US Pat. No. 10,889,391

ZIPPER CLOSER

Pouch Pac Innovations, LL...

1. A device for closing a zipper of a flexible pouch which is supported between a pair of grippers of a turret rotating about an axis of rotation, the device comprising:a support module mounted in a spaced apart, and fixed position with respect to the turret; and
an arm having a top end and a lower end; the top end pivotally mounted to the support module, to pivot about a horizontal axis;
a pair of rollers mounted to the lower end of the arm, each of the pair of rollers having an axis of rotation which is orthogonal to the horizontal axis wherein the lower end of the arm and the pair of rollers oscillate together inwardly and outwardly with respect to the axis of rotation of the turret as a top of the pouch passes between the rollers.

US Pat. No. 10,889,390

AUTOMATIC PACKAGING MACHINE FOR FILLING A BAG MADE OF A HEAT-SEALABLE MATERIAL WITH A DOSE OF A LOOSE PRODUCT

VOLPAK. S.A.U., Santa Pe...

1. An automatic packaging machine for filling a bag made of a heat-sealable material and having an open upper end configured to receive a dose of a loose product; the packaging machine comprising:a packaging conveyor;
a pick-up head, which is supported by the packaging conveyor so as to be fed along a packaging path lying on a horizontal plane, that is designed to grab and hold the bag along the packaging path, and comprises a pair of first clamps, which are opposite one another and are designed to grab opposite side ends of the corresponding bag;
an input station, which is arranged at a beginning of the packaging path and where the bag, which is empty at the beginning of the packaging path, is grabbed by the pick-up head;
an output station, which is arranged at an end of the packaging path and where the bag, after being filled and sealed, leaves the pick-up head;
a filling device, which is movable along the packaging path and is designed to feed the product dose into the bag through the open upper end; and
a sealing device, which is movable along the packaging path and is designed to seal the filled bag through a sealing at an area of the open upper end;
wherein:
the filling device and the sealing device are both mounted on the packaging conveyor so as to move together with the pick-up head along the entire packaging path;
the filling device and the sealing device are arranged on the packaging conveyor next to one another along a horizontal selection direction, which is transverse to the packaging path; and
the pick-up head is movable on the packaging conveyor so as to move, along the selection direction, between a filling position, in which the pick-up head is aligned with the filling device, and a sealing position, in which the pick-up head is aligned with the sealing device.

US Pat. No. 10,889,389

ELECTRONIC PRESSURE REGULATION SYSTEM WITH PROPORTIONAL CONTROL VALVE

Marotta Controls, Inc., ...

1. An electronic pressure regulation system comprising:an electronic control unit; and
a fluid assembly including a fluid control branch having a proportional control valve and a heater, wherein the proportional control valve is magnetostrictively-actuated including an axial expansion element.

US Pat. No. 10,889,388

INCLINED GEOSYNCHRONOUS ORBIT SPACECRAFT CONSTELLATIONS

1. A constellation of Earth-orbiting spacecraft, the constellation comprising:a first pair of spacecraft, the pair of spacecraft consisting of a first spacecraft disposed in a first orbit and a second spacecraft disposed in a second orbit, wherein:
the first spacecraft and the second spacecraft are each located at a substantially similar median first longitude and the constellation includes no other spacecraft located at the median first longitude;
each of the first orbit and the second orbit is a substantially circular geosynchronous orbit with a radius of approximately 42,164 km;
the first orbit and the second orbit have a respective inclination with respect to the equator within a range of 5° to 20°; and
the first orbit has a first right ascension of ascending node (RAAN1) and the second orbit has a second right ascension of ascending node (RAAN2) of approximately RAAN1+90°.

US Pat. No. 10,889,387

AIRCRAFT LIGHT FIXTURE ENERGY HARVESTING

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. An aircraft lighting system disposed in an environment of an aircraft comprising:a housing;
a printed circuit board (PCB) disposed within the housing;
an illumination element connected to the PCB disposed within the housing, the PCB configured to receive heat in response to illuminating the illumination element;
a heatsink thermally coupled to the PCB and configured to receive the heat from the PCB;
energy generation circuitry in thermal communication with the heatsink and configured to generate electricity in response to receiving the heat from the heatsink;
switching circuitry including a driver operable to control illumination of the illumination element and operated with a driver voltage; and
energy harvesting circuitry including a regulator configured to draw energy from the energy generation circuitry and output a regulator voltage at the driver voltage, and configured to measure the energy from the energy generation circuitry and to determine an energy demand associated with the switching circuitry and control circuitry based on a comparison between the energy from the energy generation circuitry and one or more predetermined thresholds,
wherein the energy harvesting circuitry includes a first switch operable to disconnect the regulator from the control circuitry when the energy from the energy generation circuitry is below the one or more predetermined thresholds, and a second switch operable to disconnect the regulator from the PCB when the energy from the energy generation circuitry is below the one or more predetermined thresholds.

US Pat. No. 10,889,386

DEVICE FOR ELECTRICALLY GROUNDING AIRCRAFT COMPONENTS MOUNTED ON A COMPOSITE SKIN FUSELAGE

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

1. A component mounting assembly, comprising:a non-metallic frame adapted for mounting to an aircraft fuselage, the frame including an outer peripheral portion having one or more fastener openings formed therein, the frame further including a wall that extends perpendicular to the outer peripheral portion to a first height above the outer peripheral portion;
a nut plate coupled to the outer peripheral portion and extending therefrom to a second height that is at least 50% of the first height, the nut plate having a first end, a second end, and an inner surface extending between the first end and the second end, the inner surface having threads formed on the inner surface thereof;
a threaded attachment screw extending through one of the fastener openings and into the first end of the nut plate, the threaded attachment screw threaded into the nut plate and mating with the threads formed on the inner surface of the nut plate;
a connector rod having external threads formed on one end thereof and internal threads formed on an opposite end, the connector rod extending into the second end of the nut plate and the external threads mating with the threads formed on the inner surface of the nut plate;
a threaded fastener in mating threaded engagement with the internal threads formed on the second end of the connector rod; and
a grounding strap disposed between, and engaging, the threaded fastener and the connector rod.

US Pat. No. 10,889,385

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR DISTRIBUTING ELECTRIC POWER ON AN AIRCRAFT DURING A LIMITED POWER AVAILABILITY CONDITION

BOMBARDIER INC., Dorval ...

1. A method for distributing electric power from an air-driven generator of an aircraft to a plurality of electrically-powered hydraulic pumps of the aircraft, the method being performed using a controller, the method comprising:distributing electric power generated by the air-driven generator of the aircraft to the plurality of the electrically-powered hydraulic pumps of the aircraft via respective current limiters each having a variable set point;
receiving one or more signals indicative of a demand for electric power by one or more of the plurality of electrically-powered hydraulic pumps of the aircraft; and
adjusting the set point of one or more of the current limiters based on the demand and to maintain an overall power consumption of the plurality of electrically-powered hydraulic pumps at or below a predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,889,384

ROTORCRAFT ENGINE INLET CONFIGURATION TO OPTIMIZE PERFORMANCE IN BOTH HOVER AND HIGH SPEED FLIGHT

Textron Innovations Inc.,...

1. A configurable air inlet system, comprising:a rotorcraft fuselage having an engine disposed within the fuselage;
a ram air intake disposed in the fuselage and adapted to allow a ram airflow into the fuselage;
a side air intake disposed in a side of the fuselage and adapted to allow side airflow into the fuselage from the side of the rotorcraft fuselage;
an air inlet plenum coupled to the ram air intake and the side air intake, wherein the air inlet plenum directs the ram airflow and the side airflow to the engine;
a door operably coupled to the fuselage and configured to open and close the side air intake, wherein the door is in an open position when the airspeed is below a first threshold and is in a closed position when the airspeed exceeds a second threshold, wherein the second threshold is above the first threshold; and
control logic adapted to determine whether the airspeed is at or below the first threshold or at or above the second threshold to control the door position.

US Pat. No. 10,889,383

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MAINTAINING LEVITATION OF A ROTOR RELATIVE TO A STATOR

MagLev Aero Inc., Hopkin...

1. A system, comprising:a rotor, comprising:
a sidewall, a first rotor wall extending from a first end of the sidewall, and a second rotor wall extending from a second end of the sidewall, the second rotor wall spaced from the first rotor wall;
at least one first rotor magnet coupled with the first rotor wall; and
at least one second rotor magnet coupled with the second rotor wall;
a stator, comprising:
a support structure extending between the first rotor wall and second rotor wall;
at least one first stator magnet coupled with a first surface of the support structure and proximate to the at least one first rotor magnet, the at least one first rotor magnet inducing a current in the at least one first stator magnet corresponding to a first distance between the at least one first stator magnet and at least one first rotor magnet; and
at least one second stator magnet coupled with a second surface of the support structure opposite the first surface and proximate to the at least one second rotor magnet, the at least one second stator magnet electrically coupled with the at least one first stator magnet to receive the current from the first stator magnet, the at least one second stator magnet outputting a magnetic field having a magnetic field strength based on the current from the first stator magnet, the magnetic field interacting with the at least one second rotor magnet to control a second distance between the at least one second stator magnet and the at least one second rotor magnet.

US Pat. No. 10,889,382

PNEUMATIC DEICING DEVICE FOR BREAKING AND REMOVING AN ICE DEPOSIT ACCUMULATED ON THE OUTER SURFACE OF AN AIRCRAFT

Safran Aerosystems

1. A pneumatic deicing device for breaking and removing an ice deposit accumulated on the outer surface of an aircraft, comprising at least:an outer layer made from polyurethane intended to withstand an outside environment, preferably,
an inner interface layer connected to the outer surface of the aircraft, and
at least an outer intermediate layer and an inner intermediate layer connected to one another by an array of stitches spaced apart so as to define deicing chambers that can be inflated quickly using injected pressurized air so as to create an expansion of the device causing a mechanical action to break the ice, the outer intermediate layer being made of a deformable knit textile layer that is elastically deformable under the effect of the inflation,
at least one interlayer made from polar elastomer material and arranged above the knit textile layer of the outer intermediate layer and immediately in contact with both the outer layer and the knit textile layer,
wherein the polar elastomer material of the at least one interlayer is epichlorohydrin, and
wherein the at least one interlayer is secured in contact with at least one of the outer layer and the knit textile layer of the outer intermediate layer without an intermediate layer or glue therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,889,381

ANTI-ICING SYSTEM AND AIRCRAFT

MITSUBISHI AIRCRAFT CORPO...

1. A method of preventing icing on a leading edge of a wing of an aircraft comprising steps of:supplying heated air to a rear end of a piccolo tube in a longitudinal direction thereof;
ejecting a first portion of the supplied heated air from the piccolo tube through a first plurality of ejection holes toward an upper limit position corresponding to an upper maximum position of an outside airflow stagnation point of the wing, wherein the outside airflow stagnation point is virtually determined based on a cross-sectional surface of the wing and a calculated angle of attack of the aircraft and virtually formed on the wing;
heating the upper limit position to a temperature sufficient to evaporate fluid on a corresponding outer surface of the wing;
ejecting a second portion of the supplied heated air from the piccolo tube through a second plurality of ejection holes toward a lower limit position corresponding to a lower maximum position of the outside air flow stagnation point of the wing; and
heating the lower limit position to a temperature sufficient to evaporate fluid on a corresponding outer surface of the wing, wherein
the first plurality of ejection holes of the piccolo tube are straightly arranged in a first ejection hole line L1 and the second plurality of ejection holes are straightly arranged in a second ejection hole line L2, the first ejection hole line L1 being disposed on relatively upper side, and the second ejection hole line L2 being disposed on lower side of the first ejection hole line L1,
the piccolo tube has a tapered shape from the rear end to a front end, and
the first ejection hole line L1 and the second ejection hole line L2 form, on the front end, a center angle ?c smaller than a center angle ?a that is formed by the first ejection hole line L1 and the second ejection hole line L2 on the rear end.

US Pat. No. 10,889,380

SEAT MAZE ASSEMBLIES FOR AIRCRAFT

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp...

1. An aircraft interior, comprising:a floor;
a seat base fixed to the floor;
a seat frame selectively fixed to the seat base and including a frame rail circumscribing the seat base to define a bounding area in which the seat base may translate freely in longitudinal and lateral directions of the aircraft relative to the seat frame;
a seat body mounted on the seat frame and including an arm portion;
an obstacle separate from the seat base, separate from the seat frame, and proximate the arm portion of the seat body at an obstacle location; and
a seat maze configured to guide the seat frame around a clearance area within the bounding area to restrict free translation of the seat base to maintain a predetermined clearance between the arm portion and the obstacle, the seat maze comprising:
a guide plate fixed to the seat base and disposed at least partially in the bounding area at a fixed location relative to the obstacle;
a bearing block fixed to the frame rail opposing the guide plate and extending into the bounding area, the bearing block comprising:
an interior member disposed inside the frame rail;
an exterior member opposing the interior member across the frame rail; and
a fastener configured to compress the interior member and the exterior member and to mount the bearing block to the seat frame at varying locations on the frame rail, wherein the bearing block is fixed on the frame rail at a location that is based on the obstacle location,
 wherein the guide plate and the bearing block cooperate to define the clearance area.

US Pat. No. 10,889,379

FLIGHT ATTENDANT SEAT AND METHOD FOR FITTING A FLIGHT ATTENDANT SEAT

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

1. A flight attendant seat, comprising:a frame that is mountable on a carrier fixture or integrated into the carrier fixture, and
at least one seat arrangement integrated into the frame,
wherein the frame comprises a lower section, an upper section and a central section surrounding the at least one seat arrangement, wherein the lower section is formed bent at least in a region adjoining the central section, wherein the frame is constructed from a first frame element and a second frame element, the first frame element and the second frame element each having complementary and substantially L-shaped cross sections such that the first frame element and the second frame element form a plug connection.

US Pat. No. 10,889,378

SYSTEM FOR HEATING AND COOLING A SEAT AND SEAT ASSEMBLIES

1. A seat heating and cooling system, comprising:a source of pressurized air;
a vortex tube having an air inlet coupled to the source of pressurized air, a hot air outlet disposed at a first end of the vortex tube, and a cold air outlet disposed at a second end of the vortex tube;
a manifold assembly having a hot air inlet coupled to the hot air outlet, a cold air inlet coupled to the cold air outlet, and an air return coupled to the source of pressurized air or a vehicle HVAC system;
a network of ducts coupled to the manifold assembly and embedded in a cushion assembly for dispersing conditioned air into the cushion assembly; and
a controller for controlling passage of hot and cold air flow through the manifold assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,889,377

BRAKING AIRCRAFT TABLE SYSTEM

1. A braking table system for mounting on a fixed structure in an aircraft cabin, the braking table system comprising:a rail mountable on the fixed structure; and
a table assembly mounted on and selectively movable along the rail, the table assembly comprising a support deck engaged with the rail, a tabletop mounted on the support deck, and a braking mechanism carried by the support deck,
wherein, the braking mechanism automatically engages the rail thereby preventing movement of the support deck relative to the rail, and, upon user action moving the tabletop relative to the support deck, the braking mechanism permits movement of the table assembly relative to the rail,
wherein, the table assembly is mounted on the rail for linear movement in a first direction, and linear movement in a second direction opposite the first direction,
wherein, the braking mechanism comprises a first brake arm biased toward the rail permitting movement of the table assembly in the second direction and, in the absence of user action moving the tabletop relative to the support deck, preventing movement of the table assembly in the first direction by engaging the rail, and a second brake arm biased toward the rail permitting movement of the table assembly in the first direction, in the absence of user action moving the tabletop relative to the support deck, preventing movement of the table assembly in the second direction by engaging the rail, and
wherein, the first brake arm extends diagonally toward the rail and in the first direction, and the second brake arm extends diagonally toward the rail and in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,889,376

POWERED STOWAGE BIN ASSEMBLIES

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A stowage bin assembly that is configured to be disposed within an interior cabin of a vehicle, the stowage bin assembly comprising:a strongback;
a pivot bin moveably coupled to the strongback, wherein the pivot bin is configured to be moved between an open position and a closed position; and
a bin drive system that is configured to move the pivot bin from the open position to the closed position, wherein the bin drive system comprises a motor operatively coupled to a bin actuator through a motion link, wherein the motor is configured to move the bin actuator via the motion link to to push the pivot bin from the open position to the closed position; wherein the bin actuator is configured to be moved away from a portion of the pivot bin towards and into a home position after the pivot bin is moved into the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,889,375

STORAGE AND TRANSPORTATION RADOME CONTAINER

AIRBUS OPERATIONS (S.A.S....

15. A storage and transportation container for a radome, comprising:a top wall,
a bottom wall, wherein the top wall and the bottom wall are planar and parallel to one another,
a peripheral wall, wherein the top, bottom and peripheral walls form an enclosure,
wherein the top wall has a surface of a dimension greater than that of the bottom wall,
wherein the peripheral wall further comprises an inner wall and an outer wall bounding a space therebetween and forming a double-walled configuration,
wherein the inner wall has a dome-shaped configuration and form, and the outer wall is at least partially inclined inwardly from the top wall to the bottom wall.

US Pat. No. 10,889,374

ONBOARD DRONE HUMAN-MACHINE INTERFACE FOR AUTONOMOUS OPERATION

SURVICE Engineering Compa...

1. An autonomous drone system comprising:a drone;
an unmanned aerial system flight controller resident on the drone for controlling flight operations of the drone;
a programmable onboard control unit, in signal communication with the unmanned aerial system flight controller, for sending flight commands to the unmanned aerial flight controller;
an input device, resident on the drone, in signal communication with the onboard control unit, for programming and commanding the onboard control unit such that the input device inputs a program for a flight path between a first waypoint and a second waypoint for the drone into the onboard control unit which in turn sends flight commands to the unmanned aerial system flight controller based on the programming; and
a circuit breaker, resident on the drone, such that when the circuit breaker is tripped, the antenna is physically disconnected from the unmanned aerial flight control unit so that when the circuit break is tripped, the drone automatically flies to either the first waypoint or the second waypoint.

US Pat. No. 10,889,373

AERIAL IMAGERY SYSTEMS AND METHODS

GEOCUE GROUP, LLC, Madis...

1. A drone system, comprising:a camera configured for taking photographs of a plurality of locations during a flight, each photograph is acquired when, upon receipt of a camera signal from a flight controller, the camera takes a photograph; and
a drone, the camera mounted to a frame of the drone, the drone configured for transmitting the camera signal to the camera signaling the camera to take a photograph at a recorded acquisition time, the drone further configured for continuously obtaining location data comprising event data and location data related to the drone flight, the drone is further configured to continuously listen for the audible camera signal, and when the camera signal occurs, the drone is configured for transmitting a signal to an antenna to obtain coordinate data associated with the location of the drone when the photograph is taken and for recording an event number associated with when the photograph was taken, the drone further configured for matching each photograph taken to one of the plurality of locations based upon the coordinate data and the recorded acquisition time.

US Pat. No. 10,889,372

FOLLOW FOCUS DEVICES, AND REMOTE-CONTROL FOLLOW FOCUS SYSTEMS AND AERIAL VEHICLES WITH FOLLOW FOCUS DEVICES

SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LT...

1. A follow focus device, comprising: a camera device; a signal receiver; a controller electrically connected to the signal receiver; a control interface configured to be electrically connected to a signal interface of the camera device; and a motor and a gear assembly, the motor being coupled to the gear assembly, the gear assembly being mated with a lens of the camera device, wherein: the signal receiver is configured to receive a control instruction for controlling a focal length of the lens of the camera device and send the control instruction to the controller; and the controller is both electrically connected to the motor and electrically connected, via the control interface, to the signal interface of the camera device, and configured to: determine whether the camera device has an automatic focusing function, in response to the camera device having the automatic focusing function, generate a first control signal according to the control instruction, and send the first control signal to a built-in focus motor of the camera device via the control interface to adjust a focus of the lens; and in response to the camera device not having the automatic focusing function, generate a second control signal according to the control instruction, and send the second control signal to the motor of the follow focus device to control a rotation of the gear assembly, thereby adjusting the focus of the lens.

US Pat. No. 10,889,371

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPROVED GUIDANCE OF A ROTOR RELATIVE TO A STATOR

MagLev Aero Inc., Hopkin...

1. A system, comprising:a rotor, comprising:
a sidewall, a rotor wall extending from an end of the sidewall; and
at least one rotor magnet coupled with the rotor wall; and
a stator, comprising:
a support structure adjacent the rotor wall;
a first stator magnet coupled with a surface of the support structure proximate to the at least one rotor magnet, the at least one rotor magnet inducing a current in the first stator magnet corresponding to a first magnetic force of a first magnetic field between the first stator magnet and the at least one rotor magnet; and
a second stator magnet coupled to the surface of the support structure, the second stator magnet electrically coupled to the first stator magnet, the second stator magnet receiving the current from the first stator magnet to control a second magnetic force of a second magnetic field between the second stator magnet and the at least one rotor magnet.

US Pat. No. 10,889,370

CHORD-WISE VARIABLE VORTEX GENERATOR

TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC.,...

1. An apparatus comprising:an airfoil-shaped body; and
a chordwise variable vortex generation system associated with the airfoil-shaped body, the chordwise variable vortex generation system controlling a deployment of at least one vortex generator on a surface of the airfoil-shaped body, wherein the deployment of the at least one vortex generator is dependent on a current angle of attack of the airfoil-shaped body;
wherein the at least one vortex generator is configured to move closer to a leading edge of the airfoil-shaped body as the current angle of attack of the airfoil-shaped body increases and the at least one vortex generator is configured to move closer to a trailing edge of the airfoil-shaped body as the current angle of attack of the airfoil-shaped body decreases.

US Pat. No. 10,889,369

PASSIVE GUST ALLEVIATION SYSTEMS FOR AIRCRAFT DEVICES

TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC.,...

1. An apparatus comprising:an aircraft wing; and
a trailing edge aerodynamic surface connected to a trailing edge of the aircraft wing via a piston assembly;
wherein the piston assembly holds the trailing edge aerodynamic surface in a neutral position relative to the aircraft wing at a constant supply pressure;
wherein the piston assembly includes a pressure relief valve configured to open responsive to a lift load exerted on the wing exceeding a first threshold; and
wherein opening of the pressure relief valve allows the trailing edge aerodynamic surface to rotate from the neutral position upward relative to the aircraft wing.

US Pat. No. 10,889,368

DEVICE FOR MANAGING THE MECHANICAL ENERGY OF AN AIRCRAFT, HAVING A LIGHT SYSTEM, RELATED AIRCRAFT AND PROCESS

DASSAULT AVIATION, Paris...

1. A device for managing the mechanical energy of an aircraft, the device being configured for placement in a cockpit of the aircraft and comprising:a support defining a guide;
at least one control lever configured for controlling a mechanical energy variation of the aircraft, mounted movably through the guide;
at least one position sensor configured for detecting a position of the control lever in the guide, the at least one position sensor being configured to create position information for the position of the control lever in the guide for sending to a flight control unit of the aircraft;
at least one light strip extending on the support along at least part of a movement travel of the control lever in the guide; and
a light strip control unit of the at least one light strip, the light strip control unit being configured for displaying at least one light indication at least at one given point of the at least one light strip calculated as a function of a movement context of the aircraft,
wherein the light strip control unit is configured for controlling the display of the light indication across from a force change in the movement travel of the control lever in the guide, the force change being a change in a force applied on the control lever by a component of an energy management system when a user moves the control lever.

US Pat. No. 10,889,367

FEEDBACK SYSTEM FOR PITCH-ADJUSTABLE BLADES OF AIRCRAFT BLADED ROTOR

1. An engine having a feedback system for pitch-adjustable blades of an aircraft bladed rotor, the system comprising:a feedback rotor configured to rotate with the aircraft bladed rotor about a rotation axis, the feedback rotor being axially displaceable along the rotation axis to a plurality of axial positions, the axial position of the feedback rotor corresponding to a respective pitch position of the pitch-adjustable blades, the feedback rotor comprising elongated features spaced circumferentially around the feedback rotor, each elongated feature having an axial edge where the elongated feature terminates along the rotation axis;
a sensor including:
a sensor housing;
a stationary magnet mounted in the engine adjacent the rotating feedback rotor, the magnet having a magnetic field;
a pole piece coupled to a first pole of the magnet and configured to direct the magnetic field toward the elongated features along a sensor axis, part of the pole piece being disposed in the sensor housing;
a coil mounted in the magnetic field and being stationary relative to the magnet, the coil being configured to generate a sensor signal indicative of a variation in the magnetic field caused by movement of one or more of the elongated features in the magnetic field as the feedback rotor rotates relative to the magnet; and
a magnetic shield disposed inside or outside of the sensor housing, the magnetic shield mounted in the magnetic field and being stationary relative to the magnet, the magnetic shield defining a magnetic return path for some magnetic flux of the magnetic field exiting the pole piece toward an opposite second pole of the magnet, the magnetic shield having a side wall and a bottom wall cooperatively defining part of a receptacle receiving the part of the pole piece, the bottom wall defining an aperture for permitting passage of the magnetic field through the magnetic shield via the aperture; and
a detection unit operatively connected to the coil and configured to generate a feedback signal indicative of the respective pitch position of the pitch-adjustable blades in response to the sensor signal received from the coil;
wherein:
the feedback rotor is axially displaceable between a first position and a second position relative to the sensor;
the first position corresponds to the sensor being axially distal of a first axial edge of a first of the elongated features; and
the second position corresponds to the sensor axially overlapping the first axial edge of the first elongated feature where the first elongated feature provides an asymmetric magnetic permeability for the magnetic field about the sensor axis.

US Pat. No. 10,889,366

DUCTED THRUSTERS

Textron Innovations Inc.,...

1. An aircraft, comprising:a fuselage having a front end, a tail end, and length therebetween, the fuselage being bisected by a vertical plane along the length of the fuselage;
a first ducted fan having a first central longitudinal axis that is generally parallel to the vertical plane;
a second ducted fan having a second central longitudinal axis that is generally parallel to the vertical plane;
a first thruster assembly supported within the first ducted fan, comprising:
a first rotor assembly rotatably coupled about the first central longitudinal axis within the first ducted fan, the first rotor assembly comprising:
a first rotor hub; and
a plurality of first rotor blades extending from the first rotor hub, the plurality of first rotor blades having a modulated angular distribution about the first central longitudinal axis;
wherein the first rotor assembly is substantially balanced; and
a first stator assembly coupled within the first ducted fan, the first stator assembly comprising:
a first stator hub; and
a plurality of first stator vanes extending from the first stator hub to an interior surface of the first ducted fan, the plurality of first stator vanes being angularly modulated around the first stator hub such that angular spacing between pairs of adjacent first stator vanes of the plurality of first stator vanes varies for each pair of the adjacent first stator vanes;
a second thruster assembly supported within the second ducted fan, comprising:
a second rotor assembly rotatably coupled about the second central longitudinal axis within the second ducted fan, the second rotor assembly comprising:
a second rotor hub; and
a plurality of second rotor blades extending from the second rotor hub, the plurality of second rotor blades having a modulated angular distribution about the second central longitudinal axis;
wherein the second rotor assembly is substantially balanced; and
a second stator assembly coupled within the second ducted fan, the second stator assembly comprising:
a second stator hub; and
a plurality of second stator vanes extending from the second stator hub to an interior surface of the second ducted fan, the plurality of second stator vanes being angularly modulated around the second stator hub such that angular spacing between pairs of adjacent second stator vanes of the plurality of second stator vanes varies for each pair of the adjacent second stator vanes.

US Pat. No. 10,889,365

AUXILIARY SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR A FLAP OF AN AIRCRAFT WING

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An auxiliary support system for a flap coupled to a wing of an aircraft, the auxiliary support system comprising:a base fixable relative to the wing;
a first track engagement assembly fixed to the base;
a second track engagement assembly fixed to the base; and
a track arm attachable to the flap and comprising a first rail, directly movably engaged with the first track engagement assembly, and a second rail, directly movably engaged with the second track engagement assembly, wherein the first rail is spaced apart from and non-parallel to the second rail, wherein:
the track arm comprises a free end portion and a fixed end portion;
the free end portion is opposite the fixed end portion; the fixed end portion is attachable to the flap; and
the first rail and the second rail diverge away from the fixed end portion such that a distance between an inner surface of the first rail and an inner surface of the second rail is greater at the free end portion than at the fixed end portion.

US Pat. No. 10,889,364

AIRCRAFT FULL DEPTH PI PREFORM JOINTS

NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS ...

1. A support structure for reinforcing first and second skins in an aircraft component, comprising:a plurality of spars;
a plurality of ribs positioned on opposite sides of the spars, each rib having a height extending from adjacent the first skin to adjacent the second skin;
a plurality of first pis connecting the ribs to the spars with each first pi having a length and the spars extending entirely through the first pis to opposite sides of the ribs;
a plurality of second pis securing the spars to the first and second skins; and
a plurality of third pis securing the ribs to the first and second skins, wherein the first pis overlap with at least one of the second pis or the third pis.

US Pat. No. 10,889,363

EFFICIENT SUB-STRUCTURES

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A component that comprises:a part that comprises a first skin panel, a second skin panel opposite the first skin panel, and a structure sandwiched between the first skin panel and the second skin panel, such that the structure comprises a first plurality of cells and a second plurality of cells, wherein first cells of the first plurality of cells that, respectively, comprise six walls and different varying thicknesses, at either or both of, a top or bottom sections of the walls, relative to second cells of the second plurality of cells; and
a lightening hole-disposed in the structure.

US Pat. No. 10,889,362

STRUT MOUNTED GEAR BOX FOR COUNTER ROTATING PROPELLERS

1. A strut mounted gear box for counter rotating propellers comprising:a gear box (4), said gear box (4) having a conical shaped housing with a strut (32) extending from a side surface (34), said strut (32) secured to a hull (36) of a boat;
a main input shaft (2) having a proximal end (38) coupled to a propulsion component (50) and a distal end (40) secured to a idler gear cage assembly (30) located within said gear box (4), said main input shaft (2) for transferring torque and rotation from the propulsion component (50) to the idler gear cage assembly (30);
an outer shaft casing (1) coupled to said gear box (4), said main input shaft (2) postioned within said outer shaft casing (1), said outer shaft casing filled with a lubricant;
a inner tail shaft (16) coupled to said main input shaft (2) arranged to rotate said inner tail shaft (16) in a first direction;
a counter shaft (15) coupled to said idler gear cage assembly (30) constructed and arranged to rotate said counter shaft (15) in a second direction;
a first propeller (60) secured to said inner tail shaft (16) providing rotation in the first direction; and a second propeller (62) secured to the counter shaft (15) having rotation in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,889,361

SHIP COMPRISING ENGINE

1. A ship comprising:a storage tank configured to store liquefied gas;
a boil-off gas line configured to flow boil-off gas discharged from the storage tank;
a compressor configured to receive boil-off gas from the boil-off gas line and to compress the boil-off gas to provide compressed boil-off gas having a pressure in a first range between 150 and 400 bar;
a first line configured to flow a first flow of compressed boil-off gas comprising a portion of the compressed boil-off gas from the compressor;
a high-pressure engine configured to receive the first flow of compressed boil-off gas from the first line and to consume the first flow of compressed boil-off gas at a pressure in the first range;
a second line configured to flow a second flow of compressed boil-off gas comprising a portion of the compressed boil-off gas from the compressor;
a heat exchanger configured to cool the second flow of compressed boil-off gas flowing the second line to provide a cooled second flow to a cooled second line;
a re-liquefaction decompressor located downstream the heat exchanger to receive a first portion of the cooled second flow from the cooled second line;
a cooling decompressor located downstream the heat exchanger to receive a second portion of the cooled second flow from the cooled second line;
wherein re-liquefaction decompressor receiving the first portion of the cooled second flow is configured to liquefy the received first portion of the cooled second flow from the cooled second line to provide a liquefied flow for sending to the storage tank,
wherein the cooling decompressor receiving the second portion of the cooled second flow is configured to decompress the received second portion of the cooled second flow from the cooled second line to generate a cooled flow of decompressed boil-off gas and further configured to return the cooled flow of decompressed boil-off gas to the heat exchanger for cooling the second flow of compressed boil-off gas, and
a low-pressure engine or generator configured to receive the cooled flow of decompressed boil-off gas that has cooled the second flow of compressed boil-off gas in the heat exchanger and to consume the cooled flow of decompressed boil-off gas at a pressure in a second range higher than 0 bar and lower than 20 bar.

US Pat. No. 10,889,360

MARINE MUFFLER WITH INTEGRAL BYPASS WATER MANAGEMENT

1. A marine muffler having a housing defining an exhaust inlet and an exhaust outlet, wherein the improvement comprises:a bypass water conduit disposed within the housing; and
said bypass water conduit having a bypass water inlet projecting from the housing in proximity to the exhaust inlet, and a bypass water outlet configured to discharge bypass water from the muffler through the housing exhaust outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,889,359

SMALL WATERCRAFT

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A watercraft comprising:an input that receives an operation to switch the watercraft into one of a plurality of control states, the input including a first storage that stores first control information that indicates the one of the plurality of control states associated with the operation received by the input;
a second storage that stores second control information that indicates one of the plurality of control states; and
a controller configured or programmed to write to one of the first and second storages; wherein
the input is supplied with electric power that is supplied to the controller; and
when the one of the plurality of control states indicated by the first control information is different from the one of the plurality of control states indicated by the second control information, the controller is configured or programmed to cause the one of the first control information and the second control information stored in the one of the first and second storages to match the other of the first control information and the second control information stored in the other of the first and second storages.

US Pat. No. 10,889,358

MOUNTING ASSEMBLY FOR POSITIONING STERN-MOUNTED PROPULSION UNITS WITH A FORWARD CONVERGENCE

Marine Canada Acquisition...

1. A marine vessel, comprising:a first propulsion unit at a stern of the marine vessel, the first propulsion unit operable to exert on the marine vessel a first propulsion force along a first line of action, the first propulsion unit having a first steering range relative to the marine vessel, wherein when the first propulsion unit is positioned at a center of the first steering range and exerts the first propulsion force on the marine vessel, the first propulsion force has a first lateral component that is lateral relative to the marine vessel; and
a second propulsion unit at the stern of the marine vessel, the second propulsion unit operable to exert on the marine vessel a second propulsion force along a second line of action, the second propulsion unit having a second steering range relative to the marine vessel, wherein when the second propulsion unit is positioned at a center of the second steering range and exerts the second propulsion force on the marine vessel, the second propulsion force has a second lateral component that is lateral relative to the marine vessel;
wherein the first and second propulsion units are positionable during operation of the marine vessel such that the first line of action intersects the second line of action along a longitudinal centerline of the marine vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,889,357

BUOY AND ROPE LAUNCHING DEVICE

1. A ship-based device for unloading floating cargo comprisinga launch structure, a vessel, and a buoy;
wherein the launch structure is configured for use with the vessel;
wherein the launch structure is configured for use with the buoy;
wherein the buoy further comprises a pennant;
wherein the pennant attaches the buoy to the pot;
wherein the launch structure jettisons the buoy and the pennant from the vessel;
wherein the vessel further comprises a deck and a transom;
wherein the buoy is a floating structure;
wherein the launch structure comprises a pedestal, a plurality of transom bollards, a plurality of medial bollards, a plurality of joists, a plurality of jibs, a hydraulic piston, a foraminous launch plate, a launch plate hinge, and a plurality of transom hooks;
wherein the plurality of transom bollards and the plurality of medial bollards attach to the pedestal;
wherein the plurality joists attach to the plurality of medial bollards;
wherein the plurality of jibs attach the hydraulic piston to the plurality of joists;
wherein the launch plate hinge attaches the foraminous launch plate to the plurality of transom bollards such that the foraminous launch plate rotates;
wherein the plurality of transom hooks attach to the plurality of transom bollards.

US Pat. No. 10,889,356

UPENDING DEVICE FOR UPENDING AN ELONGATE SUPPORT STRUCTURE

Seaway Heavy Lifting Engi...

1. An offshore structure comprising:an upending device for upending or decommissioning an elongate support structure from/to a substantially horizontal first position on a deck of the offshore structure to/from a substantially vertical second position outboard of the offshore structure,said upending device comprising:a pivot axis situated to a side of the offshore structure for pivoting the upending device between the first position and the second position;
a first end of the upending device having a connector member that pivotally connects to the elongate support structure;
a second end of the upending device being attached to a pulling device that is located on the offshore structure;
a carrier arm with a pivot end connected to the pivot axis, and a free end comprising the connector member, the carrier arm extending from the pivot axis to its free end, such that the free end of the carrier arm and the connector member are both outboard from the side of the offshore structure in the first and second positions; and
a lever arm with a first end and a free end, the first end of the lever arm being connected to the pivot end of the carrier arm, and the second end of the upending device being formed by the free end of the lever arm,
wherein in the first position, the carrier arm extends generally upwardly from its pivot end to its free end, and the free end of the lever arm is inboard relative to the first end of the lever arm,
the upending device being within reach of one or more hoisting means for lifting the elongate support structure.

US Pat. No. 10,889,355

SMART BUOYANCY COMPENSATION DEVICES

Marine Depth Control Engi...

1. An aquatic structure comprising:a mechanical structure;
a control unit attached to the mechanical structure, the control unit including:
one or more sensors;
a processor; and
memory;
one or more valves configured to be controlled by the control unit, the one or more valves coupled to a pressurized air supply;
a buoyancy compensation bladder configured to receive air from the pressurized air supply as controlled by the one or more valves; and
a vent valve coupled to the control unit configured to release air from the buoyancy compensation bladder;
wherein the control unit determines to add or release air to or from the buoyancy compensation bladder based at least in part on one or more operation functions;
wherein the control unit is configured to control the one or more valves and the vent valve to control a volume of the buoyancy compensation bladder, the one or move valves including a main valve plug and an inner valve plug;
wherein the main valve plug is configured to allow a first air flow; and
wherein the inner valve plug is configured to allow a second air flow that is less than the first air flow.

US Pat. No. 10,889,354

SELF-DEPLOYING FLOAT

Aqua-Aerobic Systems, Inc...

1. A self-deploying float assembly to support a mechanical device on a surface of a liquid in a water or wastewater treatment basin, the self-deploying float assembly comprising:a mechanical device;
a central support bracket forming a generally horizontal plane and having an upper surface and a lower surface and a generally central opening to receive and support the mechanical device, the mechanical device secured to at least a portion of the upper surface of the central support bracket;
a plurality of floats, each float having at least an upper surface and a lower surface, a length and a cross-sectional shape, wherein a generally hollow chamber is formed along substantially the entire length of the floats, each float further including a proximal end and a distal end;
a plurality of hinges, each hinge having two mating portions, a first portion attached and adjacent to the upper surface of the proximal end of each float and a second portion attached to the lower surface of the central support bracket, wherein each hinge pivotably mounting the proximal end of each float directly to the lower surface of the central support bracket such that each float may, using the liquid, the weight of the assembly and the buoyancy of the floats, pivot between a downward, generally vertical position prior to contact with the surface of the liquid and an upward, generally horizontal position upon placement of the assembly in the liquid for use in the water or wastewater treatment basin, and further wherein, when in the horizontal position, the first portion of each hinge is in substantial contact with the second portion of each hinge about the lower surface of the central support bracket, and the upper surface of the proximal end of each float is generally aligned with the upper surface of the central support bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,889,353

BICYCLE REAR SPROCKET ASSEMBLY

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle rear sprocket assembly configured to be mounted to a sprocket support body of a bicycle rear hub assembly, the bicycle rear sprocket assembly comprising:a plurality of sprockets; and
a sprocket carrier configured to support at least one of the plurality of sprockets and including:
at least ten internal spline teeth configured to engage with the sprocket support body of the bicycle rear hub assembly, the at least ten internal spline teeth extending in an axial direction with respect to a rotational center axis of the bicycle rear sprocket assembly and being spaced apart from each other in a circumferential direction with respect to the rotational center axis; and
a circumferentially extending non-splined portion disposed to be adjacent to the at least ten internal spline teeth in the axial direction and recessed from the at least ten internal spline teeth in a radial direction with respect to the rotational center axis, wherein
the circumferentially extending non-splined portion is disposed so that the at least ten internal spline teeth are divided into at least ten first internal spline teeth and at least ten second internal spline teeth in the axial direction by the circumferentially extending non-splined portion, and
the at least ten first internal spline teeth and the at least ten second internal spline teeth are provided as a one-piece unitary member.

US Pat. No. 10,889,352

BICYCLE CONTROL APPARATUS AND BICYCLE DRIVING DEVICE EQUIPPED WITH A CONTROL APPARATUS

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle control apparatus comprising:a controller configured to control a motor that assists a manual drive force, based on a state of a suspension that absorbs vibrations of a bicycle, the state of the suspension being at least one of a stroke of the suspension and a load that is applied to the suspension; and
a sensor that detects the state of the suspension.

US Pat. No. 10,889,351

BICYCLE CONTROLLER FOR BICYCLE EQUIPPED WITH ASSIST DEVICE AND GEAR CHANGE DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle controller comprising:an electronic controller including a processor, the electronic controller being configured to control an output of a motor that assists human power inputted to a bicycle, the electronic controller calculating a value of the output of the motor based on a detected value of human power and controlling the output of the motor based on the calculated value,
the electronic controller being further configured to:
determine whether gear change request to change a gear ratio of the bicycle has been received,
determine whether a rotation phase of a crank of the bicycle has reached a first phase after receiving the gear change request, the first phase being set based on an inclination of the bicycle in a front-rear direction,
switch a control state of the motor from a first control state to a second control state upon determining that the rotation phase has reached the first phase after receiving the gear change request,
while the control state of the motor is the second control state, operate a gear changer of the bicycle after receiving the gear change request and use the calculated value of the output of the motor without modifying the calculated value,
while the control state of the motor is the first control state, repeatedly determine whether the detected value of human power is decreasing by determining whether a currently detected value of human power is smaller than an immediately preceding detected value of human power, and
upon determining that the detected value of human power is decreasing while the control state of the motor is the first control state, modify the calculated value of the output of the motor such that the modified calculated value is greater than the calculated value and such that a ratio of the output of the motor with respect to the detected value of human power is larger than when the detected value of human power is decreasing while the motor is in the second control state, the modification being made such that the output decreases at a slower rate than while the motor is in the second control state.

US Pat. No. 10,889,350

BICYCLE GEARING HAVING A NONCIRCULAR CHAINRING

Move Bikes GmbH, Muhlhau...

1. A bicycle transmission comprising:a spur gear having a fixed sun gear having a central bearing axis extending thorough a center of the sun gear and a rotating planet gear running on the fixed sun gear and rotates around a planet gear bearing axis that is parallel to the central bearing axis;
a gear wheel having an oval shape, via which a traction element is drivable, and
a four-bar linkage connected to the gear wheel and which interacts with the spur gear, the four-bar linkage comprising a pedal crank and a crank, the crank fixedly connected to the planet gear and connected in a rotationally-movable manner to the pedal crank.

US Pat. No. 10,889,349

PIVOTABLE LEVER FOR BIKES OR THE LIKE

1. A pivotable lever comprising:a seat;
a ball part connected to the seat, the ball part having a first magnet which includes a first magnetic pole on a first end thereof, and
a lever having a second magnet connected thereto, the second magnet having a second magnetic pole on a first end thereof, the first and second magnetic poles being magnetically opposite to each other, the lever including a ball-shaped hole defined in the first end thereof, the ball part located in the ball-shaped hole, the lever being pivotable relative to the ball part and the seat, the lever returning to an initial position thereof by magnetic attraction of the first and second magnetic poles.

US Pat. No. 10,889,348

BICYCLE OPERATING DEVICE, BICYCLE ADAPTER, AND BICYCLE ASSEMBLY

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle operating device comprising:a base member configured to be coupled to a handlebar clamp that is to be coupled to a bicycle handlebar; and
a user operated member movably coupled to the base member to move between a rest position and an operated position with respect to the base member to move a mechanical control cable with respect to the base member,
the base member including a coupling portion configured to be coupled to the handlebar clamp, the coupling portion being configured to directly contact an arcuate portion of the handlebar clamp, the arcuate portion of the handlebar clamp directly contacting the bicycle handlebar,
the coupling portion including an elongated hole extending in a longitudinal direction that extends parallel to a center axis of the handlebar clamp while the coupling portion is coupled to the handlebar clamp,
the coupling portion being configured to be coupled to the handlebar clamp via a fastener extending into the elongated hole, and
the bicycle operating device being configured not to mechanically fix a position of the mechanical control cable with respect to the base member in accordance with movement of the user operated member between the rest position and the operated position.

US Pat. No. 10,889,347

PERSONAL TRANSPORT VEHICLE

NantMobility, LLC, Culve...

1. A personal transport vehicle comprising:a frame;
a front wheel coupled to the frame;
a rear wheel coupled to the frame; and
a steering assembly coupled to the front wheel within the front wheel, the steering assembly comprising:
a spindle disposed within the front wheel; and
a steering arm attached to the spindle within the front wheel;
wherein the spindle is rotatably attached to the frame within the front wheel; and
wherein the steering arm is configured for rotation in a generally vertical axis to move the front wheel for steering the personal transport vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,889,346

ELECTRIC TWIST-GRIP OPERATING DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

26. An electric twist-grip operating device comprising:a base member configured to be mounted around a bicycle handlebar; and
a switch unit configured to output a first control signal to control a bicycle apparatus including at least one of a height adjustable seatpost and a suspension, the switch unit including a rotary operating member rotatable with respect to the base member about a longitudinal axis of the bicycle handlebar, the switch unit being configured to output one of the first control signal and a second control signal in response to a movement of the rotary operating member, the second control signal being different from the first control signal, the switch unit further includes an additional operating member to output the other of the first control signal and the second control signal, the switch unit being configured to concurrently output the first control signal and the second control signal upon operations of both of the rotary operating member and the additional operating member.

US Pat. No. 10,889,345

APPARATUS FOR ATTACHING VEHICLE BODY AND TRANSFER DEVICE HAVING THE SAME

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. An attachment apparatus for a vehicle body comprising:a first roller rotatably disposed at a first hinge at one side of an upper portion of a moving body, the first roller moving up and down with respect to a first fixing body;
a link rotatably disposed at the first hinge and extending in two directions from the first hinge;
a second roller rotatably disposed at a second hinge at one end portion of the link and disposed at one side of the first roller; and
a first elastic member connected to another end portion of the link and disposed to elastically pull or push the another end portion of the link so that the second hinge rotates with reference to the first hinge,
wherein the first and second rollers are configured to contact with a surface of the vehicle body.

US Pat. No. 10,889,344

TRACK ASSEMBLY FOR A MACHINE

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A track link assembly, comprisinga plurality of link subassemblies including a first link subassembly and a second link subassembly, wherein each link subassembly includes a pair of links coupled together, wherein each link includes a first aperture and a second aperture, wherein the first aperture of each link is substantially circular, and wherein the second aperture of each link is C-shaped; and
a pin element pivotably coupling each of the first link subassembly and the second link subassembly, wherein the pin element includes a centrally positioned central portion and end portions on opposite sides of the central portion,
wherein the central portion of the pin element is configured to pass through the first aperture of a first link in each of the first link subassembly and the second link subassembly, and wherein the end portions are configured to pass through the second apertures of a second link in each of the first link subassembly and the second link subassembly.

US Pat. No. 10,889,343

CURVED TRACK PAD RIBS FOR A TRACK CHAIN

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A track chain member comprising:a shoe member defining a track chain traveling direction and a lateral direction perpendicular to the track chain traveling direction defining a first lateral end and a second lateral end; and
a first track pad member extending from the shoe member including a first lug member extending from the shoe member in a first direction parallel to the track chain traveling direction, a second lug member and a third lug member both extending from the shoe member in a second direction opposite of the first direction; wherein
the first, the second and the third lug members define a Y-shaped configuration including a single continuous planar rail surface, and the track chain member further includes a first rib disposed nearest the first lug member along the track chain traveling direction extending from the first track pad member along the lateral direction substantially to the first lateral end of the shoe member, the first rib defining a first concave radial portion, and a second rib disposed nearest the second lug member along the track chain traveling direction extending from the first track pad member along the lateral direction substantially to the first lateral end of the shoe member.

US Pat. No. 10,889,342

CONTOURED DOUBLE PASS ROLLER PATH FOR A TRACK CHAIN

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A track chain member comprising:a shoe member; and
a first rail member extending from the shoe member, wherein the first rail member defines
a track chain traveling direction and a lateral direction generally perpendicular to track chain traveling direction;
a first support surface extending generally in both the track chain traveling direction and the lateral direction defining an outer lateral extremity;
a first crest shaped member disposed laterally adjacent the outer lateral extremity of the first support surface; and
a groove that extends downwardly from the first support surface and completely through the track chain member along the track chain traveling direction;
wherein the first crest shaped member defines a width along the lateral direction, a vertical direction that is perpendicular to the lateral direction and the track chain traveling direction, and a height in the vertical direction, wherein the width exceeds the height.

US Pat. No. 10,889,341

CRAWLER DRIVE SYSTEM

Joy Global Surface Mining...

1. A drive assembly for a mining vehicle comprising:a housing;
a motor positioned in the housing, the motor including a first axial end, a second axial end opposite the first axial end, and a standardized face plate at the first axial end;
a transmission having a standardized input face coupled to the standardized face plate of the motor; and
a support assembly coupling the second axial end of the motor to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,889,340

REMOTELY CONTROLLED PACKABLE ROBOT WITH FOLDING TRACKS

Foster-Miller, Inc., Wal...

1. A compact ground robot comprising:a vehicle body;
a forward pair of track assemblies mounted to the vehicle body;
a rearward pair of track assemblies mounted to the vehicle body;
the forward pair of track assemblies foldable underneath the vehicle body for transport of the robot;
the rearward pair of track assemblies foldable underneath the vehicle body for transport of the robot;
the forward pair of track assemblies unfoldable to a deployed position supporting the vehicle body for deployment of the robot; and
the rearward pair of track assemblies unfoldable to a deployed position supporting the vehicle body for deployment of the robot.

US Pat. No. 10,889,339

TRACK MODIFICATION FOR AN AUTOMOBILE

1. A track system capable of being removably mounted to a wheel of an automobile, comprising:a frame assembly capable of encompassing a width of an automobile tire; and
a continuous frame assembly circumventing said frame assembly and configured to be in contact with said tire;
wherein said frame assembly rotates independently relative to said frame assembly; and
wherein said frame assembly is capable of concurrent rotation with said tire;
wherein said frame assembly further comprises:
a first side, comprising:
a first side first tubular member;
a first side second tubular member; and
a first side adjustment mechanism;
a second side disposed parallel to said first side, further comprising:
a second side first tubular member;
a second side second tubular member; and
a second side adjustment mechanism;
a first idler wheel attached to second ends of said first side first tubular member and said second side first tubular member;
a second idler wheel attached to second ends of said first side second tubular member and said second side second tubular member; and
at least one outer support stand removably attached to said first side, capable of contacting a portion of said automobile to prevent said frame assembly from rotating concurrent with said tire;
wherein said first side is configured to reside towards said automobile relative from said tire;
wherein said first idler wheel and said second idler wheel are configured to reside fore and aft of said tire;
wherein said first idler wheel rotates independently from said first side first tubular member and said second side first tubular member; and
wherein said second idler wheel rotates independently from said first side second tubular member and said second side second tubular member.

US Pat. No. 10,889,338

SNOW VEHICLE

Polaris Industries Inc., ...

1. A kit for converting a motor bike into a snow bike, where the motor bike has a bike frame and a propulsion member, the kit comprising:a rear suspension having a suspension frame and a drive belt coupled to the rear suspension frame, the drive belt being operably coupled to the suspension frame and having a belt width, and the suspension frame having a first side wall, a second side wall, and an upper panel extending between the first and second side wall to define a tunnel, and the tunnel having a tunnel width configured to receive the drive belt; and
a front ski coupled to a steering mechanism of the motor bike, the front ski having a forward portion, a rearward portion, and an intermediate portion extending generally longitudinally between the forward and rearward portions, and a ski width is defined as a lateral width of the intermediate portion, wherein the ratio of the ski width to the belt width is in the range of 1/1 to 1.5/1.

US Pat. No. 10,889,337

TRUCK BED AIRFLOW ASSEMBLY

1. A vehicle having an airflow assembly, the vehicle comprising:a truck bed comprising a front wall, a tailgate, and a pair of sidewalls that extend between the front wall and the tailgate; and
an airflow assembly comprising:
an air inlet provided on an exterior surface of each of the pair of sidewalls of the truck bed;
an air outlet provided on an interior surface of each of the pair of sidewalls of the truck bed;
at least two air ducts are positioned within a cavity of each of the pair of sidewalls, the cavity disposed between the exterior surface and the interior surface of each of the pair of sidewalls, the at least two air ducts fluidly couple the air inlet and the air outlet on each of the pair of sidewalls; and
a tubular duct that extends in a vehicle lateral direction to fluidly couple to the air outlet on each of the pair of sidewalls such that air exiting the air outlet enters into the tubular duct and exits the tubular duct to create an air ramp flow path.

US Pat. No. 10,889,336

POLYMERIC VEHICLE FLOOR

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a floor including a top panel and a bottom panel defining a cavity therebetween, at least one of the top panel and the bottom panel including a polymeric material;
a passenger-climate-control duct disposed in the cavity and being integral with the at least one of the top panel and the bottom panel; and
a battery, the bottom panel of the floor disposed between the battery and the top panel of the floor.

US Pat. No. 10,889,335

MOTOR VEHICLE BODY HAVING A BODYSHELL AND VEHICLE UNDERBODY, AND HAVING A SECURING STRUCTURE COMPONENT

1. A motor vehicle body encompassing a surface-coated bodyshell having an underbody carrying portion and encompassing a vehicle underbody that is embodied separately from the bodyshell and is fixedly joined to the underbody carrying portion, the vehicle underbody comprising a planar, multiply curved underbody structure component encompassing fiber-reinforced plastic, as well as at least one underbody member, joined to the underbody structure component, having a member material different from the structural material of the underbody structure component; a support projection, on which the at least one underbody member is braced and to which the at least one underbody member is fixedly joined by adhesive bonding, protruding toward the vehicle interior from the underbody carrying portion, the motor vehicle body encompasses at least one securing structure component that is embodied separately both from the bodyshell and from the vehicle underbody and encompasses at least two limbs arranged at an angle to one another, the at least one securing structure component being joined to at least one of the bodyshell and the at least one underbody member in order to secure the vehicle underbody on the bodyshell.

US Pat. No. 10,889,334

VEHICLE REAR STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle rear structure comprising:a pair of rear side frames provided on right and left sides at a rear part of a vehicle body;
an on-board component disposed between the rear side frames;
a pair of outriggers each extending outward in a vehicle width direction from a respective one of the pair of rear side frames; and
a pair of outrigger reinforcement portions each provided at a certain part in a front-rear direction of a respective one of the pair of outriggers and extending in the vehicle width direction, wherein
each rear side frame includes
a protecting part arranged side by side with the on-board component in the vehicle width direction, and
a rear extending part extending rearward from the on-board component, and
a cross member is provided to connect the rear extending parts to each other at positions each located away from a front end and a rear end of the corresponding rear extending part,
the cross member and the pair of outrigger reinforcement portions are arranged side by side in the vehicle width direction, and
an inner side end portion in the vehicle width direction of each of the pair of outriggers is joined to the respective one of the pair of rear side frames.

US Pat. No. 10,889,333

MOTOR VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A motor vehicle with a self-supporting vehicle body which has a passenger compartment, comprising:two longitudinal carriers which run on a floor of the vehicle body and which extend from a vehicle front section over the floor of the passenger compartment into a vehicle rear;
two rear reinforcing struts which run in a V-shaped manner and are fastened at respective front ends to respective lateral longitudinal carrier sections of the two longitudinal carriers, said respective lateral longitudinal carrier sections running below the passenger compartment;
a receiving component on which respective rear ends of the two reinforcing struts are arranged, wherein
the receiving component is a plastic and metal hybrid component comprising an open, shell-shaped metal component and a fiber reinforced plastic reinforcing component,
the fiber reinforced plastic reinforcing component is integrated into the metal component and reinforces the metal component,
the fiber reinforced plastic reinforcing component has two arms which run in a V-shaped manner and are connected to one another in one piece on a connecting section of the plastic reinforcing component, and
reinforcing webs with annular fastening sections are configured in one piece on an underside of the fiber reinforced plastic reinforcing component of the receiving component.

US Pat. No. 10,889,332

STRUCTURE FOR COUPLING AN UPPER PORTION OF AN INSTRUMENT PANEL WITH A DEFROSTER

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A structure for coupling an upper portion of an instrument panel with a defroster of a vehicle, the structure comprising:a defroster;
an upper portion of the instrument panel disposed above the defroster; and
a connecting member interposed between the defroster and the upper portion of the instrument panel, and coupling the upper portion of the instrument panel with the defroster, wherein
(i) the connecting member is coupled with the defroster at a plurality of positions spaced from each other in a width direction of the vehicle and includes a tilting allowing structure configured to allow tilting of the connecting member relative to the defroster when a force equal to or larger than a predetermined force directed in a rearward and downward direction of the vehicle is loaded on the connecting member from the upper portion of the instrument panel, and
(ii) the connecting member does not buckle when a force smaller than the predetermined force and directed in the downward direction is loaded on the connecting member from the upper portion of the instrument panel.

US Pat. No. 10,889,331

EXTERIOR SILENCER FOR MOTOR VEHICLE

HOWA CO., LTD., Kasugai ...

1. An exterior noise silencer for a motor vehicle to be arranged on a portion of a vehicle compartment of the motor vehicle, the exterior noise silencer comprising:a sound-absorbing layer made of a sound-absorbing material;
a shape-retaining layer formed by binding fibers made of an inorganic material with a binder resin, said shape-retaining layer being laminated on said sound-absorbing layer;
a front skin layer made of a thermoplastic synthetic resin material and laminated on said shape-retaining layer; and
an aeration-suppressing layer laminated between said shape-retaining layer and said front skin layer,
wherein said aeration-suppressing layer is formed with nonwoven fabric so as to have a basis weight within a predetermined basis weight range and an airflow quantity within a predetermined airflow quantity range which are suitable for suppressing oozing of said binder resin from said shape-retaining layer upon being molded so as to be formed into a laminated body by heating and pressing together with said sound-absorbing layer, said shape-retaining layer and said front skin layer.

US Pat. No. 10,889,330

VEHICLE-BODY UPPER STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle-body upper structure comprising:a roof panel constituting an outer plate of a vehicle-body upper part, the roof panel including an outer joining portion in an outer end portion of the roof panel in a vehicle width direction;
a roof side reinforcement provided below, in a vehicle up-down direction, an outer region of the roof panel in the vehicle width direction, the roof side reinforcement including a rail joining portion and a roof joining portion, the roof joining portion being joined to a predetermined part of the roof panel;
a roof side rail provided in an outer end portion, in the vehicle width direction, of the vehicle-body upper part so as to extend along a vehicle front-rear direction, the roof side rail being joined to the outer joining portion of the roof panel and the rail joining portion of the roof side reinforcement; and
an interior member joined to a connecting portion of the roof side reinforcement, the interior member (i) being different from the roof side reinforcement, (ii) extending to the roof side rail, and (iii) being joined to a portion of the roof side reinforcement having a shape projecting downward in the vehicle up-down direction, wherein
the predetermined part is distanced from the outer joining portion of the roof panel, and the rail joining portion of the roof side reinforcement is joined to the roof side rail, so that a closed section including the roof side reinforcement and the roof panel is formed,
a stiffening board is joined to an intermediate region of the roof panel in the vehicle width direction, the stiffening board being joined to the roof side reinforcement, and
at a position of the roof joining portion of the roof side reinforcement, the roof panel, the roof side reinforcement, and the stiffening board are positioned on top of one another and joined to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,889,329

VEHICLE SIDE PORTION STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle side portion structure comprising:a roof side rail that includes a rail reinforcement that is an outer portion of the roof side rail in a width direction of a vehicle, the roof side rail having a closed cross-section structure;
a first contact surface which is formed on the rail reinforcement and with which a weather strip provided on an outer peripheral portion of a rear side door of the vehicle is to come into contact;
a flange which is formed at the rail reinforcement and to which a roof panel is joined;
a rail garnish that covers a portion of the roof side rail from the flange to an upper portion of the first contact surface in an up-down direction of the vehicle;
a rocker molding that covers a rocker of the vehicle;
a rear quarter panel that covers a rear side portion of the vehicle; and
a quarter garnish disposed between the rail garnish and the rear quarter panel, wherein
the rail garnish, the rocker molding, the rear quarter panel and the quarter garnish are independent separate pieces, and
the rail garnish, the rocker molding, the rear quarter panel and the quarter garnish cover a portion of a peripheral edge of a rear side door opening of the vehicle, the rear side door opening being closed by the rear side door.

US Pat. No. 10,889,328

FRONT SUBFRAME STRUCTURE

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

1. A front subframe structure comprising:a subframe body that supports, in a front part of a vehicle, suspensions disposed below a pair of right and left front side frames each extending in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle; and
a pair of right and left longitudinal members each extending forward from the subframe body, wherein
the subframe body includes an arm front-side supporting portion, an arm rear-side supporting portion, and a detaching portion, the arm front-side supporting portion and the arm rear-side supporting portion supporting a front part and a rear part of a lower arm constituting the suspensions, the detaching portion detaching the subframe body from each of the front side frames at the arm rear-side supporting portion using a load from a subframe moving rearward or a load from the lower arm moving rearward,
each of the longitudinal members includes a bent portion provided at a rear part of the longitudinal member and further in an outer side along a vehicle width direction with respect to the arm front-side supporting portion,
the lower arm has a longitudinally extending portion extending in the longitudinal direction which is provided in a rear part of the lower arm,
a rear face portion of the bent portion, and a front face portion which is in a front side of the vehicle of the longitudinally extending portion of the lower arm extend substantially parallel to each other along the vehicle width direction, and
a reinforcing portion is provided on a face of the rear face portion of the bent portion, the face opposing the front face portion of the longitudinally extending portion.

US Pat. No. 10,889,327

STRUCTURE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE FRONT END

Valeo Systemes Thermiques...

1. A structure for a motor vehicle front end, comprising:a cross member; and
at least one column rigidly connected to the cross member,
the cross member extending longitudinally in a main direction,
wherein said at least one column comprises a first set of reinforcing ribs molded on at least one portion of an outer surface of said at least one column, each reinforcing rib extending in a direction parallel to the main direction of the cross member,
wherein said at least one column comprises a second set of reinforcing ribs molded on the at least one portion of the outer surface of said at least one column, said reinforcing ribs of the second set extending parallel to each other and being inclined relative to the reinforcing ribs of the first set.

US Pat. No. 10,889,326

CRASH ASSEMBLY

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A crash assembly, comprising:a crash strut for a wheel of a motor vehicle, which
wherein the wheel is connected to a tie rod assembly that has at least one tie rod strut,
wherein the at least one tie rod strut is connected to a first end of the crash strut via at least one tie rod-side connection module, and wherein a second end of the crash strut is connected to a body of the motor vehicle via a body-side connection module,
wherein at least one of the at least one tie rod-side connection module and the body-side connection module are designed as a two-part module,
wherein each two-part module comprises two parts which are displaceable relative to one another in a telescoping fashion so that the crash strut creates a force path between the body of the motor vehicle and the tie rod assembly only when the two-part module collapses to a minimum length.

US Pat. No. 10,889,325

VEHICLE STEERING SYSTEM

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

1. A vehicle steering system comprising:actuators, respectively provided for a plurality of wheels included in a vehicle, for changing toe angles of the wheels;
lock devices, respectively provided for the wheels, for restricting changes in the toe angles of the wheels; and
a control device for controlling the actuators and the lock devices, wherein
for each lock device, the control device at a time performs an individual unlocking operation of unlocking the lock device, and a lock relaxation operation of relaxing a locked state of the lock device, after a simultaneous unlocking operation of unlocking all the lock devices.

US Pat. No. 10,889,324

DISPLAY CONTROL DEVICE, DISPLAY CONTROL SYSTEM, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND DISPLAY CONTROL PROGRAM

JVCKENWOOD Corporation, ...

1. A display control device comprising:a video data acquisition unit configured to acquire video data from a camera that captures a video image in a moving direction of a vehicle when the vehicle is moving toward a parking space where a parking line is displayed thereon;
a vehicle motion detection unit configured to detect motion information containing a steering angle of the vehicle;
an expected path line generation unit configured to generate a first expected path line extending along a planned moving path in accordance with the steering angle from a center part along a width of the vehicle and a third expected path line including a pair of lines extending along a planned moving path of the vehicle from both ends of the vehicle in the width direction;
a parking line recognition unit configured to recognize the parking line from the video data;
a detection unit configured to detect a nearby object adjacent to the parking space;
a determination unit configured to determine to superimpose the first expected path line on the video data when the nearby object is not detected by the detection unit and the parking line and the third expected path line are to be displayed in close proximity to each other;
a superimposed video generation unit configured to generate superimposed data, the superimposed data being video data where the first expected path line or the third expected path line is superimposed on the video data in accordance with a determination by the determination unit; and
a display control unit configured to transmit the superimposed data to a display unit so as to display a video related to the superimposed data on the display unit.

US Pat. No. 10,889,323

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CARRYING OUT AN AUTOMATIC DRIVE OF A VEHICLE

VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSC...

1. A method for carrying out automated driving of a transportation vehicle along a provided trajectory, the method comprising:providing at least one stored trajectory for a current position of the transportation vehicle;
displaying the at least one stored trajectory on a display and operating device;
receiving input indicating a selection, by a user, of one of the at least one stored trajectories displayed on the display; and
carrying out automatic driving of the transportation vehicle,
wherein a control unit of the transportation vehicle provides signals for a transverse control and a longitudinal control to control the transportation vehicle along the selected, stored trajectory based on detected environment data.

US Pat. No. 10,889,322

OSCILLATION LIMITED DRIVEN STEERING TRACK ASSEMBLY

Terra Drive Systems, Inc....

1. An oscillation limited driven steering track assembly comprising:a track mechanism including a track frame, a sprocket and rollers rotatably secured to said track frame, and an endless track adapted to travel around said track frame and rollers and coupled to said sprocket;
a motor coupled to and rotatably driving said sprocket about a motor axis of rotation and thereby driving said track around said track frame and rollers;
wherein said motor is pivotally secured to a land vehicle about a steering axis whereby the motor and track mechanism are selectively rotated about the steering axis for steering the vehicle;
a longitudinally extensible and retractable apparatus having first and second ends;
wherein said apparatus is extensible to an extended position having a first longitudinal distance between said first and second ends and is retractable to a retracted position having a second longitudinal distance between said first and second ends, said first longitudinal distance being greater than said second longitudinal distance;
said apparatus first end being pivotally secured to said track frame;
said apparatus second end being pivotally secured to the vehicle about a pivot axis which is collinear with said steering axis; and,
wherein said track mechanism can oscillate about said motor axis of rotation and said oscillation is limited to between a first radial position wherein said apparatus is in its extended position and a second radial position wherein said apparatus is in its retracted position, and further wherein said track mechanism is rotatable around said steering axis for steering the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,889,321

STEERING MODULE FOR A VEHICLE AND STEERING SYSTEM

1. A steering module for a vehicle, comprising:a steering input element;
a sensor device having at least one sensor configured for registering the position of the steering input element due to motion induced by the steering input element, and
a servomechanism which includes a first actuator and acts on the steering input element,
wherein the servomechanism is redundantly designed and comprises a second actuator,
wherein the actuators are coupled to the steering input element via a transmission element, and
wherein a position of one of the first actuator, second actuator or steering input element is displaceable relative to at least one other of the first actuator, second actuator or steering input element, in order to be able to tension the transmission element.

US Pat. No. 10,889,320

ELECTRIC POWER-ASSISTED STEERING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

MANDO CORPORATION, Gyeon...

1. An electric power-assisted steering apparatus, the apparatus comprising:a rack force estimator configured to estimate a rack force by using a driver torque and a motor torque;
a target torque calculator configured to calculate a lateral acceleration by using the rack force and a lateral acceleration parameter determined according to a vehicle velocity and calculate a target torque by using the lateral acceleration and one or more target torque parameters determined according to the vehicle velocity; and
a motor controller configured to output a motor current for controlling a motor according to a compensation torque corresponding to a difference between the target torque and the driver torque.

US Pat. No. 10,889,319

USE OF A PHASE-LEAD FILTER TO SEPARATE THE MANUAL STEERING SETTING FROM THE POWER STEERING CONTROL STABILITY SETTING

JTEKT EUROPE, Irigny (FR...

1. A servo-control method of a power steering device comprising an assist motor and a steering wheel on which a driver can exert a force, called “steering wheel torque”, the method comprising:defining a steering wheel torque setpoint, comprising generating a steering wheel torque setpoint representative of a steering wheel torque value to be reached,
measuring an actual steering wheel torque, comprising measuring the value, called “actual steering wheel torque”, of the steering wheel torque which is really exerted by the driver on the steering wheel,
determining the difference, called “steering wheel torque error”, between the steering wheel torque setpoint and the actual steering wheel torque,
determining the motor torque setpoint, comprising generating a motor torque setpoint applied to the assist motor so that the assist motor can act to reduce the steering wheel torque error, the motor torque setpoint being generated from a first component, called “filtered proportional component”, obtained by filtering, by a phase-lead filter, the steering wheel torque error weighted by a first gain called “assist gain” and a second component, called “derivative feedback component”, obtained by calculating the time derivative of the actual steering wheel torque and weighting the time derivative of the actual steering wheel torque by a second gain called “derivative gain”.

US Pat. No. 10,889,318

STEERING DEVICE

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A steering device configured to apply an assisting force to a steering mechanism by a motor, the steering device comprising:a housing;
a steering rod accommodated in the housing to be allowed to reciprocate in an axial direction;
a power transmission mechanism, which includes a rotating member configured to rotate by the motor and is configured to convert a rotation of the rotating member into a reciprocating motion of the steering rod thereby to transmit the reciprocating motion to the steering rod; and
a rolling-element bearing, which rotationally supports the rotating member in the housing, wherein
the rolling-element bearing includes an inner ring, an outer ring, first rolling elements, and second rolling elements,
the first rolling elements and the second rolling elements are disposed side by side in an axial direction between the inner ring and the outer ring,
the inner ring includes
a first split race having a first inner peripheral track surface, on which the first rolling elements roll, and
a second split race having a second inner peripheral track surface, on which the second rolling elements roll,
the steering device further includes a fixing structure configured to fix the rolling-element bearing to an outer periphery of the rotating member in a state where a load in the axial direction is applied to the first split race, the first rolling elements, the outer ring, the second rolling elements, and the second split race,
the fixing structure includes
a groove portion provided so as to be adjacent to the rolling-element bearing on an outer peripheral surface of the rotating member, and
a holding member fitted into the groove portion, and
in a state where the holding member is in contact with an end face of the inner ring and a stepped surface of the groove portion facing the end face to apply a biasing force in the axial direction to the end face of the inner ring, the holding member is fitted to the groove portion toward an inner side in a radial direction orthogonal to the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,889,317

BALL SCREW DRIVE OF AN ELECTROMECHANICAL POWER STEERING DEVICE WITH DEFLECTING BODIES FOR A BALL RETURN

THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, ...

1. An electromechanical power steering device for a motor vehicle comprising:a servomotor that drives an axially movable component via a ball nut that is mounted in a bearing such that the ball nut is rotatable about a longitudinal axis in a housing, wherein the ball nut is engaged with a threaded spindle configured on the axially movable component, wherein an inner side of the ball nut includes a ball screw for balls to roll on, wherein an external ball return means of the ball nut connects a start of the ball screw to an end of the ball screw to enable endless circulation of the balls;
a pulley wheel; and
a deflecting body, wherein a return channel of the external ball return means is formed by way of the deflecting body and the pulley wheel;
wherein an outer side of the deflecting body includes at least two outer webs that engage into the pulley wheel such that torque can be transmitted from the pulley wheel to the ball nut.

US Pat. No. 10,889,316

RACK-AND-PINION STEERING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A rack-and-pinion steering apparatus comprising:a rack shaft having a plurality of rack teeth, the rack shaft being configured to move in an axial direction to steer steered wheels of a vehicle;
a pinion shaft having a plurality of pinion teeth, the pinion shaft being configured to rotate in accordance with a steering operation of a steering wheel, the pinion shaft having a curved shape with a curved central axis, and the pinion shaft has a pinion-teeth section including the plurality of pinion teeth; and
a housing supporting the rack shaft and the pinion shaft, the housing encompassing a meshing area between the plurality of rack teeth and the plurality of pinion teeth, wherein:
when the steering wheel is in a neutral position, the plurality of pinion teeth mesh with the plurality of rack teeth at a rotational position of the pinion shaft, the rotational position minimizing torque required to move the rack shaft in the axial direction during one rotation of the pinion shaft, and
the rotational position maximizes a distance from the central axis of the pinion-teeth section of the pinion shaft to the rack shaft during the one rotation of the pinion shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,889,315

SUPPORTING APPARATUS FOR STEERING GEAR BOX

HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD., ...

1. A supporting apparatus for a steering gear box, comprising:a pressing yoke part for supporting a side surface of a rack bar engaged with a steering input gear in a shape to wrap the side surface of the rack bar;
a supporting yoke part provided in a mounting part together with the pressing yoke part;
an elastic link part formed of an elastic material and extending from the pressing yoke part to be inserted into the supporting yoke part;
a cover part provided at a position opposite to the supporting yoke part and shielding an inlet of the mounting part; and
a pressing part located between the supporting yoke part and the cover part and configured to press the supporting yoke part by a predetermined elastic force,
wherein the pressing yoke part comprises:
a curved liner portion contacting the side surface of the rack bar; and
a head portion connected to the liner portion at one side and connected to the elastic link part at the other side,
wherein the head portion has a convex curved side surface facing the supporting yoke part.

US Pat. No. 10,889,314

ICE FISHING SLED WITH FLOTATION FOR SELF-RESCUE

1. A plastic tub-type sled with improved flotation capability for buoyantly supporting some or all of the weight of an ice fisherman in water to help with self-rescue if the sled and the fisherman have broken through the ice, the sled comprising:a plastic tub body comprising raised walls along its sides and ends, a bottom, an open top, and upper edges along upper ends of the walls defining an upper periphery of the tub body;
a substantially continuous flotation bumper on an exterior of the tub walls adjacent the upper edges, the flotation bumper comprising one or more flotation bumpers arranged in a substantially continuous array around the upper periphery of the tub body and extending sufficiently outward therefrom such that an upper surface of the flotation bumper forms a substantially continuous flat peripheral flotation shelf extending outwardly around the sides and ends of the tub body exteriorly of the tub body;
the flotation bumper further comprising a flat bottom surface projecting outwardly from the exterior of the side walls of the tub body, the flat bottom surface spaced above the bottom of the tub body generally parallel thereto so as to be spaced above a surface on which the bottom of the tub body is resting or sliding; wherein,
the upper edges of the tub body walls comprise a substantially continuous peripheral upper flange extending outwardly from the upper edges of the walls, and further wherein the peripheral flotation shelf is located below the peripheral upper flange with a substantially continuous inner portion of the peripheral flotation shelf in substantially continuous supporting contact with a lower surface of the peripheral upper flange around the upper periphery of the tub body, and further wherein a substantially continuous outer portion of the peripheral flotation shelf extends outwardly beyond the peripheral upper flange of the tub body below the peripheral upper flange around the upper periphery of the tub body, and wherein the flat bottom surface of the flotation bumper also extends outwardly beyond the peripheral upper flange of the tub body in substantially continuous fashion along the side walls of the tub body.

US Pat. No. 10,889,313

OCCUPANT DIVIDER STRUCTURE FOR A STROLLER

1. A divider for the separation of child occupants of a stroller for transporting children with adjacent seats comprising:a polymethyl methacrylate (“PMMA”) plastic sheet;
a mounting bar, the mounting bar being insertable into a slot molded into the stroller frame between the adjacent seats of the stroller;
a plurality of releasable mounting clamps used to attach the PMMA plastic sheet to the mounting bar, the releasable mounting clamps being designed to prevent lateral rotation of the PMMA plastic sheet so as to
prevent personal contact between the occupants of adjacent stroller seats.

US Pat. No. 10,889,312

SELF-BALANCING AND POWER-ASSISTED PAYLOAD CARRYING VEHICLES USING OPERATOR-APPLIED FORCE SENSING

Segway, Inc., Bedford, N...

1. A method of operating a hand truck carrying a payload over a surface, the hand truck having first and second laterally disposed wheels positioned along a central axis, wherein each of the first and second laterally disposed wheels is powered by, respectively, a first and a second motor, the method comprising:a user setting the hand truck in an orientation at a static balance point by applying a force to the hand truck and positioning the hand truck to place a center of mass of the hand truck and the payload directly above the central axis such that only the first and second laterally disposed wheels are contacting the surface; and
subsequent to the user setting the hand truck in the static balance point orientation and no longer applying force to the hand truck:
controlling at least one of the first and second motors to provide torque to at least one of the first and second laterally disposed wheels to maintain the hand truck balanced in place at the static balance point orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,889,311

MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS STROLLER

1. A medical instrument stroller, comprising:a tubular wedge-shaped collapsible frame structure having a first frame member and a second frame member, the first frame member having a proximal end and a distal end, the second frame member having a proximal end and a distal end, a joint member coupled to near the proximal end of the second frame member, the proximal end of the first frame member is pivotally coupled to the joint member, the joint member configured to limit movement of the first frame member up to a predetermined range relative to the second frame member, the first frame member having a first leg and a second leg running parallel to each other, the second frame member having a third leg and a fourth leg running parallel to each other, the distal end of the first frame member having at least one pair of wheels, each of the at least one pair of wheels coupled to the first leg and the second leg;
a receptacle having a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end of the receptacle pivotally coupled to the second frame member between the third leg and the fourth leg, the distal end of the receptacle coupled to an attachment member, wherein the attachment member is coupled to a bar extending between the first leg and the second leg of the first frame member, the attachment member configured to permit the receptacle to switch between a horizontal position and a vertical stowed position;
an interchangeable tool box mounted on the receptacle;
a trash collector bag; and
a disposable sharps box coupled to a support member that extends between the third leg and the fourth leg of the second frame member near its distal end.

US Pat. No. 10,889,310

COLLISION PROTECTION AND SAFETY SYSTEM FOR RAIL VEHICLES

HARSCO TECHNOLOGIES LLC, ...

1. A method for providing rail worker safety, the method comprising:defining at least one geographical boundary within a work zone;
receiving, at a dispatcher processor of a control center, a location of a rail vehicle;
determining whether a first distance between the location of the rail vehicle and the at least one geographical boundary is less than a threshold;
transmitting a first warning signal to the rail vehicle based on a determination that the first distance is less than the threshold, the first warning signal configured to initiate a first alarm of a first alarm system; and
receiving an indication from a sensor indicating whether the rail vehicle is configured in a railway mode or an on-road mode;
wherein, based on receiving the indication that the rail vehicle is configured in the on-road mode, the first alarm system is configured to not activate an audible or visual alert.

US Pat. No. 10,889,309

BEARING MONITORING DEVICE OF RAILCAR

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A bearing monitoring device of a railcar, the bearing monitoring device being configured to monitor a bearing of at least one bogie supporting at least one carbody,the bearing monitoring device comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive a data piece of a temperature of the bearing and a data piece of a load of the bearing; and
a diagnostic unit configured to, when a monitoring value exceeds a variable threshold, determine that an abnormality of the bearing has occurred, the monitoring value being at least one of a temperature value and a temperature increase rate, the at least one of the temperature value and the temperature increase rate being obtained from the data piece of the temperature of the bearing received by the receiving unit, wherein
when a value of the data piece of the load decreases, the diagnostic unit lowers the variable threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,889,308

RAILWAY VEHICLE BOGIE COMPRISING AXLES RIGIDLY FIXED TO THE BODY OF THE BOGIE

ALSTOM TRANSPORT TECHNOLO...

1. A railway vehicle bogie, comprising a body and two axles, the body comprising two beams extending in a longitudinal direction, each axle comprising a pair of wheels each provided with a tire and a connecting device extending between said wheels, each axle comprising an axle box extending in a transverse direction substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal direction and at least partially surrounding the connecting device, wherein the beams of the body are connected to each other by the axles, the axle box of each axle being rigidly fixed to each of said beams,wherein each beam extends between both axles, the beams are connected to each other by the axles, and wherein each beam has a cross-section comprising a core extending in an elevation direction substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal and transverse directions and two branches extending in a substantially transverse direction on either side of the core in the elevation direction.

US Pat. No. 10,889,307

DOOR DEVICE AND VEHICLE HAVING THE SAME

Nabtesco Corporation, To...

1. A door device, comprising:an opening frame defining an opening; and
a door for operating between a first door position and a second door position, the door making contact with the opening frame when at the first door position, the door being separated from the opening frame when at the second door position,
wherein a movable receiving portion constituted by at least part of the opening frame operates so that an area of the opening of the opening frame is larger when the door is at the second door position than when the door is at the first door position,
wherein the opening frame includes a door receiving plate portion forming a circumferential receiving surface, the circumferential receiving surface coming in contact with a periphery of the door being at the first door position, and
wherein the movable receiving portion constitutes part of the door receiving plate portion and comes in contact with the door being at the first door position.

US Pat. No. 10,889,306

HOURGLASS AUTORACK CAR

TRINITY NORTH AMERICAN FR...

1. A railcar comprising:a first end and a second end;
a first longitudinal side and a second longitudinal side disposed between the first end and the second end, wherein:
the first longitudinal side comprises a center panel and an intermediate panel, the center panel disposed between a center of the railcar and the intermediate panel and the intermediate panel disposed between the center panel and the first end or the second end;
a width of the railcar at the intermediate panel is greater than a width of the railcar at the center panel;
the center panel and the intermediate panel comprise generally straight panels coupled together at an angle; and
wherein the width of the railcar at the intermediate panel is greater than 9 feet 11 inches and less than 10 feet 8 inches, and the width of the railcar at the center panel varies from approximately 9 feet 11 inches proximate the center of the railcar to between 9 feet 11 inches and 10 feet 8 inches proximate the intermediate panel.

US Pat. No. 10,889,305

APPARATUS FOR MOVING ROPEWAY VEHICLES IN A ROPEWAY SYSTEM

Innova Patent GmbH, Wolf...

1. An apparatus for moving ropeway vehicles in a ropeway system, the apparatus comprising:at least one conveying wheel; and
an electric lifting device for adjusting a height of said at least one conveying wheel relative to the ropeway vehicles to bring said at least one conveying wheel into abutment against the vehicles for moving the vehicles along a track using said at least one conveying wheel;
said electric lifting device including an electric drive motor, a threaded sleeve to be rotated by said electric drive motor and held at a height, and a lifting spindle having upper and the lower end positions and a height to be adjusted by said threaded sleeve for adjusting the height of said at least one conveying wheel;
said threaded sleeve and said lifting spindle including upper and lower end faces being oriented toward one another and having stops disposed at least approximately in normal planes in a direction of rotation of said threaded sleeve, said stops coming into abutment in said upper and the lower end positions of said lifting spindle for preventing further rotation of said threaded sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,889,304

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE, VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD, AND VEHICLE CONTROL PROGRAM

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

1. A vehicle control device, comprising:an automatic driving control unit that executes a first driving mode in which at least one of acceleration/deceleration, and steering of a host vehicle is automatically controlled in order for the host vehicle to travel along a route up to a destination; and
a specific situation transition control unit that encourages a vehicle occupant of the host vehicle to transition to a second driving mode in which the degree of automatic driving is lower in comparison to the first driving mode by decelerating the host vehicle in a case of terminating execution of the first driving mode at a scheduled termination point of the first driving mode,
wherein the specific situation transition control unit sets a transition completion point to a point before the scheduled termination point of the automatic driving to make a vehicle speed of the host vehicle be close to zero at the transition completion point.

US Pat. No. 10,889,303

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DRIVING OF A VEHICLE, AND A VEHICLE SYSTEM

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. An apparatus for controlling driving of a vehicle, the apparatus comprising:a determination device configured to determine whether a driver is in an inattentive driving state during driving; and
a controller configured to switch a driving mode of the vehicle into a rest mode when the driver is determined to be in the inattentive driving state and to control the vehicle to enter a rest area when the vehicle reaches the rest area on a traveling path of the vehicle,
wherein the controller is configured to output a warning message to induce safety driving before reaching a specified distance from the rest area on the traveling path of the vehicle when the driving mode of the vehicle is switched to the rest mode.

US Pat. No. 10,889,302

METHODS FOR MONITORING THE OUTPUT PERFORMANCE OF STATE ESTIMATORS IN NAVIGATION SYSTEMS

Honeywell International I...

1. A method for monitoring integrity of navigation measurement information, comprising:receiving a plurality of navigation measurement values for a vehicle in transit from a sensor set;
computing a first set of estimates of the plurality of navigation measurement values utilizing a global filter or a local filter having an order O and a system model;
computing a second set of estimates of the plurality of navigation measurement values utilizing a local filter having an order lower than O and the system model;
comparing the first set of estimates to the second set of estimates;
determining if the second set of estimates is statistically consistent with the first set of estimates;
when the second set of estimates is statistically consistent with the first set of estimates, computing a plurality of sub-sets of the second set of estimates of the plurality of navigation measurement values, computing a sub-solution for each sub-set of the second set of estimates of the plurality of navigation measurement values, and computing an integrity value for each sub-solution;
calculating enhanced-integrity navigation values based on the first set of estimates, the second set of estimates, and the integrity value for each sub-solution; and
coupling the enhanced-integrity navigation values to the vehicle in transit.

US Pat. No. 10,889,301

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING VEHICLE AND INTELLIGENT COMPUTING APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING THE VEHICLE

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A method for controlling vehicle providing an image assisting a gaze of a driver, the method comprising:obtaining action information of the driver; and
in response to recognizing a change in the gaze of the driver corresponding to a changed gaze based on the action information, selecting a first display among a plurality of displays in the vehicle that is related to a direction of the changed gaze and displaying a driving assistance image on the first display,
wherein the driving assistance image corresponds to a different direction than the changed gaze.

US Pat. No. 10,889,300

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SUDDEN UNINTENDED ACCELERATION DUE TO MISOPERATION OF ENGINE IN POWER SPLIT TYPE HEV SYSTEM

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A method for controlling a sudden unintended acceleration due to misoperation of an engine in a power split type hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) system, the method comprising:when a determination is made that a delta revolution per minute (RPM) of the engine is out of a predetermined criterion, determining that an operating point of the engine does not move along a profile defined according to a target operating point of the engine and the sudden unintended acceleration is possible,
wherein the delta RPM is a difference of value between a current RPM of the engine and a profile RPM of the engine required to move to the target operating point of the engine from a current operating point of the engine;
wherein the determination that the delta RPM of the engine is out of the predetermined criterion is made by:
calculating the delta RPM;
calculating a slope of the delta RPM;
determining whether or not the slope of the delta RPM exceeds a predetermined value B;
calculating a holding time for which the slope of the delta RPM exceeds the predetermined value B; and
determining whether or not the holding time exceeds a predetermined value C;
wherein when a determination is made that the sudden unintended acceleration is possible, a control torque of 0 Nm is output by a generator.

US Pat. No. 10,889,299

DRIVING ASSIST APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A driving assist apparatus for a vehicle, applied to a vehicle comprising:a plurality of wheels including a front left wheel, a front right wheel, a rear left wheel, and a rear right wheel,
a driving device which generates driving force for the vehicle,
a rotating shaft for front wheels for transmitting the driving force to the front left wheel and the front right wheel,
a differential gear for front wheels which is disposed between the front left wheel and the front right wheel and the rotating shaft for front wheels, and allows differential between the front left wheel and the front right wheel,
a rotating shaft for rear wheels for transmitting the driving force to the rear left wheel and the rear right wheel,
a differential gear for rear wheels which is disposed between the rear left wheel and the rear right wheel and the rotating shaft for rear wheels, and allows differential between the rear left wheel and the rear right wheel,
a center differential apparatus configured to be enable to selectively realize at least two states of a free state that is a state where differential between the rotating shaft for front wheel and the rotating shaft for rear wheels is allowed and a locked state that is a state where the rotating shaft for front wheels and the rotating shaft for rear wheels are directly connected, and configured such that a ratio of rotational speed of the rotating shaft for rear wheels to rotational speed of the rotating shaft for front wheels becomes a predetermined ratio in the locked state, and
a brake apparatus which gives braking force to each of the plurality of the wheels, and
the driving assist apparatus for a vehicle comprises:
a wheel speed detector which detects wheel speed of each of the plurality of the wheels, and
a control part which performs extremely low speed traveling control in which the driving force generated by the driving device and the braking force given to each of the plurality of the wheels by the brake apparatus are adjusted such that vehicle body speed of the vehicle is in agreement with a predetermined target vehicle body speed, without requiring an accelerator operation and a brake operation by a driver of the vehicle;
wherein:
the control part is configured to perform turning assist control in which:
when a predetermined turning assist control request occurs and the state of the center differential apparatus is the locked state in a case where the vehicle is turned by the front left wheel and the front right wheel being steered in a state where the extremely low speed traveling control is performed, target wheel speed of an inside rear wheel in turning among the plurality of the wheels is set to wheel speed lower than wheel speed of the inside rear wheel in turning in a case where the vehicle is turned by steering, and target wheel speed of each of wheels other than the inside rear wheel in turning among the plurality of the wheels are respectively set such that a ratio of a target rear wheel mean value that is a mean value of target wheel speed of the rear left wheel and target wheel speed of the rear right wheel to a target front wheel mean value that is a mean value of target wheel speed of the front left wheel and target wheel speed of the front right wheel is equal to the predetermined ratio and the target front wheel mean value becomes equal to the target vehicle body speed, and
the driving force generated by the driving device and the braking force given respectively to the plurality of the wheels by the brake apparatus are adjusted such that the wheel speed detected for each of the plurality of the wheels becomes equal to the target wheel speed set for each of the plurality of the wheels.

US Pat. No. 10,889,298

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicle control apparatus comprising:an in-vehicle camera which captures an image of an area located ahead of an own vehicle in a traveling direction thereof;
a marking detection section which detects, from the image captured by the in-vehicle camera, left and right lane markings defining an own lane which is a traffic lane in which the own vehicle is traveling;
a following travel section which causes the own vehicle to follow a preceding vehicle on a condition that a vehicle traveling ahead in the own lane has been determined as the preceding vehicle based on the lane markings detected by the marking detection section;
an in-vehicle sensor which detects behavior of the own vehicle;
an estimation and calculation section which estimates and calculates the lane markings from the behavior of the own vehicle detected by the in-vehicle sensor;
a measurement section which measures an inter-vehicular distance between the own vehicle and the preceding vehicle; and
a deviation determination section which, during execution of following travel control by the following travel section to cause the own vehicle to travel following the preceding vehicle, (i) when determining that the inter-vehicular distance measured by the measurement section is longer than a predetermined distance indicating a distance by which the lane marking present ahead of the preceding vehicle is blocked by the preceding vehicle, causes the following travel section to continue the execution of the following travel control, (ii) when determining that the inter-vehicular distance is shorter than the predetermined distance and at least one of the lane markings detected by the marking detection section has become undetectable, determines based on the lane markings estimated and calculated by the estimation and calculation section that whether or not the preceding vehicle has deviated to a traffic lane different from the own lane, and (iii) when determining that the inter-vehicular distance is shorter than the predetermined distance and the lane markings on both sides are detectable by the marking detection section, determines based on the left and right lane markings detected by the marking detection section whether or not the preceding vehicle has deviated to a traffic lane different from the own lane, wherein
when the deviation determination section determines, during the execution of the following travel control, that the preceding vehicle has deviated to a traffic lane different from the own lane, the following travel section ends the following travel control.

US Pat. No. 10,889,297

DETERMINING A SAFE DRIVING SPEED FOR A VEHICLE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A computer implemented method determining a safe driving speed for a vehicle, the computer implemented method comprises:obtaining a location and a direction of travel of the vehicle;
obtaining one or more operating conditions of the vehicle;
obtaining historical accident data that corresponds to the location of the vehicle under operating conditions that are similar to the one or more conditions of the vehicle;
analyzing, by a processor, the historical accident data to identify the safe driving speed for the vehicle, wherein the safe driving speed is determined to be a maximum speed that is associated with maximum acceptable risk of an accident;
causing an indication of the safe driving speed to be displayed to an operator of the vehicle; and
limiting a current speed of the vehicle to the safe driving speed,
wherein analyzing the historical accident data to identify the safe driving speed for the vehicle includes creating a graph of a number of accidents as a function of vehicle speed and identifying an inflection point in the graph as the safe driving speed, the inflection point being a point at which a slope of the graph changes.

US Pat. No. 10,889,296

VEHICLE TRAVELING CONTROL APPARATUS

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A vehicle traveling control apparatus comprising:a traveling controller configured to determine a target traveling course on which an own vehicle is to travel;
a traveling state detector configured to detect yaw angle of an own vehicle when the own vehicle traveling in a curve zone and decelerated to a curve-traveling speed approaches an exit of the curve zone, the curve-traveling speed being a speed at which the own vehicle is to travel in the curve zone, the detected yaw angle being an angle defined between a longitudinal axis of the own vehicle and the target traveling course; and
a target value setter configured to determine at least one of a target acceleration rate and a target vehicle speed of a vehicle speed control based on at least the detected yaw angle, the vehicle speed control starting to accelerate the own vehicle when the own vehicle approaches the exit of the curve zone.

US Pat. No. 10,889,295

METHOD FOR INFLUENCING ENTITIES AT A ROADWAY INTERSECTION

1. A method for influencing entities, the method comprising:navigating an autonomous vehicle autonomously along a travel path;
detecting a pedestrian proximal to the travel path of the autonomous vehicle;
detecting a set of motion characteristics of the pedestrian;
generating a prediction of an initial path of the pedestrian based on the set of motion characteristics;
influencing the initial path of the pedestrian by presenting a prompt to the pedestrian;
generating an updated prediction of an updated path of the pedestrian following presentation of the prompt to the pedestrian; and
executing at least one action of the autonomous vehicle autonomously based on the updated prediction of the updated path of the pedestrian.

US Pat. No. 10,889,294

ASSESSING U-TURN FEASIBILITY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising: detecting an intention of an operator of a vehicle of rendering a U-turn at a location; obtaining geographic information associated with the U-turn; assessing feasibility of the U-turn at the location based on the geographic information; providing a notification to the operator based on the feasibility of the U-turn to assist the operator to operate the U-turn of the vehicle at the location; wherein the assessing of the feasibility of the U-turn at the location based on the geographic information comprises assessing the feasibility of the U-turn at the location based on the trajectory; further comprising: identifying one or more obstructions in the trajectory of the U-turn at the location; generating a U-turn map that indicates the identified one or more obstructions in relation to the trajectory; and presenting the U-turn map to the operator; and wherein the identifying of the one or more obstructions in the trajectory of the U-turn at the location comprises identifying the one or more obstructions in the trajectory of the U-turn at the location using one or more sensors attached to the vehicle, pre-stored geographic information associated with the location, or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,889,293

VEHICULAR CONTROL SYSTEM FOR EMERGENCY HANDLING

MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC., ...

1. A vehicular control system, said vehicular control system comprising:a control disposed at a vehicle equipped with said vehicular control system;
a camera disposed at the vehicle and having a field of view exterior and at least forward of the vehicle;
wherein said control is operable to at least partially control driving of the vehicle responsive to determination of an emergency driving condition;
wherein, responsive to determination of the emergency driving condition occurring while the vehicle is traveling within a section of a road having a determined road condition, said control at least partially controls driving of the vehicle along the section of the road;
wherein said control, responsive to determination of the emergency driving condition, and responsive to determination that the road condition changes, determines a target stopping location ahead of the vehicle at the road along which the vehicle is traveling;
wherein one selected from the group consisting of (i) the determined road condition comprises a road construction zone and the determined change in the road condition comprises the road construction zone ending, (ii) the determined road condition comprises a narrow road and the determined change in the road condition comprises the narrow road widening, and (iii) the determined road condition comprises a road that does not have a shoulder and the determined change in the road condition comprises a shoulder of the road beginning;
wherein said control determines the target stopping location responsive at least in part to processing of image data captured by said camera; and
wherein said control, responsive to determination of the target stopping location, at least partially controls driving of the vehicle to the target stopping location.

US Pat. No. 10,889,292

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RESTRICTING NON-DRIVING RELATED FUNCTIONS OF VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An apparatus for supporting safe driving of a vehicle, comprising:a detector configured to detect surrounding information of the vehicle and state information of a driver; and
a processor configured to:
determine whether attention of the driver is dispersed, based on the state information of the driver when entrance of the vehicle into a dangerous driving situation is determined based on the surrounding information; and
restrict use of a convenience function within the vehicle based on whether the attention of the driver is dispersed,
wherein the processor is configured to select at least one convenience function, which is to be restricted in use, from at least two convenience functions, when the occurrence degree of the attention dispersion is equal to or less than a threshold numeric value, as the driver uses the at least two convenience functions.

US Pat. No. 10,889,291

METHOD FOR AUTONOMOUSLY PARKING A MOTOR VEHICLE WITH INTERIOR MONITORING, DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM AS WELL AS MOTOR VEHICLE

Valeo Schalter und Sensor...

1. A method for autonomously parking a motor vehicle, comprising:positioning the motor vehicle in a start position;
wherein the start position is associated with a parking area with a plurality of parking spaces by a parking control device,
selecting one of the plurality of parking spaces for parking for the motor vehicle; and
determining a trajectory for autonomously moving the motor vehicle from the start position to the selected parking space,
wherein:
interior data describing an interior of the motor vehicle is received by the parking control device,
the data is examined based on the received interior data if a living entity is in the interior of the motor vehicle,
the motor vehicle remains unmoved in the start position if the living entity is in the interior,
the interior data is determined based on sensor data of at least one interior sensor of an interior control device, and
the sensor data describes a trunk of the motor vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,889,290

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR FOUR-WHEEL-DRIVE VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A control apparatus for a four-wheel-drive vehicle comprising:a driving device configured to generate a driving force;
a braking device configured to apply a braking force to a left front wheel, a right front wheel, a left rear wheel, and a right rear wheel;
a front wheel differential device configured to transmit the driving force to a left front wheel axle and a right front wheel axle, and allow a differential between the left front wheel axle and the right front wheel axle;
a transfer gear device configured to transmit the driving force to a side of the rear wheels through a propeller shaft;
a rear wheel final gear device configured to transmit the driving force from the propeller shaft to a left rear wheel axle and a right rear wheel axle, a final gear ratio on the side of the rear wheels being set to be smaller than a final gear ratio on a side of the front wheels;
a coupling device configured to change a degree of transmission of the driving force from the propeller shaft to the left rear wheel axle and the right rear wheel axle;
a traveling state detector configured to detect traveling state information on a current traveling state of the vehicle, the traveling state information including a rotation-related value which is a value related to a rotation speed of each of the left front wheel, the right front wheel, the left rear wheel and the right rear wheel;
a coupling controller configured to control a coupling torque of the coupling device based on the traveling state information to change the degree of transmission of the driving force to the left rear wheel axle and the right rear wheel axle;
a wheel speed calculation controller configured to:
calculate, when at least a first condition is satisfied, a correction value for a wheel speed of each of the left front wheel, the right front wheel, the left rear wheel and the right rear wheel based on the rotation-related value, and
calculate a wheel speed of each of the left front wheel, the right front wheel, the left rear wheel and the right rear wheel through use of the rotation-related value and the calculated correction value, the first condition being satisfied when coupling torque information on the coupling torque of the coupling device controlled by the coupling controller indicates that the degree of transmission of the driving force to the left rear wheel axle and the right rear wheel axle is smaller than a predetermined degree; and
a vehicle behavior stabilization controller configured to:
calculate an indicator value indicative of an instability of a behavior of the vehicle based on the wheel speed for each of the left front wheel, the right front wheel, the left rear wheel and the right rear wheel, and
perform vehicle behavior stabilization control for controlling the braking device in response to the calculated indicator value to stabilize the behavior of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,889,289

VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR VEHICLE

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

1. A vehicle comprising:an internal combustion engine;
a first transmission path configured to transmit power generated by the internal combustion engine to a vehicle wheel;
a first switching device disposed on the first transmission path, and configured to switch between a connected state and a disconnected state between the internal combustion engine and the vehicle wheel;
a first rotary electric machine;
a second transmission path connecting the first rotary electric machine and a first branch point on the first transmission path; and
a control device configured to control the internal combustion engine, the first switching device, and the first rotary electric machine;
the vehicle further comprising a torque sensor configured to detect a torque, and which is disposed on the second transmission path;
wherein, when the first switching device is placed in a connected state and the vehicle wheel is driven by the internal combustion engine, the control device causes an inverted phase torque, which is opposite in phase to a detected torque detected by the torque sensor, to be generated in the first rotary electric machine.

US Pat. No. 10,889,288

ELECTRIC DRIVE CONTROLLER ADAPTATION TO THROUGH-THE-ROAD (TTR) COUPLED PRIMARY ENGINE AND/OR OPERATING CONDITIONS

HYLIION INC., Cedar Park...

1. A control method for a vehicle having an electric drive axle configured to supplement a primary source of motive torque, the method comprising:through a primary drivetrain, supplying motive torque generated using a fuel-fed engine;
retrieving, by an electric drive controller of the electric drive axle, and based on a signature of the fuel-fed engine, a first set of brake-specific fuel consumption (BSFC) type data and a second set of BSFC type data that differs from the first set of BSFC type data from a network-connected service platform via a radio frequency data communication interface;
during over-the-road travel, supplying supplemental torque using the electric drive axle, wherein the electric drive controller applies an equivalent consumption minimization strategy (ECMS) using the first set of BSFC type data to characterize efficiency of the fuel-fed engine with which the electric drive axle is paired in a through-the-road (TTR) hybrid configuration; and
adapting the application of the ECMS based on the second set of BSFC type data and thereafter continuing to supply supplemental torque during over-the-road travel using the electric drive axle under control of the electric drive controller with the adapted ECMS applied.

US Pat. No. 10,889,287

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING VIBRATION FOR HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A method of controlling a vibration of a hybrid electric vehicle, the method comprising:calculating an engine speed based on a position of an engine;
setting a reference angle based on the position of the engine;
setting a window for performing Walsh-based Discrete Fourier Transform (WDFT) based on the reference angle;
calculating a magnitude spectrum and a phase spectrum by performing the WDFT based on the engine speed, the reference angle, and the window;
selecting a control target frequency based on the magnitude spectrum;
compensating a magnitude of the control target frequency;
generating a reference signal based on the magnitude and a phase of the control target frequency;
determining a magnitude ratio of the reference signal based on the engine speed and an engine load;
calculating a command torque by applying the magnitude ratio and an engine torque to the reference signal;
calculating an inverse phase torque of the command torque;
correcting the inverse phase torque based on the engine load; and
controlling operation of a motor to generate the corrected inverse phase torque.

US Pat. No. 10,889,286

METHOD AND APPARATUS OF CONTROLLING VIBRATION OF HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A method of controlling a vibration of a hybrid electric vehicle, the method comprising:calculating an engine speed based on a position of an engine;
setting a reference angle based on the position of the engine;
setting a window for performing Walsh-based Discrete Fourier Transform (WDFT) based on the reference angle;
calculating a magnitude spectrum and a phase spectrum by performing the WDFT based on the engine speed, the reference angle, and the window;
selecting a control target frequency based on the magnitude spectrum;
compensating a magnitude of the control target frequency;
generating a reference signal based on the magnitude and a phase of the control target frequency;
determining a magnitude ratio of the reference signal based on the engine speed and an engine load;
calculating a command torque by applying the magnitude ratio and an engine torque to the reference signal; and
controlling operation of a motor based on the command torque.

US Pat. No. 10,889,285

CONTROL OF AC ELECTRIC MACHINE USING AVERAGE SYNCHRONOUS FRAME CURRENTS

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method for controlling a polyphase electric machine, the method comprising:measuring phase currents of the polyphase electric machine at a starting point of a present sample period using a set of current sensors;
determining the phase currents at a midpoint of a prior sample period, wherein the prior sample period occurs immediately prior to the present sample period;
determining, via a controller, an angular position of a rotor of the polyphase electric machine at the starting point and at the midpoint;
calculating synchronous reference frame currents of the polyphase electric machine at the starting point and the midpoint, via the controller, using the phase currents and the angular position determined at the starting point and at the midpoint;
calculating average synchronous reference frame currents over a duration of the present sample period using the synchronous reference frame currents at the starting point and at the midpoint; and
regulating torque and/or speed of the polyphase electric machine via the controller using the average synchronous reference frame currents.

US Pat. No. 10,889,284

ELECTRIC VEHICLE AND CONTROL APPARATUS FOR THE SAME

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

1. An electric vehicle comprising:a motor;
a wheel;
a DC voltage generator configured to generate a DC voltage based on a DC voltage command value to be supplied;
an inverter configured to convert the DC voltage into an AC voltage based on an AC voltage command value to be supplied, and apply the AC voltage to the motor;
a transmission configured to set a gearshift position based on a gearshift position command value to be supplied, and reduce a rotation speed of the motor with a gear ratio based on the gearshift position to rotationally drive the wheel;
a user operation unit configured to output the gearshift position command value and a speed control amount, based on user operation; and
a controller configured to set each of the DC voltage command value and the AC voltage command value to an operation-based value corresponding to the gearshift position and the speed control amount, and, when operation on the user operation unit is upshifting during acceleration, set each of the DC voltage command value and the AC voltage command value to a value higher than the operation-based value for causing a change in acceleration, and set the DC voltage to a voltage higher than a normal rated voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,889,283

METHOD OF RATIONALIZING BRAKE PEDAL POSITION SIGNAL, MASTER CYLINDER PRESSURE SIGNAL AND BRAKE TORQUE SIGNAL

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A method of rationalizing with an electronic control unit of a vehicle a brake pedal position signal, a master cylinder pressure signal and a brake torque signal to validate them for use as input signals for diagnostic routines in the vehicle's onboard diagnostics, the method comprising:rationalizing with the electronic control unit a master cylinder pressure signal against a brake pedal position signal with the electronic control unit:
recording a maximum value of values of the master cylinder pressure signal read during a brake pedal position signal maximum value learn period wherein the brake pedal position signal maximum value learn period is a period during which the brake pedal position signal is above a first brake pedal position signal rising set point;
recording a minimum value of values of the master cylinder pressure signal read during a brake pedal position signal minimum value learn period wherein the brake pedal position signal minimum value learn period is a period during which the brake pedal position signal is at or below a first brake pedal position signal falling set point;
determining that the rationalization of the master cylinder pressure signal against the brake pedal position signal failed when a difference between the maximum recorded value of the master cylinder pressure signal and the minimum recorded value of the master cylinder pressure signal is not greater than a master cylinder pressure signal rationalization value; and
upon determining that the rationalization of the master cylinder pressure signal against the brake pedal position signal failed, setting a first fail flag that the validation of the master cylinder pressure signal failed;
rationalizing with the electronic control unit the brake pedal position signal against the master cylinder pressure signal with the electronic control unit:
recording a maximum value of values of the brake pedal position signal read during a master cylinder pressure signal maximum value learn period wherein the master cylinder pressure signal maximum value learn period is a period during which the master cylinder pressure signal is above a master cylinder pressure rising set point;
recording a minimum value of values of the brake pedal position signal read during a master cylinder pressure signal minimum value learn period wherein the master cylinder pressure signal minimum value learn period is a period during which the master cylinder pressure signal is at or below a master cylinder pressure signal falling set point;
determining that the rationalization of the brake pedal position signal against the master cylinder pressure signal failed when a difference between the maximum recorded value of the brake pedal position signal and the minimum recorded value of the brake pedal position signal is not greater than a brake pedal position signal rationalization value; and
upon determining that the rationalization of the brake pedal position signal against the master cylinder pressure signal failed, setting a second fail flag that the validation of the brake pedal position signal failed; and
rationalizing with the electronic control unit a brake torque signal against the brake pedal position signal with the electronic control unit:
recording a maximum value of values of the brake torque signal read during a second brake pedal position signal maximum value learn period wherein the second brake pedal position signal maximum value learn period is a period during which the brake pedal position signal is above a second brake pedal position signal rising set point;
recording a minimum value of values of the brake torque signal read during a second brake pedal position signal minimum value learn period wherein the second brake pedal position signal minimum value learn period is a period during which the brake pedal position signal is at or below a second brake pedal position signal falling set point;
determining that the rationalization of the brake torque signal against the brake pedal position signal failed when a difference between the maximum recorded value of the brake torque signal and the minimum recorded value of the brake torque signal is not greater than a brake torque signal rationalization value; and
upon determining that the rationalization of the brake torque signal against the brake pedal position signal failed, setting a third fail flag that the validation of the brake torque signal failed.

US Pat. No. 10,889,282

VEHICLE BRAKE DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A brake device for a vehicle, comprising:a rotary body configured to rotate with a wheel;
a friction member configured to generate a braking force for the wheel by being pushed onto the rotary body;
an actuator including a piston configured to push the friction member onto the rotary body by being advanced, an electric motor, and a motion converting mechanism configured to convert a rotating motion of the electric motor into an advancing and retracting movement of the piston;
a piston-retracting prohibiting mechanism including (a) a toothed wheel configured to rotate in conjunction with the piston and having ratchet teeth on its periphery, (b) a stopper configured to lock the ratchet teeth of the toothed wheel, (c) a stopper biasing mechanism configured to bias the stopper in a direction in which the stopper moves from a locking position at which the stopper can lock the ratchet teeth to a non-locking position at which the stopper cannot lock the ratchet teeth, and (d) a stopper keeping device configured to keep the stopper positioned at the locking position by an electric current supplied thereto against a biasing force of the stopper biasing mechanism, the piston-retracting prohibiting mechanism being configured to prohibit the piston from being retracted in a state in which the stopper locks the ratchet teeth;
a controller connected to an electric power source and configured to control supply of an electric current to the electric motor and supply of the electric current to the stopper keeping device; and
an electricity storage device provided in parallel with the stopper keeping device, the electricity storage device being configured to supply the stopper keeping device with enough current to maintain the stopper in the locked position when the electric current from the controller is cut off.

US Pat. No. 10,889,281

BRAKE DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD., ...

1. A brake device for a vehicle, comprising:a housing block having a top surface, a bottom surface opposite to the top surface, a first side surface adjacent to the top surface and the bottom surface, and a second side surface opposite to the first side surface;
a plurality of buildup valve mounting parts disposed in the housing block in a first row;
a plurality of reduce valve mounting parts disposed in the housing block in a second row, wherein the second row is farther away from the top surface than the first row;
a wheel cylinder port disposed on the top surface of the housing block and connected to a wheel cylinder;
a master cylinder port disposed between the top surface of the housing block and the plurality of buildup valve mounting parts and connected to a master cylinder;
a pump port disposed between the bottom surface of the housing block and the plurality of buildup valve mounting parts; and
a first damper disposed between the top surface of the housing block and the plurality of buildup valve mounting parts, wherein the first damper extends from the first side surface of the housing block to the second side surface of the housing block along a longitudinal direction that is parallel to the first row in which the plurality of buildup valve mounting parts are disposed,
wherein the master cylinder port, the pump port, the first damper and the plurality of buildup valve mounting parts are connected as a flow path.

US Pat. No. 10,889,279

MASTER CYLINDER OF VEHICLE BRAKE

HYUNDAI MOBIS Co., Ltd., ...

1. A master cylinder of a vehicle brake, comprising:a housing comprising a port configured to move hydraulic fluid;
a motor connected to the housing and configured to supply rotation power;
a screw rotatably installed in the motor and configured to rotate in response to the rotation power of the motor;
a moving piston engaged with an outside of the screw, the moving piston being configured to move in a longitudinal direction of the housing in response to rotation of the screw;
a guide blocked by the housing and constrained from rotating, the guide being configured to constrain rotation of the moving piston and guide linear movement of the moving piston in the longitudinal direction; and
a pressurizing part installed between the housing and the guide, the pressurizing part being configured to pressurize the guide via an elastic force.

US Pat. No. 10,889,278

BRAKING SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE HAVING HAND AND FOOT BRAKE LEVERS

BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL P...

1. A vehicle comprising:a frame;
a straddle seat mounted to the frame;
a front right wheel operatively connected to the frame;
a front left wheel operatively connected to the frame;
a rear wheel operatively connected to the frame;
a steering assembly operatively connected to the front left and right wheels;
a motor mounted to the frame for providing power to at least one of the wheels;
a front right brake operatively connected to the front right wheel for braking the front right wheel;
a front left brake operatively connected to the front left wheel for braking the front left wheel;
a rear brake operatively connected to the rear wheel for braking the rear wheel;
an electronic brake control unit comprising:
a pump;
a valve box fluidly connected to the pump, the valve box comprising:
a first inlet;
a first outlet fluidly connected to the front right brake;
a second outlet fluidly connected to the front left brake;
a first valve selectively fluidly connecting the first inlet and the pump with the first outlet;
a second valve selectively fluidly connecting the first inlet and the pump with the second outlet;
a second inlet;
a third outlet fluidly connected to the rear brake; and
a third valve selectively fluidly connecting the second inlet and the pump with the third outlet;
a first pressure sensor disposed in the valve box for sensing a first fluid pressure between the first inlet and the first and second valves; and
an electronic controller electronically connected to the pump, the first valve, the second valve and the third valve for controlling operation of the pump, the first valve, the second valve and the third valve, and electronically connected to the first pressure sensor for receiving a first signal indicative of the first fluid pressure sensed by the first pressure sensor;
a first master cylinder fluidly connected to the first inlet;
a hand brake lever operatively connected to the first master cylinder for actuating the first master cylinder and thereby actuate the front right and left brakes through the valve box;
a second master cylinder fluidly connected to the second inlet;
a foot brake lever operatively connected to the second master cylinder for actuating the second master cylinder and thereby actuate the rear brake through the valve box;
a second pressure sensor disposed externally of the valve box, the second pressure sensor sensing fluid pressure between the second inlet and the second master cylinder, the second pressure sensor being electronically connected to the electronic controller for sending a second signal indicative of the second fluid pressure sensed by the second pressure sensor,
the electronic brake control unit selectively actuating the rear brake in response to actuation of the first master cylinder by opening the third valve and by actuating the pump,
the electronic brake control unit selectively actuating the front right and left brakes in response to actuation of the second master cylinder by opening the first and second valves and by actuating the pump.

US Pat. No. 10,889,277

BRAKING CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

Mazda Motor Corporation, ...

1. A braking control device for a vehicle, comprising:a stroke sensor configured to detect an operating amount of a brake pedal;
a stroke simulator configured to generate a reaction-force of the brake pedal;
a braking hydraulic pressure generating mechanism configured to generate a braking force for wheels according to the operating amount of the brake pedal; and
an electronic control unit (ECU) electrically connected with the stroke sensor, the stroke simulator, and the braking hydraulic pressure generating mechanism, the ECU including a processor configured to execute:
a control module to control the stroke simulator and the braking hydraulic pressure generating mechanism; and
a braking rigidity characteristic setting module to set a braking rigidity characteristic based on a braking rigidity that is a ratio of the reaction-force of the brake pedal to the operating amount of the brake pedal, and a target deceleration of the vehicle,
wherein the braking rigidity characteristic setting module sets values of the braking rigidity so that the braking rigidity increases as the target deceleration of the vehicle becomes larger,
wherein the control module controls the stroke simulator based on the braking rigidity characteristic,
wherein the processor is configured to set the target deceleration of the vehicle based on the reaction-force which is set in accordance with a detected brake pedal stroke,
wherein the ECU is further provided with:
a reaction-force characteristic map defining a reaction-force characteristic in which the reaction-force of a vehicle operator operating the brake pedal and a brake pedal stroke are in a logarithmic relationship;
a braking characteristic map defining the target deceleration of the vehicle and a first reaction-force of the vehicle operator operating the brake pedal; and
a braking rigidity characteristic map defining the braking rigidity characteristic based on the target deceleration and the braking rigidity,
wherein the processor sets the reaction-force, which is set according to the detected brake pedal stroke, as the first reaction-force, and uses the first reaction-force and the braking characteristic map to set the target deceleration of the vehicle, and
wherein the processor sets a second reaction-force using the target deceleration, the detected brake pedal stroke, and the braking rigidity characteristic map, and outputs an operation instruction signal to the stroke simulator based on the second reaction-force.

US Pat. No. 10,889,276

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LEARNING AND VALIDATING BRAKE DECELERATION RATES

WESTINGHOUSE AIR BRAKE TE...

1. A method comprising:setting brakes of a vehicle according to a first target deceleration braking model estimated to decelerate the vehicle from a present speed at a present location to a target speed at a target location;
determining a first actual deceleration curve of the vehicle during deceleration of the vehicle according to the first target deceleration braking model;
determining a different, second target deceleration braking model estimated to decelerate the vehicle to the target speed at the target location responsive to determining that the first actual deceleration curve will result in the vehicle moving faster than the target speed at the target location; and
setting the brakes of the vehicle according to the second target deceleration braking model of step (c) during movement of the vehicle,
wherein the first target deceleration braking model and the second target deceleration braking model include a service braking mode, an emergency braking mode, or a combination of the service braking mode and the emergency braking mode,
wherein the emergency braking mode includes one or more wheels of the vehicle prevented from rotating by the brakes of the vehicle during the movement of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,889,275

WHEEL SENSORS WITHIN VEHICULAR BRAKE ASSEMBLIES

Dexter Axle Company, Elk...

1. A drum brake assembly comprising:a brake hub-drum, which encloses braking components, having an interior circumferential rim, a plurality of indicia located on said rim, said indicia having a greater distance from an axis of rotation than said interior circumferential rim;
a backing plate, said brake hub-drum rotatable about said axis of rotation with respect to said backing plate; and
a magnetic sensor fixed with respect to said backing plate, said sensor located adjacent said indicia to detect said indicia when said brake hub-drum rotates with respect to said sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,889,274

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ELECTRONIC CONTROL OF A VEHICLE DECELERATION OF A BRAKE SLIP-CONTROLLED VEHICLE

WABCO GMBH, Hannover (DE...

1. A method for electronically controlling a vehicle deceleration of a brake slip-controlled vehicle comprising a pneumatic braking system, the method comprising:detecting that at least one wheel of the vehicle has a brake slip that exceeds a setpoint brake slip;
in response to detecting that at least one of the wheels of the vehicle has a brake slip that exceeds the setpoint brake slip, brake slip-controlling the at least one wheel in order to prevent a lockup of the at least one wheel;
determining a braking effect caused by wheel brakes on the wheels of the vehicle; and
adjusting brake pressures output at the wheel brakes of one or more non-brake slip-controlled wheels in order to adjust the induced braking effect,
wherein the brake pressures at the wheel brakes of all non-brake slip-controlled wheels are adjusted,
wherein the brake pressures are selected in such a way that a braking effect reduced by the brake slip control at the at least one wheel is compensated for by the adjustment of the brake pressures on the wheel brakes of all non-brake slip-controlled wheels,
wherein the brake pressures at the wheel brakes of the non-brake slip-controlled wheels are adjusted by a factor,
wherein a wheel-specific factor is applied at each wheel brake of the non-brake slip-controlled wheels,
wherein the factor is selected depending on whether cornering is present, and
wherein the wheel-specific factors applied at each wheel brake of outer, non-brake slip-controlled wheels are higher than the wheel-specific factors applied at each wheel brake on inner, non-brake slip-controlled wheels.

US Pat. No. 10,889,273

BRAKE CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLES WITH BAR HANDLE

NISSIN KOGYO CO., LTD., ...

1. A brake control device for vehicles with a bar handle which is configured to perform a holding control to hold a brake fluid pressure that acts on a vehicle brake of a wheel of the vehicle, the brake control device comprising:a bank angle obtaining unit which is configured to obtain a bank angle of the vehicle;
a deceleration obtaining unit which is configured to obtain a deceleration of the wheel; and
a control unit which is configured to start the holding control when the deceleration reaches a holding control threshold value,
the control unit is configured to correct the holding control threshold value to a low deceleration side when the obtained bank angle increases.

US Pat. No. 10,889,272

AUTONOMOUS EMERGENCY BRAKING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd., ...

1. An autonomous emergency braking apparatus comprising:a front sensor configured to sense object information by searching for a control target in front of a vehicle;
a compensation condition sensor configured to sense a vehicle state and a surrounding environment, in order to estimate a state of a road on which the vehicle travels and the surrounding environment of the vehicle;
a brake controller configured to generate a braking force to brake the vehicle;
a warning controller configured to notify an operation state when the vehicle is braked; and
a controller configured to calculate a braking force and a braking point by determining whether the vehicle is likely to collide, based on the object information, adjust a road state estimated from the vehicle state and the braking force and the braking point which are calculated according to the surrounding environment, output a braking command to the brake controller, and notify the operation state through the warning controller according to the braking command,
wherein the compensation condition sensor comprises at least one of a vehicle height displacement sensor configured to sense a front height and a rear height of the vehicle and a shock absorber displacement sensor configured to measure a displacement of a shock absorber installed on each shaft of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,889,271

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE FOR COMPARING SURROUNDING AREA MAP DATA TO SURROUNDING AREA SENSOR DATA TO DETERMINE THE PASSABILITY OF A ROAD OBJECT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a vehicle relative to a passable object in a surrounding area of the vehicle, the method comprising:inputting map data values from a map, the map data values including first object data values representing the passable object;
recording, via sensors on the vehicle, second object data values representing the surrounding area, including the passable object;
reconciling the input map data values with the second object data values in accordance with predefined first comparison criteria; and
operating the vehicle as a function of the reconciliation;
wherein in the reconciling, to compare the first object data values to the second object data values, the first object data values include an object in the form of radar values that are already recorded in advance by another vehicle, and
wherein the operation of the vehicle is performed based on a height of the vehicle in view of the reconciliation, and wherein the height of the vehicle is obtained by at least one of the sensors on the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,889,270

DIFFERENTIAL HAVING A BRAKE DEVICE

1. A differential having a brake device, comprising:a drive shaft,
two output shafts,
a differential housing which has an inlet opening for the drive shaft and two opposite outlet openings for the output shafts,
a differential cage and
at least two brake devices,
wherein each of the at least two brake devices is a drum brake which has a passive element, which exhibits a cylindrical frictional surface, and brake shoes, frictional surfaces of which brake shoes can be placed against the cylindrical frictional surface of the passive element, wherein in each case the passive element of a respective one of the at least two brake devices is fastened to the differential cage and/or a respective one of the two output shafts in such a way that the cylindrical frictional surface is installed coaxially in relation to the respective opening of the respective one of the two output shafts, and the brake shoes are held in a pivotable manner on a carrier plate which is flange-connected to an edge of the respective opening.

US Pat. No. 10,889,269

VEHICLE WASHING SYSTEM

WASHTEC HOLDING GMBH, Au...

1. A vehicle washing system for cleaning a vehicle, the system comprising:a carrier movable along a washing zone in a direction of travel;
a vertically adjustable drying device; and
a foam dispensing device arranged on the drying device to generate a foam curtain extending transverse to the direction of travel of the carrier,
wherein the foam dispensing device is arranged so as to be vertically adjustable on the carrier,
wherein the vehicle washing system is switchable between a foam dispensing mode, in which the foam dispensing device is in operation, and a drying mode, in which the drying device is in operation, and
wherein at least one collection channel extends along the drying device in order to keep foam away from the washing zone in the drying mode.

US Pat. No. 10,889,268

ISOLATING CIRCUIT FOR WIPER SYSTEM

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A wiper system comprising:a first motor configured to operate a first wiper;
a second motor configured to operate a second wiper wherein the first motor and the second motor are connected in a parallel configuration;
a power source in electrical connection with the first motor and the second motor for energizing each motor to move the respective wipers;
a switch configured to simultaneously operate the first motor and the second motor in one of a high speed mode, a low speed mode, or a park mode; and
an isolating circuit configured to isolate the first motor from the power source and allow the second motor to run independent of the first motor when:
the switch is set in the park mode, and
speed of the first motor is different from speed of the second motor,
wherein the isolating circuit includes a single relay electrically connected to low speed terminals of the first motor and the second motor, a first diode electrically connected to high speed terminals of the first motor and the second motor, and a second diode electrically connected to the low speed terminal of the first motor and the only one relay.

US Pat. No. 10,889,267

ELECTROMAGNETIC WINDSHIELD WIPER SYSTEM

Tesla, Inc., Palo Alto, ...

1. An electromagnetic wiper system for a windshield of a vehicle, comprising:a linear actuator that includes a guide rail and an electromagnetic moving block, wherein the guide rail includes a plurality of permanent magnet bars disposed horizontally along a curvature of the windshield of the vehicle, and wherein the electromagnetic moving block includes a plurality of perforations and at least an electromagnetic coil that surrounds the plurality of perforations in the electromagnetic moving block;
a wiper-arrangement including a wiper arm and a wiper blade, wherein at least the wiper arm is coupled to the electromagnetic moving block; and
a control circuitry that controls a linear motion of the electromagnetic moving block through the plurality of permanent magnet bars to steer the wiper arm that is coupled to the electromagnetic moving block, back and forth across a length of the windshield to wipe a defined region of the windshield, wherein the plurality of permanent magnet bars passes through the plurality of perforations surrounded by the electromagnetic coil in the electromagnetic moving block to induce a minimal friction that is less than a defined threshold friction value during the linear motion.

US Pat. No. 10,889,266

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTING THE PRESENCE OF A HUMAN HAND ON A MOTOR VEHICLE OPENING ELEMENT

Continental Automotive Fr...

1. A method for detecting the presence of a human hand on an opening element of a motor vehicle using a first ultra-high-frequency transceiver device, installed in said opening element, and a second ultra-high-frequency transceiver device, for the purpose of activating a function of said vehicle, said method comprising:transmission, by the first ultra-high-frequency transceiver device, of a plurality of detection signals,
reception, by the second ultra-high-frequency transceiver device, of each detection signal of said transmitted plurality of detection signals,
measurement, by the second ultra-high-frequency transceiver device, of the power of each received detection signal,
determination of a power variation profile on the basis of the measured received power values, and
detection of the presence of a human hand on the opening element when the determined profile corresponds to a predetermined reference profile, said predetermined reference profile being characterized by an increase followed by a first decrease in the received power value, characterizing the approach of a human hand, followed by a stagnation and a second decrease in the power value, characterizing contact of a human hand with the opening element of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,889,265

VEHICLE FUNCTION CONTROL SYSTEM USING SENSING AND ICON DISPLAY MODULE

MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA,...

1. A vehicular sensing device for a vehicular function control system, the vehicular sensing device comprising:at least one illumination source operable to backlight a plurality of icons at a cover element;
wherein, with the vehicular sensing device disposed at a vehicle, and with the at least one illumination source activated to backlight the plurality of icons, the backlit icons are viewable at an exterior portion of the vehicle;
wherein each icon of the plurality of icons is representative of a respective vehicle function;
a plurality of sensors, wherein, with the vehicular sensing device disposed at the vehicle, each sensor of the plurality of sensors has a respective field of sensing associated with a respective icon of the plurality of icons;
a controller operable to generate an output responsive to the plurality of sensors; and
wherein, with the vehicular sensing device disposed at the vehicle, and with the at least one illumination source activated to backlight the icons at the cover element, and responsive to sensing by one of the sensors of proximity or movement of a user in the field of sensing of that sensor, the controller generates the output to control the vehicle function that is represented by the respective backlit icon associated with that sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,889,264

VEHICLE CONTROL LOCKOUT

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a seat movable from an upright position to a folded position;
a steering wheel in front of the seat;
a gear selector; and
a lockout box supported by the seat and positioned to restrict access to the steering wheel when the seat is in the folded position, the lockout box including a main body and an extension extending from the main body, the extension positioned to restrict access to the gear selector when the seat is in the folded position.

US Pat. No. 10,889,263

PASSENGER SAFETY SYSTEM

Jason J. Davis, Lancaste...

1. A passenger safety system comprising:a sensing unit configured to be installed proximate to a seat occupiable by a person,
wherein the sensing unit is a part of a securement system for securing the person in the seat; and
a fob comprising a portable electronic device to provide human readable indications corresponding to radio signals from the sensing unit received via a fob communication channel,
wherein the fob indicates at least one of a securement of a seat belt associated with the sensing unit, a temperature proximate to the sensing unit, and a distance of the fob from the sensing unit in response to the radio signals, and
wherein the fob comprises:
a fob transceiver configured to send and receive the radio signals to and from the sensing unit via the fob communication channel;
a fob controller connected to the fob transceiver and configured to detect a loss of communication of the fob transceiver with the sensing unit; and
a transceiver power controller configured to increase a transmitter power of the fob transceiver in response to the detected loss of communication of the fob transceiver with the sensing unit, whereby the fob transceiver regains communication with the sensing unit, and
wherein the fob controller provides a human readable indication that the fob has exceeded a predetermined range from the sensing unit in response to the loss of communication.

US Pat. No. 10,889,262

IMPROPER SEATBELT USAGE DETECTION

Tesla, Inc., Palo Alto, ...

1. A system for detecting improper usage of a seatbelt of a vehicle, the system comprising:a vehicle seat having a seat cushion and a seat back;
a shoulder belt and a lap belt, wherein the shoulder belt and lap belt are intended to restrain an occupant sitting on the vehicle seat;
a first sensor module associated with the shoulder belt and the lap belt, the first sensor module configured to generate one or more signals indicative of at least one parameter associated with the vehicle seat in combination with the occupant sitting on the vehicle seat;
a second sensor module associated with the vehicle seat, the second sensor module configured to generate one or more signals indicative of at least one parameter associated with the vehicle seat in combination with the occupant sitting on the vehicle seat;
a controller configured to:
receive the one or more signals from the first sensor module and the second sensor module;
analyze the received one or more signals from the first sensor module and the second sensor module; and
determine whether the seatbelt is being used improperly by the occupant, based on the analysis.

US Pat. No. 10,889,261

SAFETY BELT POSITIONING AND PRESENTATION SYSTEMS

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A safety belt positioning system, comprising:a first anchor disposed adjacent an upper portion of a seat back and selectively positionable on a first axis;
a second anchor disposed adjacent a lower portion of the seat back and selectively positionable on a second axis, wherein the second anchor is configured to be selectively coupled to the first anchor at a first distance from the first anchor for joint positioning of the first anchor and the second anchor in respect to the seat back; and
a third anchor disposed adjacent the lower portion of the seat back and selectively positionable on the second axis,
wherein the third anchor is configured to be selectively coupled to the second anchor at a second distance from the second anchor for joint positioning of the second anchor and the third anchor independent of a position of the first anchor and in respect to the seat back, and
wherein the first anchor, the second anchor, and the third anchor are jointly positionable in respect to the seat back when the second anchor is coupled to the first anchor at the first distance and when the third anchor is coupled to the second anchor at the second distance.

US Pat. No. 10,889,260

AIRBAG CUSHION ASSEMBLY WITH ONE-WAY CHECK VALVES

Key Safety Systems, Inc.,...

1. An airbag cushion assembly comprising:an airbag cushion, the airbag cushion having a plurality of inflatable chambers including a primary fill chamber configured to receive inflation gases, and one or more additional chambers for receiving the inflation gases from the primary fill chamber; and
wherein the one or more of the additional chambers has one or more one way gas flow check valves for receiving the inflation gases into the one or more additional chambers and preventing the received inflation gases from back flowing to maintain the one or more additional chamber at full inflation when the airbag cushion is inflated, and further wherein the airbag cushion has a front panel and a rear panel, each of the one or more one way gas flow check valves includes a separation wall affixed to an inside surface of the front panel and the rear panel dividing the primary chamber from the one or more additional chambers and sealing the airbag cushion into the plurality of inflatable chambers, said each of the one or more one way check valves being formed as a folded fabric having two or more folds, wherein the folded fabric is affixed at an end opposite the two or more folds and sealed air-tightly peripherally around an entire adjacent portion of the inside surface of the front rear panels thereby forming the separation wall, each of the two or more folds of the folded fabric is cut to form one or more openings or channels, the one or more openings are opened by the inflation gases, but are closed at the two or more folds on any back flow pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,889,259

COATED FABRIC FOR AIRBAG

TOYOBO CO., LTD., Osaka ...

1. A coated fabric for an airbag comprising:a textile made of synthetic fiber filaments, the textile having first and second surfaces; and
a silicone resin;whereinthe first surface is coated with the silicone resin, the silicone resin having an average resin thickness of warp and weft at a head top in the first surface not less than 4 ?m, and
the second surface has a non-coated area and a coated area, the coated area comprises joints between warp and weft only, and the coated area is coated with the silicone resin.

US Pat. No. 10,889,258

AIRBAG HAVING CAVITY OPEN TOWARD FRONT CONSOLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a front console;
an airbag supported by the front console and inflatable to an inflated position, the airbag in the inflated position having an inboard side and an outboard side spaced from each other in a cross-vehicle direction;
the airbag in the inflated position having a cavity open toward the front console and extending through the inboard side and the outboard side;
the airbag in the inflated position having an upper lip and a lower lip each abutting the front console, the cavity extending between the upper lip and the lower lip.

US Pat. No. 10,889,257

VEHICLE SEAT ASSEMBLY

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A system, comprising:a seat back;
an airbag mounted to the seat back;
a seatbelt webbing having a shoulder band and a lap band; and
the airbag inflatable to an inflated position between the seat back and the shoulder band;
the airbag being inflatable in a vehicle-forward direction toward the shoulder band.

US Pat. No. 10,889,256

VEHICLE ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF ALLOCATING POWER IN THE SAME

1. A method for controlling a plurality of components of a vehicle that are configured to emit heat when activated and coupled to other vehicle devices that consumer power, the method comprising a controller:receiving heat demand information about the activated components and power demand information about the other vehicle devices;
determining, from the heat demand information and the power demand, an amount of power available for consumption by all of the activated components; and
actively allocating power between the activated components according to the determined amount of power available such that an actual amount of power consumed by all of the activated components does not exceed the determined amount of power available.

US Pat. No. 10,889,255

ELECTRICAL ENERGY MANAGEMENT OF A VEHICLE SYSTEM OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. An apparatus for electrical energy management of a vehicle system of a motor vehicle, the apparatus comprising:a power supply unit configured to supply energy to the vehicle system of the motor vehicle, wherein the power supply unit has a normal mode as a first operating state and a standby mode as a second operating state;
a distributor apparatus, an output side of which has voltage levels for supplying electrical energy to vehicle system components of the vehicle system of the motor vehicle, wherein the distributor apparatus is electrically connected to the power supply unit;
a state monitoring apparatus configured to monitor the operating state of the power supply unit and to actuate the distributor apparatus;
a computer apparatus, wherein an input side of the computer apparatus is electrically connected to the output side of the distributor apparatus, via at least one voltage level;
the computer apparatus has an operating system apparatus and a volatile computer data memory, wherein the volatile computer data memory is configured to keep vehicle system state data from vehicle system components of the vehicle system of the motor vehicle in stored fashion, and wherein
the distributor apparatus is actuated by the state monitoring apparatus in the normal mode such that voltage levels for the computer apparatus and for vehicle system components of the vehicle system of the motor vehicle are provided,
the distributor apparatus is actuated by the state monitoring apparatus in the standby mode such that merely a voltage level for the volatile computer data memory of the computer apparatus is provided, and wherein
the volatile computer data memory is configured to be kept supplied with current even in the standby mode such that the volatile computer data memory does not lose the vehicle system state data stored therein.

US Pat. No. 10,889,254

STEERING WHEEL UNIT

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

1. A steering wheel unit comprising a contact sensor configured to detect contact of an occupant with a rim portion of a steering wheel of a vehicle,wherein the contact sensor includes a reduced contact sensitivity part in a region of the rim portion of the steering wheel adjacent to a seating surface of a driver's seat when the vehicle is traveling straight, a contact sensitivity of the reduced contact sensitivity part being lower than a contact sensitivity in a remaining region of the rim portion,
the contact sensor is a capacitive sensor including a conductive part as an electrode surface formed in a circumferential direction of the rim portion of the steering wheel, and part of the electrode surface in the reduced contact sensitivity part is formed into a non-conductive part,
the reduced contact sensitivity part is partially formed in a cross-section in a direction intersecting with the circumferential direction of the rim portion in a front view of the steering wheel,
the contact sensor includes the reduced contact sensitivity part at a lower end of the steering wheel when the vehicle is traveling straight, the reduced contact sensitivity part including a mixed part of the conductive part and the empty part as the non-conductive part disposed in an outer part of the rim portion in a radial direction, and
the contact sensor includes a part exclusive to the conductive part disposed in an inner part of the rim portion in the radial direction, the part exclusive to the conductive part excluding the empty part as the non-conductive part in the electrode surface.

US Pat. No. 10,889,253

WIRE HARNESS ASSEMBLY WITH OVERMOLDED BRACKET

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

1. A wire harness assembly comprising:a wire harness; and
a bracket fixedly secured to the wire harness by an overmold, the bracket including:
a first wall fixedly secured to and facing the wire harness from a first radial angle with respect to a centerline of the wire harness such that a first wall normal line directed normal from the first wall intersects the centerline of the wire harness where the first wall is fixedly secured to the wire harness;
a second wall fixedly secured to and facing the wire harness from a second radial angle with respect to the centerline of the wire harness such that a second wall normal line directed from the second wall intersects the centerline of the wire harness where the second wall is fixedly secured to the wire harness;
an arm having a proximal end that is connected to the first wall and continuous with a distal end of the arm, the distal end of the arm being connected to the second wall such that the arm is interposed between and separates the first wall from the second wall; and
a bend in the arm between the proximal end of the arm and the distal end of the arm, wherein the bend in the arm orients the first wall and the second wall toward facing the wire harness, wherein
the overmold encompasses at least a portion of the first wall including a first wall periphery and at least one of a lateral face of the first wall and a medial face of the first wall;
the overmold encompasses at least a portion of the second wall including a second wall periphery and at least one of a lateral face of the second wall and a medial face of the second wall;
the overmold encompasses at least a portion of the arm;
the overmold encompasses the wire harness where the bracket is fixedly secured to the wire harness by the overmold; and
the first wall and the second wall are located at a same longitudinal position of the wire harness such that the first normal line and the second normal line intersect a same point of the centerline of the wire harness.

US Pat. No. 10,889,252

VEHICLE BODY REAR STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body rear structure of a vehicle, the vehicle body rear structure comprising:an opening and closing body for opening and closing an opening defined in a vehicle body rear part, the opening and closing body having an outer panel and an inner panel located on an inner side of the vehicle relative to the outer panel, the outer panel having a rear surface part facing substantially in a vehicle rearward direction;
a license plate provided on a bumper member located at a position lower than the opening and closing body;
an emblem part arranged on the rear surface part and comprising a projecting part and an emblem decoration portion on which an emblematic design element is disposed, the projecting part projecting rearward from the rear surface part; and
an image capturing device installed between the rear surface part of the outer panel and the inner panel and configured to capture images behind the vehicle,
wherein the image capturing device is installed in an image capturing device installation hole formed in the rear surface part, the image capturing device installation hole located at a position lower than the projecting part, and
wherein the image capturing device installation hole, the projecting part, and the emblem decoration portion are formed integrally with the outer panel.

US Pat. No. 10,889,251

BRACKET ASSEMBLIES FOR DETACHABLY CONNECTING AUDIBLE VEHICLE ALERT SYSTEMS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An audible vehicle alert system, comprising:a first bracket;
a second bracket detachably secured to the first bracket;
a speaker unit mounted to the second bracket,
wherein the second bracket includes a mounting tab configured to engage a mounting extension of a mounting bracket; and
a push pin received through the mounting tab and the mounting extension.

US Pat. No. 10,889,250

EXPANDABLE CARGO BOX ASSEMBLY FOR A PICKUP TRUCK

ABC TECHNOLOGIES INC., T...

1. An expandable cargo box assembly for mounting on a side wall section of a cargo bed, the cargo box assembly comprising:a base member for attaching the expandable cargo box assembly to the side wall section, the base member supporting a folding floor assembly and forward and rearward collapsible walls at each end of the base member; and
an inner wall plate attached to the forward and rearward collapsible walls opposite to the base member,
wherein the base member, the folding floor assembly, the forward and rearward collapsible walls and the inner wall plate collectively define an expandable enclosure that can be positioned in a stowed position when not in use and is configured to expand to a deployed position to receive cargo, and
wherein the folding floor assembly includes an inner floor panel and an outer floor panel, wherein the inner floor panel is fixedly attached perpendicularly to a lower longitudinal edge of the base member, and wherein the outer floor panel is pivotally connected to the inner floor panel.

US Pat. No. 10,889,249

UTILITY HOOK ASSEMBLY WITH HIDDEN MAGNETIC LATCH

1. A utility hook assembly, comprising:a base comprising a substantially rectangular plate including holes for receiving a fastener therein through;
a mounting bracket secured to a bottom surface of the base, the mounting bracket including first and second spaced apart cylindrical eyelets sharing a common longitudinal axis;
first and second hooks each mounted at its proximal end inside a respective one of the first and second spaced apart cylindrical eyelets for rotation therein, the first and second hooks each further comprising at a distal end peripherally extending hook ends each configured to be substantially parallel to the common longitudinal axis of the eyelets along an entire length of the hook end; and
a magnet disposed on an upper surface of the base, the magnet positioned above the peripherally extending hook ends when the first and second hooks are rotated about their respective eyelets against the base;
wherein the magnet on the upper surface of the base attaches the first and second hooks against the base when not in use, and wherein the first and second hooks dangle vertically from their respective eyelets when not attached to the base.

US Pat. No. 10,889,248

SYSTEM FOR COVERING THE LUGGAGE COMPARTMENT OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

1. A system for covering the luggage compartment of a motor vehicle, the system comprising:two lateral supports,
a front panel pivotably connected to the supports about a first transverse shaft positioned along the front edge of the panel,
a rear panel pivotably connected to the supports about a second transverse shaft, the second shaft being slidably mounted longitudinally with respect to the supports,
a hinge connecting the rear edge of the front panel to the front edge of the rear panel about a third transverse axis of rotation, the hinge being arranged so that, when force is applied to the second shaft in a forward direction, the panels are caused to rotate in an upward direction, causing them to transition from a covering configuration, in which they lie horizontally as an extension of each other, to an access configuration for accessing the compartment, in which they are folded against each other,the system further comprises:a first carriage receiving a first end of the second shaft, the carriage being slidably mounted on a first longitudinal guide rail rigidly connected to a first of the supports,
a first and a second cable sections, each having an end associated, with either side of the carriage, and being kept permanently tensioned along a longitudinal axis,
a wheel actuated by a motor, the wheel being rigidly connected to the cable sections and adapted to be pulled in a longitudinal direction, in order to move the carriage forwards or backwards in order to move the panels into the access configuration or the covering configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,889,247

TRUCK STORAGE APPARATUS

1. A truck storage device, comprising:a bottom panel comprising four edges forming a rectangle, the bottom panel movably coupled to
a lower section of a back panel along a first edge of the bottom panel,
a front panel along a second edge of the bottom panel opposite from the first edge,
a first side panel along a third edge of the bottom panel, and
a second side panel along a fourth edge of the bottom panel opposite from the third edge; and
a top panel movably coupled to an upper section of the back panel, wherein the upper section of the back panel is movably coupled to the lower section of the back panel;
wherein the bottom panel, the lower section of the back panel, the upper section of the back panel, the front panel, the first side panel, the second side panel, and the top panel are convertible between a storage configuration and a folded configuration, and
wherein the bottom panel is substantially parallel to the lower section of the back panel, the front panel, the first side panel, the second side panel, and the top panel, while being substantially orthogonal to the upper section of the back panel in the folded configuration, and
wherein the upper section of the back panel extends beyond both the first side panel and the second side panel, and is in direct contact with a portion of the first side panel and the second side panel in the storage configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,889,246

AUTOMOTIVE INTERIOR EQUIPMENT TRAY AND ASSOCIATED METHOD OF MANUFACTURING

FAURECIA AUTOMOTIVE INDUS...

1. An automotive interior equipment tray for a motor vehicle, wherein the tray defines a top surface, an under surface, and a peripheral edge section extending between the under surface and the top surface over a contour of the tray, the peripheral edge section defining with the under surface a peripheral ridge;wherein the tray comprises a bead protruding from the under surface in the vicinity of the peripheral ridge, and
wherein the bead is formed in a groove of a mold.

US Pat. No. 10,889,245

VEHICLE IMAGING SYSTEM

FICOMIRRORS, S.A.U., Bar...

1. A vehicle imaging system for a vehicle including a rear viewing device configured to be located at a lateral side of the vehicle, the vehicle imaging system comprising:an image capturing unit configured to take images of surroundings of the vehicle, located in the proximity of the rear viewing device, including an optical axis and a field of view, and configured such that the field of view of the image capturing unit generally extends rearward until a forward limit of a field of view of the rear viewing device;
a display unit configured to communicate with the image capturing unit and display the images, and adapted to be located in an interior of the vehicle, wherein the image capturing unit is configured such that the field of view of the image capturing unit generally extends forward until a rearward limit of a field of view of a driver viewed by the driver through a lateral window of the vehicle located in the lateral side; and
a control unit configured to receive at least one parameter related to movement of the vehicle, and send a signal indicative of the at least one parameter to the display unit to facilitate turning the display unit on or off according to the at least one parameter, wherein the at least one parameter includes a speed of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,889,244

LIGHTING CONTROL DEVICE, LIGHTING DEVICE, AND VEHICLE

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A lighting control device comprising:a controller configured to output a control signal based on an indicating signal indicating whether to turn on or off a light source of a vehicle;
a diagnosis circuit configured to output a first signal when detecting irregular operation of the controller;
a latch circuit configured to set a second signal in a first state until receiving the first signal, and set the second signal in a second state when receiving the first signal; and
a logic circuit configured to receive an ignition signal, the control signal, and the second signal,
wherein the ignition signal indicates whether a motor of the vehicle is in an activated state or a rest state, wherein the control signal, indicates a first control state or a second control state,
wherein the logic circuit is configured to control the light source in accordance with the control signal or the ignition signal depending on the second signal being in the first or the second state,
the logic circuit configured to
control the light source in accordance with the control signal while the second signal is in the first state, and
control the light source in accordance with the ignition signal while the second signal is in the second state,
the lighting control device further comprising a switch configured to be electrically connected between a power supply and the diagnosis circuit, the power supply being configured to supply electrical power to the controller and the diagnosis circuit,
the latch circuit being configured to turn on and off the switch by an informing signal from the latch circuit to a warning device,
the latch circuit being configured to turn off the switch when receiving the first signal, and turn on the switch when receiving a reset signal from the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,889,243

REAR ALARM SENSOR ASSEMBLY

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A rear alarm sensor assembly comprising:a sensing part configured to generate waves and a sensing signal, based on contents obtained by detecting an approaching object by the generated waves;
a controller configured to generate a transmission signal including the sensing signal and an identifier for identification and transmit the generated transmission signal to a body control module, the controller including a plurality of identification terminals for changing the identifier based on a connection relation and a ground terminal that is grounded; and
a determination device electrically connected to the ground terminal and configured to move so as not to be connected to the plurality of identification terminals or so as to be connected to at least one identification terminal of the plurality of identification terminals,
wherein the determination device is configured to electrically connect the at least one connected identification terminal and the ground terminal to change the connection relation of the plurality of identification terminals.

US Pat. No. 10,889,242

NOTIFICATION APPARATUS FOR NOTIFYING OF IN-VEHICLE PRESENCE

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A vehicle notification apparatus comprising:an output unit configured to output a leaving notification that provides a warning of leaving a passenger, baggage, or both behind in the vehicle;
a riding detector configured to detect any of passenger vehicle entering, passenger vehicle exiting, baggage vehicle entering, and baggage vehicle exiting, the passenger vehicle entering being entering of the passenger with respect to the vehicle, the passenger vehicle exiting being exiting of the passenger with respect to the vehicle, the baggage vehicle entering being entering of the baggage with respect to the vehicle, the baggage vehicle exiting being exiting of the baggage with respect to the vehicle;
a driver detector configured to detect any of vehicle traveling stop operation, vehicle traveling start operation, driver vehicle entering operation, and driver vehicle exiting operation, the vehicle traveling stop operation being operation, performed by a driver of the vehicle, directed to stopping of traveling of the vehicle, the vehicle traveling start operation being operation, performed by the driver, directed to starting of the traveling of the vehicle, the driver vehicle entering operation being operation, performed by the driver, directed to entering of the driver with respect to the vehicle, the driver vehicle exiting operation being operation, performed by the driver, directed to exiting of the driver with respect to the vehicle; and
a controller configured to cause the output unit to output the leaving notification on a condition that the riding detector has already detected the passenger vehicle entering, the baggage vehicle entering, or both when the driver detector detects the vehicle traveling stop operation, the driver vehicle exiting operation, or both, the controller being also configured to cause the output unit to output the leaving notification each time the driver detector detects the vehicle traveling stop operation, the driver vehicle exiting operation, or both, until the riding detector detects the passenger vehicle exiting, the baggage vehicle exiting, or both,
wherein the riding detector comprises an opening-closing sensor configured to detect opening and closing of an open-close member of the vehicle,
wherein the open-close member is to be opened and closed upon the passenger vehicle entering, the baggage vehicle entering, or both, and
wherein the controller is configured to determine that the opening-closing sensor detects the passenger vehicle entering, the baggage vehicle entering, or both on a condition that the opening-closing sensor has detected the opening and the closing of the open-close member within a predetermined period before timing at which the driver detector detects the vehicle traveling start operation, the driver vehicle entering operation, or both.

US Pat. No. 10,889,241

DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING A MATRIX OF LIGHT SOURCES FOR INTERIOR LIGHTING OF THE PASSENGER COMPARTMENT OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

VALEO VISION, Bobigny (F...

1. A device for controlling a matrix of light sources of a luminous module for lighting the interior of the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle, the device comprising:a central unit configured to receive an instruction to activate one among a plurality of preset functions for lighting the passenger compartment, and functionally connected to a plurality of command devices, each of which is configured to command the activation of a group of light sources of the matrix, and
the central unit is configured to select a plurality of light sources of the matrix to activate to produce the lighting function, and to transmit instructions to the command devices in order to command the activation of the selected light sources, wherein
the central unit comprises a microcontroller element and a receiver and a transmitter for receiving and transmitting data, wherein
the central unit comprises a memory element containing structured data, which associate each instruction to activate a lighting function with a preset group of light sources of the matrix to be activated to produce the lighting function, and wherein
each light source of the matrix comprises at least two elementary light sources having different luminous properties.

US Pat. No. 10,889,240

METHOD, COMPUTER DEVICE AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR COMMUNICATING WITH A REAR VEHICLE

BAIDU ONLINE NETWORK TECH...

1. A method for communicating with a rear vehicle, wherein the method comprises:a present vehicle determining that it is currently in a congestion scenario and obtaining congestion condition information;
the present vehicle generating congestion prompt information for the rear vehicle according to the congestion condition information;
the present vehicle displaying the congestion prompt information on a screen at a tail of the present vehicle,
the present vehicle determining that a driver of a rear vehicle is in a road rage mood, at least by analyzing facial expressions and/or body behaviors of the driver of the rear vehicle obtained through a camera at the tail of the present vehicle; and
in response to determining that the driver of the rear vehicle is in the road rage mood, generating mood-soothing information and displaying the mood-soothing information on the screen,
wherein the congestion prompt information and the mood-soothing information are displayed on the screen alternatingly.

US Pat. No. 10,889,239

LIGHTING APPARATUS

1. A lighting apparatus for connection with a boat trailer comprising:(a) an elongated housing having an upper end and a lower end containing an opening adapted for connection with an upper end of a boat trailer guidepost;
(b) a mounting assembly connected with an upper portion of said elongated housing;
(c) a light having a back wall and at least one side wall for unidirectional illumination, said light being connected with said mounting assembly; and
(d) a mechanism for connecting said light with a power source, whereby when said elongated housing is connected with the upper end of the boat trailer guidepost, said light illuminates the area behind the boat trailer.

US Pat. No. 10,889,238

METHOD FOR PROVIDING A SPATIALLY PERCEPTIBLE ACOUSTIC SIGNAL FOR A RIDER OF A TWO-WHEELED VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A method for providing a spatially perceptible acoustic signal for a rider of a two-wheeled vehicle, the method comprising:providing an acoustic signal by a two-wheeled vehicle;
determining a pose of a helmet worn by the rider of the two-wheeled vehicle relative to the two-wheeled vehicle;
processing the acoustic signal depending on the determined pose to form a three-dimensional output signal which constitutes a binaural projection of the acoustic signal;
outputting the three-dimensional output signal via a stereo headset of the helmet, wherein the output signal spatially places a sound source contained in the acoustic signal depending on the determined pose, whereby the sound source is spatially locatable by the rider of the two-wheeled vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,889,237

LIGHTING CONTROL FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

TUSIMPLE, INC., San Dieg...

1. A method for controlling one or more lights of a vehicle, comprising:receiving, from an autonomous driving system (ADS) of the vehicle, an input to control one or more exterior lights that are part of a lighting system of the vehicle;
transmitting, based on the input, an ADS message to a controller area network (CAN) of the lighting system;
receiving, by a vehicle electronic control unit (VECU) of the vehicle, a driver lighting command;
transmitting the driver lighting command to the CAN; and
transmitting a lighting command from the CAN to a chassis node of the vehicle, the chassis node configured to operate lighting functions of the vehicle,
wherein the lighting system of the vehicle further comprises a plurality of dashboard lights, the dashboard lights comprising visual distinctions configured to enable a driver or supervisor to discern between driver intent and ADS intent.

US Pat. No. 10,889,236

WORKING SPOTLIGHT AND VEHICLE WITH A WORKING SPOTLIGHT

1. A working spotlight for a vehicle, the spotlight comprising:a housing;
a light source; and
a light guide system for guiding working light generated by the light source in a predefined direction out of the housing and into a working area,
wherein a means of generating a motif is arranged at least one of in and on the housing for projecting at least one motif on a projection surface outside of the housing; and
wherein the means of generating the motif features a switching unit for switching between different motifs for projection onto the projection surface outside of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,889,235

HYBRID BACKUP LIGHT WITH INTEGRATED WARNING LIGHT

1. A hybrid lamp for a vehicle, comprising:a backup light configured to be activated when the vehicle is in reverse gear, the backup light comprising a plurality of white backup LEDs constructed and arranged to provide diffused light with an even lighting appearance; and
a warning light integrated with the backup light, the warning light comprising a warning light source comprising a laser source or an LED source constructed and arranged to project a line of light onto the ground behind the vehicle, thereby creating a visual depiction of where the vehicle intends to move; and a bridge circuit configured to activate the warning light source when the backup light is activated.

US Pat. No. 10,889,234

VEHICLE LAMP

Ichikoh Industries, Ltd.,...

1. A vehicle lamp comprising:a light source; and
a movable shade section, wherein
the movable shade section includes:
a movable shade that rotates in a front-back direction and is switchable between a first position where light from the light source is not blocked and a second position where some of the light is blocked;
a power section having a moving shaft that moves in a horizontal direction to cause the rotation of the movable shade; and
a power-transmitting section that is interposed between the movable shade and the power section and transmits a moving force of the moving shaft as a rotary force of the movable shade,
the moving shaft has, on an outer circumference thereof, an engagement groove with which the power-transmitting section is engaged,
the power-transmitting section includes:
a bearing section that is provided in an intermediate portion thereof and is supported to be rotatable in the horizontal direction orthogonal to the front-back direction;
a first arm that extends from the bearing section toward the movable shade side and is engaged with the movable shade; and
a second arm that extends from the bearing section toward the moving shaft side and has an engagement section slidably engaged with the engagement groove,
the engagement section includes:
a first engagement section that is engaged with the engagement groove and extends in the front-back direction; and
a second engagement section that has a substantially linear shape, is engaged with the engagement groove and is connected to and bent with respect to the first engagement section,
in a side view in which the movable shade section is viewed from a side, when a straight line that connects a rotation fulcrum at the time when the power-transmitting section rotates in the front-back direction and a center point of a cross section of the moving shaft is set as a reference line, an angle on the rotation fulcrum side, which is formed by the reference line and a portion of the second engagement section on an opposite side to the first engagement section relative to an intersection point where the second engagement section and the reference line intersect with each other, is set to equal to or larger than 80 degrees and equal to or smaller than 110 degrees,
the movable shade section includes a bracket provided with the movable shade, the power section, and the power-transmitting section,
the bracket includes a support shaft that extends along the front-back direction and rotatably supports the bearing section,
when the bearing section supported by the support shaft is viewed in a side view in which the movable shade section is viewed from the side, the rotation fulcrum is located at a substantially center position of the bearing section,
the movable shade is attached to an upper portion of the bracket via a shaft section that supports the movable shade to be rotatable in the front-back direction,
the power section is attached to a front side surface of the bracket,
the support shaft extends to the back along the front-back direction from a back side surface of the bracket,
the bracket has a lead-out section that leads out the engagement section of the second arm of the power-transmitting section such that the engagement section is positioned on a front side, and
the lead-out section is formed not to hinder motion of the second arm associated with movement of the moving shaft of the power section.

US Pat. No. 10,889,233

LIGHTING CONTROL DEVICE, VEHICULAR LAMP, AND LIGHTING CONTROL METHOD

STANLEY ELECTRIC CO., LTD...

1. A lighting control device configured to control a light distribution state by a vehicular headlamp, the lighting control device comprising:processing circuitry configured to
detect an obstacle from an image in front of a subject vehicle taken by a camera;
derive a first light-shielding area of a left headlamp attached to a front left side of the vehicle, and a second light-shielding area of a right headlamp attached to a front right side of the vehicle according to a position of the obstacle in response to the obstacle being detected; and
control a light distribution state of the right headlamp and a light distribution state of the left headlamp according to the derived first light-shielding area and the derived second light-shielding area, wherein
the first light-shielding area and the second light-shielding area are different from each other,
when a counterclockwise direction is assumed as a positive angle with reference to the traveling direction of the subject vehicle, the processing circuitry is configured to
derive a left headlamp left angle formed by the traveling direction of the subject vehicle and a line connecting the left headlamp and the left end of a preceding vehicle, a left headlamp right angle formed by the traveling direction of the subject vehicle and a line connecting the left headlamp and the right end of the preceding vehicle, and a left headlamp first angle formed by the traveling direction of the subject vehicle and a line connecting the left headlamp and the obstacle, and
derive the first light-shielding area on the basis of the left headlamp left angle, the left headlamp right angle, and the left headlamp first angle, and the processing circuitry is configured to
set, when the left headlamp first angle is negative and is greater than the left headlamp right angle and less than the left headlamp left angle, a light-shielding area obtained in an angle range between the left headlamp first angle and the left headlamp left angle as the first light-shielding area, and
set, when the left headlamp first angle is positive and is greater than the left headlamp right angle and less than the left headlamp left angle, a light-shielding area obtained in an angle range between the left headlamp right angle and the left headlamp first angle as the first light-shielding area.

US Pat. No. 10,889,232

VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD THAT COMPARES A LIGHT DISTRIBUTION PATTERN EXTRACTED FROM AN IMAGE CAPTURED BY A CAMERA WITH A REFERENCE LIGHT DISTRIBUTION PATTERN

ZKW Group GmbH, Wieselbu...

1. A method for controlling a vehicle including at least one camera and a lamp, the method comprising:controlling the at least one camera to capture at least one image of an area in front of the vehicle;
extracting, from the at least one image, a light distribution pattern formed by the lamp in the area in front of the vehicle; and
performing at least one control related to the extracted light distribution pattern, based on a comparison result obtained by comparing the extracted light distribution pattern with a reference light distribution pattern,
wherein performing the at least one control related to the extracted light distribution pattern is performed based on a determination that a vertical structure is located in front of the vehicle,
wherein the method further comprises:
determining that a distance between the vertical structure and a first part of the vehicle is a first distance, and
generating a control command for the vehicle to move the vehicle so that the distance between the vertical structure and the first part of the vehicle is a second distance that satisfies a predetermined condition, and
wherein extracting, from the at least one image, the light distribution pattern formed by the lamp is performed after completion of the movement of the vehicle by the control command.

US Pat. No. 10,889,231

SECURITY PANEL FOR BULKHEAD

ANCRA INTERNATIONAL LLC, ...

1. A bulkhead, comprising:a first panel with a first side and a second side, the first side and second side fixed together, wherein the first panel extends to parallel first and second primary edges and parallel first and second secondary edges, opposite ends of the first and second primary edges each meet an end of one of the first and second secondary edges, and each of the first and second primary edges is disposed perpendicular to each of the first and second secondary edges;
wherein the first primary edge includes a plurality of cutouts;
wherein the second primary edge includes a first plurality of fingers and a second plurality of fingers, each of the first plurality of fingers includes a first tongue extending from a first side of the second primary edge and away from a primary centerline that extends in parallel to and centered between the first and second primary edges, each of the first plurality of fingers includes a first groove extending from a second side of the second primary edge and toward the primary centerline, each of the second plurality of fingers includes a second tongue extending from the second side of the second primary edge and away from the primary centerline, each of the second plurality of fingers includes a second groove extending from the first side of the second primary edge and toward the primary centerline;
wherein the first groove is configured to receive a projection shaped like the second tongue when a second panel like the first panel is disposed adjacent to and aligned with the first panel, and the second groove is configured to receive a projection shaped like the first tongue when the second panel like the first panel is disposed adjacent to and aligned with the first panel;
wherein the first side of the first panel supports a first plurality of brackets and a second plurality of brackets;
wherein each of the first plurality of brackets and the second plurality of brackets includes an engaging portion that contacts the first side of the first panel and a cantilevered portion that establishes a space between the first side of the first panel and the cantilevered portion.

US Pat. No. 10,889,230

EXTENDABLE COMPARTMENT TRAILER ASSEMBLY AND METHODS OF OPERATION THEREOF

HITCH HOTEL INC., Valenc...

1. A wheel-less extendable trailer assembly configured to be towed by a vehicle, the extendable trailer assembly comprising:a first compartment comprising a floor, a pair of opposing sidewalls, and a ceiling, the first compartment configured to be coupled to a trailer hitch of the vehicle;
a second compartment comprising a floor, a pair of opposing sidewalls, and a ceiling; and
a slide assembly slidably coupling the second compartment to the first compartment such that the second compartment is slidable relative to the first compartment between a fully extended position and a fully retracted position in which the first compartment is at least partially housed inside of the first compartment,
wherein the extendable trailer assembly is free of road-capable wheels for transport by the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,889,229

VEHICLE RACK

FROST CONTRACTING, INC., ...

1. A rack and davit system, comprising:a vehicle rack for conveying a personal vehicle, comprising:
an outer frame, the outer frame operable to mount to a bed side rail of a vehicle, the outer frame comprising two longitudinal outer frame parallel members, the two longitudinal outer frame parallel members joined by at least one outer frame cross member;
at least one inner frame, the at least one inner frame operatively connected to the at least one outer frame cross member, the at least one inner frame comprising two longitudinal inner frame parallel members, the two longitudinal inner frame parallel members joined by at least one inner frame cross member;
two telescoping members, each telescoping member operatively connected to a longitudinal inner frame parallel member, the two telescoping members operable to extend from and retract to the two longitudinal inner frame parallel members, such that when extended, the two telescoping members form a substantially parallel rail operable to convey an item for storage on the inner frame; and
at least two telescoping member guides, the at least two telescoping member guides each operatively connected to each of the two longitudinal inner frame parallel members, the at least two telescoping member guides operable to guide and retain each of the two telescoping members, the at least two telescoping member guides further operable to adjust an angle of each of the two telescoping members;
wherein the vehicle rack is mountable to the bed side rail of the vehicle such that the vehicle rack is clear of a tailgate and a bed of the vehicle effective to permit one or more of: use of the tailgate and the bed of the vehicle while the vehicle rack is mounted; and use of a trailer attached to the vehicle without interference from the personal recreational vehicle loaded on the vehicle rack, wherein each of the two telescoping members is selectively removable from the at least one inner frame, each of the two telescoping members further comprising a distal end portion and a proximal end portion, the distal end portion operable to telescope away from the at least one inner frame and the proximal end portion operable to remain operatively connected to the at least one inner frame,
wherein the distal end portion is connected to a dolly via a hinge or a selective mount, the dolly comprises a support comprising one or more wheels, one or more legs, or both, wherein the hinge or the selective mount is configured to adjust the dolly between a support-up orientation and a support-down orientation; and
a davit removably coupled to the vehicle rack, comprising:
a first arm removably coupled to the outer frame of the vehicle rack;
a second arm pivotally coupled to the first arm via a pivot assembly;
a first pulley coupled to the pivot assembly;
a second pulley coupled to a distal end of the second arm away from the pivot assembly; and
a winch having a winch line extending from the winch to the first pulley to the second pulley.

US Pat. No. 10,889,228

TRAILER, LABELING SYSTEM, CONTROL SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM FOR FIELD IMPLEMENTATION OF COMPUTERIZED HOLE SELECTION FOR LAYFLAT IRRIGATION PIPE

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF ...

1. A trailer for laying a roll of pipe in a field, the trailer comprising:a hitch assembly positioned at a first end of the trailer, wherein the hitch assembly couples the trailer to a vehicle;
a distribution assembly connected to a second end of the trailer, the distribution assembly including a spindle to support the roll of pipe;
a gooseneck frame including a first end connected to the hitch assembly, a second end connected to the distribution assembly, and a member between the first end of the gooseneck frame and the second end of the gooseneck frame, wherein the member is elevated relative to the hitch assembly; and
a punch plan system and printer supported by the trailer.

US Pat. No. 10,889,227

TAILGATE LIFT ASSEMBLY AND RELATED APPARATUS

BACKSAVER INTERNATIONAL, ...

1. An assembly for intended use in assisting in lifting a tailgate, comprising:an elongated housing having a first end;
a spring anchored at one end at the first end of the housing;
a connector having a first end affixed to the opposite end of said spring and extending through said housing; and
at least three rollers for engaging the connector.

US Pat. No. 10,889,226

VEHICLE PEDAL COVER

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

18. An assembly, comprising:a floor;
a vehicle pedal disposed above the floor;
a motor disposed above the floor and rotatably connected to the vehicle pedal; and
a cover rotatably connected to the floor below the motor and rotatable relative to the floor from a closed position in which the vehicle pedal is vehicle-forward of the cover to an open position in which the vehicle pedal is disposed vertically above the cover;
wherein the cover includes a first magnet and the floor includes a second magnet, the first and second magnets magnetically securing the cover to the floor in the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,889,225

VEHICLE INTERIOR EQUIPMENT PART, ASSOCIATED VEHICLE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD

FAURECIA AUTOMOTIVE INDUS...

1. A vehicle interior equipment part, intended to be attached on a floor of the vehicle, the part comprising a floor element comprising a first portion intended to extend in a horizontal plane and a second portion intended to extend in a tilted plane relative to the first portion,wherein the part further comprises an inflatable heel rest attached on the second portion, the heel rest being reversibly deployable between a retracted idle position in which the heel rest is flush with the second portion, and a deployed position in which the heel rest protrudes relative to the second portion, and
wherein the heel rest comprises an extensible layer attached by at least one peripheral edge on the second portion, the extensible layer being flush with the second portion in the retracted position of the heel rest.

US Pat. No. 10,889,224

VEHICLE SEAT CONTROL SYSTEM, VEHICLE SEAT CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

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

1. A vehicle seat control system comprising:an angle detection unit that detects an angle of a connection unit that rotatably connects a seat surface portion to a backrest portion;
a frame body that includes a pair of vertical frames and a horizontal frame connecting the pair of vertical frames to each other and is provided to be stored in the seat surface portion;
a leg support portion that includes a first rotation shaft parallel to an extending direction of the horizontal frame and is provided inside the frame body to be rotatable with respect to the frame body;
a driving unit that is provided at a proximal end of at least one of the pair of vertical frames and rotates the frame body taken out from the seat surface portion around a second rotation shaft parallel to the extending direction of the horizontal frame; and
a control unit that controls the driving unit on a basis of a detection result of the angle detection unit at least at a time of automatic driving of a vehicle,
wherein the second rotation shaft is provided at proximal ends of the pair of vertical frames, and
a pair of rotation connection units are provided on side surfaces of the leg support portion and the pair of rotation connection units rotate the leg support portion relative to the frame body around the first rotation shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,889,223

RETROFITTABLE VEHICLE EXTENSION TABLE

1. A table for use with a vehicle tailgate, comprising:a base member having a top surface and a bottom surface wherein the bottom surface of the base member is operatively arranged to be removably secured to the tailgate of a vehicle;
a sliding mechanism having a sliding portion and a guide, wherein the guide is fixedly secured to the top surface of the base member;
a center panel having a top surface, a bottom surface, a right edge, and a left edge, wherein the bottom surface of the center panel is fixedly secured to the sliding portion of the sliding mechanism and operatively arranged to allow for translational movement of the center panel relative to the base member;
a right wing panel having a top surface, a proximal end, and a distal end, wherein the proximal end of the right wing is pivotably secured to the right edge of the center panel such that the top surface of the right wing is substantially parallel to and resting atop the top surface of the center panel when in a closed configuration and is exposed and substantially parallel to the top surface of the center panel when in an open configuration;
a left wing panel having a top surface, a proximal end, and a distal end, wherein the proximal end of the left wing is pivotably secured to the left edge of the center panel such that the top surface of the left wing rests on the top surface of the center panel when in a closed configuration and is exposed and parallel to the top surface of the center panel when in an open configuration;
a fastener to removably secure the right wing panel and the left wing panel against the top surface of the center panel when in the closed configuration; and,
at least one support member is operatively arranged to be extendably attached under each of the right and left edges of the center panel bottom surface to provide supportive contact with the right and left wing panels.

US Pat. No. 10,889,222

LATCHING SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE SEAT

Polaris Industries Inc., ...

1. A seat latching system for use in latching a movable seat portion, comprising:a first fastener configured to be attached to a first location;
a second fastener configured to be attached to a second location; and
an elongated resilient strap extending from a first end to a second end, the elongated resilient strap having a first coupling at the first end configured to attach to the first fastener, the elongated resilient strap having a second coupling at the second end configured to attach to the second fastener;
wherein the elongated resilient strap enables the movable seat portion to move between a first position and a second position with the elongated resilient strap under tension;
wherein the elongated resilient strap includes at least one enlarged gripping feature extending from the first end of the elongated resilient strap configured to enable gripping of the elongated resilient strap by a user to place the elongated resilient strap under tension;
wherein the at least one enlarged gripping feature is a T-shaped section at the first end of the elongated resilient strap.

US Pat. No. 10,889,221

SOUND PICKUP DEVICE

CLARION CO., LTD., Saita...

1. A sound pickup device, comprising:a headrest which is provided with an opening on a seating surface side, and has a recess formed in the opening extending in a front-rear direction in a side view; and
two or more microphones,
wherein a first microphone and a second microphone are disposed in the recess of the headrest, and
each of the first microphone and the second microphone is a nondirectional microphone, and at least one of the first microphone and the second microphone is disposed in a wall portion, of the recess, extending forward to the opening from a rear wall portion which faces the opening so that distances to the first microphone and the second microphone from a portion, closest to the seating surface, of the opening of the headrest are different from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,889,220

VEHICLE SEAT INCLUDING A HEAD RESTRAINT INCORPORATING DEPLOYABLE PILLOW

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A vehicle seat including a head restraint, comprising:a head restraint support connected to a vehicle seat back; and
a head restraint supported by the head restraint support, wherein the head restraint is configurable in a stowed configuration and in a deployed configuration, wherein a size of the head restraint in the deployed configuration is larger than the size of the head restraint in the stowed configuration, wherein the head restraint comprises a deployable pillow that is stowed within the head restraint in the stowed configuration and wherein the deployable pillow is inflatably deployable to increase the size of the head restraint to the deployed configuration, and wherein a front face of the head restraint comprises laterally sliding sections each slidably connected to a rear section of the head restraint by a sliding track.

US Pat. No. 10,889,219

ARMREST ARRANGEMENT FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE SEAT

1. An armrest arrangement for a motor vehicle seat, comprising:a positionally fixed carrier structure;
an armrest structure pivotably shiftable about a pivot axis relative to the carrier structure; and
an inclination adjustment device assigned to the armrest structure and, in a functional supporting position of the armrest structure, permitting an adjustment of an inclination of the armrest structure relative to the carrier structure, the inclination adjustment device comprising an adjustment element supported on the carrier structure in the functional supporting position of the armrest structure, a drive device operatively connected to the adjustment element and a blocking device operatively connected to the adjustment element;
wherein, in a release state of the inclination adjustment device, the drive device drives the adjustment element and causes an adjustment movement of the adjustment element along an adjustment axis relative to the armrest structure;
wherein, in a blocking state of the inclination adjustment device, the blocking device blocks the adjustment element to prevent movement of the adjustment element along the adjustment axis; and
wherein, in the blocking state, the drive device is operatively connected to the blocking device in a force- and/or torque-transmitting manner such that the drive device reinforces a blocking action of the blocking device.

US Pat. No. 10,889,218

AUTOMATIC STOWING ARMREST FOR A REVERSIBLE SEAT

Magna Seating Inc, Ontar...

11. An armrest support mechanism for an armrest of a reversible seat assembly movable between a forward-facing position and a rearward-facing position, said armrest support mechanism comprising:a pivot mechanism comprising a base bracket and a pivot pin defining a pivot connection for rotatable engagement with said armrest to permit movement of said armrest in opposite first and second directions between a first deployed position and a second deployed position, and permit movement to a stowed position intermediate said first deployed position and said second deployed position;
a lock assembly which is mountable on said armrest so as to be movable with said armrest, said lock assembly including a lock pin projecting into engagement with said base bracket and movable with said armrest from a first locked position and a second locked position in which said lock pin lockingly engages said base bracket to releasably lock said armrest in either of said first and second deployed positions;
a biasing assembly defining opposing first and second biasing forces acting on said lock pin to respectively bias said lock pin away from said first locked position and said second locked position to automatically bias and return said armrest to said stowed position, said first and second biasing forces acting on said lock pin together to hold said lock pin in a neutral position corresponding to said stowed position, with only one or the other of said first and second biasing forces acting on said lock pin as it travels away from said neutral position to said first or second locked positions; and
a lock release mechanism which is actuatable to unlock said lock pin from said base bracket and permit automatic return of said lock pin to said neutral position corresponding to said stowed position of said armrest.

US Pat. No. 10,889,217

VEHICLE SEAT

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

1. A vehicle seat, comprising:a pair of opposed frames disposed opposite to and separately from each other;
a support member disposed between the pair of opposed frames and configured to receive a load from an occupant, the support member having an occupant side facing an occupant seated on the vehicle seat and an opposite side facing away from the occupant side;
a blower disposed on the opposite side of the support member; and
a duct having a first end and a second end, the first end being connected to the blower,
wherein the duct extends from the first end located on the opposite side of the support member, and protrudes through a left or right region of the support member which is in a position shifted to one of left and right sides as defined with respect to a laterally central position of the support member, to the second end located on the occupant side of the support member.

US Pat. No. 10,889,216

VEHICLE SEAT

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a side frame formed by filling a mold with a material, the side frame extending along forward and backward directions and having a front lower portion and a rear lower portion;
a front leg attached to the front lower portion of the side frame to support the side frame between the front lower portion and a vehicle floor surface; and
a rear leg attached to the rear lower portion of the side frame to support the side frame between the rear lower portion and the vehicle floor surface, wherein
the front lower portion has a first front through hole and a second front through hole,
the front leg has a first front opening and a second front opening, and
the vehicle seat further comprises:
a first front insertion member inserted into the first front opening and the first front through hole to secure the front leg to the front lower portion; and
a second front insertion member inserted into the second front opening and the second front through hole to secure the front leg to the front lower portion, wherein
the front leg has a front wall portion, a front outer wall portion extending backward from an outer portion of the front wall portion in a seat width direction, and a front inner wall portion extending backward from an inner portion of the front wall portion in the seat width direction, with the front lower portion of the side frame disposed between the front outer wall portion and the front inner wall portion,
the first front opening is provided in both the front outer wall portion and the front inner wall portion,
the second front opening is provided in both the front outer wall portion and the front inner wall portion,
the first front insertion member is inserted successively into the first front opening provided in the front outer wall portion, the first front through hole provided in the front lower portion, and the first front opening provided in the front inner wall portion, and
the second front insertion member is inserted successively into the second front opening provided in the front outer wall portion, the second front through hole provided in the front lower portion, and the second front opening provided in the front inner wall portion.