to collect light emitted from one of the plurality of light sources to form collected light, thereby forming a plurality of intermediate mages formed on a second plane that is a conjugate plane of the first plane; and
a projector lens configured to magnify and project the plurality of the intermediate images formed by light emitted from the plurality of light sources; wherein
the plurality of intermediate images are in optically conjugate relationship with the light emitting faces respectively,
the plurality of condensing optical elements has a function of refracting passing light,
each of the condensing optical elements includes an incident face having a point of intersection with an optical axis of one of the condensing optical elements, an output face that is formed on a side of a traveling direction of the light with respect to the incident face and has a point of intersection with the optical axis, and a reflection face formed on an outside of an outer periphery of the incident face,
each of the intermediate images is formed on the second plane by first light which is emitted from one of the light emitting faces, enters one of the condensing optical elements through the incident face, and then exits from the output face, and another image formed on the second plane is smaller than one of the intermediate images and is formed on one of the intermediate images by second light which is emitted from one of the light emitting faces, enters one of the condensing optical elements, and is reflected by the reflection face.

US Pat. No. 10,363,859

VEHICLE LOADSPACE COVER WITH CARGO FIXING POINT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle loadspace cover comprising:one or more vehicle fixing points for removably securing to at least one of a loadspace floor of a vehicle and a seat of the vehicle, wherein the loadspace cover is extendable to cover a loadspace of the vehicle when secured to the seat; and
a cargo fixing point configured to secure an item of cargo to the loadspace cover, wherein the vehicle loadspace cover is removably securable to the underside of the loadspace floor and the cargo fixing point is configured to extend at least partially through the loadspace floor to secure the item of cargo.

US Pat. No. 10,363,858

DEPLOYABLE AMPHIBIOUS RUNWAY

United States of America ...

1. A drone stowage and transport vehicle, comprising:a hovercraft vessel having a barge type buoyancy box, said buoyancy box having an outer wall with an outer perimeter defined in an upper portion thereof;
at least one upper deck section disposed on said upper portion of said outer wall; and
a set of hinges attached to each said upper deck section and to said buoyancy box at said outer perimeter, wherein each said upper deck section is rotatable about said set of hinges from a folded position to an extended position increasing a total deck area of said vessel,
wherein said at least one upper deck section further comprises a set of additional hinges affixed at an end of said at least one upper deck section distant from said at least one set of hinges, and at least one additional deck section rotatable about said set of additional hinges from a folded position congruent to said at least one upper deck section to an extended position further increasing said total deck area of said craft.

US Pat. No. 10,363,857

TRAILER TRASH KIT

1. A truck or trailer unloading kit, comprising:a base comprising a first base member and a second base member;
a first frame coupled substantially perpendicularly to and extending vertically from the first base member and the second base member;
a first swing arm rotatably coupled to the first base member and a second swing arm rotatably coupled to the second base member;
a second frame coupled to the first swing arm and the second swing arm, wherein the second frame is configured to move from a bed of one of a truck or a trailer to a position above the first frame, the first and second frames forming a continuous, substantially vertical wall;
a wheel fixedly coupled to a rear portion of the bed of one of the truck or the trailer; and
a winch comprising a first cable and a second cable, the first cable coupled to a first side of the first frame through the wheel and the second cable coupled to a second side of the first frame;
wherein the base is configured to move along the bed of one of the truck or the trailer toward the rear portion of the bed in response to the winch pulling the base with the first cable; and
wherein the base is configured to move along the bed of one of the truck or the trailer toward a front of the bed in response to the winch pulling the base with the second cable.

US Pat. No. 10,363,856

STOWABLE PAYLOAD CARRIER

The United States of Amer...

2. A stowable payload carrier apparatus, comprising:a payload holder assembly;
an actuation device configured to cause the payload holder assembly to rotate, extend, and retract among one or more deployed configurations and a stowed configuration;
a first proximity sensor configured to sense a location of a manipulator arm and to cause the payload holder assembly to avoid physically contacting the manipulator arm; and,
a tray retract hard stop operably coupled to the first proximity sensor, wherein the tray retract hard stop is configured to stop the payload holder assembly from retracting when the first proximity sensor senses that the payload holder assembly is within a first predetermined distance from the manipulator arm;
a second proximity sensor attached to an unmanned vehicle; and
a tray extend hard stop operably coupled to the second proximity sensor, wherein the tray extend hard stop is configured to stop the payload holder assembly from extending when the second proximity sensor senses that the payload holder assembly is within a second predetermined distance from the manipulator arm.

US Pat. No. 10,363,855

BEVERAGE CONTAINER HOLDING ASSEMBLY

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A beverage container holder comprising:a first member including a floor, sidewall, and first opening, the floor connected and spaced apart from the first opening by the first member sidewall to define a receptacle to receive the beverage container therein;
a second member, wherein a portion of the second member is inserted into the first opening of the first member to permit rotation of the second member about a center axis;
a plurality of elastic bands, each elastic band of the plurality of elastic bands being connected to the first member at one end and the second member at the opposite end such that tension is established within each elastic band of the plurality of elastic bands;
wherein, as the second member is caused to rotate about the center axis, the tension in each elastic band grows and the plurality of elastic bands collaborate to operatively form into a configuration which constricts an area centrally located in the receptacle of the first member;
wherein the second member includes a second opening, sidewall, and third opening, the second opening connected and spaced apart from the third opening by the second member sidewall to define a rounded sleeve to surround a portion of the beverage container when the beverage container is received by the receptacle of the first member;
wherein each of the elastic bands are connected to the first member sidewall and the second member sidewalk;
the first member sidewall further includes a track having a plurality of side notches;
the second member sidewall includes a retention feature that projects outward, the retention feature can travel along the track of the first member sidewall as the second member is caused to rotate about the center axis, the retention feature is adapted to engage each of the side notches, and wherein retention feature engagement for each side notch causes the second member to maintain a releasably static position during rotation about the center axis;
wherein the first member sidewall further includes a first edge having a first diameter to define the first opening of the first member, a first surface, and a second edge having a second diameter, the first edge connected and spaced apart from the second edge by the first surface, and the first diameter is larger than the second diameter; and
wherein the first member sidewall further includes a second surface, third surface, and third edge having a third diameter, the second edge connected to and spaced apart from the third edge by the second surface and third surface, the second surface is diagonally oriented in relation to the second edge and the third surface, and the second diameter is larger than the third diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,363,854

PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE POSITIONING APPARATUS

Astronics Advanced Electr...

1. A Personal Electronic Device (PED) positioning apparatus, comprising:at least one guide shaft disposed internally in a tray table;
a crossbar;
at least one crossbar arm connected to the crossbar at a first position and attached to an inner arm by a hinge at an opposing second position, wherein the crossbar arm, the hinge and the inner arm are all configured to fit within the guide shaft;
wherein the crossbar arm is configured to be stowable within the guide shaft when in a stowed position;
wherein the crossbar arm is configured to extend from the guide shaft and beyond the tray table in a deployed configuration, wherein the crossbar atm is further configured to rotate at the hinge so as to dispose the crossbar at an angle with respect to a surface of the tray table that is effective to retain the PED in a viewing position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,853

VEHICLE TRAY SYSTEMS

1. A tray system for use in a vehicle, comprising:a tray support base sized and shaped to fit between seats of a vehicle;
a tray platform supported by the tray support base, the tray platform having an upper surface area sized and shaped to support an appliance, the upper surface area having a length sized to accommodate opening and closing a compartment of the appliance about the upper surface area; and
a receiver tray situated below the tray platform, the receiver tray sized and shaped to receive and support the tray support base, the tray support base being removably interfaced to the receiver tray; wherein
the tray support base comprises a first support leg and a second support leg supporting the tray platform, the first support leg positionable forward of a cabin of the vehicle, and the second support leg positionable rearward of the first support leg; and
the first support leg comprises a recessed portion formed along a lower end of the first support leg, the recessed portion sized and shaped to rest along a protrusion area of a cabin floor of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,852

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CUSTOMIZING A VEHICLE SEAT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seat, comprising:a group of first inflatable bladders, each first bladder having a respective first electromechanical valve coupled therewith;
a pump coupled with each of the first valves;
an occupancy sensor; and
a controller electrically connected with the pump, the occupancy sensor, and with each of the first valves and, upon initially receiving a first signal from the occupancy sensor indicating that the seat is unoccupied, opening all of the first valves to allow air to flow between and among the first bladders and causing the pump to simultaneously inflate the group of first bladders to a predetermined collective pressure and, upon subsequently receiving a second signal from the occupancy sensor indicating that the seat occupied, simultaneously closing all of the first valves to maintain an air distribution level of each of the first bladders according to a distribution of weight of an occupant over the first bladders resulting from the seat being occupied before the controller simultaneously closes all of the first valves.

US Pat. No. 10,363,851

MODULAR HEAD RESTRAINT STRUCTURE AND STYLING ENABLEMENT FEATURES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A headrest assembly, comprising:a support member having first and second legs interconnected by an upper cross member;
a front panel coupled to a front side of the support member;
a rear panel coupled to a rear side of the support member, wherein the front and rear panels define a support portion having first and second sides interconnected by an upper portion;
a web member having a plurality of legs interconnecting the first and second sides and upper portion of the support portion, wherein one or more legs of the plurality of legs of the web member includes a receiving aperture disposed therethrough for receiving a fastener; and
a headrest bun releasably coupled to the web member by the fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,363,850

HEADREST ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE SEAT

CNI Enterprises, Inc., O...

1. A headrest assembly for a vehicle seat comprising:a support bracket adapted to be mounted to the vehicle seat with said support bracket having a support bracket engagement section;
a moveable bracket coupled to said support bracket for movement between a first position and a second position;
a pawl pivotally connected to said moveable bracket such that said pawl is movable between an engaged position and a disengaged position, said pawl comprising a pawl engagement section, said pawl engagement section contacting said support bracket engagement section with said pawl in said engaged position for securing said moveable bracket to said support bracket in said first position, said pawl engagement section being located at a spaced location from said support bracket engagement section when said pawl is in said disengaged position, wherein said moveable bracket is movable relative to said support bracket between said first position and said second position when said pawl is in said disengaged position;
a tab arrangement connected to said support bracket, said tab arrangement selectively engaging and guiding said pawl into one or more of said engaged position and said disengaged position as said movable bracket moves from one of said first position and said second position to another one of said first position and said second position, said tab arrangement comprising a tab located directly adjacent to the support bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,363,849

VEHICLE SEAT

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a seat cushion frame that forms a frame of a seat cushion to support buttocks and thighs of a seated occupant;
a center section spring that spans along a seat front-rear direction of the seat cushion frame at a center section in a seat width direction, the center section spring having a first extension portion that slopes downward from a rear of the seat cushion frame and a second extension portion that slopes downward from a front of the seat cushion frame;
two end section springs, disposed at a same position in a seat up-down direction as the center section spring in a seat side view, that span along the seat front-rear direction of the seat cushion frame at two end sections in the seat width direction, each end section spring having a first extension portion that slopes downward from a rear of the seat cushion frame and a second extension portion that slopes downward from a front of the seat cushion frame; and
a pair of connecting members that are formed of a rod shaped material, each of the connecting members disposed at a seat front side and a seat rear side, respectively, each of the connecting members being configured to: (1) be aligned with hip points of the seated occupant, and (2) link the center section spring to the two end section springs in the seat width direction,
wherein the two end section springs are set with a higher spring constant than the center section spring,
the first and second extension portions of the center section spring and the two end section springs extend in the seat width direction at a position where the pair of the connecting members are disposed, and
the pair of the connecting members are disposed to overlap with and are joined to a lower end side of the first and second extension portions of the center section spring and the two end section springs.

US Pat. No. 10,363,848

BACK FRAME FOR VEHICLE SEAT

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A back frame for a vehicle seat, the back frame to be used in a seatback of the vehicle seat, the back frame comprising:a frame main body comprising two side frames that extend in an approximately up-down direction and that are disposed spaced apart from each other in a seat width direction;
a beam member formed in a rod-like shape, disposed between and attached to the two side frames, and extending in the seat width direction;
a bracket that couples the beam member to the frame main body, and that comprises a welded portion in an end of the bracket, the welded portion being welded to an outer circumferential surface of the beam member;
an extending portion provided in the end of the bracket and extending in a direction away from the end of the bracket; and
the bracket including a plate portion, the plate portion including a plate surface that comes into contact with the beam member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,847

COVER ADAPTABLE TO FOLDABLE VEHICLE SEATS

4Knines, LLC, Vernon Hil...

7. A vehicle seat cover comprising:a back portion adapted to extend over a backrest portion of a vehicle seat, said back portion comprising a lower edge that extends across a first width of the back portion; and
a bench portion adapted to extend over a bench portion of a vehicle seat, said bench portion consisting essentially of:
a second width having a centerline dividing the second width into a first half and a second half, said first half defined by a first portion of the bench portion located between the centerline and a first side edge of the bench portion, said second half defined by a second portion of the bench portion located between the centerline and a second side edge of the bench portion, said second side edge being positioned opposite said first side edge, said first and second side edges being approximately parallel to the centerline;
a front edge extending between the first side edge and the second side edge;
a rear edge extending between the first side edge and the second side edge, said rear edge being positioned opposite said front edge and coupled to the lower edge of the back portion, said front and rear edges being approximately perpendicular to the centerline; and
a single slit positioned in the first half and having an open end opening out through the front edge, and a closed end defined by a sub-portion of the first portion, said closed end being proximal to the rear edge, said single slit dividing the bench portion into a first flap having a first width and a second flap having a second width, wherein the second width is greater than the first width.

US Pat. No. 10,363,846

VEHICLE SEATING SYSTEM HAVING SEAT WITH INDIVIDUALLY CONTROLLABLE ELECTROMAGNETIC COILS

Lear Corporation, Southf...

1. A seating system for a vehicle, comprising:a vehicle seat;
a plurality of individually selectable and controllable electromagnetic coils individually positioned at respective locations within the seat corresponding to anatomical locations of a person sitting in the vehicle seat, the electromagnetic coils to generate electromagnetic fields when activated;
a plurality of air bladders disposed within the vehicle seat;
at least some of the electromagnetic coils are respectively positioned against at least some of the bladders; and
a controller to individually activate a subset of the electromagnetic coils to deliver electromagnetic energy to the anatomical locations of the person corresponding to the respective locations within the vehicle seat of the activated electromagnetic coils.

US Pat. No. 10,363,845

CONDUCTIVE SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seating assembly comprising:a seat including a cushion and a seating surface;
a recess defined in the cushion extending in a direction parallel with the seating surface;
an elongate carrier disposed between the recess and the seating surface, the elongate carrier including a plurality of thermoelectric devices having an upper surface and a lower surface configured to change temperature when a voltage is applied to the plurality of thermoelectric devices;
an upper conductor comprising an upper surface and a lower surface;
a lower conductor comprising an upper surface and a lower surface; and
an air mover in fluid communication with the recess and configured to move air through the recess,
wherein the upper conductor, the plurality of thermoelectric devices, the lower conductor, and air in the recess are in thermal communication to transfer heat away from the seating surface or to transfer heat toward the seating surface, and wherein an area of the upper conductor adjacent the plurality of thermoelectric devices and an area of the lower conductor adjacent the plurality of thermoelectric devices include an outer peripheral portion defining an interior space wherein the outer peripheral portion includes at least two flexibly resilient first tab members, and wherein the outer peripheral portion also includes at least two flexibly resilient second tab members.

US Pat. No. 10,363,844

ADJUSTABLE DAMPING SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE SEAT

GRAMMER AG, Amberg (DE)

1. An adjustable damping system for a vehicle seat for damping vibrations of a seat-part-side upper part relative to a body-side lower part in at least one spatial direction (X, Y, Z), at least one damping element, arranged between the seat-part-side upper part and the body-side lower part and adjustable by an adjustment device, being provided for the damping,wherein at least one relative movement variable and a change in the relative movement variable of the seat-part-side upper part relative to the body-side lower part can be determined by a sensor device, and a first damping force of the damping element can be adjusted by the adjustment device as a function of the at least one relative movement variable and a frequency of the change in the relative movement variable.

US Pat. No. 10,363,843

MULTIPURPOSE VEHICLE

YANMAR CO., LTD., Osaka ...

1. A multipurpose vehicle comprising:a driving section; and
a carriage disposed behind the driving section,
wherein the driving section includes:
a driver seat; and
a passenger seat disposed side by side with the driver seat,
wherein the passenger seat includes a seat portion and a backrest portion,
wherein the seat portion is forwardly pivotable about a front lower portion,
wherein the backrest portion is forwardly pivotable about a lower portion,
wherein a front gate board stands on a front end of a floor board forming the carriage and includes a movable front gate board that is positioned behind the passenger seat and is forwardly pivotable,
wherein an extended loading space is formed with the seat portion and the backrest portion of the passenger seat pivoted forward and the movable front gate board pivoted to be placed over the backrest portion,
wherein a step portion is formed on a back surface of the backrest portion,
wherein when the backrest portion forwardly pivots to be in a horizontal state, and an upper surface of the movable front gate board and the back surface of the backrest portion are flush with each other, and
wherein a lock mechanism that is able to maintain a horizontal direction position and a vertical direction position is provided near the backrest portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,842

VEHICLE ANCHOR SYSTEM FOR JUVENILE SEAT BASE

Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc...

1. A child restraint comprisinga juvenile-seat base including a seat-support frame that supports a juvenile seat and is adapted to lie in an installed position on a seat bottom and seat back of a passenger seat provided with a seat bight formed at a junction between the seat bottom and seat back,
the juvenile-seat base also including a restorative frame tether mounted to the seat-support frame for pivotable movement about a high-elevation horizontal frame-pivot axis that is arranged to intercept and extend through a portion of the juvenile seat that is mounted on the seat-support frame and the restorative frame tether is arranged to extend downwardly from the high-elevation horizontal frame-pivot axis toward the seat bottom of the passenger seat when the seat-support frame lies in the installed position on the passenger seat, and
wherein the restorative frame tether is configured to provide means for mating with an underside of a passenger-seat lap belt associated with the passenger seat to establish an actual belt path of the passenger-seat lap belt while the passenger-seat belt remains in a relatively lower low-elevation position in close proximity to the seat bight and below and in spaced-apart relation to the high-elevation horizontal frame-pivot axis and for yieldably returning the seat-support frame automatically to the installed position on the seat bottom and seat back of the passenger seat owing to pivotable movement of the restorative frame tether about the high-elevation horizontal frame-pivot axis after movement of the seat-support frame from the installed position to a temporary displaced position on the passenger seat during exposure of the passenger seat to external forces.

US Pat. No. 10,363,841

VEHICLE SEAT ADJUSTMENT ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a seatback pivotally coupled to a seat bottom; and
an adjustment assembly operably coupled with the seat and including a linear actuator, the linear actuator configured to release a recliner mechanism when moved in a first direction and configured to release a track assembly when moved in a second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,363,840

SPACER HAVING A TOLERANCE ABSORPTION MECHANISM

Toyota Boshoku America, I...

1. An assembly comprising:a first vehicle seat component;
a second vehicle seat component that can pivot relative to the first vehicle seat component;
a fastener including a shank and a shoulder to secure the first vehicle seat component and second first vehicle seat component together; and
a spacer to absorb radial vibrations, wherein the spacer includes a body, an opening having a longitudinal axis, and at least one flexible leaflet, wherein the body includes a smaller diameter portion and a large diameter portion, and the at least one flexible leaflet is located between the smaller diameter portion of the body and the shoulder of the fastener to absorb axial vibrations, wherein the body and the at least one leaflet are integral and monolithic to define a single component, wherein the opening of the spacer includes a first portion having a cylindrical inner surface that is substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis and having a constant diameter and a second portion angled with respect to the first portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,839

SEAT SLIDE ADJUSTER

DELTA KOGYO CO., LTD., A...

1. A seat slide adjuster for adjusting a position of a seat in a front-rear direction, comprising:a lower rail;
an upper rail that is slidably provided to the lower rail and used to connect to a seat frame of the seat; and
a locking mechanism that locks the upper rail to the lower rail at an appropriate slide position,
wherein the lower rail comprises locking tooth parts on both sides in a longitudinal direction that protrude downward in a comb shape, and
wherein the locking mechanism comprises:
a locking plate that corresponds to the locking tooth parts located on both sides of the lower rail in the longitudinal direction that includes an engaged portion that engages with the locking tooth parts formed in two rows;
a locking mechanism support member supported on the upper rail side and including a locking plate spring for elastically supporting the locking plate so as to allow the engaged portion of the locking plate to engage with the locking tooth parts; and
at least one wedge structure that includes a plurality of wedge portions, wherein the at least one wedge structure (1) is disposed at a position adjacent to a longitudinal edge portion of the locking plate along a longitudinal direction of the upper rail, (2) is elastically supported by a wedge spring provided to the locking mechanism support member, and (3) makes contact with the longitudinal edge portion of the locking plate to press the locking plate inward during locking.

US Pat. No. 10,363,838

QUICK ADJUST POWER ADJUSTER

Magna Seating Inc., Auro...

1. A power adjuster for adjusting the position of a first track relative to a second track of a seat track assembly comprising:a lead screw adapted to be fixedly secured to said first track;
a drive assembly operatively coupled to said first track and selectively coupled to said lead screw;
a driven assembly supported by said second track, said driven assembly operatively coupled to said lead screw and selectively coupled to said drive assembly; and
a release mechanism coupled to said first track and operable between a locked condition coupling said driven assembly to said drive assembly and said first track wherein said driven assembly and said drive assembly move longitudinally along said lead screw with said first track relative to said second track and an unlocked condition wherein said driven assembly is decoupled from said first track and said drive assembly, wherein said driven assembly is in a manual operation mode to allow said first track to move longitudinally fore and aft along said second track with the actuation of said drive assembly and is retained along said lead screw during movement of said first track relative to said second track.

US Pat. No. 10,363,837

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING OPERATION OF ELECTRIC SEAT

HYUNDAI DYMOS INCORPORATE...

1. A method for controlling a motor-driven seat comprising a motor, the method comprising:detecting a motor drive signal of the motor-driven seat;
when the motor drive signal is detected, determining whether a previous driving of the motor was forcibly terminated or normally terminated;
when it is determined that the previous driving was forcibly terminated, operating the motor to produce a predetermined maximum output; and
when it is determined that the previous driving was normally terminated, repeating turning-on and turning-off of the motor such that the motor produces a normal output that is less than the predetermined maximum output.

US Pat. No. 10,363,836

SEATBACK FASTENING STRUCTURE, SEATBACK, AND FASTENING COMPONENT

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

4. A seatback configured to be secured to a body of a vehicle to which at least one body bracket is fastened, the seatback comprising:at least one seat bracket configured to be fastened to a vertical upper portion of a back frame forming a framework of the seatback, the at least one seat bracket comprising:
a base portion configured to cover a receiving surface of the at least one body bracket facing the seatback, the base portion comprising a bolt inserting hole configured to be in communication with a bolt inserting hole of the receiving surface while the base portion covers the receiving surface;
a retaining portion configured to retain an upper surface of the at least one body bracket from vertically above, the upper surface extending from a vertical upper end of the receiving surface toward the body;
a first side wall configured to abut on a first lateral surface of the at least one body bracket while the base portion covers the receiving surface, the first lateral surface extending from a first end of the receiving surface in the width direction of the seatback toward the body; and
a second side wall configured to abut on a second lateral surface of the at least one body bracket while the base portion covers the receiving surface, the second lateral surface extending from a second end of the receiving surface in the width direction of the seatback toward the body.

US Pat. No. 10,363,835

RAILROAD SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A railroad system comprising a first vehicle and a second vehicle electrically connected to a power line, wherein:the first vehicle includes:
a drive part,
an inverter configured to drive the drive part by acquiring power from the power line,
an electric storage device configured to selectively supply power to the power line and accumulate power from the power line, and
a control part configured to control feasibility of charge or discharge of the electric storage device based on a detection value of a distance between the first vehicle and the second vehicle, the detection value when charge or discharge of the electric storage device is switched from an allowable state to a prohibited state being a first set value, the detection value when charge or discharge of the electric storage device is switched from the prohibited state to the allowable state being a second set value, and the first set value being larger than the second set value,
when the detection value of the distance between the first vehicle and the second vehicle is larger than the first set value, the control part prohibits charge and discharge of the electric storage device,
when the detection value of the distance between the first vehicle and the second vehicle is smaller than the second set value, the control part allows charge and discharge of the electric storage device, and
when the detection value of the distance between the first vehicle and the second vehicle is between the first set value and the second set value, the control part maintains a feasible state of charge or discharge of the electric storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,363,834

ELECTRIC VEHICLE WITH HIGH VOLTAGE MODULE HAVING HIGH AND LOW VOLTAGE SECTIONS HAVING A COMMON GROUND

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A vehicle having an electric traction motor, comprising:a high voltage module having a low voltage section and a high voltage section, the high voltage section electrically connected to the electric traction motor and providing electric power to the electric traction motor, the high voltage section also electrically connected to a high voltage direct current supply;
the low voltage section and the high voltage section having a common ground and the low voltage section and the high voltage section are not electrically isolated from each other by an isolation barrier between the low voltage section and the high voltage section;
the low voltage section including a power over fiber receive module and a first optical data module;
a low voltage direct current supply electrically connected to a power over fiber transmit module, the power over fiber transmit module optically coupled by a power over fiber cable to the power over fiber receive module of the low voltage section of the high voltage module; and
an electronic motor control unit powered by the low voltage direct current supply and electrically connected to the low voltage direct current supply, the electronic motor control unit including a second optical data module, the second optical data module of the electronic motor control unit optically coupled by an optical fiber data bus cable to the first optical data module of the low voltage section of the high voltage module.

US Pat. No. 10,363,833

INDUCTIVE CHARGING ACTIVE SUSPENSION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle computer comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing processor-executable instructions,
wherein the processor is programmed to
determine a target charging height based on charging information received from a remote server, including a predicted quality of charge based on prior charges at a charging station,
adjust a height of an inductive pick-up in a host vehicle in accordance with the target charging height prior to an inductive charging process,
determine an actual charging height used during the inductive charging process, wherein the actual charging height is based on the height of the inductive pick-up when receiving a highest efficiency charge from a charging station; and
store the actual charging height in the memory and relate the actual charging height in the memory to a unique identifier of the charging station stored in the memory.

US Pat. No. 10,363,832

VEHICLE PARKING CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle parking control device comprising:a vehicle electronic control unit for controlling a vehicle, the vehicle electronic control unit being configured to:
specify a target position as a target at a time when the vehicle is stopped, the target position being an installation position of a power supplying pad for electric power supply by way of magnetism;
set a predetermined range that includes the target position, wherein the predetermined range is a range that is greater than a charging capable range within which a power supplying pad and a power receiving pad are capable of being magnetically coupled;
determine whether or not a reference position of the vehicle is positioned inside of the predetermined range, the reference position being a mounted position of the power receiving pad;
estimate an inclination state in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle;
estimate a state of charge of a battery; and
switch between creep torque characteristics of the vehicle, in response to determining that a predetermined condition that the reference position of the vehicle is positioned inside of the predetermined range and an estimated state of charge of the battery is less than a predetermined value is satisfied,
wherein the creep torque characteristics are switched so as to increase a creep torque in response to an estimated vehicular inclination state of an upward slope and to decrease the creep torque in response to the estimated vehicular inclination state of a flat or downward slope.

US Pat. No. 10,363,831

ELECTRICAL POWER SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An electrical power system comprising:a first electrical power converter that is configured to perform a first electrical power conversion between an electrical power storage apparatus and a load;
a second electrical power converter that is configured to perform a second electrical power conversion between the electrical power storage apparatus and the load;
a first controller that is configured to periodically generate a first command signal and a second command signal at a first cycle, to control the first electrical power converter such that a first electrical current based on the first command signal flows through by the first electrical power conversion, and to periodically transmit the second command signal to a second controller via a communication line at a second cycle that is longer than the first cycle; and
the second controller is configured to receive the second command signal transmitted by the first controller, to perform a predetermined signal processing on the received second command signal, and to control the second electrical power converter such that a second electrical current, based on the second command signal on which the signal processing is performed, flows through by the second electrical power conversion,
the first controller being configured to adjust the generated first command signal to allow at least one of shortage and excess of the second electrical current that actually flows by the second electrical power conversion to be canceled by the first electrical current, after generating the first command signal and the second command signal,
at least one of the first controller and the second controller being configured to determine whether or not the generated first command signal reaches a first upper limit value that specifies an upper limit of the first command signal,
the second controller being configured to control the second electrical power converter such that the second electrical current, based on the second command signal on which the signal processing is performed, flows through, when it is determined that the generated first command signal is smaller than the first upper limit value,
the second controller being configured to control the second electrical power converter such that the second electrical current, based on a second upper limit value that specifies an upper limit of the second command signal, flows through, when it is determined that the generated first command signal reaches the first upper limit value.

US Pat. No. 10,363,830

FUEL CELL VEHICLE

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

1. A fuel cell vehicle comprising:a fuel cell stack that is disposed in a motor compartment provided in a front section of the vehicle and that generates electric power by an electrochemical reaction of fuel gas and oxidant gas;
a fuel tank that is disposed in a rear section of the vehicle and in which the fuel gas is stored; and
a fuel feeding pipe that provides a connection between the fuel cell stack and the fuel tank,
wherein the fuel feeding pipe has an elastic pipe portion that is secured at one end thereof to the fuel cell stack and at the other end thereof to a body-side mounting portion, and
wherein the other end of the elastic pipe portion and the body-side mounting portion are coupled to each other with a securing mechanism configured such that the other end of the elastic pipe portion is disengaged and separated from the body-side mounting portion when the fuel cell stack moves relatively away from the body-side mounting portion in response to application of a predetermined load, the securing mechanism including a pipe-side coupling member fastened to a surface of the elastic pipe portion with bolts that extend through the pipe-side coupling member to the surface of the elastic pipe portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,829

PORTABLE AND CONVERTIBLE RECHARGEABLE BATTERY POWER SUPPLY

URBAN626, LLC, Pasadena,...

1. A portable battery power supply comprising:a body having an outer shell defining an inner volume having at least one rechargeable energy storage cell disposed therein;
a mechanical interconnection disposed in the outer shell of the body comprising at least one fixed mechanical engagement point and at least one deployable mechanical locking element;
a primary power output bus disposed in the outer shell of the body and electronically connected with the at least one rechargeable energy storage cell, the primary power output bus being configured to cooperatively interconnect the portable battery power supply to an external electronic circuit to supply at least one high current output and at least one low current output thereto;
at least one power output receptacle disposed in the outer body and electronically connected with the at least one rechargeable energy storage cell;
an electromechanical switch electrically interconnected between the at least one rechargeable energy storage cell and the primary power output bus and at least one power output, and mechanically interconnected with the at least one deployable mechanical locking element;
wherein the electromechanical switch has at least two switchable positions:
a first switchable position in which the deployable mechanical locking element is withdrawn within the outer shell of the body and the electronic circuit between the rechargeable energy storage cell and both the primary output bus and the at least one power output receptacle is interrupted,
a second switchable position in which the deployable mechanical locking element is extended out of the outer shell of the body and the electronic circuit between the rechargeable energy storage cell and both the primary output bus and the at least one power output receptacle is uninterrupted, and
a primary power output bus interconnection circuit interconnected between the primary power output bus and the rechargeable energy storage cell such that when the primary output bus is engaged with the external electronic circuit the at least one low current output is connected through the external electronic circuit when the electromechanical switch is disposed in any one of the first or second switchable positions.

US Pat. No. 10,363,828

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REGULATING CHARGING OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES

NIO USA, Inc., San Jose,...

15. A power system for an electric vehicle, comprising:a first battery;
a second battery;
a converter including:
a first switching element coupled to a first control signal line that controls switching of the first switching element according to a first control signal;
a second switching element coupled to a second control signal line that controls switching of the second switching element according to a second control signal;
a third switching element coupled to a third control signal line that controls switching of the third switching element according to a third control signal;
a fourth switching element coupled to a fourth control signal line that controls switching of the fourth switching element according to a fourth control signal, the first, second, third, and fourth switching elements being connected in series and coupled between power signal lines that receive a first voltage from an external power source;
at least one capacitance coupled between the power signal lines and coupled to the plurality of switching elements, the first battery and the second battery; and
a resonant circuit coupled to the plurality of switching elements, the resonant circuit having a resonant frequency; and
a controller to supply the first, second, third, and fourth control signals such that the converter converts the first voltage into a second voltage to charge the first battery and the second battery,
wherein the first battery is coupled between an output line and a first power signal line of the power signal lines that is coupled to a positive terminal of the external power source,
wherein the second battery is coupled between the output line and a second power signal line of the power signal lines that is coupled to a negative terminal of the external power source, and
wherein the controller supplies the first, second, third, and fourth control signals to:
turn ON and OFF the first, second, and third switching elements such that i) the first and third switching elements are ON for a first time period while the second switching element is OFF for the first time period, ii) the first and third switching elements are OFF for a second time period while the second switching element is ON for the second time period, iii) the third switching element is pulsed ON and OFF at least once during the second time period, and iv) the fourth switching element is OFF for the first and second time periods.

US Pat. No. 10,363,827

VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle configured to receive a supply of power from a charging stand provided outside of the vehicle, the charging stand being configured to perform fee-charging on the supply of power to the vehicle in accordance with a fee-charging system based on a use time of the charging stand, the vehicle comprising:an electrical storage device configured to perform external charging using the power supplied from the charging stand;
a notifier configured to execute a notification to a user;
a communication device configured to acquire information relating to the fee-charging system of the charging stand; and
an electronic control unit configured to:
predict an amount of charging power of the electrical storage device and the use time in a case where the external charging is performed, in accordance with a state of the electrical storage device,
predict cost performance of the external charging based on a ratio of the predicted amount of charging power to the predicted use time, and the information relating to the fee-charging system, and
control the notifier so as to execute the notification of the cost performance.

US Pat. No. 10,363,826

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR UAV BATTERY EXCHANGE

SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LT...

1. A method for changing a battery of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), said method comprising:supporting the UAV on a UAV landing area of a station, wherein said UAV is coupled to a first battery configured to power the UAV;
removing the first battery from the UAV with aid of a battery replacement member; and
moving, within a battery storage section, a holding station configured to store a second battery capable of powering the UAV upon being coupled to the UAV, wherein the holding station is moved simultaneously while the first battery is being removed with aid of the battery replacement member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,825

METHOD, BATTERY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND VEHICLE FOR CHARGING AWAKENING

BORGWARD TRADEMARK HOLDIN...

1. A battery management system, comprising:a wake-up module, configured to generate a wake-up signal when the battery management system is in one of a dormant and a power-off state and an external charging plug is connected with a charging interface; and
a power management module, configured to conduct a power supply circuit between a battery module and a preset function module in the battery management system when receiving the wake-up signal.

US Pat. No. 10,363,824

VEHICLE JUMPSTARTING SYSTEM

1. A vehicle jumpstarting system comprising:a cable with keyed connectors provided at distal ends that are able to connect a donor vehicle to a recipient vehicle in order to jump start a battery of the recipient vehicle;
wherein the recipient vehicle and the donor vehicle each include an engine compartment right battery port, an engine compartment left battery port, and a trunk battery port;
wherein the cable is further defined with a cable harness that is able to connect the recipient vehicle to the donor vehicle via the engine compartment right battery port, the engine compartment left battery port, or the trunk battery port;
wherein the donor vehicle and the recipient vehicle are each further defined as including a vehicle battery;
wherein the donor vehicle and the recipient vehicle each include an engine compartment right battery port fuse, an engine compartment left battery port fuse, and a trunk battery port fuse;
wherein the vehicle battery of both the donor vehicle and the recipient vehicle is further defined with a battery port positive contact and a battery port negative contact;
wherein the cable is further defined to include an outer cable cover, which is able to insulate and protect a positive conductor and a negative conductor;
wherein the positive conductor and the negative conductor are each electrically insulated from each other;
wherein the cable is further defined with a first cable connector, a second cable connector, a first collar, second collar, and a cable fuse;
wherein the positive conductor connects to the first cable connector positive contact, and the first cable connector positive contact is affixed to the first cable connector;
wherein the positive conductor is also connected to the second cable connector positive contact;
wherein the second cable connector positive contact is affixed to the second cable connector;
wherein the negative conductor connects to the first cable connector negative contact;
wherein the first cable connector negative contact is affixed to the first cable connector;
wherein the negative conductor is also connected to the second cable connector negative contact;
wherein the second cable connector negative contact is also affixed to the second cable connector;
wherein the negative conductor connects to the first cable connector negative contact;
wherein the first cable connector negative contact is affixed to the first cable connector;
wherein the negative conductor is also connected to the second cable connector negative contact;
wherein the second cable connector negative contact is also affixed to the second cable connector;
wherein a cable fuse is routed through either the positive conductor or the negative conductor to provide over-current protection;
wherein the first collar serves to join the outer cable cover with the first cable connector and offers rigidity at that end of the cable during plugging and unplugging operations;
wherein the second collar serves to join the outer cable cover with the second cable connector and offers rigidity at that end of the cable during plugging and unplugging operations.

US Pat. No. 10,363,823

POWER SUPPLY MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. An apparatus comprising:an onboard energy storage device;
an onboard power conversion device configured to be electrically coupled to an external power source for receiving electrical power therefrom; and
at least one drive system electrically coupled to the onboard energy storage device and the onboard power conversion device,
wherein the at least one drive system comprises a traction drive system and a power take-off (PTO) drive system, the traction drive system is configured to receive electrical power cooperatively provided from the onboard energy storage device and the onboard power conversion device for driving movement of the apparatus, and the PTO drive system is configured to receive electrical power cooperatively provided from the onboard energy storage device and the onboard power conversion device for driving movement of at least one implement in association with the PTO drive system,
wherein the onboard energy storage device provides electrical power to the at least one drive system and the onboard power conversion device provides electrical power received from the external power source to the at least one drive system simultaneously, depending on a state of charge of the onboard energy storage device,
and wherein the onboard power conversion device concurrently provides electrical power received from the external power source to the at least one drive system and to the onboard energy storage device;the apparatus further comprising:a DC bus coupled to the onboard energy storage device and the onboard power conversion device; and
a traction switch electrically coupled to the DC bus and the traction drive system, wherein when the apparatus is operating in a charging mode, the traction switch is opened to disable the traction drive system, and wherein when the apparatus is operating in a driving mode, the traction switch is closed to allow at least a part of the electrical power provided from the onboard power conversion device to be transferred to the traction drive system via the DC bus and the traction switch; and
a PTO switch electrically coupled to the DC bus and the PTO drive system, wherein when the apparatus is operating in a charging mode, the PTO switch is opened to disable the PTO drive system, and wherein when the apparatus is operating in a driving mode, the PTO switch is closed to allow at least a part of the electrical power provided from the onboard power conversion device to be transferred to the PTO drive system via the DC bus and the PTO switch; and
wherein an internal combustion engine is absent from the apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,363,822

BRAKING CONTROL METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ECO-FRIENDLY VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A braking control method for an all-wheel drive (AWD) eco-friendly vehicle which distributes and transmits a driving force of a vehicle driving source to front wheels and rear wheels based on a controlled power distribution ratio, the method comprising:determining, by a controller, a total braking force based on a brake signal that corresponds to manipulation of a brake pedal;
calculating, by the controller, a front wheel braking force and a rear wheel braking force which satisfy the total braking force;
calculating, by the controller, a regenerative braking force and a frictional braking force which satisfy the total braking force;
determining, by the controller, a range of a power distribution ratio of the front wheels to the rear wheels during braking of the vehicle using the calculated front wheel braking force, rear wheel braking force, and regenerative braking force;
determining, by the controller, a power distribution ratio RAWD of the front wheels to the rear wheels based on a vehicle driving condition, within the determined range of the power distribution ratio; and
adjusting, by the controller, distribution of the power to the front wheels and the rear wheels to be the determined power distribution ratio RAWD such that the regenerative braking force is distributed to the front wheels and rear wheels based on the power distribution ratio RAWD,
wherein a front wheel regenerative braking force and a rear wheel regenerative braking force are calculated from the regenerative braking force and the determined power distribution ratio RAWD, and
wherein a frictional braking device of the front wheels is operated to generate a frictional braking force that corresponds to a difference between the front wheel braking force and the front wheel regenerative braking force, and a frictional braking device of the rear wheels is operated to generate a frictional braking force that corresponds to a difference between the rear wheel braking force and the rear wheel regenerative braking force.

US Pat. No. 10,363,821

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING REGENERATIVE BRAKING OF VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A method for controlling a regenerative braking execution when shifting gears in a vehicle during regenerative braking, the method comprising:a first process of deciding whether motor torque is in a constant power mode:
a second process of deciding whether the motor torque is in a constant torque mode; and
a third process of deciding whether a mode of the motor torque is converted into the constant torque mode from the constant power mode,
wherein an amount of regenerative braking is determined based on a decided result of the first to third processes.

US Pat. No. 10,363,820

WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER TO A TAILGATE THROUGH CAPACITIVE COUPLERS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a transmitting circuit in a body of the vehicle configured to transmit power via wireless capacitive transfer;
a receiving circuit in a tailgate of the vehicle configured to receive power via wireless capacitive transfer;
a first set of plates electrically coupled to the transmitting circuit, the first set of plates disposed in a frame that receives the tailgate; and
a second set of plates electrically coupled to the receiving circuit, the second set of plates disposed in-side the tailgate, the second set of plates aligned to the first set of plates when the tailgate is closed.

US Pat. No. 10,363,819

METER CLUSTER ASSEMBLY

1. A meter cluster assembly, comprising:a meter cluster body including
a wall defining an open space,
a trench on a proximal edge of the wall, the trench having a discontinuous channel along a length of the trench,
at least one tab attachment location at predetermined positions not in the discontinuous channel,
a lip disposed on an aspect of the proximal edge of the wall, adjacent to a portion of the trench,
a tactile feature disposed on a visible surface of the lip,
a clip disposed on a hidden surface of the lip, opposite the tactile feature; and
a bezel including
a finished surface projecting radially from a visible aspect,
a plurality of fins projecting radially from a hidden aspect, and
at least one tab projecting from the hidden aspect.

US Pat. No. 10,363,818

DISPLAY UNIT FOR VEHICLE

VOLKSWAGEN AG, Wolfsburg...

1. A display unit for a vehicle, comprising:an electronic display configured to display information for an occupant of the vehicle;
a light guide configured as a light pipe, having a thickness, situated adjacent to a portion of a displaying face of the display, and configured to guide light from the portion of the displaying face of the display representing a part of the information displayed on the display from a first location at the display through the thickness of the light guide, by internal reflection, to a predetermined location spaced apart from the electronic display; and
a further light guide configured as a light pipe including at least one optical fiber situated adjacent to a further portion of the displaying face of the display and configured to guide light from the further portion of the displaying face of the display representing at least another part of the information to a further predetermined location spaced apart from the electronic display, the further predetermined location being different from the predetermined location;
wherein a display end of the light guide is provided at a distance from the electronic display, the distance based on a dimension of the light guide, the light guided from the portion of the displaying face of the display by the light guide being displayed at the display end of the light guide closer in view than the information displayed on the display outside of the portion of the displaying face of the display situated adjacent to the light guide, such that the displayed information appears three dimensional; and
wherein the light guide includes a surface provided parallel and adjacent to the portion of the displaying face of the display, the light guide further including a first portion and a second portion, a thickness of the first portion extending from the surface in a direction perpendicular to the surface being smaller than a thickness of the second portion from the surface in the direction perpendicular to the display surface of the electronic display.

US Pat. No. 10,363,817

SELF-LOADING AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle computer comprising:a memory; and
a processor programmed to execute instructions stored in the memory, the instructions including:
commanding a lighting system controller to flash tail lamps of a host vehicle;
determining whether a response was received from a first follow vehicle located behind the host vehicle; and
commanding the host vehicle to autonomously proceed to a loading area as a result of receiving the response from the first follow vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,816

PEDAL UNIT AND A VEHICLE INCLUDING THE SAME

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A pedal unit comprising:an accelerator pedal rotatable about a first pivot axis;
a brake pedal rotatable about a second pivot axis;
a first bracket including a first plate including a first surface and a second surface on a side opposite to the first surface and that supports the accelerator pedal adjacent to the first surface of the first plate to be rotatable about the first pivot axis, and that supports the brake pedal adjacent to the second surface of the first plate to be rotatable about the second pivot axis;
a second bracket including a second plate including a third surface opposing the second surface and that supports the brake pedal adjacent to the third surface of the second plate to be rotatable about the second pivot axis;
a connector held by the first plate and the second plate, and that rotatably supports the brake pedal in a state in which the brake pedal is disposed between the second surface of the first bracket and the third surface of the second bracket; and
a shaft held by the first bracket and rotatably supporting the accelerator pedal.

US Pat. No. 10,363,815

METHOD FOR OPERATING A MULTI-AXLE DRIVE DEVICE AND CORRESPONDING MULTI-AXLE DRIVE DEVICE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for operating a multi-axle drive device,wherein the multi-axle drive device comprises:
a synchronizing clutch present in an operative connection between a first output shaft and a connecting shaft; and
at least one separating clutch present in an operative connection between the connecting shaft and a second output shaft,
wherein the synchronizing clutch and the separating clutch are disengaged in a first operating state and are engaged in a second operating state, the method comprising:
at least partially engaging the synchronizing clutch when a shifting variable exceeds a first shifting threshold during the first operating state, such that the synchronizing clutch is shifted out of a disengaged position in a direction of its engagement, and
engaging the separating clutch only when the shifting variable exceeds a second shifting threshold,
wherein the second shifting threshold is greater than the first shifting threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,363,814

TRANSFER CASE WITH OIL DISTRIBUTION

BorgWarner Inc., Auburn ...

14. A hub for a transfer case, the hub comprising:an outer annular member;
an inner annular member within and rotatable relative to the outer annular member in a limited range of motion between a first position and a second position relative to the outer annular member; and
a spring coupled to the outer annular member and the inner annular member, the spring normally biasing the inner annular member into the first position;
wherein the hub forms a closed valve when the inner annular member is in the first position, and the hub forms an open valve when the inner annular member is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,813

INTEGRATED MOTOR AND AXLE APPARATUS AND METHOD

GE Global Sourcing LLC, ...

7. A system, comprising:an electric motor, the electric motor including:
a housing having a first end and a second end;
a hollow rotor shaft extending through the housing from the first end to the second end of the housing, the hollow rotor shaft having a first shaft end having an interior spline surface, and a second shaft end; and
a rear drive shaft received within the hollow rotor shaft, the rear drive shaft having a first splined end mating with the interior spline surface of the hollow rotor shaft and a second splined end opposite the first splined end; and
an axle coupled to the electric motor, the axle including an axle input shaft having an internal splined surface receiving the second splined end of the rear drive shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,363,812

VAPOUR RECOVERY SYSTEM AND VAPOUR CONTROL METHOD

Plastic Omnium Advanced I...

1. A vapour recovery system for recovering vapour coming from a vehicle tank comprising:a valve configured for being positionable in a closed position, an open position creating a passageway with a first size, and one or more intermediate positions each creating a passageway with a size which is smaller than said first size;
an actuator configured for operating said valve;
an electronic controller configured for controlling said actuator to position said valve in a sequence of positions over time, wherein said sequence comprises at least one of said one or more intermediate positions during a time period, said time period being larger than 1 second;
wherein the valve is arranged in a line of the vapour recovery system between a vapour outlet of the vehicle tank and the atmosphere;
wherein the actuator is a stepper-motor based linear actuator;
wherein the controlling comprises selecting at least one intermediate position of said one or more intermediate positions, the selection consisting in selecting a number of steps to be set from a predetermined reference position; and
wherein the controller is configured to:
in response to a positive detection of a refuelling event, position the valve in the open position;
monitor a level of liquid in the vehicle tank and, in response to the level reaching a predetermined threshold level, position the valve in the closed position; and
then reopen the valve by positioning the valve in an intermediate position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,811

VEHICLE SPEED CONTROLLED ACTIVE GRILLE SHUTTER SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An active grille shutter system comprising:a number of vanes angularly displaceable between an open position, a closed position, a first commanded position between the open position and the closed position, and a second commanded position between the first commanded position and the closed position;
a motor having a variable hold current applied thereto for maintaining the vanes in the first commanded position and the second commanded position; and
a controller configured to adjust the amount of hold current being applied to the motor, wherein when the vanes are in one of the first commanded position and the second commanded position, the controller increases the amount of hold current being applied to the motor with increasing vehicle speed and decreases the amount of hold current being applied to the motor with decreasing vehicle speed and when the vanes are in the first commanded position at a given vehicle speed a first amount of hold current is applied to the motor to maintain the vanes in the first commanded position and when the vanes are in the second commanded position at the given vehicle speed a second amount of hold current is applied to the motor to maintain the vanes in the second commanded position, wherein the second amount of hold current is greater than the first amount of hold current.

US Pat. No. 10,363,810

AIR INTAKE GRILLE ASSEMBLY, AND METHODS OF USE AND MANUFACTURE THEREOF

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

1. An air intake grille assembly of a vehicle operable in forward and backward directions of travel across a surface comprising:a frame defining an opening; and
a plurality of louvers extending laterally across the opening, at least one of the plurality of louvers being defined by opposed top and bottom surfaces and having a double curve shape defining first and second curve portions, the top surface terminates at a forward-facing surface and at a backward-facing surface, and the first and second curve portions each have a different radius of curvature, wherein
the first curve portion defines a single continuous curve shape that terminates at the forward-facing surface of the at least one of the plurality of louvers, and the second curve portion defines a single continuous curve shape that terminates at the backward-facing surface of the at least one of the plurality of louvers,
the first curve portion extends from the forward-facing surface to the second curve portion, and the second curve portion extends from the backward-facing surface to the first curved portion, and
the top surface extends along the first curve portion and is convex from the forward-facing surface to the second curve portion, and the top surface extends along the second curve portion and is concave from the backward-facing surface to the first curve portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,809

RADIATOR SCREEN DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA J...

1. A radiator screen device for a construction machine, an agricultural machine, or an industrial vehicle, each having a vehicle body and a radiator, comprising:a screen to filter dust contained in cooling air flowing toward the radiator, and that includes a front surface and a rear surface;
a dust removing member disposed upstream of the radiator with respect to a flowing direction of the cooling air and movable relative to the screen, and disposed in contact with the front surface of the screen to remove dust attached to the front surface of the screen; and
a frame body that surrounds the dust removing member,
wherein the dust removing member comprises a wire that has a zigzag shape so as to be placed in contact with the surface of the screen,
wherein the front surface of the screen is disposed upstream of the rear surface of the screen with respect to the flowing direction of the cooling air,
wherein the frame body is brought into contact with the dust removing member to regulate a movable range of the dust removing member within the frame body, and
wherein the dust removing member and the screen are supported by the vehicle body, and wherein one of the dust removing member and the screen is vibrated vertically relative to the other of the dust removing member and the screen by vibration of the vehicle body.

US Pat. No. 10,363,808

WHEEL DRIVE MOTOR AND IN-WHEEL MOTOR DRIVE ASSEMBLY

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A wheel drive motor, comprising:a motor shaft, for outputting drive force to rotate a wheel, extending in an axial direction and including a large diameter portion located at a central part in the axial direction and a small diameter portion located on a first side in the axial direction, the small diameter portion having a diameter smaller than that of the large diameter portion,
a bearing rotatably supporting the small diameter portion, and
a rotor secured to an outer circumferential surface of the large diameter portion and facing a stator,
an end member that is fixedly attached to the large diameter portion, projects from the end face of the large diameter portion located on the first side in the axial direction, and covers an end face of the rotor located on the first side in the axial direction, wherein
an end part of the rotor located on the first side in the axial direction projects over an end face of the large diameter portion located on the first side in the axial direction toward a side having the small diameter portion, and
further wherein the end member is positioned to be coaxial with the motor shaft at an attachment position on the large diameter portion, and
the end member includes an outer circumferential fitting surface that fits with a radially inner part of the end part of the rotor located on the first side in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,363,807

CONTROL DEVICE

AISIN AW CO., LTD., Anjo...

1. A control device that is adapted for a vehicle drive system in which a first engagement device and a rotating electrical machine are provided in a power transfer path connecting an internal combustion engine to wheels and that performs start assist control for the internal combustion engine, the control device comprising:an electronic control unit that:
executes, when the first engagement device is in a disengaged state, a first start assist process that brings the first engagement device into slip engagement at a first engagement pressure while increasing a torque generated by the rotating electrical machine; and
executes, when the first start assist process fails to start the internal combustion engine, a second start assist process that increases an engagement pressure of the first engagement device to a second engagement pressure higher than the first engagement pressure while increasing the torque generated by the rotating electrical machine, wherein
the second engagement pressure is determined on the basis of a rotational speed of the internal combustion engine in the first start assist process.

US Pat. No. 10,363,806

POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE AND VEHICLE COMPRISING THE SAME

BYD COMPANY LIMITED, She...

1. A power transmission system for a vehicle, comprising:an engine unit;
a plurality of input shafts, wherein the engine unit is configured to selectively engage with one of the input shafts when the engine unit transmits power to the input shafts;
a plurality of driving gears with one driving gear disposed on one input shaft;
an output shaft configured to transfer the power from the input shafts;
one or more linked gears rotatable at a different speed relative to the output shaft, wherein the linked gears include a plurality of gear parts, the gear parts being configured to mesh with the driving gears on the input shafts;
an output unit coupled on the output shaft and configured to transmit the power to front wheels of the vehicle;
a clutch disposed on the output shaft and configured to selectively engage with one of the linked gears and the output unit so as to drive one or more wheels of the vehicle via the power output by the output unit;
a first motor generator configured to couple with one of the input shaft and the output shaft for power transmission; and
an intermediate shaft and first and second gears fixed on the intermediate shaft, wherein one of the first and second gears is configured to mesh with one of the driving gears, the first motor generator includes an output terminal directly coupled with the other one of the first and second gears for power transmission, or the output terminal of the first motor generator is indirectly coupled with the other one of the first and second gears via an intermediate idler for power transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,363,805

HANDLING STRUT

BENTLEY MOTORS LIMITED, ...

1. A handling strut for a vehicle, the handling strut formed of at least two strut members; a first strut member for connection to a powertrain and a second strut member for connection to a structural member of the vehicle; wherein one of said strut members comprises a bushing and the other strut member comprises a shaft arranged to extend through an aperture in the bushing; wherein the aperture through the bushing is wider than the shaft, a predetermined air gap is provided between the shaft and the bushing, and the first strut member is decoupled from the second strut member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,804

VEHICLE ELECTRICALLY DRIVING ASSEMBLY

Jing-Jin Electric Technol...

1. A vehicle electrically driving assembly, connected to vehicle axle half shafts of a vehicle, whereinthe vehicle electrically driving assembly comprises: an electric motor, a speed reducer, an electromagnetic tooth-mounted clutch and a differential;
the speed reducer is provided with multiple stages of gears, an input shaft and an intermediate shaft;
the differential is connected between the vehicle axle half shafts;
the electromagnetic tooth-mounted clutch is installed on the intermediate shaft of the speed reducer; and
when the electromagnetic tooth-mounted clutch is in engagement, a driving force of the electric motor is transmitted to the vehicle axle half shafts via the speed reducer and the electromagnetic law clutch, to provide the driving force to the vehicle;
the speed reducer comprises: a first stage driving gear, a first stage driven gear, a second stage driving gear and a second stage driven gear, and the gears of the same stage are in engagement; and
the electromagnetic tooth-mounted clutch comprises: a fixed face tooth, a movable face tooth, a solenoid assembly and a return elastic assembly, and when the solenoid assembly is powered off, the return elastic assembly drives the movable face tooth to reset, the return elastic assembly is a spring, an elastic sheet, a diaphragm spring or a spring assembly, and the spring assembly comprises several springs.

US Pat. No. 10,363,803

ENCAPSULATION ASSEMBLY AND FORMING METHOD THEREOF, AND VEHICLE WINDOW

SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE...

1. A method for forming an encapsulation assembly, comprising:forming a trim which comprises a decoration section and a connection section, the connection section being disposed at an edge of the trim and having a penetration structure; and
forming a gasket, by injection molding, which comprises a fixing section covering the connection section of the trim, wherein a part of the fixing section is filled into the penetration structure of the connection section during the injection molding,
wherein forming the trim comprises forming a hole structure in the connection section so as to form the penetration structure.

US Pat. No. 10,363,802

MOTOR VEHICLE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A motor vehicle, comprising:a body;
two side pillars arranged on opposite sides of the body and movably connected to the body;
two rear pillars arranged on opposite sides of the body and movably connected to the body, and
a roof adjustable between a closed position and an opened position, said roof including a front roof part which is connected rotatably to the two side pillars, and a rear roof part which is connected rotatably to the two rear pillars, said rear roof part forming in the opened position of the roof a folding top compartment lid, below which the front roof part, the two side pillars, and the two rear pillars are stowed.

US Pat. No. 10,363,801

TONNEAU COVER ACCESS PANEL

Bestop, Inc., Louisville...

1. A rear cover access panel system for a vehicle having a cargo area structure with at least one opening, comprising:at least one attachment portion selectively operably coupled to the vehicle;
a pivotal portion pivotally coupled to the at least one attachment portion;
a cover attached to the pivotal portion where pivoting the pivotal portion allows the cover to move between a closed position covering the opening of the vehicle and a first open position partially uncovering the opening of the vehicle; and
at least one latch mechanism operably coupled to the at least one attachment portion, said at least one latch mechanism operably selectively releases the at least one attachment portion from the vehicle to allow further uncovering of the opening as desired.

US Pat. No. 10,363,800

TARPAULIN BRACKET SYSTEM

Precision Tarp Inc., Elg...

1. A connector for attaching a bow to a cable assembly in a movable tarpaulin system, the connector comprising:a first plate member having a planar surface with an aperture, two opposing upturned sidewalls along at least a portion of opposing sides of the planar surface so as to define a channel, and a planar flange portion extending from an end of the planar surface positioned between the upturned sidewalls;
a second plate member having a planar surface with an aperture therein and a curved flange portion extending from the planar surface along an end;
a fastener for connecting the first and second plate members to a bow;
wherein the apertures in the respective planar surfaces of the first and second plate members align with one another and an aperture in an end of a bow to allow the fastener to pass through the three aligned apertures so as to sandwich the end of the bow between the first and second plate members in a manner such that the planar flange of the first plate member substantially abuts the curved flange of the second plate member so as to attach the connector to a cable positioned between the two flanges.

US Pat. No. 10,363,799

COACH DOOR OF VEHICLE OPENABLE AND CLOSABLE REGARDLESS OF ORDER

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A coach door of a vehicle openable/closable regardless of an order, which includes a front door in which a hinge axis connected to a vehicle body is installed at a front end and a rear door in which the hinge axis connected to the vehicle body is installed at a rear end, comprising:a hinge assembly having a first hinge hinged to a vehicle body, a second hinge hinged to the first hinge and engaged with a rear end of a rear door, an opening start device configured to rotate the rear end of the rear door to the outside of the vehicle at an early stage of opening of the rear door, and a closing end device configured to rotate the rear end of the rear door to the inside of the vehicle at a last stage of closing of the rear door; and
a guide unit configured to guide a front end of the rear door to move the front end of the rear door in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle at the initial stage of opening of the rear door and the last stage of closing of the rear door.

US Pat. No. 10,363,798

INSERT FOR A MULTI-PART VEHICLE DOOR

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. An insert for a vehicle door having one part of the door that is separable from another part of the door, the insert comprising:a body having a first end, a second end, a longitudinal axis extending between the first end and the second end and through the center of mass of the body, an opening at the first end, and an inner surface that defines a cavity extending from the opening toward the second end, the inner surface having a first portion and an opposing second portion wherein the distance from the first portion to the axis decreases along at least a portion of the cavity in the direction extending from the first end toward the second end, and the distance from the second portion to the axis increases along at least a portion of the cavity in the direction extending from the first end toward the second end.

US Pat. No. 10,363,797

VEHICLE HEATER

BorgWarner Ludwigsburg Gm...

1. A vehicle heater, comprising:a pipe having a plurality of chambers;
each chamber having a ceramic heating element arranged therein;
a contact plate configured for electrical contact, the contact plate having a front side contacting the heating elements and a rear side facing an upper side of the chambers or an underside of the chambers; and
an intermediate wall separating at least two of the chambers, the intermediate wall extending from the upper side to the underside of the chambers, wherein the contact plate has a slit in which the intermediate wall is arranged.

US Pat. No. 10,363,796

CONTROL MODULE ACTIVATION OF VEHICLES IN A KEY-OFF STATE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system comprising:a vehicle at a location in a key-off state including:
a battery;
a communication module; and
an infotainment unit to activate and present media responsive to the communication module receiving an activation signal; and
a remote processor to:
determine a charge level of the battery;
identify a parking duration for the location; and
send the activation signal responsive to the charge level being greater than a threshold associated with the parking duration.

US Pat. No. 10,363,795

CHILLER-ACCUMULATOR SYSTEM FOR AN ENGINE WITH A FORCED INDUCTION SYSTEM

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A chiller system for a vehicle engine having a forced induction arrangement, the chiller system comprising:an intercooler configured to cool compressed charge air received from a turbocharger or a supercharger;
a low temperature cooling circuit fluidly coupled to the intercooler, the low temperature cooling circuit circulating a coolant to provide cooling to the intercooler and including a low temperature radiator configured to cool the coolant, a chiller-accumulator loop having a combined chiller-accumulator, a chiller bypass line bypassing the chiller-accumulator, and a charging valve configured to selectively provide coolant to at least one of the chiller-accumulator loop and the chiller bypass line; and
an air conditioner circuit circulating a refrigerant and having a primary circuit and a bypass circuit, the primary circuit being separate from the low temperature cooling circuit and including a compressor, a condenser, and an evaporator, the bypass circuit including a conduit that bypasses the evaporator, and a chiller shut off valve configured to selectively prevent refrigerant from flowing through the bypass circuit;
wherein the chiller-accumulator is thermally coupled to the chiller-accumulator loop and the bypass circuit;
wherein the chiller shut off valve is configured to be controlled to be selectively opened to provide refrigerant to the chiller-accumulator to further cool the coolant in the chiller-accumulator loop after the coolant is cooled by the low temperature radiator, thereby providing increased cooling to the intercooler and the compressed charge air to increase engine performance.

US Pat. No. 10,363,794

AIR CONDITIONING CONTROL METHOD FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for optimally controlling an air-conditioning system of a vehicle, the method comprising:determining a heater heat quantity for each operation amount of an air-conditioning blower after an engine of the vehicle is started under a maximum heating condition of the air-conditioning system and the air-conditioning system is turned on according to current vehicle state information and air-conditioning information;
determining a lost heat quantity discharged outside the vehicle during a current air-conditioning mode, the lost heat quantity being determined for each operation amount of the air-conditioning blower;
determining an effective heating energy for each operation amount of the air-conditioning blower by calculating a difference between the heater heat quantity for each operation amount of the air-conditioning blower and the lost heat quantity for each operation amount of the air-conditioning blower;
calculating the optimum operation amount of the air-conditioning blower where a maximum amount of the effective heating energy is obtained for each operation amount of the air-conditioning blower; and
controlling operation of the air-conditioning blower according to the determined optimum operation amount.

US Pat. No. 10,363,793

HOUSING FOR ACCOMMODATION AND TEMPERATURE REGULATION OF AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND VEHICLE PROVIDED WITH SUCH HOUSING

1. A vehicle comprising:a passenger compartment;
an air conditioning system that guides a temperature-regulated air current through a duct and into the passenger compartment; and
a housing located at a predetermined position within the passenger compartment, wherein the housing is adapted to accommodate an electronic device having a temperature, wherein the housing includes an air inlet and an air outlet through which the temperature-regulated air current from the duct passes, wherein the temperature of the electronic device is regulated exclusively by guiding the air current from the duct around the electronic device; and
wherein the air current exiting the duct strikes the outside of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,363,792

AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEM FOR COOLING AND DRYING AIR IN PASSENGER COMPARTMENT OF VEHICLE

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon (...

1. A method of operating an air-conditioning system for operating in both a cooling system mode and a heat pump mode for cooling and heating air in a passenger compartment of a vehicle and for operating in a reheating mode, the method comprising steps of:transferring at least two air mass flows in a housing of the air-conditioning system, further including an air-distribution housing in the passenger compartment including at least an in-dashboard discharge port;
cooling or dehumidifying a first one of the at least two air mass flows as the first one of the at least two air mass flows is conveyed through an evaporator of a refrigerant circulation system;
dividing the first one of the at least two air mass flows into at least two partial cold-air mass flows, a first one of the at least two partial cold-air mass flows is guided to the air distribution housing upstream of the in-dashboard discharge port in the passenger compartment, and a second one of the at least two partial cold-air mass flows is directly guided to the in-dashboard discharge port through a cold-air flow path and then guided to the passenger compartment downstream of the in-dashboard discharge port;
heating a second one of the at least two air mass flows as the second one of the at least two air mass flows is conveyed through a condenser gas/cooler of the refrigerant circulation system, the second one of the at least two air mass flows guided to the air distribution housing upstream of the in-dashboard discharge port;
mixing the first one of the at least two partial cold-air mass flows with the second one of the at least two air mass flows guided to the air distribution housing upstream of the in-dashboard discharge port in the air-distribution housing to form a mixed flow stream; and
introducing the mixed flow stream into the passenger compartment downstream of the in-dashboard discharge port through the in-dashboard discharge port, the first one of the at least two partial cold-air mass flows and the mixed flow stream guided through the in-dashboard discharge port simultaneously.

US Pat. No. 10,363,791

AXLE UNIT FOR COMMERCIAL VEHICLES

SAF-HOLLAND GMBH, Bessen...

1. An axle assembly for commercial vehicles, comprising:a linkage element having a first end and a second end;
a first axle element, wherein the linkage element extends between the first axle element and a vehicle frame, the linkage element is pivotably coupled to the vehicle frame at the first end and coupled to the first axle element near the second end; and
a second axle element, wherein the first and second axle elements are pivotably supported from the vehicle frame by the linkage element;
wherein the first axle element extends mainly along a tube axle and is fixed on a first side of the linkage element between the first and second ends of the linkage element;
wherein the second axle element is at least partially rotationally symmetric around a stub axle and is fixed at a second side of the linkage element between the first and second ends of the linkage element;
wherein the tube axle and the stub axle are spaced one from the other in an area of the linkage element;
wherein a supporting section is provided, which is configured as an integral one-piece part with the linkage element, so that a suspension element is supported in a way that a first surface of the suspension element is overlapped or intersected at least in parts by at least one of the tube axle and the stub axle;
wherein both the first axle element and the second axle element are directly and materially bonded to the linkage element;
wherein the stub axle in the area of the linkage element is spaced from the tube axle by a vertical distance v;
wherein the stub axle in the area of the linkage element is spaced from the tube axle by a horizontal distance h; and
wherein the ratio of the horizontal distance h to the vertical distance v is in the range of about 0 to about 5.

US Pat. No. 10,363,790

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROACTIVE CONTROL OF A VIBRATION DAMPING SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method for controlling a vibration damping system of a vehicle, comprising:detecting a profile of a road surface with a sensor;
identifying an upcoming change in height of a portion of the detected road surface;
determining whether the change in height meets or exceeds a threshold;
if the change in height meets or exceeds the threshold, selecting a road surface profile classification from a plurality of predetermined classifications stored in an electronic memory, based on the change in height of the detected road surface profile; and
adjusting a damping force of the damping system based on the selected classification by setting a characteristic curve of the damping system to have a maximum value of damping prior to and during a first period corresponding to interaction of a wheel of the vehicle with a leading edge of the portion of the detected road surface and setting the characteristic curve to have a minimum value of damping prior to and during a second period after the first period and corresponding to interaction of the wheel of the vehicle with a trailing edge of the portion of the detected road surface.

US Pat. No. 10,363,789

TOP MOUNT ASSEMBLY WITH BUSHING HAVING INTEGRAL ANTI-VIBRATION FEATURE

The Pullman Company, Mil...

9. A suspension mount for coupling a first component and a second component of a vehicle, the suspension mount comprising:a housing including a bore and a first shoulder, the housing adapted to be coupled to the first component of the vehicle;
an elastomeric bushing including a bore adapted to receive the second component of the vehicle, the elastomeric bushing including a first portion, a spaced apart ring portion, and a web portion interconnecting the ring portion and the first portion, wherein the ring portion, the web portion and the first portion are integrally formed with one another; and
a cap including a peripheral portion having a second shoulder, wherein the elastomeric bushing is positioned within the housing with the ring portion being engaged with the first shoulder, the first shoulder cooperating with the second shoulder to trap the ring portion between the housing and the cap and provide a seal and vibration isolator therebetween, wherein the first portion of the elastomeric bushing includes a conically shaped outer surface and the cap includes a complimentarily shaped surface in engagement therewith.

US Pat. No. 10,363,788

VIBRATION DAMPER FOR A VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A vibration damper for a vehicle, comprising:a wheel carrier, made of metal, that rotatably receives a wheel;
a damper tube arrangement, made at least in part of fiber-reinforced plastic, which is fixedly connected to the wheel carrier, wherein the damper tube arrangement outside of the wheel carrier forms a damper fluid volume;
a piston guided in the damper tube arrangement, the piston having a piston rod, wherein the piston rod is connectable to a body of the vehicle;
wherein the damper tube arrangement is open at an end face so that the damper fluid volume transitions directly into a wheel carrier fluid volume within the wheel carrier so that
fluid in the wheel carrier fluid volume is in direct contact with the metal of the wheel carrier in order to transfer heat; and
a base valve, separate from the piston, disposed within the wheel carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,363,787

ECCENTRIC ADJUSTER FOR ADJUSTING A CONNECTING POINT FOR A LINK OF A HUB CARRIER, AND HUB CARRIER COMPRISING THE ECCENTRIC ADJUSTER

1. An eccentric adjusting unit for adjusting a connection point for a control arm of a wheel suspension, comprising:an electric motor; and
an eccentric gear section, wherein the eccentric gear section has an input shaft and an output shaft, wherein the input shaft is configured to be driven by the electric motor and wherein the output shaft rotates eccentrically with respect to an output axis of rotation and can be in operative connection with the connection point or forms this connection point;
wherein the eccentric gear section has a star wheel gear stage.

US Pat. No. 10,363,786

BALL SOCKET ASSEMBLY WITH A LOW FRICTION BEARING

Federal-Mogul Motorparts ...

7. A socket assembly, comprising:a housing with an inner bore which extends along a central axis from a closed first end to an open second end;
a ball stud including a ball portion that is disposed in said inner bore of said housing and including a shank portion which projects out of said housing through said open second end;
a backing bearing disposed in said inner bore and slidably supporting said ball portion of said ball stud;
a pair of thrust washers disposed in said inner bore of said housing between said closed first end of said housing and said backing bearing and operatively supporting said backing bearing to allow low friction rotation of said backing bearing relative to said housing;
one of said thrust washers being in direct contact with said backing bearing;
a washer spring disposed in said inner bore of said housing between said thrust washers and said closed first end of said housing;
wherein the one of said thrust washers that is not in direct contact with said backing bearing is in direct contact with said washer spring; and
wherein said backing bearing is able to move in a radial direction within said inner bore of said housing.

US Pat. No. 10,363,784

TIRE TRACTION DEVICE

1. A non-skid device comprisinga first stanchion, a second stanchion, a base plate, and a strap;
wherein the non-skid device is configured for use with a vehicle;
wherein the vehicle is further defined with a wheel and a tire;
wherein the tire is further defined with a first outer sidewall and a second outer sidewall;
wherein the wheel is further defined with a wheel disk;
wherein the non-skid device is configured for use with the wheel and tire of the vehicle;
wherein the first stanchion, the second stanchion and the strap attach the base plate to the wheel and tire of the vehicle;
wherein the non-skid device increases the load bearing surface area relative to the surface area provided by the wheel and tire of the vehicle;
wherein the base plate is further defined with a medial surface and a distal surface;
wherein the strap is further defined with a first end and a second end;
wherein the first stanchion is a cantilever prism structure;
wherein the first stanchion projects perpendicularly away from the medial surface of the base plate;
wherein the first stanchion is further defined with a first fixed end and a first free end;
wherein the second stanchion is a cantilever prism structure;
wherein the second stanchion projects perpendicularly away from the medial surface of the base plate;
wherein the second stanchion is further defined with a second fixed end and a second free end;
wherein the first end of the strap permanently attaches to the free end of the first stanchion;
wherein the second end of the strap removably attaches to the second stanchion;
wherein the second stanchion is a telescopic structure;
wherein the span of the length of the second stanchion from the fixed end attached to the base plate to the free end of the second stanchion is adjustable;
wherein the second stanchion comprises a first arm, a second arm, a ratchet, and a detent;
wherein the detent connects the second arm to the first arm;
wherein the first arm is a hollow first prism that is further defined with an inner dimension;
wherein the second arm is a second prism that is further defined with an outer dimension;
wherein the first arm and the second arm are geometrically similar.