US Pat. No. 10,214,251

SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND DEVICES FOR AN AUTOMOBILE DOOR OR WINDOW

Nikola Corporation, Phoe...

1. A vehicle comprising:a body comprising a front end and a rear end;
a plurality of front wheels located proximally with respect to the body and a plurality of rear wheels located distally with respect to the body, wherein the front wheels comprise a first rear most location that is a first distance from the front end of the body and a second front most location that is a second distance from the front end of the body, wherein the first distance is greater than the second distance;
a cabin located within the body, wherein the cabin comprises an interior with at least one seat located in the interior that is configured for seating at least one person;
wherein a majority of the at least one seat is located within the first distance of the front wheels; and
a door having a foremost portion that is both adjacent to a front wheel well and that is disposed behind the rear most location of the front wheels;
wherein the door is the foremost door providing ingress or egress into the interior of the cabin.

US Pat. No. 10,214,250

TRUCK TAILGATE SYSTEM

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An extruded tailgate comprising:internal and external panels secured to each other by upper and lower panels extending therebetween, wherein the internal, external, upper, and lower panels extend from a first to a second lateral end of the tailgate, wherein exterior surfaces of the internal and lower panels define first and second T-slots, respectively, configured to receive accessory components, that extend from the first to the second lateral end; and
an elastic guard having a T-shaped protrusion engaging the second T-slot to secure the elastic guard to the lower panel such that the elastic guard is disposed within a gap that extends between the lower panel and a truck bed.

US Pat. No. 10,214,249

ROOF ATTACHMENT METHOD FOR AN APPLIED COMPOSITION ROOF

Magna Exteriors Inc., Co...

1. A roof attachment system for a vehicle, comprising:at least one mounting member having a predetermined cross section;
an upper flange of each mounting member shaped to match an inside surface of a roof of the vehicle, said upper flange bonded to the inside surface by a structural adhesive;
a lower flange of each mounting member bonded to an attachment flange of a body side ring assembly by the structural adhesive, where bonding the at least one mounting member connects the roof to the body side ring assembly of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,214,248

TRIPARTITE SUPPORT MECHANISM FOR FRAME-MOUNTED VEHICLE COMPONENTS

Hall Labs LLC, Provo, UT...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a unibody vehicle frame;
a vehicle body panel;
a windshield having one or more exposed edges;
one or more monolithic, tripartite support mechanisms, each of which provide support to at least three frame-mounted vehicle components, and each support mechanism comprising:
a windshield support arm coupled to the windshield along at least one edge of the windshield;
a side-view mirror support arm extending from the windshield support arm; and
a body panel fixing plate extending from the windshield support arm, the side-view mirror support arm, or both, wherein the fixing plate secures the body panel to the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,214,247

WORK VEHICLE

Yanmar Co., Ltd., Osaka-...

1. A work vehicle comprising:an engine main body;
a cooling fan arranged in front of the engine main body, and configured to feed air to the engine main body;
an exhaust gas purification device arranged on one of left and right sides of the engine main body, and configured to purify exhaust gas exhausted from the engine main body;
an engine hood that covers the engine main body, the cooling fan, and the exhaust gas purification device; and
an operation seat arranged behind the engine hood, wherein
an outside air intake port is formed in at least one of left and right side surfaces of the engine hood, at a position further forward than the cooling fan,
on at least one of the left and right side surfaces of the engine hood, a first opening capable of exhausting air inside the engine hood in a direction away from the operation seat in side view is formed in a position facing the exhaust gas purification device in a lateral direction thereof,
a second opening having a shape elongated in a vehicle width direction is formed in a position above a rear of the engine hood and in front of the operation seat, the second opening being capable of exhausting the air inside the engine hood in a direction away from the operation seat in side view, and
a closing part is provided in a middle position of the second opening relative to the vehicle width direction, and a direction of the air passing through the second opening is divided into left and right by the closing part.

US Pat. No. 10,214,246

BONNET MOUNTING APPARATUS OF AGRICULTURAL WORK VEHICLE

DAEDONG INDUSTRIAL CO., L...

1. A bonnet mounting apparatus of an agricultural work vehicle, the bonnet mounting apparatus comprising:a fastener on which a coupling protrusion is provided, and which is attached to an inside of one end portion of a bonnet; and
a hinge on which a coupling recess is provided, and which is hingedly coupled to an upper end of a bonnet support at a vehicle body side so as to be rotatable upward and downward, thereby allowing the bonnet to be mounted by inserting the coupling protrusion of the bonnet into the coupling recess of the hinge at the vehicle body side,
wherein a latching fixing part is provided on a part of a circumference of the coupling protrusion, and a latching projection, which engages with the latching fixing part, is provided on the coupling recess,
wherein the latching projection is elastically moved outward when the coupling protrusion is inserted into the coupling recess, and
wherein an end part of the hinge, which is an opposite side of a portion hingedly coupled to the bonnet support, is fixed by a bolt to one side of the fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,214,245

PARTITION PANEL FOR VEHICLES AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

12. A partition panel for vehicles, the partition panel comprising:a panel part formed of a composite material to divide a trunk and the inside of a vehicle from each other, the panel part having a first end and a laterally spaced second end; and
a reinforcement part formed of a composite material, inclined upwards from the center of a lower portion of the panel part toward the first and second ends of the panel part, the reinforcement part being connected integrally to the panel part, wherein the reinforcement part includes:
a first reinforcement tape-shaped portion connected to a portion of the panel part inclined upwards from the center of the lower portion of the panel part to a first end of the panel part; and
a second reinforcement tape-shaped portion overlapping the first reinforcement tape-shaped portion at the center of the lower portion of the panel part and connected to a portion of the panel part inclined upwards from the center of the lower portion of the panel part to a second end of the panel part.

US Pat. No. 10,214,244

FRAME STRUCTURE FOR VEHICLE

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

1. A frame structure for a vehicle, comprising:an outer panel forming an outward wall portion, in a vehicle width direction, of a frame;
an inner panel forming an inward wall portion, in the vehicle width direction, of the frame and cooperating with the outer panel to form a main closed-cross section extending in a longitudinal direction;
a reinforcing member provided in the main closed-cross section, wherein the reinforcing member is joined only to one of the outer panel and the inner panel and spaced apart from the other one of the outer panel and the inner panel such that the reinforcing member cooperates with said one of the outer panel and the inner panel to form a sub closed-cross section extending in the longitudinal direction;
a bending promotion portion formed at a portion of said other one of the outer panel and the inner panel which is located at a position corresponding to the reinforcing member, the bending promotion portion being configured to be a starting point which causes bending of the frame toward the reinforcing member when a collision load is applied to the frame in a vehicle collision; and
a crushing mechanism provided at a position which is located on a front-end side of the frame relatively to the reinforcing member and right before the reinforcing member and configured to make the reinforcing member crushable in a bending direction in the vehicle collision.

US Pat. No. 10,214,243

VEHICLE FRAME

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle frame comprising:two frame rails fixed relative to each other and each having a tubular shape defining an exterior surface and an interior surface;
a crush-initiating notch on each exterior surface; and
a reinforcement extending along each interior surface and positioned in a vehicle-rearward direction from the notches.

US Pat. No. 10,214,242

FRONT VEHICLE-BODY STRUCTURE OF VEHICLE

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

1. A front vehicle-body structure of a vehicle, comprising:a front frame extending in a longitudinal direction;
an apron reinforcement positioned above and on an outward side, in a vehicle width direction, of the front frame and extending in the longitudinal direction; and
a suspension housing provided to be laid between the front frame and the apron reinforcement and accommodating a suspension therein,
wherein said suspension housing comprises a housing upper wall portion which extends in the vehicle width direction and in the longitudinal direction, a housing front wall portion and a housing rear wall portion which extend downward respectively from a front end portion and a rear end portion of said housing upper wall portion, and a housing inward-vertical wall portion which extends downward from an inward end portion, in the vehicle width direction, of said housing upper wall portion and is connected respectively to said housing front wall portion and said housing rear wall portion,
said housing upper wall portion includes a narrow-width portion, an inward upper wall portion which is positioned on an inward side, in the vehicle width direction, of said narrow-width portion, and an outward upper wall portion which is positioned on an outward side, in the vehicle width direction, of said narrow-width portion, a width, in the longitudinal direction, of each of the narrow-width portion, the inward upper wall portion, and outward upper wall portion being configured such that the width of the narrow-width portion is the narrowest of the three portions, the width of the inward upper wall portion decreases gradually toward the narrow-width portion, and the width of the outward upper wall portion decreases gradually toward the narrow-width portion, and
a suspension tower portion where a damper member of the suspension is attached is positioned at a portion of said housing upper wall portion of said suspension housing which includes at least said narrow-width portion such that said suspension tower portion protrudes upward.

US Pat. No. 10,214,241

TRAILER BACKING UP SYSTEM ACCESSORIES

1. A system for predicting a future direction of a trailer when being backed up by a towing vehicle, the trailer and the vehicle being coupled together by a jointed connection, the jointed connection having a connection angle, and the vehicle having a plurality of steering positions wherein a first steering position and a second steering position, different from the first steering position, are among the plurality of steering positions, the system comprising a graphical component visible to an operator of the vehicle on which the system generates and displays (i) a graphical representation of the connection angle, (ii) a graphical representation of the predicted future direction for the trailer, and (iii) a graphical representation of a predicted change in the connection angle where the predicted change is selected from a first predicted change corresponding to the first steering position and a second predicted change corresponding to the second steering position.

US Pat. No. 10,214,240

PARKING SCORING FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method for selecting a parking location for an autonomous vehicle, the method comprising:obtaining data pertaining to a current ride of the autonomous vehicle during operation of the autonomous vehicle, wherein the obtaining of the data comprises obtaining data pertaining to respective distances between each of the potential parking locations and the destination;
determining, by a processor using the data, when the autonomous vehicle is proximate a destination; and
when the autonomous vehicle is proximate the destination:
identifying, by the processor using the data, a plurality of potential parking locations proximate the destination;
calculating, by the processor using the data, a respective score for each of the potential parking locations using a plurality of factors, wherein the calculating comprises calculating the respective score for each of the potential parking locations based at least in part on the respective distances;
selecting, by the processor using the data, a selected parking location of the potential parking locations based on the respective score of each of the potential parking locations; and
automatically parking the autonomous vehicle in the selected parking location, via instructions provided by the processor.

US Pat. No. 10,214,239

PARKING ASSISTANCE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd., ...

1. A method of controlling a parking assistance apparatus, the method comprising:setting a parking method of the vehicle, wherein the setting the parking method of the vehicle comprises:
displaying menu items for receiving any one of a plurality of predefined parking methods on the touchscreen,
setting any one of the parking methods to the parking method of the vehicle based on user selection of the menu items, and
the parking method is any one of head-in parking, back-in parking, and parallel parking;
displaying an around view monitoring (AVM) image for a predetermined range from a vehicle on a touchscreen;
sensing a touch input for a region in which the AVM image is displayed;
setting a target parking region of the vehicle based on a type and a pattern of the touch input,
wherein the type of the touch input is at least one selected from the group consisting of a single touch touching and dragging of one point on the touchscreen to another point on the touchscreen and a multiple touch simultaneously touching two or more points on the touchscreen.

US Pat. No. 10,214,238

VOLTAGE COMPENSATING ANTI-CATCH ALGORITHM FOR ACTIVE FRONT STEERING SYSTEM

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A system for a vehicle comprising:sensors including a steering wheel angle sensor, voltage sensor, and speed sensor;
an overlay motor;
a steering gear coupled to the overlay motor; and
a controller programmed to—
receive signals from the sensors;
evaluate whether (a) an output of the voltage sensor is below a voltage threshold;
evaluate whether (b) an output of the speed sensor is below a speed threshold;
calculate a superimposition angle based according to first algorithm that calculates the superimposition angle according to a steering wheel angle from the steering wheel angle and speed according to the speed sensor; and
if (a) and (b);
reduce the superimposition angle by a first reduction amount according to a second algorithm that calculates the first reduction amount according to a steering wheel speed as measured by the steering wheel angle sensor; and
activate the overlay motor to input a compensated steering angle to the steering gear according to the superimposition angle reduced by the first reduction amount.

US Pat. No. 10,214,237

DEVICE FOR DETERMINING STEERING WHEEL ROTATION INFORMATION AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING STEERING WHEEL ROTATION INFORMATION

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A device for determining steering wheel rotation information, which comprises:a linear motion transforming element connected to a steering column of a steering wheel for transforming rotation of the steering wheel into a linear movement, the linear motion transforming element including
a gear connected to the steering column,
a rack engaged with the gear, wherein the steering column is configured to be driven to rotate by the steering wheel to make the gear connected to said steering column rotate, and rotation of the gear is configured to drive the rack engaged therewith to move along a rack length direction relative to an engagement origin, and
a rack carrier for carrying the rack, the rack being disposed on said rack carrier in such a manner as to enable movement of the rack relative to the rack carrier along the rack length direction; and
a processing element electrically connected to the linear motion transforming element for determining the steering wheel rotation information based on the linear movement transformed by the motion transforming element, wherein the processing element determines steering wheel rotation information based on a distance of movement and a direction of movement of the rack relative to the engagement origin along the rack length direction, said engagement origin being a position of engagement between the rack and the gear when the rotation angle of the steering wheel is 0 degree.

US Pat. No. 10,214,236

SELECTIVELY DEPLOYABLE CONTROL DEVICE

Jaguar Land Rover Limited...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a docking port comprising a cup holder; and
a selectively demountable switch having a body and a rotary knob on the body,
an interface between the switch and the docking port that allows commands entered by operation of the rotary knob to be communicated to the vehicle, the interface comprising a plug or a socket arranged to couple with a corresponding socket or plug in the docking port,
wherein the docking port is arranged to restrain the switch body when the switch is docked with the docking port by inserting the switch body in the cup holder,
wherein the switch provides an input interface to a tow-assist system of the vehicle, and
wherein operation of the rotary knob provides the tow-assist system with desired direction indications of a trailer connected to the vehicle during reversing of the vehicle so that the tow-assist system can control steering of the vehicle,
wherein the demountable switch and docking port are arranged so that engagement of the plug and socket is effected by a docking operation comprising a two-part movement, a first insertion step and a second and subsequent engagement step, wherein, during the insertion step, the switch is moved into a docking position in the port and, during the engagement step, an element of the switch or port comprising the plug or socket is actuated to move relative to the switch body, thereby to lock the switch in the port and also to mutually engage the plug and socket.

US Pat. No. 10,214,235

POWER STEERING DEVICE AND POWER STEERING DEVICE CONTROL UNIT

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

17. A power steering device comprising:a steering system configured to control steering in response to a steering operation of a steering wheel;
an electric motor configured to apply a steering force to the steering system;
an ECU configured to control driving of the electric motor;
a torque sensor provided with the steering system and configured to detect a steering torque generated in the steering system;
a steering angle sensor provided with the steering system and configured to detect a steering angle as a steering amount of the steering wheel; and
a motor position sensor provided with the electric motor and configured to detect a rotor rotational position of the electric motor,
torque signal receivers configured to receive first and second steering torque detection signals from the torque sensor;
steering angle signal receivers configured to receive first and second steering angle detection signals from the steering angle sensor;
motor position signal receivers configured to receive first and second motor position detection signals from the motor position sensor; and
an electronic control unit configured to
detect an abnormality in the torque sensor, the steering angle sensor or the motor position sensor by performing at least one of (1) a first comparison between the first and second steering torque detection signals, (2) a second comparison between the first and second steering angle detection signals, or (3) a third comparison between the first and second motor position detection signals, wherein the first comparison is associated with a first detection signal, the second comparison is associated with a second detection signal, and the third comparison is associated with a third detection signal;
set, as a comparison signal, the respective detection signal associated with detecting the abnormality by performing one of the first comparison, the second comparison, or the third comparison, such that the first detection signal is set as the comparison signal when the first comparison is performed, the second detection signal is set as the comparison signal when the second comparison is performed, and the third detection signal is set as the comparison signal when the third comparison is performed; and
calculate an alternative signal by using (1) a detection signal other than the detection signal set as the comparison signal, or (2) the comparison signal and a detection signal other than the detection signal which is set as the comparison signal, wherein a value indicated by the alternative signal and a value indicated by the comparison signal share a common parameter;
when no abnormality is detected in the torque sensor, the steering angle sensor, or the motor position sensor, output a motor command signal to control driving of the electric motor based on the comparison signal;
when an abnormality is detected in the torque sensor, the steering angle sensor or the motor position sensor, output a motor command signal to control driving of the electric motor based on the alternative signal; and
when the abnormality is detected and when a condition of detection of the abnormality continues for a predetermined time period, determine occurrence of the abnormality as determined information, and output the motor command signal based on the alternative signal before the occurrence of the abnormality is determined as the determined information.

US Pat. No. 10,214,234

STEERING RETURN CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MOTOR DRIVEN POWER STEERING

HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD., ...

1. A motor driven power steering (MDPS) apparatus for a vehicle, comprising:a vehicle speed sensor configured to detect a vehicle speed;
a yaw rate sensor configured to sense a tilted state of the vehicle, and output a yaw rate value;
a column torque sensor configured to detect a column torque applied to a steering shaft;
a motor encoder configured to detect a rotation amount of a motor for driving a rack bar of the vehicle; and
a return controller configured to:
receive the vehicle speed, the yaw rate value and the column torque from the vehicle speed sensor, the yaw rate sensor and the column torque sensor, respectively,
determine whether the vehicle is driving in a neutral state, calculate a rack position and rack speed using the rotation amount,
set a target position for the rack bar in the neutral drive state, calculate a return torque for returning the rack bar to the target position,
adjust a gain according to the vehicle speed and the column torque, and
output a return torque driving value,
wherein the return controller is configured to determine that the vehicle is driving in the neutral state when the vehicle speed exceeds a reference vehicle speed, the column torque is less than a reference column torque for each vehicle speed, the yaw rate is less than a reference yaw rate, and an accumulated neutral state retention time exceeds a neutral state determination reference time,
wherein when it is determined that the vehicle is driving in the neutral state, the return controller is configured to set the target position to the rack position calculated from the rotation amount, configured to calculate a return amount based on a position difference between the target position and a current rack position, configured to calculate a return speed for driving the return amount according to the rack speed, and configured to calculate the return torque.

US Pat. No. 10,214,233

DRIVE APPARATUS AND ELECTRIC POWER STEERING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A drive apparatus comprising:a motor having a plurality of winding groups, rotating about a rotation axis extending in an axial direction thereof;
a switching element serving as a conduction switch of the winding groups;
a control component performing driving control of the motor;
a plurality of substrates provided at one side of the motor in the axial direction, including the switching element and the control component mounted thereon;
a connector provided at an opposite side of the motor across the substrates in the axial direction; and
a connection terminal connected to the substrates, wherein
the substrates are arranged such that a part of the substrates are overlapped when the substrates are projected in the axial direction, an overlapped region being defined as a region where the part of the substrate are overlapped; and
the connection terminal penetrates, in the overlapped region, at least a part of the substrates, the connection terminal being connected to the substrates in the overlapped region.

US Pat. No. 10,214,232

ELECTRIC POWER STEERING APPARATUS

NSK LTD., Tokyo (JP)

1. A control unit that calculates a current command value of a motor which provides a steering mechanism with a steering assist torque based on a steering torque and a vehicle speed of a vehicle, and drives and controls said motor by feedback control, comprising:a processor that is configured to perform functions that require said control unit to judge a running state of said vehicle based on an action force added to said steering mechanism, a steering angle of said steering mechanism and said vehicle speed, and correct said current command value by calculating a motor current correction value based on a judgment result of said running state and said action force,
wherein said processor is configured to execute a plurality of software sections comprising:
a straight running state judging section that judges a straight running state of said vehicle to obtain a straight running judgment result (SR),
an adaptive calculating section that calculates a motor correction signal based on at least said straight running judgment result (SR), said steering angle, and said action force,
a vehicle speed sensitive gain section that obtains a vehicle speed gain corresponding to said vehicle speed, and
an output calculating section that multiplies said motor correction signal by said vehicle speed gain to obtain said motor current correction value,
wherein said adaptive calculating section resets said motor correction signal to zero based on said steering angle and said action force when said vehicle departs from said straight running state, sets at least one first threshold smaller than a maximum correction value for said motor correction signal, sets a second upper threshold for a steering information of said steering mechanism and a third lower threshold for said steering information, and in said straight running state of said vehicle, gradually reduces said motor correction signal by using said motor correction signal, said at least one first threshold, said steering information, said second upper threshold and said third lower threshold when judging that a driver steers in said straight running state of said vehicle, and
wherein said control unit corrects said current command value by said motor current correction value.

US Pat. No. 10,214,231

TROLLEY BASEPLATE AND TROLLEY USING THE SAME

CHIGOO INTERACTIVE TECHNO...

1. A base plate of a trolley comprising:a plate body having a head end and a tail end;
a first locking mechanism provided on the plate body adjacent to the head end; and
a second locking mechanism provided on the plate body adjacent to the tail end;
wherein the first locking mechanism and second locking mechanism are structured such that the second locking mechanism receives the first locking mechanism partially within its boundaries to produce a nesting relation,
wherein the first locking mechanism comprises an arc latch, and the second locking mechanism comprises a slope piece having an ascending slope relatively close to the tail end and a descending slope relatively far away from the tail end, the arc latch locating at substantially the same level as a position of the slope piece.

US Pat. No. 10,214,230

COMPACTIBLE WAGON

URBAN626, LLC, Pasadena,...

1. A compactible wagon comprising:a platform having first and second ends and upper and lower surfaces and defining a platform width, a platform length and a longitudinal axis at either end of which are disposed the first and second ends of the platform, and where the platform is further comprised of at least two pivotably interconnected independent sections, at least one section being disposed proximal the first end and at least one section being disposed proximal the second end;
at least two sets of wheels disposed below the lower surface of the platform, at least one set being disposed on each of at least the two independent sections proximal the first and second ends, and each set of wheels comprising at least one wheel;
at least a first support wall being disposed at the first end, and at least a second support wall being disposed at the second end, and wherein each of the support walls are pivotably interconnected to the platform;
at least two sidewalls configured to span longitudinally between the first and second support walls and form a partially enclosed volume above the platform, the sidewalls being further configured to fold such that in a compacted position no dimension of each of the sidewalls is greater than the width of the platform;
wherein the independent sections of the platform are pivotable about a horizontal axis arranged perpendicular to the longitudinal axis between an unfolded position where the independent sections form a platform having a horizontally planar configuration, and a folded position where the independent sections are disposed vertically adjacent one another and concomitantly the at least two sets of wheels are drawn closer together;
wherein the first and second support walls are each pivotable about a separate horizontal axis arranged perpendicular to the longitudinal axis along an arc that runs between a first position wherein each of the support walls overlap a portion of the upper surface of the platform, a second position wherein each of the support walls are aligned vertically, and a third position wherein each of the support walls are disposed within the horizontal plane of the platform when the platform is disposed in the horizontally planar configuration such that the platform length is increased.

US Pat. No. 10,214,229

ULTIMATE CART DOLLY SYSTEMS

1. A system, relating to transporting equipment through confined walkways while bearing the weight of the equipment, comprising:a) at least one load support structured and arranged to support the equipment;
b) wherein said at least one load support comprises
i) a front end,
ii) a rear end, and
iii) an overall-width; and
c) at least one roller structured and arranged to roll said at least one load support over a walkway;
d) wherein said at least one roller comprises at least one front roller and at least one rear roller located respectively near the front end and the rear end of said at least one load support;
e) wherein said at least one front roller and said at least one rear roller comprise a common overall-width; and
f) wherein said common overall-width of said at least one front roller and said at least one rear roller is less than or equal to said overall-width of said at least one load support; and
g) at least one rear mount structured and arranged to mount said at least one rear roller to said at least one load support; and
h) at least one front coupler structured and arranged to removably couple said at least one front roller to said at least one load support;
i) wherein said system bears the weight of the equipment during transport
j) wherein said at least one front coupler comprises rotational freedom to rotate in three axes; and
k) wherein said at least one front roller comprises rotational freedom to rotate in three axes; and
l) at least one accessory mount structured and arranged to mount at least one accessory structured and arranged to aid said at least one load support in supporting the equipment;
m) wherein said at least one accessory mount comprises exactly four mount points; and
n) wherein:
i) each said accessory mount point is located at a corner of said at least one load support;
ii) two accessory mount points are located on each said front end and said rear end; and
iii) each pair of said two accessory mount points comprise an overall-width, including separation, of less than or equal to said overall-width of said at least one load support.

US Pat. No. 10,214,228

HAND TRUCK FOR MOVING WATER HEATERS AND TOILETS

Pheonix Inventors, LLC, ...

1. A hand truck, comprising:a fixed frame comprising one or more fulcrum wheels on a rear side, at least one floor stabilizing arm coupled to and extending from a front side, at least one outrigger support beam extending from the rear of the fixed frame, the at least one outrigger support beam further comprising a wheel at a distal end; and
an extendable frame comprising a vertical beam, a horizontal beam coupled to the top of the vertical beam, and at least one lifting arm extending perpendicularly to the horizontal beam;
the extendable frame vertically adjustable in relation to the fixed frame;
the fixed frame further comprising a hand crank coupled to the rear of the fixed frame, the hand crank configured to rotate one or more gears, the gears configured to wind and unwind a strap, the strap pivoting on a strap support rod, wherein the strap support rod is positioned at the center of the fixed frame and above a ring, the ring secured to the extendable frame, such that rotation of the hand crank in a first direction winds the strap causing the ring to be pulled upward, thereby vertically extending the extendable frame, and wherein when the hand crank is rotated in a second direction, the strap unwinds, allowing the ring to follow gravity downward, which lowers the extendable frame.

US Pat. No. 10,214,227

LEVER ASSIST FOR TRANSPORT DOLLY

1. A foot-operated lever assist mechanism for use on a dolly which has a laterally extending axle mounting a plurality of wheels, said mechanism comprising:a) a laterally extending channel member that extends parallel to the axle of the dolly;
b) an angle iron having a horizontal face secured to a bottom surface of said channel member and an angulated face extending at an obtuse angle relative to said horizontal face;
c) a foot lever having a vertically extending portion and an angulated portion engageable by a user's foot;
d) spring means operable between said vertically extending portion of said foot lever and said angulated face of said angle iron to bias said vertically extending portion to an upright position;
e) means to secure said foot-operated lever assist mechanism to a dolly, said means to secure including means to engage the laterally extending axle of the dolly, wherein said means to engage the laterally extending axle comprises a series of welds which secures said lever assist mechanism to said dolly.

US Pat. No. 10,214,226

METHOD FOR OPERATING A TRAIN SAFETY ASSEMBLY, TRAIN SAFETY ASSEMBLY AND RAIL VEHICLE COMPRISING A TRAIN SAFETY ASSEMBLY

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method for operating a train safety assembly (34) having an onboard apparatus of a first train safety system with a specific transmission device connected to the onboard apparatus via an interface, and configured for communication with a trackside part of a second train safety system, the method comprising:starting the onboard apparatus using a given version of a first software;
starting the specific transmission device using a given version of a second software;
checking the given version of the first software and the given version of the second software for compatibility;
in the case of incompatibility of the given version of the first software and the given version of the second software, automatically restarting the specific transmission device with another version of the second software; and
checking the given version of the first software and the other version of the second software for compatibility.

US Pat. No. 10,214,225

THIXOTROPIC GEL OR LIQUID FOR FRICTION CONTROL AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME

Whitmore Manufacturing, L...

1. A method of modifying friction of a rail road track from negative to positive comprising:mixing a friction control composition by applying shear to thin the thickness or viscosity of the composition, the friction control composition comprising a thixotropic gel or liquid free of a skin forming retentivity agent, the thixotropic gel or liquid comprising a water insoluble component selected from the group consisting of isoparaffins, vegetable oils, bio-based triglycerides, fatty oils and synthetic esters;
applying said thinned composition to the top of a rail; and
causing said thinned composition on the top of the rail to settle to a static condition of increased viscosity sufficient to maintain the composition in position on the top of the rail as an undried composition for engagement by a train wheel with shear thinning and distribution of the composition along the rail to change the friction from negative to positive.

US Pat. No. 10,214,224

RAIL ROAD HOPPER CAR

National Steel Car Limite...

1. A railroad hopper car having:a first hopper, said first hopper being a bottom dumping hopper;
a center sill, said center sill passing through a lower region of said first hopper;
said first hopper having a bifurcated discharge having a left hand portion and a right hand portion;
a first door, said first door being movable to govern egress of lading from said left hand portion; and
a second door, said second door being movable to govern egress of lading from said right hand portion;
said first and second doors having a respective upper and lower margins;
a beam running across said car, said beam having a web and a flange, said beam being mounted to said lower margins of said first and second doors as a backing beam, said first and second doors being constrained by said beam to move through the same motion on opening and closing;
said beam passing underneath said center sill;
said doors being driven by a common actuator and transmission; and
said center sill has a bottom flange and said bottom flange has a narrow portion between said first and second doors, and a wider portion away therefrom;
said bottom flange has an accommodation therein, and said actuator is mounted in said accommodation.

US Pat. No. 10,214,223

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING VEHICLE LOCATION BASED ON MOTOR FEEDBACK

Waymo LLC, Mountain View...

1. A method comprising:receiving from a speedometer of a vehicle having an autonomous driving mode, a first current speed of the vehicle;
receiving, from a displacement measuring device, displacement information identifying a first orientation of a first rotor at a first time and a second orientation of the first rotor at a second time;
determining, by one or more computing devices having one or more processors, a second current speed of the vehicle by determining a displacement value between the first orientation and the second orientation;
determining, by the one or more computing devices, whether to continue using speeds determined by the speedometer to control the vehicle in the autonomous driving mode based on a difference between the first current speed and the second current speed; and
controlling, by the one or more computing devices, the vehicle in the autonomous driving mode based on the determination of whether to continue using speeds determined by the speedometer.

US Pat. No. 10,214,222

DETERMINING WEIGHT OF A VEHICLE IN REVERSE GEAR

Hall Labs LLC, Provo, UT...

1. A method comprising:providing predetermined calibration settings relating force to engine speed for a specific vehicle travelling in a reverse direction;
providing vehicle pitch measurements, roll measurements or a combination thereof;
determining filtered data based on the combination of pitch and roll measurements;
providing accelerometer data to determine vehicle velocity, acceleration and direction of travel;
altering the accelerometer data based on the filtered data;
determining by use of one or more processors of a machine, that one or more of a specific vehicle performance parameters fall within threshold ranges;
storing, in response to the specific vehicle performance parameters being within the threshold ranges, a plurality of data pairs, each data pair comprising a longitudinal acceleration and a drive force, the drive force determined according to a calibrated polynomial for a current velocity of the specific vehicle;
determining a slope of a line that linearly approximates the plurality of data pairs, the slope indicating a total weight, the total weight comprising a weight of the specific vehicle and a weight being hauled by the specific vehicle; and
transmitting the total weight to a display.

US Pat. No. 10,214,221

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING A VEHICLE DRIVER BY A PATTERN OF MOVEMENT

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

1. A computer-implemented method for identifying a vehicle driver by a pattern of movement, comprising:receiving sensor signals from at least one wearable device;
determining the pattern of movement based on data extracted from the sensor signals, wherein the extracted data represents physical movement and biosignal biometric parameters that are fused into combined movement data, wherein the combined movement data is converted into a data package that is indicative of the pattern of movement with respect to at least one movement of the vehicle driver that pertains to the vehicle;
evaluating at least one data point that is extracted from the data package to determine if it is consistent with at least one data point programmed within and extracted from at least one predetermined driver movement pattern;
identifying the vehicle driver based on the at least one data point being consistent with the at least one predetermined driver movement pattern;
executing a vehicle settings profile associated with the identified vehicle driver; and
controlling at least one vehicle system of the vehicle, wherein the at least one vehicle system is controlled based on the execution of the vehicle settings profile associated with the identified vehicle driver.

US Pat. No. 10,214,220

INTELLIGENT DRIVING RECOMMENDATION SYSTEM

International Business Ma...

1. A method for controlling driver vehicle usage, the method comprising the steps of:determining, by one or more computer processors, identification information for each user of one or more users in a vehicle utilizing an identification device located within the vehicle, wherein determining the identification information further comprises:
determining, by one or more computer processors, an identity of an operator of the vehicle by analyzing a driver's license, provided by the operator, utilizing the identification device;
determining, by one or more computer processors, whether the identification information for each user of the one or more users is correct;
receiving, by one or more computer processors, live vehicle data associated with the vehicle;
receiving, by one or more computer processors, live user data associated with each user of the one or more users, wherein the live user date includes biometric information data associated with the one or more users in the vehicle; and
in response to a user requesting a recommendation, determining, by one or more processors, a recommendation for the user, the recommendation including an alternate driving route that includes safer driving conditions, based on identification information of the one or more users in a vehicle, the received live vehicle data, and the received biometric information of the live user data.

US Pat. No. 10,214,219

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR POWERTRAIN NVH CONTROL IN A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for operating a vehicle, comprising:during an autonomous mode of vehicle operation, altering noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) limits from a lower NVH threshold to a higher NVH threshold for a powertrain of the vehicle responsive to detecting zero occupants within the vehicle to improve fuel economy, and
adjusting a desired torque converter slip based on the higher NVH threshold, wherein the desired torque converter slip decreases as the NVH threshold increases.

US Pat. No. 10,214,218

METHOD TO CONTROL A HYBRID POWERTRAIN, VEHICLE COMPRISING SUCH A HYBRID POWERTRAIN, COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING SUCH A HYBRID POWERTRAIN, AND A COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT COMPRISING PROGRAM CODE

15. A vehicle with a hybrid powertrain, comprising an internal combustion engine; a gearbox with an input shaft and an output shaft; a range gearbox connected to the output shaft of the gearbox; a first planetary gear connected to the input shaft of the gearbox; a second planetary gear connected to the first planetary gear; a first electrical machine connected to the first planetary gear; a second electrical machine connected to the second planetary gear; at least one first gear pair connected to the first planetary gear and the output shaft of the gearbox; and at least one second gear pair connected to the second planetary gear and the output shaft of the gearbox, wherein the internal combustion engine is connected to the first planetary gear via the input shaft of the gearbox, wherein the hybrid powertrain is controlled according to a method comprisinga) engaging a gear by way of connecting two rotatable components in the first planetary gear;
b) connecting the at least one second gear pair connected to the second planetary gear and the output shaft of the gearbox;
c) connecting a sixth gear pair arranged between a countershaft and the range gearbox to the countershaft, so that the countershaft is connected to the output shaft via the range gearbox;
d) controlling the range gearbox from a low range position to a neutral position, in which no torque transmission occurs through the range gearbox;
e) controlling the first electrical machine to achieve a synchronous rotational speed between two rotatable components in the range gearbox;
f) connecting the rotatable components of the range gearbox by means of a displaceable third coupling device; and
g) engaging a gear by connecting two rotatable components in the second planetary gear.

US Pat. No. 10,214,217

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR RELEASING BAULKING OF TRANSMISSION GEAR IN HYBRID VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for releasing baulking of a transmission gear of a hybrid vehicle, comprising:comparing, by a controller, a stroke of a gear actuator with a first target value while increasing the stroke of the gear actuator when gear shifting is requested;
detecting, by the controller, whether the vehicle is in a stop state, in response to determining that the stroke of the gear actuator is less than the first target value;
increasing, by the controller, a motor torque, in response to determining that the vehicle is in a stop state; and
after increasing the motor torque, adjusting, by the controller, a stroke of a clutch actuator to be a second target value.

US Pat. No. 10,214,216

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for operating a motor vehicle, comprising:detecting a destination input by a vehicle occupant;
determining a residual range of the motor vehicle indicated at the destination;
if the determined residual range is smaller than a predetermined threshold value: operating the motor vehicle in a consumption optimizing mode in which the motor vehicle is operated with automatic carrying out of measures for lowering the consumption of the motor vehicle until the destination is reached, wherein
each of the measures is continuously evaluated with respect to an influence on the reduction of fuel consumption achievable,
each of the measures is continuously evaluated with respect to an influence on a restriction imposed on a driver of the motor vehicle, and
each of the measures are activated and deactivated depending on their respective continuously determined influences on the lowering of consumption and on the restriction imposed on the driver until the destination is reached such that the residual range at least corresponds to the threshold value and the restriction imposed on the driver that is due to the measures is minimized.

US Pat. No. 10,214,215

EMERGENCY VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle comprising:an emergency vehicle controller configured to perform an automatic vehicle stop control of the vehicle which is running so as to automatically step the vehicle;
an automatic return switch installed in the vehicle and operable by an occupant for determining execution and cancellation of the automatic vehicle stop control depending upon a timing and time period of operation of the switch,
wherein the emergency vehicle controller is configured to detect the timing and the time period of operation of the switch and perform the following operations based on detection results thereof:
(i) the emergency vehicle controller starts to execute the automatic vehicle stop control of the vehicle when the emergency vehicle controller detects that the switch is operated at a first timing for a first period of time and that the first period of time is a first predetermined threshold time or longer; and
(ii) the emergency vehicle controller continues the execution of the automatic vehicle stop control of the vehicle after said operation (i) when the emergency vehicle controller detects that the switch is operated at a second timing for a second period of time after said operation (i) and that an interval between the first timing and the second timing is within a second predetermined threshold time which is longer than the first predetermined threshold time, whereas the emergency vehicle controller cancels the execution of the automatic vehicle stop control of the vehicle when the emergency vehicle controller detects that the interval between the first timing and the second timing exceeds the second predetermined threshold time and that the second period of time is the first predetermined threshold time or longer.

US Pat. No. 10,214,214

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

JATCO LTD, Fuji-Shi (JP)...

1. A vehicle control device for controlling a vehicle, the vehicle comprising:an oil pump driven by a drive source;
a continuously variable transmission disposed between the drive source and a drive wheel such that oil discharged from the oil pump is supplied thereto; and
a friction engaging element disposed in series with the continuously variable transmission between the drive source and the drive wheel,
the vehicle control device comprising a controller configured to execute coasting control to disengage the friction engaging element and set a rotation speed of a rotary shaft of the drive source at zero when a predetermined condition, which includes at least a condition according to which an accelerator pedal is not depressed, is established,
wherein the controller is configured to start the coasting control after predicting that an actual speed ratio of the continuously variable transmission will be modifiable to a target speed ratio of the coasting control during the coasting control, even in a case where the accelerator pedal is not depressed but the actual speed ratio has not yet reached the target speed ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,214,213

ON-BOARD RECORDING SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An on-board recording system comprising:a control device that performs vehicle control associated with a first driving assist function optionally installed on a vehicle and a second driving assist function, different from the first driving assist function, that is not optionally installed on the vehicle; and
a recording device communicably connected to the control device via an on-board network, the recording device being configured to record vehicle information representing a state of the vehicle when any of pre-specified vehicle behaviors is detected, the vehicle information being specified in advance for each of the pre-specified vehicle behaviors, and the vehicle information being obtained in a predetermined period corresponding to a time of detection of at least one of the vehicle behaviors, wherein:
the control device includes a transmitting unit that outputs a transmission signal to the on-board network in a case where the first driving assist function is installed on the vehicle,
the recording device includes a receiving unit, a determining unit, a received information storage unit, a vehicle information storage unit, a first vehicle behavior detecting unit, a second vehicle behavior detecting unit, a first recording processing unit, a second recording processing unit, and a recording permitting unit,
the determining unit determines whether the receiving unit has received the transmission signal from the control device,
the received information storage unit stores a result of determination by the determining unit, as received information,
the vehicle information storage unit includes a recording area set for each of the pre-specified vehicle behaviors, the recording area having a capacity that permits recording of the vehicle information for a pre-specified number of detections for each of the vehicle behaviors,
the first vehicle behavior detecting unit detects, as a first vehicle behavior among the vehicle behaviors, activation of the first driving assist function,
the second vehicle behavior detecting unit detects, as a second vehicle behavior among the vehicle behaviors, activation of the second driving assist function,
the first recording processing unit records, when the first vehicle behavior detecting unit detects the first vehicle behavior, first vehicle information as the vehicle information corresponding to the first vehicle behavior in a first recording area of the vehicle information storage unit that corresponds to the first vehicle behavior,
the second recording processing unit records, when the second vehicle behavior detecting unit detects the second vehicle behavior, second vehicle information as the vehicle information corresponding to the second vehicle behavior in at least one of the first recording area and a second recording area of the vehicle information storage unit that corresponds to the second vehicle behavior,
the recording permitting unit permits the first recording processing unit to record the first vehicle information in the first recording area and permits the second recording processing unit to record the second vehicle information in the second recording area, and
in a case where the received information indicates that the transmission signal has not been received and the first driving assist function is thus not installed on the vehicle, the recording permitting unit further permits the second recording processing unit to record the second vehicle information in the first recording area as well as the second recording area.

US Pat. No. 10,214,212

PATH CONTROL SYSTEM

Anthony Best Dynamics Ltd...

1. A system for controlling from a path of a first vehicle a second vehicle to follow a complementary path, the system comprising:a first vehicle sub-system having:
a memory for time (T) and (X,Y) position co-ordinates of the first vehicle's path;
a GPS receiver for determining time (T) and actual (X,Y) position co-ordinates of the first vehicle,
means for comparing the first vehicle's actual position with path position at determined times as test path errors and
means for transmitting the test path errors and
a second vehicle sub-system having:
a memory for time (T) and (X,Y) position co-ordinates of the second vehicle's path;
a GPS receiver for determining time (T) and actual (X,Y) position co-ordinates of the second vehicle,
means for receiving the test path errors and
means for computing a modified path of the second vehicle taking account of the test path errors and generating control signals for controlling the second vehicle to follow the modified path, whereby the first vehicle and the second vehicle's travel along actual paths which are complementary to each other in like manner to the memorised paths;
wherein the memories of the first and second vehicle sub-systems are adapted to memorise the respective paths as waypoints, each having (X,Y,T) co-ordinates.

US Pat. No. 10,214,211

DRIVE CONTROL APPARATUS

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

1. A drive control apparatus comprising:an inter-vehicle distance detecting sensor configured to detect an inter-vehicle distance between an own vehicle and a preceding vehicle;
a follow driving control unit configured to perform control of acceleration or deceleration of the own vehicle such that the inter-vehicle distance becomes equal to a target inter-vehicle distance;
a lane number detecting unit configured to detect the number of lanes of a road on which the own vehicle is driving; and
a vehicle speed detecting sensor configured to detect a vehicle speed of the own vehicle, wherein
the follow driving control unit performs the control of acceleration or deceleration with a control amount according to the detected number of lanes,
wherein the follow driving control unit performs the control of acceleration or deceleration with a first control amount when the vehicle speed is more than a predetermined threshold vehicle speed and the number of lanes is less than a predetermined number of lanes, and performs the control of acceleration or deceleration with a second control amount when the vehicle speed is equal to or less than the predetermined threshold vehicle speed or the number of lanes is equal to or more than the predetermined number of lanes, and
wherein the first control amount is smaller than the second control amount.

US Pat. No. 10,214,210

VEHICLE GEAR TRANSITION DURING BRAKING EVENT

Bendix Commercial Vehicle...

1. An adaptive cruise controller for a host vehicle comprising:an input for receiving a signal indicative of a target vehicle;
an output for transmitting at least one of an acceleration message, an engine control message and a transmission control message; and
a processor having control logic for:
transmitting the acceleration message to request a negative acceleration of the host vehicle in response to a signal indicating a detected target vehicle in order to maintain a predetermined following time behind the detected target vehicle; and
transmitting the transmission control message to request a transmission to shift to neutral in response to the negative acceleration having a value less than a predetermined negative acceleration value.

US Pat. No. 10,214,209

DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM IN A MOTOR VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A driver assistance system in a motor vehicle, comprising:a detection system that identifies upcoming events which permit an increase in current speed as a result of a lifting of a restriction on a currently valid speed;
a functional unit that determines an acceleration strategy for increasing the current speed;
a notification system that outputs a request notification to a driver to allow automatic implementation of the acceleration strategy, wherein
the functional unit initiates the automatic implementation of the acceleration strategy upon confirmation by the driver of the request notification,
the request notification is output to the driver at a defined time before the upcoming event that lifts the restriction on the current speed, and
if the driver confirms the request notification before the upcoming event that lifts the restriction on the current speed has been reached, the functional unit initiates an acceleration strategy that is composed of two-stages.

US Pat. No. 10,214,208

DRIVE ASSIST APPARATUS OF VEHICLE AND ONBOARD COMPUTER

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A drive assist apparatus of a vehicle, comprising:a first detecting portion configured to detect an object by a first method;
a second detecting portion configured to detect the object by a second method different from the first method; and
a control portion configured to perform a collision avoidance operation when both the first detecting portion detects a first object moving toward a determination area set around the vehicle over a period of time in a direction crossing a traveling direction of the vehicle, and the second detecting portion detects the first object moving toward the determination area over predetermined intervals of time in the direction crossing the traveling direction of the vehicle,
wherein the control portion is configured to perform the collision avoidance operation also when both the first detecting portion detects the first object moving toward the determination area over the period of time in the direction crossing the traveling direction of the vehicle, and the second detecting portion detects a second object expanding toward the determination area over the predetermined intervals of time in the direction crossing the traveling direction of the vehicle, the second object corresponding to a combination of the first object and a third object, wherein the expanding is based on the first object moving toward the determination area.

US Pat. No. 10,214,207

VEHICLE OBSERVABILITY ENHANCING SYSTEM, VEHICLE COMPRISING SUCH SYSTEM AND A METHOD FOR INCREASING VEHICLE OBSERVABILITY

Volvo Car Corporation, G...

1. A host vehicle observability enhancing system comprising:a processing unit; and
at least one sensor configured to monitor a sensor coverage area of a host vehicle surrounding and to provide the processing unit with information on detected vehicles within the sensor coverage area,
wherein the vehicle observability enhancing system is configured to determine when the host vehicle is positioned within selectively one of
an observable zone (A) of at least one detected vehicle,
an unsafe unobservable zone (B) of the at least one detected vehicle, or
a safe unobservable zone (C) of at least one detected vehicle,
wherein, when the host vehicle is positioned within the observable zone (A) of at least one detected vehicle, the vehicle observability enhancing system is configured to generate a control signal indicative of maintaining the host vehicle in the observable zone (A) of that at least one detected vehicle for at least a predefined time duration before the host vehicle is allowed to enter the unsafe unobservable zone (B) of that at least one detected vehicle,
wherein, when the system determines that the host vehicle is positioned within the safe unobservable zone (C) of at least one detected vehicle, the system is configured to generate a control signal indicative of positioning the host vehicle in the observable zone (A) of that at least one detected vehicle, and
wherein the control signal is provided to a semi-autonomous or autonomous drive arrangement configured to control the host vehicle in accordance with the control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,214,206

PARKING ASSIST SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC., ...

1. A parking assist system of a vehicle, said parking assist system comprising:a plurality of sensors disposed at a vehicle and having respective fields of sensing exterior of the vehicle;
a processor operable to process data captured by said sensors;
a vehicle control operable to determine a target parking space responsive to processing by said processor of data captured by said sensors;
wherein said vehicle control is operable to determine a plurality of possible paths of travel from a current location of the vehicle to the target parking space;
wherein the plurality of possible paths of travel is determined by said control approximating possible turns of the vehicle between a start node outside of the target parking space and an end node in the target parking space via an algorithm that (i) uses two intersecting lines, with one passing through the start node and one passing through the end node, (ii) uses circles that are tangent to respective ones of the intersecting lines, wherein each circle has a radius that approximates a minimum turning radius of the vehicle, and (iii) determines possible paths of travel using straight path sections tangent to one or more of the circles and curved path sections that follow a curvature of one or more of the circles;
wherein said control selects a target path of travel of the vehicle from the determined plurality of possible paths of vehicles in accordance with a plurality of objectives for the path of travel of the vehicle; and
wherein said control controls steering of the vehicle to maneuver the vehicle along the selected target path of travel from the current location of the vehicle to the target parking space.

US Pat. No. 10,214,205

HYBRID VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A hybrid vehicle comprising:an engine;
a generator configured to generate a counter-electromotive force due to rotation of the engine;
a motor configured to output a traveling power of the hybrid vehicle;
a first inverter configured to drive the generator;
a second inverter configured to drive the motor;
a power storage device;
a first voltage system electric power line connected to the power storage device;
a second voltage system electric power line connected to the first inverter and the second inverter;
a step-up converter connected to the first voltage system electric power line and the second voltage system electric power line, the step-up converter being configured to step up a direct-current electric power of the first voltage system electric power line and supply the direct-current electric power to the second voltage system electric power line;
a smoothing capacitor attached to the second voltage system electric power line;
a voltage sensor configured to detect a voltage between terminals of the capacitor; and
an electronic control unit configured to
control the engine, the first inverter, the second inverter, and the step-up converter,
control the step-up converter to stop the stepping up by the step-up converter when the electronic control unit determines that an abnormality occurs in the voltage sensor, and
control the first inverter to cause three phases of the first inverter to be in an ON state when the hybrid vehicle travels by driving the engine in a state in which an operation of the first inverter is stopped, and the electronic control unit determines that there is an indication that a voltage of the capacitor will rise.

US Pat. No. 10,214,204

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN ENGINE CLUTCH IN AN ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A device for controlling an engine clutch, comprising:a transmission configured to receive a driving force that is transmitted from at least one of an engine and a driving motor by release or engagement of the engine clutch; and
a controller configured to control the engine clutch based on a current gear of the transmission when an engine clutch failure is detected, wherein the engine clutch failure comprises the engine clutch being released in a vehicle operation state where the engine clutch should be engaged or the engine clutch being engaged in a vehicle operation state where the engine clutch should be released, based on state data of a vehicle for controlling the engine clutch, and to control charging of a vehicle battery using the engine;
wherein when the controller detects the engine clutch failure, the controller:
changes the current gear of the transmission to a neutral gear,
engages the engine clutch,
drives the engine,
charges the battery using the engine and the driving motor, and
changes the neutral gear back to the current gear.

US Pat. No. 10,214,203

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING ENGINE PULL-UP THRESHOLD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An engine pull up system for a vehicle having an engine selectively coupled to a motor, comprising:a controller programmed to restart the engine in response to a bypass clutch of a torque converter being locked and a motor torque exceeding an engine pull up threshold based on a maximum available motor torque determined from a virtual impeller speed of the torque converter, wherein the virtual impeller speed is determined from a speed that would have resulted if the bypass clutch of the torque converter was fully open for a turbine speed and a turbine torque.

US Pat. No. 10,214,202

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENERGY RATE BALANCING IN HYBRID AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS

Allison Transmission, Inc...

1. A method, comprising:controlling a power source output power of a vehicle using a controller, wherein the vehicle has a drive train and a power source, and wherein the controller controls the power source and the drive train;
determining a target drive train output power using the controller, wherein the target drive train output power is determined using a command input;
determining the power source output power using the controller, wherein the target drive train output power is derived from the power source output power; and wherein the controller determines the power source output power using one or more loss parameters and the target drive train output power;
wherein the loss parameters include a hydraulic power loss, and wherein the hydraulic power loss is calculated as a function of hydraulic loss parameters calculated using measured properties of hydraulic fluid in the drive train; and
wherein the hydraulic loss parameters include a flow rate of a hydraulic fluid in the drive train.

US Pat. No. 10,214,201

LIQUIFIED LIGHT HYDROCARBON FUEL SYSTEM FOR A HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE

1. A fuel system for a hybrid vehicle, comprising:a) a fuel tank having a buffer space configured to provide room for a vaporized fuel;
b) insulation, wherein the insulation is disposed around the fuel tank;
c) a first fuel line having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the first fuel line extends into the buffer space of the fuel tank;
d) a buffer tank wherein an inlet to the buffer tank is connected to the second end of the first fuel line;
e) a pressure sensor measuring pressure in the fuel tank and sending digital or analog signals corresponding to pressure to a digital control unit through a signal bus, wherein the pressure sensor is connected to the fuel tank;
f) a second fuel line having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the second fuel line connects to an outlet of the buffer tank;
g) a solenoid valve, wherein an inlet of the solenoid valve connects to the second end of the second fuel line;
h) a pressure regulator connected to an outlet of the solenoid valve wherein the pressure regulator is adapted to connect to a fuel inlet of an energy conversion device of the hybrid vehicle, wherein the energy conversion device is selected from the group consisting of internal combustion engines, fuel cells and Stirling engines, whereby the pressure regulator is configured to regulate the flow of vaporized fuel into the energy conversion device;
i) a tank heating system, comprising:
i. a heating element, wherein the heating element is disposed adjacent to or within the fuel tank whereby the heating element produces heat to vaporize liquefied light hydrocarbon fuel and increase the fuel tank pressure;
ii. a heating power control system connected to the heating element and connected through a direct current power line to an electrical energy storage system of the hybrid vehicle whereby the heating power control system draws electrical energy from the electrical energy storage system through the direct current power line and controls the amount of heat produced by the heating element.

US Pat. No. 10,214,200

HYBRID VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A hybrid vehicle comprising:an engine;
a first motor configured to generate reverse voltage by rotation;
a planetary gear mechanism configured to have three rotational elements connected with a drive shaft coupled with an axles, the engine and the first motor;
a second motor configured to input and output power from and to the driveshaft;
a first inverter configured to drive the first motor;
a second inverter configured to drive the second motor;
an electric storage device configured to be capable of exchanging electric power with the first motor and the second motor through the first inverter and the second inverter; and
a control device configured to control the engine, the first inverter and the second inverter, wherein
the control device executes a first control at the time of an evacuation travelling, the first control controlling a rotational speed of the engine such that a first electric current to flow through the electric storage device is maximized in a state of gate interruption of the first inverter and the second inverter, the evacuation travelling being performed when an ON operation of an accelerator is performed during an inverter failure in which the first inverter and the second inverter cannot be normally actuated.

US Pat. No. 10,214,199

HYBRID VEHICLE DRIVE SYSTEM AND METHOD AND IDLE REDUCTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

Power Technology Holdings...

1. A vehicle power drive system comprising:an internal combustion engine connected through a transmission to drive wheels of a vehicle, the transmission having a power take off (PTO) and PTO output gear;
a drive system connected to said PTO comprising an electric motor, an energy storage system and a control system, the electric motor being coupled to the PTO; and
wherein the energy storage system is coupled to the electric motor, wherein the electric motor provides power to the energy storage system and the control system monitors for an antilock brake condition and adjusts power received by the electric motor in response to anti-lock or traction control events.

US Pat. No. 10,214,198

HYBRID VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A hybrid vehicle comprising:an engine;
a first rotating electrical machine including a rotor provided with a permanent magnet;
an output shaft coupled to drive wheels;
a planetary gear device mechanically coupled to the engine, the first rotating electrical machine and the output shaft, and configured to transmit torque among the engine, the first rotating electrical machine and the output shaft;
a second rotating electrical machine coupled to the output shaft;
a battery;
a converter configured to boost a voltage from the battery and output the boosted voltage;
an inverter configured to perform a power conversion between the converter and the first rotating electrical machine and between the converter and the second rotating electrical machine; and
a controller configured to perform an inverter-less running control when at least one of the first rotating electrical machine and the second rotating electrical machine is not normally driven by the inverter, the inverter-less running control being such a control that the inverter is brought into a gate shut-off state, and the engine and the converter are controlled to cause the first rotating electrical machine to generate a braking torque due to a counter-electromotive voltage generated by the first rotating electrical machine, and thereby the vehicle is caused to run with a torque which acts on the output shaft as a counterforce of the braking torque,
the controller being configured to, when a SOC of the battery exceeds a value, set a chargeable power of the battery to a smaller value as the SOC of the battery increases so as to prevent the battery from being overcharged,
during the inverter-less running control, the controller being configured to:
(i) when the chargeable power of the battery is higher than a predetermined value, control a voltage difference between the counter-electromotive voltage of the first rotating electrical machine and the output voltage of the converter to be a first voltage difference; and
(ii) when the chargeable power of the battery is lower than the predetermined value, control the voltage difference to be a second voltage difference which is smaller than the first voltage difference so as to prevent the chargeable power of the battery from reducing early.

US Pat. No. 10,214,197

HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING OPERATION MODE OF THE SAME

BORGWARD TRADEMARK HOLDIN...

1. A method performed by a computing device for controlling an operation mode of a hybrid electric vehicle, comprising:detecting a current state of charge of a power battery and an expected torque at wheels in the hybrid electric vehicle;
maintaining a current operation mode of the hybrid electric vehicle, if it is detected that the current state of charge enters a state hysteresis area or the expected torque at wheels enters a torque hysteresis area;
obtaining a duration of the current operation mode and determining a next operation mode of the hybrid electric vehicle according to the duration, the current state of charge and the expected torque at wheels, if it is detected that the current state of charge exits the state hysteresis area and the expected torque at wheels exits the torque hysteresis area;
wherein the determining a next operation mode of the hybrid electric vehicle according to the duration, the current state of charge and the expected torque at wheels comprises:
judging whether the duration exceeds a preset period;
maintaining continually the current operation mode if the duration does not exceed the preset period; and
determining the next operation mode according to the current state of charge and the expected torque at wheels and switching to the next operation mode, if the duration exceeds the preset period.

US Pat. No. 10,214,196

HYBRID VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A hybrid vehicle able to be charged by using electric power from a power supply on the outside of the hybrid vehicle, the hybrid vehicle comprising:an internal combustion engine;
an electrical storage device;
a motor mechanically coupled to a drive wheel, the motor configured to generate travel drive power by receiving the electric power from the electrical storage device;
an electric power generator mechanically coupled to the internal combustion engine, the electric power generator configured to generate electric power to be charged to the electrical storage device by using power of the internal combustion engine;
a charging mechanism configured to charge the electrical storage device by using electric power from the power supply on the outside of the hybrid vehicle; and
an electronic control unit configured to switch between an electric vehicle (EV) travel and an hybrid vehicle (HV) travel in accordance with a travel situation of the hybrid vehicle, the electronic control unit being configured to stop the internal combustion engine and cause the hybrid vehicle to travel by output of the motor in the EV travel, the electronic control unit configured to cause the hybrid vehicle to travel by actuating the internal combustion engine in the HV travel, and the electronic control unit configured to:
set a target value of a charging amount of the electrical storage device , the target value being a target value at a time when the hybrid vehicle passes an exit of a freeway in a case where a travel route to a destination includes the freeway and an open road from the exit of the freeway to the destination,
execute charging amount recovery control for increasing the charging amount of the electrical storage device to the target value when the hybrid vehicle travels on the freeway,
compute a first travel cost and a second travel cost, the first travel cost being a monetary cost per unit travel distance of fuel used when the hybrid vehicle travels in the EV travel by using the electric power charged in the electrical storage device at a time when the hybrid vehicle travels on the freeway in the HV travel, the second travel cost being a monetary cost per unit travel distance of the electric power used when the hybrid vehicle travels in the EV travel by using the electric power charged in the electrical storage device by the charging mechanism at the destination, and
set the target value in the charging amount recovery control on the basis of a comparison result between the first travel cost and the second travel cost, wherein in a case where the first travel cost is lower than the second travel cost, the electronic control unit is configured to set the target value such that the electrical storage device is brought into a full charge state when the hybrid vehicle passes the exit of the freeway.

US Pat. No. 10,214,195

AUTOMATIC BRAKE CONTROL VALVE TEST UNIT FOR RAILWAY VEHICLE

Westinghouse Air Brake Te...

1. An automatic single-car test device for a distributor valve of a railway vehicle, the distributor valve having a working chamber passage in fluid communication with a working chamber, a valve chamber passage in fluid communication with a valve chamber, a reservoir passage in fluid communication with a reservoir, a brake cylinder passage in fluid communication with a brake cylinder, and a brake pipe passage in fluid communication with a brake pipe, the test device comprising:an air supply source;
an adapter having a working chamber fitting, a valve chamber fitting, a reservoir fitting, a brake cylinder fitting, and a brake pipe fitting;
an operating portion in fluid communication with the air supply source and the adapter, the operating portion configured to measure pressure within the working chamber fitting, the valve chamber fitting, the reservoir fitting, the brake cylinder fitting, and the brake pipe fitting and generate an electrical signal representing the respective pressure within the working chamber fitting, the valve chamber fitting, the reservoir fitting, the brake cylinder fitting, and the brake pipe fitting; and
a processing portion having a microprocessor, an input/output device, and a power supply, the processing portion electrically connected to the operating portion and configured to a) manipulate pressure within the working chamber passage, the valve chamber passage, the reservoir passage, the brake cylinder passage, and the brake pipe passage of the distributor valve via the adapter, b) store pressure values of the working chamber passage, the valve chamber passage, the reservoir passage, the brake cylinder passage, and the brake pipe passage obtained from the operating portion, and c) calculate and store differences between measured pressure valves and elapsed time for each measurement.

US Pat. No. 10,214,194

SERVICE BRAKE DEVICE WITH QUICK AIR RELEASE VALVE

KNORR-BREMSE Systeme fuer...

1. A service brake device for vehicles, comprising:at least one compressed-air actuated service brake cylinder;
at least one of a piston and a diaphragm arranged within the at least one service brake cylinder delimiting
a pressure chamber configured to apply the service brake when compressed air is supplied to the pressure chamber and to release the service brake when compressed air is purged from the pressure chamber; can be supplied with compressed air and for releasing can be purged of the compressed air, and
a spring chamber configured to receive a spring arranged to preload the at least one of the piston and the diaphragm into a service brake release position; and
a quick air release valve having a first connection configured to be in fluid communication with a brake line through which compressed air is supplied to the pressure chamber, a second connection configured to be in fluid communication with the pressure chamber, and a third connection configured to be in fluid communication with the spring chamber,
wherein
when a pressure in the brake line is greater than a pressure in the pressure chamber, the first connection is in fluid communication with the second connection and the third connection is isolated from the first and second connections, and
when the pressure in the brake line is lower than the pressure in the pressure chamber, the second connection is in fluid communication with the third connection and the first connection is isolated from the second and third connections.

US Pat. No. 10,214,193

HYDRAULIC BRAKING DEVICE

ADVICS CO., LTD., Kariya...

1. A hydraulic braking device comprising:a cylinder comprising a tubular cylinder member and a plug, at least a part of the plug being housed in a tube of the tubular cylinder member;
an assisting piston housed in the cylinder so as to be movable reciprocally, the assisting piston facing a fluid chamber formed in the cylinder, the assisting piston assisting a master piston of a master cylinder generating a hydraulic pressure for generating a braking force when moved from a location on one side of the cylinder to a location on an other side of the cylinder in a reciprocal movement direction by a fluid flowing into the fluid chamber from a supply source; and
a first seal member disposed between a piston small-diameter portion of the assisting piston and the plug and a second seal member disposed between the tubular cylinder member and the plug, the first seal member and the second seal member being elastically deformable and sealing the fluid chamber,
wherein, when the assisting piston is present at the location on the one side,
the fluid chamber is partitioned into a first chamber and a second chamber, the first chamber communicating with the supply source, the second chamber communicating with the first chamber via a restricting flow path, the restricting flow path being formed between an end portion of the assisting piston and an end surface on the one side of the cylinder, the end surface facing the end portion,
the first seal member and the second seal member seal the first chamber and the second chamber,
at least a part of a cylindrical inner surface of the tubular cylinder member faces the second chamber, and
the amount of elastic deformation of the first seal member facing the first chamber is smaller than the amount of elastic deformation of the second seal member facing the second chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,214,192

SOLENOID VALVE FOR A VEHICLE BRAKING SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A solenoid valve for a vehicle braking system, comprising:a magnet assembly including:
a winding support;
a coil winding;
a housing; and
a cover disc;
a valve cartridge including:
a capsule;
a valve insert connected to the capsule;
a valve seat; and
an armature configured to be guided within the capsule in an axially movable manner between a closed position and an open position, the armature including a closing element,
wherein the closing element and the valve seat are configured to form a valve that is operable to control a fluid flow through the valve cartridge,
wherein the coil winding is wound on the winding support to form an electrical coil, the electrical coil being configured to be controlled by using control signals applied to electrical connectors,
wherein the electric coil is further configured to generate a magnetic force that is operable to move the armature against a force of a return spring,
wherein fluid temperature within the valve cartridge is changeable based on the control signals,
wherein the control signals are configured to be applied to the coil winding as bipolar AC signals having a predetermined frequency and are further configured to generate eddy currents in an iron circuit of the solenoid valve and in the capsule, and
wherein the eddy currents are operable to heat up the fluid in the valve cartridge.

US Pat. No. 10,214,191

VALVE UNIT FOR MODULATING THE PRESSURE IN A PNEUMATIC BRAKE SYSTEM

WABCO GmbH, Hannover (DE...

1. A valve unit (1, 1?) for modulating pressure in a pneumatic brake system, comprising:a brake pressure inlet (3),
a brake pressure outlet (4),
a venting outlet (5),
a main valve (6, 7), which is pneumatically controllable,
a pilot valve (8, 9), embodied as a solenoid valve and assigned to the main valve (6, 7), and
a valve housing (2, 2?) accommodating the main valve and the pilot valve, the valve housing being subdivided by a plane of division (10), extending horizontally in an installed position, into a main housing (11, 11?) and a housing cover (12),
wherein the brake pressure inlet (3), the brake pressure outlet (4) and the venting outlet (5) are arranged in the main housing (11), the main valve (6, 7) is arranged in the main housing (11) between the brake pressure inlet (3) and the brake pressure outlet (4) with an actuation axis (14, 15) oriented perpendicular to the plane of division (10), the pilot valve (8, 9) is arranged in the housing cover (12), and at least one control chamber (51, 52) of the main valve (6, 7) is delimited by an inside wall (50) of the housing cover (12) facing the plane of division (10),
wherein a bracket element (62.1, 62.2, 62.3) affixes the housing cover (12) on the main housing (11, 11?), which in an assembled state is fixed to the main housing (11, 11?), and which bears with a pressure plate (63) generating an elastic prestressing force on a planar outside wall (64) of the housing cover (12) oriented parallel to the plane of division (10) of the valve housing (2, 2?),
wherein the bracket element (62.1, 62.2) includes two articulated arms (65, 66) on opposite sides of the valve housing (2, 2?) in the longitudinal direction (13), the articulated arms laterally enclosing the housing cover (12) and the main housing (11) and being pivotally fixed to the main housing (12) via an axis of articulation (69) engaging in an articulation hole (67, 68), and wherein in a longitudinal direction (13) opposite the articulated arms (65, 66), the bracket element (62.1, 62.2) is rigidly fixed to the main housing (11).

US Pat. No. 10,214,190

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING A BRAKING SYSTEM, BRAKING SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for actuating a hydraulic braking system of a motor vehicle, the brake braking system including at least one wheel brake, a brake pedal device, at least one pressure generator configured to be controlled so as to hydraulically actuate the wheel brake, and an electromechanical actuator allocated to the wheel brake so as to actuate the wheel brake, the method comprising:generating a force configured to displace a brake piston of the wheel brake so as to actuate the wheel brake in each case by the pressure generator and the actuator;
controlling the pressure generator and the actuator such that the pressure generator and the actuator together generate a total clamping force at the wheel brake as part of an enabling procedure to enable a parking brake function;
monitoring an operating current of the actuator during the enabling procedure in order to determine a functional capability of the hydraulic braking system;
controlling the pressure generator during the enabling procedure such that the hydraulic pressure that is generated is modulated for a predeterminable period of time in order to unload or load the actuator; and
evaluating the operating current of the actuator in the period of time so as to determine the functional capability of the braking system.

US Pat. No. 10,214,189

INTERFACE FOR INTERCHANGING DATA BETWEEN REDUNDANT PROGRAMS FOR CONTROLLING A MOTOR VEHICLE

1. An electronic control unit for controlling and/or regulating at least one motor vehicle system, comprising:at least one integrated microcontroller system for executing software, which has at least two microcontroller units that each execute at least one independent operating system,
at least one interface configured to interchange information between the microcontroller units,
a first microcontroller unit, the first microcontroller unit configured to execute a first independent operating system and control and/or regulation of a first motor vehicle system, wherein the first motor vehicle system is a motor vehicle braking system,
a second microcontroller unit, the second microcontroller unit being configured to execute a second independent operating system and use the interface of the first microcontroller unit to provide defaults for the control and/or regulation of the first motor vehicle system,
wherein the at least one integrated microcontroller system, at least one interface and the first and second microcontroller units are disposed in a common housing, and
wherein the first independent operating system and the second independent operating system are different than one another.

US Pat. No. 10,214,188

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR HYDRAULIC COMPONENTS OF A BRAKING SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE, AND METHOD FOR EXECUTING AN ANTILOCK BRAKING FUNCTION AT AT LEAST ONE WHEEL BRAKE CYLINDER OF A VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A control apparatus for hydraulic components of a braking system of a vehicle, comprising:a control device that is configured to:
detect, on the basis of at least one furnished braking request signal, a braking request of a driver of the vehicle; and
by application of control to the hydraulic components in consideration of the braking request, at least to set at least one brake pressure in at least one wheel brake cylinder of the braking system in such a way that the braking request is satisfiable by a total braking torque made up at least of at least one wheel brake cylinder braking torque of the at least one wheel brake cylinder; and
execute an antilock braking function at the at least one wheel brake cylinder by the fact that the at least one brake pressure in the at least one wheel brake cylinder is held constant or reduced, despite the braking request being higher in relation to the at least one brake pressure, in such a way that the braking request is satisfied only partly by the total braking torque;
wherein the control device is additionally configured to:
ascertain whether at least one furnished actual value with regard to at least one of: i) a displacement travel of a brake actuation element of the vehicle out of its initial position, and ii) a simulator volume shifted out of a brake master cylinder of the vehicle into a linked simulator, lies within at least one predefined extreme value range, wherein the at least one predefined extreme value range is a range above a predefined limit; and
based on ascertaining the at least one furnished actual value lies within the at least one predefined extreme value range:
transfer a brake fluid volume out of at least one of: i) the at least one wheel brake cylinder and ii) at least one reservoir device, and into the brake master cylinder during the antilock braking function by application of control to the hydraulic components, and
control the brake actuation element by actively moving the brake actuation element toward its initial position to reduce the displacement of the brake actuation element from its initial position.

US Pat. No. 10,214,187

TRAILER JACKING SYSTEM

1. A trailer jacking system comprising:a trailer having a pair of axles, a first lateral side and a second lateral side; and
a pair of bars, each of said bars being coupled between each of said axles wherein each of said bars is configured to have a jack positioned therebeneath for jacking said trailer, each of said bars being oriented collinear with an associated one of said first and second lateral sides wherein each of said bars is configured to facilitate the trailer to be leveled between said first and second lateral sides when said trailer is jacked, each of said bars having a first end, a second end, a top side and a bottom side, each of said bars being elongated between said top and bottom sides, each of said bars having a first slot extending through said top and bottom sides, said first slot being positioned closer to said first end than said second end, each of said bars having a second slot extending through said top and bottom sides, said second slot being positioned closer to said second end than said first end; and
a plurality of u-bolts, each of said u-bolts bolts being coupled between said bars and an associated one of said axles to retain said bars on said axles.

US Pat. No. 10,214,186

WIPER BLADE DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A wiper blade device having a wiper blade adapter (10; 10a; 10b) which comprises at least two detent means (12; 12a; 12b, 14; 14a; 14b) which are spaced apart from one another along a wiper blade longitudinal direction (16; 16a, 16b) and are also disposed on opposite lateral sides of the wiper blade adapter, the lateral sides being spaced apart from one another along a wiping direction (68) that is perpendicular to the wiper blade longitudinal direction, wherein the wiper blade device further includes at least one spring rail (18; 18a; 18b) which comprises at least two detent recesses (20; 20a; 20b, 22; 22a; 22b) which are spaced apart from one another along the wiper blade longitudinal direction (16; 16a, 16b) and are also disposed on opposite lateral sides of the at least one spring rail, wherein the at least two detent means (12; 12a; 12b, 14; 14a; 14b) are resiliently elastic and are configured to deflect and then engage, in an assembled state, into the at least two detent recesses (20; 20a; 20b, 22; 22a; 22b) of the at least one spring rail (18; 18a; 18b), wherein the at least two detent means each include an elongate arm and a protrusion at an end of the arm, wherein the protrusions are configured to engage into the at least two detent recesses.

US Pat. No. 10,214,185

QUICK CONNECTING DEVICE FOR FIN RAY WIPER

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A windshield wiper device for a vehicle, the windshield wiper device comprising:a wiper arm (1) with a wiper blade (2), the wiper blade including
an elongate upper part (10), which is configured to be at least partially bendable,
an elongate lower part (12), which is configured to be at least partially bendable, and
a plurality of connecting elements (18) for connecting the upper part (10) and the lower part (12), wherein the connecting elements (18) are spaced apart from one another along a longitudinal extent (8) of the wiper blade (2), wherein the connecting elements (18) are configured to permit a movement of the upper part (10) and the lower part (12) relative to each other with a movement component along the longitudinal extent (8) of the wiper blade (2),
wherein the windshield wiper device furthermore has a quick connecting device (32) which is configured to connect the wiper arm (1) releasably to a drive shaft (35) of a drive unit of the vehicle, wherein the quick connecting device (32) includes:
an engagement part (36) which is configured to engage in the drive shaft (35) and/or in a torque transmission part (37) attached to the drive shaft (35), in order to transmit a torque from the drive shaft (35) to the wiper arm (1) via the quick connecting device (32), and
an elastic clamping jaw (38) which is configured to transfer the engagement part (36), when an external force is applied, from a clamping position (K), in which the quick connecting device (32) clamps the wiper arm (1) to the drive shaft (35), into a release position (F), in which the wiper arm (1) is removable from the drive shaft (35);
wherein the elastic clamping jaw (38) is formed as a single, monolithic unitary piece with a wiper blade head (42) of the wiper arm (1).

US Pat. No. 10,214,184

FASTENING ARRANGEMENT FOR FIN RAY WIPER

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A windscreen wiper device for a vehicle, comprising a wiper blade (2) havingan elongated upper part (10) which is configured to be at least partially flexible,
an elongated lower part (12) which is configured to be at least partially flexible, and
a plurality of connecting elements (18) for connecting the upper part (10) and the lower part (12), wherein the connecting elements (18) are mutually spaced apart along a longitudinal extent (8) of the wiper blade (2), wherein the connecting elements (18) are configured to allow a movement of the upper part (10) and the lower part (12) relative to each other with a movement component along the longitudinal extent (8) of the wiper blade (2),
wherein the windscreen wiper device further includes a fastening arrangement (32) which is configured to be fitted into a hollow shaft (40) of a drive unit and to be connected thereto so as to transmit a torque from the drive unit via the hollow shaft (40) and the fastening arrangement (32) to the wiper blade (2), wherein the fastening arrangement includes
a fastening part (30), the upper part (10) and the lower part (12) of the wiper blade (2) being fastened thereto,
a drive shaft (35) which is connected to the fastening part (30) and which is configured to be fitted into the hollow shaft (40) of the drive unit, and
clamping means for fixing the drive shaft (35) in the hollow shaft (40) of the drive unit, wherein the clamping means includes a clamping lever (46) which compresses the drive shaft (35) and axially generates a radial expansion of the drive shaft (35).

US Pat. No. 10,214,183

METHOD OF DEFOGGING INNER SURFACE OF VEHICLE WINDSHIELD GLASS

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A method of defogging an inner surface of a vehicle windshield glass, the method comprising:a first process of defogging by changing a heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system from a heating mode to a cooling mode when fogging occurs on the inner surface of the vehicle windshield glass;
once the inner surface of the vehicle windshield glass is changed to a defogging state by the first process, a second process of pre-defogging by turning off a compressor of the HVAC system for a predetermined period of time under a prescribed condition to prevent flash fogging;
wherein the prescribed condition to perform the second process comprises a condition where a dry-bulb temperature on a thermodynamic psychrometric chart, which is calculated based on a temperature difference between an interior of the vehicle and outside air, is reduced and a relative humidity is increased; and
after the second process, when the predetermined period of time elapses, a third process of turning on the compressor to return from the cooling mode to the heating mode.

US Pat. No. 10,214,182

IN-VEHICLE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE, AND COMMUNICATION MANAGEMENT DEVICE

OMRON AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRON...

1. An in-vehicle communication system comprising:a plurality of vehicle control devices connected to a network of a vehicle, configured to communicate with each other, and configured to control an in-vehicle device to be controlled;
a communication port which is a communication port to an outside; and
a reprogramming receiver configured to receive a reprogramming request signal and data from an external device connected to the communication port,
wherein reprogramming for rewriting a software program of a target vehicle control device from among the plurality of vehicle control devices is executed according to the reprogramming request signal and the data received by the reprogramming receiver,
the in-vehicle communication system further comprising:
an illicit act detector configured to detect an illicit act on the vehicle; and
a reprogramming controller configured to prohibit execution of the reprogramming when the illicit act detector detects the illicit act.

US Pat. No. 10,214,181

UNIVERSAL SENSOR ASSEMBLY FOR DETECTING OPERATOR GESTURES IN VEHICLES

1. A sensor device for a motor vehicle, the sensor device comprising:a light source;
a detection device having an array of optical pixels detecting light; and
a control and evaluation device coupled to the light source and the detection device, the control and evaluation device activating the light source to emit light pulses and activating the detection device to detect light from the light source, and evaluating signals generated by the pixels of the detection device corresponding to the light detected by the detection device, wherein the control and evaluation device, the detection device, and the light source interact as a time-of-flight camera (ToF camera), allowing spatial range data to be detected, and the control and evaluation device operates the light source and detection device in at least two modes: an initialization mode and a measuring mode, in the initialization mode, the control and evaluation device activates the light source and the detection device and queries the signals of all the pixels at least once and, depending on the results of the query, each pixel is assigned to a group of relevant pixels or a group of irrelevant pixels, and in the measuring mode, the control and evaluation device only evaluates the signals of the pixels from the group of relevant pixels.

US Pat. No. 10,214,180

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MACHINE SENSING AND COMMUNICATION

Emerson Electric Co., St...

1. A method of monitoring productivity of a vacuum cleaning system that includes a wand assembly and a mechanical portion including a fan coupled to a motor, the method comprising:receiving first motion data for a cleaning head of the wand assembly from a multi-axis accelerometer coupled to the wand assembly;
comparing the received cleaning head motion data to a predetermined motion threshold indicating a proper operating technique of the vacuum cleaning system;
receiving position orientation data for the cleaning head from a process parameter sensor coupled to the cleaning head;
receiving pressure data from a pressure sensor;
receiving flow data from a flow sensor;
determining, based on the received cleaning head motion data and the received cleaning head position orientation data that the cleaning head is oriented in a predetermined position for productive operation of the vacuum cleaning system;
indicating, to an operator of the vacuum cleaning system, when the cleaning head is not oriented in a predetermined position for productive operation of the vacuum cleaning system or when accelerations of the cleaning head are outside an acceleration range that indicate proper operation of the wand assembly for optimum efficiency and productivity;
receiving second motion data for the cleaning head that indicates the cleaning head is oriented in the predetermined position or that accelerations of the cleaning head are within the acceleration range that indicates proper operation;
determining a total floor area of productive operation of the vacuum cleaning system using at least one physical dimension of the cleaning head and the received cleaning head motion data when the cleaning head is oriented in the predetermined position for productive operation
at least one of scheduling maintenance on the vacuum cleaning system and replacing consumables associated with the vacuum cleaning system based on the total floor area of productive operation; and
incrementing a total floor area counter based on the determination.

US Pat. No. 10,214,179

STEERING COLUMN ASSEMBLY HAVING A LOCK MOUNTING BRACKET

STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOL...

1. A steering column assembly comprising:a jacket assembly; and
a lock mounting bracket operatively connected to the jacket assembly, the lock mounting bracket having:
a first end portion defining a first opening,
a second end portion defining a second opening, the second end portion overlaps the first end portion,
a first side, and
a second side disposed opposite the first side and the second side engages the jacket assembly, the first side and the second side each extending between the first end portion and the second end portion, the first end portion defines a first notch that extends from the first side towards the second side and the second end portion defines a second notch that extends from the second side towards the first side.

US Pat. No. 10,214,178

WEBBING TAKE-UP DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RI...

1. A webbing take-up device comprising:a spool onto which a webbing to be applied to a vehicle occupant is taken up, the webbing being taken up due to the spool turning in a take-up direction, and the spool being turned in a pull-out direction due to the webbing being pulled out;
a regulation unit at which a regulating member that turns together with the spool is provided, the regulation unit regulating turning of the regulating member in the pull-out direction in a predetermined situation;
a force limiter mechanism that, when the regulation unit regulates turning of the regulating member in the pull-out direction, allows turning of the spool in the pull-out direction relative to the regulating member by a load that is at least a force limiter load;
a pretensioner mechanism at which a turning member is provided, the pretensioner mechanism turning the spool in the take-up direction in the predetermined situation by turning the turning member in the take-up direction;
an allowing unit that, when the pretensioner mechanism turns the turning member in the take-up direction, allows turning of the turning member in the take-up direction relative to the spool by a predetermined turning amount;
a switching mechanism that switches the force limiter load from a high level to a low level;
an activation unit that is capable of allowing the switching mechanism to switch the force limiter load independently of the operation of the pretensioner mechanism, the force limiter load being the load at which the force limiter mechanism allows turning of the spool in the pull-out direction relative to the regulating member, turning of which in the pull-out direction is regulated by the regulation unit, due to the activation unit being activated as a result of the turning of the turning member in the take-up direction relative to the spool being allowed by the allowing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,214,177

BELT RETRACTOR FOR A SEATBELT DEVICE

AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB, ...

1. A belt retractor for a seat belt device for a vehicle of a type having a blocking device for locking a belt shaft, comprising:the belt shaft is rotatably supported in a retractor frame that can be attached to be fixed with respect to the vehicle,
a sensor device with a first blocking lever that actuates the blocking device upon a movement of the first blocking lever when a predetermined vehicle deceleration has been exceeded,
a second blocking lever that is pivotably supported on the belt retractor for fixing the first blocking lever at a predetermined belt retraction length, a counter gear for controlling the movement of the second blocking lever;
the counter gear is formed by an eccentric driven by the belt shaft and a wobble plate that is driven into a wobbling movement by the eccentric,
the wobble plate is formed with a first toothing,
a second toothing fixed with to the retractor frame is provided with which the wobble plate meshes during the wobbling movement via the first toothing, and
a control contour on the wobble plate, the control contour in the form of a ring with a wave shaped radial inner surface and a wave shaped radial outer surface having a course such that the wobble plate from the predetermined belt retraction length comes into abutment against the second blocking level and deflects the second blocking lever during the subsequent wobbling movement into a position wherein the second blocking lever blocks the first blocking lever from actuating the blocking device.

US Pat. No. 10,214,175

VEHICLE AIRBAG DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle airbag device, comprising:an airbag that, upon receiving a supply of gas, inflates and deploys to an inflated and deployed state, the airbag comprising
a main body that inflates and deploys at a vehicle front side of an occupant,
a projection that inflates and deploys at a vehicle width direction side of the main body and projects in a vehicle rearward direction beyond the main body, and
a gap portion that is between the main body and the projection, and opens in the vehicle rearward direction; and
a coupling portion that couples together
a first attachment portion set at the airbag at a front end portion side of the gap portion, and
a second attachment portion set at a side portion of the projection, which side portion is opposite to the main body,
wherein, at a time of the inflation and deployment of the airbag, the coupling portion stretches between the first attachment portion and the second attachment portion, which is positioned further in the vehicle rearward direction than the first attachment portion, and
wherein, in a plan view of the airbag in the inflated and deployed state,
the gap portion opens in an opening direction that is inclined with respect to both a vehicle forward and rearward direction and a vehicle width direction, and
an angle of inclination between the opening direction of the gap portion and the vehicle forward and rearward direction is within a range of 20 degrees to 30 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,214,174

VEHICLE AIRBAG APPARATUS

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

1. A vehicle airbag apparatus comprising:an airbag, which is configured to be supplied with gas to be deployed and inflated in front of one of a driver's seat and a front passenger seat of a vehicle, wherein the airbag includes an airbag body and a pocket portion provided on a side of the airbag body;
an outer tether, which is located outside the airbag and joined to the pocket portion;
an inflator, which supplies gas to the airbag; and
an actuator, wherein, when a movement of the vehicle in an oblique direction due to a collision is detected, the actuator pulls the outer tether to extract the pocket portion.

US Pat. No. 10,214,173

CURTAIN AIRBAG

AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB, ...

1. A curtain airbag that is housed in an upper portion of a side surface inside a vehicle cabin and is adapted to be inflated and deployed upon deployment along the side surface for protecting an occupant, wherein the side surface includes a front pillar, a front side window, a center pillar, a rear side window, and a rear pillar in a vehicle front-rear direction, the curtain airbag comprising:a main chamber having a protection area to protect the occupant, the main chamber receiving an inflation and deployment gas from an inflator and being inflated and deployed mainly along a side window of a vehicle; and
a first chamber in fluid communication with the main chamber prior to deployment and overlapping an upper edge of the side window of the vehicle when inflated and deployed upon receiving the inflation and deployment gas, wherein
the first chamber is configured to extend by being inflated and deployed toward an upper side of the main chamber along the upper portion of the side surface inside the vehicle cabin during the deployment of the curtain airbag, wherein the first chamber extends in front of the center pillar between two tabs that are adjacent to each other and in front of the inflator in the vehicle front-rear direction and, in an inflated state, overlaps a protrusion of a welded portion protruding from the side surface toward the inside of the vehicle cabin, and
the main chamber includes a second chamber that is positioned adjacent a below portion of the first chamber so as to overlap a vehicle beltline when inflated and deployed upon receiving the inflation and deployment gas;
wherein the curtain airbag has a stored state, in which the first chamber is folded over toward a vehicle interior side in a location of reaching an upper end of the first chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,214,172

VEHICLE SIDE AIRBAG DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle side airbag device, comprising:a side airbag that is configured to
be stored inside a side portion of a seat back of a vehicle seat, and secured to a side frame of the seat back, and
receive a supply of gas from an inflator to inflate and deploy to an inflated and deployed state on a side of a seated occupant on the vehicle seat and protect at least a region from the shoulder to the abdomen of the seated occupant;
an inner tether that has a base end portion configured to be anchored to the side frame, extends in a seat forward direction at a seat width direction inner side of the side airbag in the inflated and deployed state, has a distal end portion anchored to the side airbag, and is configured to be stretched at a time of inflation and deployment of the side airbag;
an outer tether that has a base end portion configured to be anchored to the side frame, extends outward in a seat width direction from a seat rear side of the side airbag in the inflated and deployed state, has a distal end portion anchored to the side airbag, and is configured to be stretched at the time of the inflation and deployment of the side airbag;
a plate placed between the side airbag and the base end portions of the outer tether and the inner tether; and
a bolt which penetrates the base end portion of the outer tether, the base end portion of the inner tether, the plate, and the side airbag, and is configured to secure the inflator, the base end portion of the outer tether, the base end portion of the inner tether, the plate, and the side airbag to the side frame,
wherein an upper end portion of the distal end portion of the outer tether is positioned further toward an upper end side of the side airbag than an upper end portion of the distal end portion of the inner tether.

US Pat. No. 10,214,171

PASSENGER PROTECTION APPARATUS

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

1. A passenger protection apparatus used in a vehicle having an article storage box, which can be opened and closed and which is attached to a vertical wall member of a vehicle body in front of a front seat, the passenger protection apparatus being installed under the article storage box so as to protect a knee portion of a passenger,the passenger protection apparatus comprising:
an airbag unit including a bag body and causing the bag body to inflate and expand toward the front seat when an impact is input;
a guide member configured to cover a gap between a lower end of the article storage box and an adjacent member adjacent to the lower end of the article storage box when the bag body inflates and expands; and
a case including a cover portion and configured to contain the guide member and the bag body in a folded state therein,
wherein the guide member is configured to surround an entirety of an outer circumference of the folded bag body in the case,
wherein the airbag unit includes an inflator, and the inflator is disposed inside the bag body.

US Pat. No. 10,214,170

SEATBELT MOUNTED COMBINATION CUTTER AND GLASS BREAK TOOL

1. A combination cutter and glass break tool for an automotive vehicle comprising:a housing comprised of first and second side sections, a bottom section and a handle section, said first and second sections capable of attaching to each other and having a recess dimensioned to permit a vehicle safety restraint system belt be positioned between the bottom of the attached first and second sections and the bottom section and frictionally maintain the position of the tool on a captured portion of the safety belt;
said handle section connected at a rear portion of both the first and second sections by a pin extending through the handle section and captured by both the first and second sections and further connected to a cutting guide by said pin extending through the cutting guide, said pin permitting the handle section to move from a stowed to an operational position, said handle section being maintained in the stowed position by a retaining means;
said first and second sections housing therebetween in an elongated space a cutting implement attached to said cutting guide for severing the safety belt captured between the said sections, said cutting guide being located within a guiding track for maintaining the cutting guide and the attached cutting implement in substantially perpendicular alignment to said captured safety belt, said guiding track extending within the elongated space between the first and second sections from rear to front and having both upwardly and downwardly opening slots, said downwardly opening slot permitting a forward sliding of the cutting implement and the upwardly opening slot permitting the attachment of the cutting guide to said handle section for operating the cutting implement attached to the cutting guide;
said cutting guide can be in a stowed first position or a second deployed position as controlled by said handle section and also housing a glass break tool on its forward facing portion with the position of the glass break tool dependent upon the position of the cutting guide, with the glass break tool in its deployed position only following the severing of the safety belt by the cutting implement and with the handle section overlying the first and second sections forming a gripping position,whereby said combination cutter and glass break tool is readily available for use by being retained in position on the safety restraint system of a vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,214,169

BUMPER-REINFORCING SYSTEM FOR MOTOR VEHICLE

ARCELORMITTAL, Luxembour...

2. A bumper-reinforcing system for a motor vehicle, the bumper-reinforcing system comprising:a bumper beam with a single-piece elongated profile with a closed cross section and including a center zone extending at least over part of a width of the bumper beam and an end zone at each extremity of the bumper beam;
two bumper fasteners connected to a rear side of the bumper beam at intersections between the center zone and the end zones of the bumper beam; two front rails connected to the bumper fasteners and two suspension arm brackets extending outwardly from the front rails;
two reinforcing tubes connected by a respective first end to the rear side of the bumper beam at a respective end zone, the reinforcing tubes extending from the bumper beam so as to form an angle ? below 45° with a vertical plane of symmetry of the bumper beam and suited to be connected by an other end on a respective front rail of the front rails, the front rails being provided for the bumper-reinforcing system; and
two covers with a single-piece elongated profile with an open cross section, in contact with the rear side of the bumper beam at the end zones and extending at least from the first end of one of the reinforcing tubes to one of the bumper fasteners,
the reinforcing tubes being connected by the other end at a junction of the respective front rail of the front rails and a respective suspension arm bracket of the suspension arm brackets.

US Pat. No. 10,214,168

SLIDE WIRING DEVICE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A slide wiring device comprising:a metal rail;
a slider slidably arranged on the metal rail;
a wire harness in which a plurality of electric wires are armored by an armoring member made of a resin, the wire harness being coupled to the slider and configured to move in the metal rail along with movement of the slider; and
a resin rail that is arranged inside the metal rail, and is configured to confine movement of the armoring member,
wherein the armoring member is configured to move on the resin rail along with the movement of the slider.

US Pat. No. 10,214,167

ELECTRICAL WIRE GUIDE APPARATUS AND SLIDING DOOR ELECTRICAL WIRE GUIDE MODULE

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, ...

1. A sliding door electrical wire guide module comprising:a sliding door and an electrical wire guide apparatus that are integrated with each other, the sliding door includes a panel with a receiving portion that includes a hole that passes through the panel, and the electrical wire guide apparatus includes:
an electrical wire guide body that is configured to span between a vehicle body and the sliding door in a state where an electrical wire is inserted in the electrical wire guide body, and that is capable of undergoing curving deformation when the sliding door is opened and closed with respect to the vehicle body,
a door-side bracket that is coupled to one end portion of the electrical wire guide body and is fixed to the sliding door,
a body-side bracket that is coupled to another end portion of the electrical wire guide body and is configured to be attached to the vehicle body during assembly of the sliding door to the vehicle body,
a lock portion that is formed on the body-side bracket and is configured to extend through the hole of the receiving portion on the sliding door, the lock portion includes a projection portion that extends from the body-side bracket and a claw portion connected at an end of the lock portion, and
a restriction portion that is formed on the body-side bracket and is configured to not extend through the hole of the receiving portion on the sliding door, wherein the lock portion and the restriction portion enable the body-side bracket to be detachably locked to the hole of the receiving portion on the sliding door before assembly of the sliding door to the vehicle body and enable the body-side bracket to be detached from the hole of the receiving portion on the sliding door after assembly of the sliding door to the vehicle body, wherein the hole has a first width and a first height, and the lock portion has a second width and a second height, the second width being substantially equal to the first width, and the second height being smaller than the first height.

US Pat. No. 10,214,166

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPACT DETECTION WITH NOISE ATTENUATION OF A SENSOR SIGNAL

CalAmp Corp., Irvine, CA...

1. A vehicle impact detection system, comprising:an acceleration sensor comprising a 3-axis accelerometer;
a storage device storing an impact detection application; and
a processor coupled to the acceleration sensor and the storage device;
wherein, when executed, the impact detection application directs the processor to:
receive 3-axis acceleration information by using the acceleration sensor, wherein the 3-axis acceleration information comprises at least one vector describing acceleration of the vehicle in 3 dimensions;
filter the 3-axis acceleration information to attenuate noise by using a configurable moving average filter;
determine an occurrence of an impact by detecting an acceleration from the filtered 3-axis acceleration information that exceeds a threshold for a time period;
detect an angle of the impact with respect to a forward direction by using the filtered 3-axis acceleration information; and
trigger an impact detector signal based on the determined occurrence of an impact and the angle of the impact.

US Pat. No. 10,214,165

ELECTRICAL SUPPLY SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE, AND CORRESPONDING ELECTRONIC CONTROL MODULE

Valeo Equipements Electri...

1. An electrical supply system for a motor vehicle, comprising:an electric power network (1) with a first nominal voltage (V1) which connects electrically first items of equipment comprising an electric motor/generator (3), an inverter/rectifier (4), and a first electrical energy storage unit (2); and
an electric service network (5) with a second nominal voltage (V2) lower than said first nominal voltage (V1), which connects electrically second items of equipment comprising a second electrical energy storage unit (6), an electronic control unit (10) which controls transfers of energy between said power network (1) and said service network (5), by a reversible DC/DC converter (7), wherein said electronic control unit (10) comprises a first electronic module (11) supplied by said power network (1), which module exchanges information (13, 15) with said first items of equipment, and a second electronic module (12) supplied by said service network (5), which module exchanges said information (13, 15) with said second items of equipment, and is insulated electrically against said first module (11).

US Pat. No. 10,214,164

WATCHMAN HUB

ARGUS CYBER SECURITY LTD....

1. A system for providing security to an in-vehicle communication network, the system comprising:a data monitoring and processing hub external to the in-vehicle network, the in-vehicle network having a bus and at least one node connected to the bus;
a module configured to monitor messages in communication traffic propagating in the in-vehicle network of a vehicle, the module comprising:
at least one communication port connectable to a portion of the in-vehicle network, via which the module receives and transmits messages; and
a memory having data characterizing messages that the at least one node transmits and receives during normal operation of the node, and software executable to:
identify, responsive to the data characterizing messages, at least one anomalous message from a plurality of messages received via the at least one communication port;
receive and operate in accordance with a request to operate in an override mode, in which mode the at least one anomalous message is not acted upon as it would be acted upon as an anomalous message under normal operation;
in the override mode, limit a number of messages having a same message ID as the at least one anomalous message that are allowed to be forwarded to the bus; and
instruct a communication interface, configured to support communication with the hub, to transmit monitoring data responsive to identifying the anomaly to the hub for processing; and
a processor configured to execute the software in the memory, wherein
the hub is operable to receive monitoring data from a plurality of other modules monitoring other in-vehicle networks of other vehicles comprised in a fleet.

US Pat. No. 10,214,163

APPARATUS FOR SMART ANTENNA SHARING IN A VEHICLE AND METHODS FOR IMPLEMENTING THE APPARATUS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

9. An onboard-diagnostics-port expansion system, for implementation with a vehicle of transportation, comprising:an onboard diagnostics port-expansion device, configured to, for operation of the onboard-diagnostics-port expansion system:
mount in the vehicle at, or adjacent, an onboard diagnostics port and be connected to at least one pin or channel of the onboard diagnostics port; and
communicate with an original-vehicle-equipment remote-services module of the vehicle;
wherein the original-vehicle-equipment remote-services module is configured to communicate with a remote-services computing center being remote to the vehicle and customized to interface with the original-vehicle-equipment remote-services module of the vehicle, and with other original-vehicle-equipment remote-services modules of other vehicles; and
the original-vehicle-equipment remote-services module is connected to an original-vehicle-equipment remote-services antenna of the vehicle for communicating with the remote-services computing center.

US Pat. No. 10,214,162

GROMMET

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Mina...

1. A grommet comprising:a body with an annular shape having a pair of opposing straight portions and a pair of arc portions connecting both ends of the pair of straight portions, and the body configured to mount to a mounting member; and
a seal formed continuously on the outer peripheral side of the body circumferentially and to be elastically deformable and is configured to be in sealing contact with a surface of the mounting member, wherein
rigidity of the seal increases gradually from a side of the pair of straight portions toward a side of the pair of arc portions.

US Pat. No. 10,214,161

WIRE HOUSING PROTECTOR

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, ...

1. A wire housing protector comprising:a protector body extending in the shape of a trough;
a lid for covering an upper opening of the protector body; and
a locking mechanism for fixedly holding the protector body and the lid, wherein the locking mechanism includes:
an elastic projecting piece that protrudes from the lid and is provided with an engagement protrusion on an outer surface of its leading end; and
an elastic projecting piece insertion portion that is provided in a side wall of the protector body, and includes an engagement portion that engages with the engagement protrusion,
wherein the wire housing protector is configured such that the elastic projecting piece can be inserted into the elastic projecting piece insertion portion while the leading end of the elastic projecting piece is pressed toward an inner surface side, and when the elastic projecting piece elastically returns, the engagement protrusion engages with the engagement portion and the lid is held by the protector body,
wherein contact surfaces of the engagement protrusion and the engagement portion each include a first engagement surface that extends in a direction from the inside toward the outside of the protector, a second engagement surface that extends from an end portion of the first engagement surface toward the lid side, and a third engagement surface that extends from an end portion of the second engagement surface toward the side to which the engagement protrusion protrudes, and
wherein at least one pair of engagement surfaces out of a pair of the first engagement surfaces, a pair of the second engagement surfaces, and a pair of the third engagement surfaces of the engagement protrusion and the engagement portion have a corrugated cross-sectional shape.

US Pat. No. 10,214,160

WIRE MODULE AND WIRE PROTECTION MEMBER

AutoNetworks Technologies...

1. A wire module, comprising:a plurality of wires; and
a wire protection member including a supporting plate portion with a main surface on which the plurality of wires are arranged,
wherein a partitioning portion that partitions the plurality of wires in a width direction of the supporting plate portion is formed due to the supporting plate portion being partially cut and raised, and
the partitioning portion includes a first partitioning portion and a second partitioning portion that are cut and raised from mutually opposite sides in the width direction of the supporting plate portion and come into contact with each other in directions of supporting each other in their upright states, in a state of being mutually upright.

US Pat. No. 10,214,159

ENGINE COMPARTMENT SOUNDPROOF COVER DEVICE OF CAB-OVER TRUCK

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. An engine compartment soundproof cover device of a cab-over truck, the engine compartment soundproof cover device comprising:a soundproof cover installed below a cab in which a driver is seated and configured to cover an upper portion of an engine compartment, the engine compartment having two sides;
side covers installed on chassis frames located at both sides of the engine compartment and configured to come into contact with a lower end of the soundproof cover to seal the both sides of the engine compartment; and
a plurality of expandable connecters configured to connect the soundproof cover to a lower portion of the cab and capable of expanding toward the side covers to allow the lower end of the soundproof cover to be pressed against the side covers;
wherein the plurality of expandable connecters include a gas lifter having one end connected to the lower portion of the cab and the other end connected to an outer surface of the soundproof cover and configured to expand in a longitudinal direction thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,214,158

DECORATIVE PART FOR MOTOR VEHICLES

1. Decorative part for a motor vehicle, comprising:a substrate,
an electroplated layer array on the substrate wherein the electroplated layer array comprises multiple metal layers, and
a coloring cover layer applied to the outer surface of the electroplated layer array by means of physical vapor deposition,
wherein the coloring cover layer is part of a PVD layer system that comprises, between the substrate and the coloring cover layer, an adhesive layer directly on the electroplated layer array and that comprises, between the adhesive layer and the coloring cover layer being the outermost layer, a mixed layer directly on the adhesive layer,
wherein the mixed layer comprises at least a first metal Me1 and a second metal Me2 and element X,
wherein X is at least one element from the group consisting of carbon and nitrogen,
wherein X has, at least in a portion of the mixed layer, a sub-stoichiometric concentration, and
wherein the concentration of element X varies within the mixed layer from a sub-stoichiometric concentration at the interface of the mixed layer and the adhesive layer to a layer with an over-stoichiometric concentration.

US Pat. No. 10,214,157

FORWARD VIEWING CAMERA MODULE FOR VEHICULAR VISION SYSTEM

MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC., ...

1. A camera module for a vehicular vision system, said camera module comprising:a housing comprising an upper housing portion and a lower housing portion, wherein said housing, with said upper housing portion connected to said lower housing portion, houses at least (i) an imager assembly and (ii) electronic circuitry disposed at at least two printed circuit boards (PCBs);
wherein said imager assembly comprises an imager;
wherein said imager comprises a two dimensional array of rows and columns of photosensing elements;
wherein said imager comprises at least one million photosensing elements;
wherein said imager assembly comprises a lens barrel that houses at least one lens;
wherein one of the electronic components of said electronic circuitry disposed at a first PCB of said at least two PCBs comprises said imager;
wherein a second PCB of said at least two PCBs has an upper side and a lower side, and wherein electronic components of said electronic circuitry are disposed at said upper side of said second PCB and at said lower side of said second PCB;
wherein said lower side of said second PCB opposes said lower housing portion and said upper side of said second PCB opposes said upper housing portion;
wherein said imager assembly comprises a flexible cable that, when connected to a connector at said lower side of said second PCB, connects electronic components of said electronic circuitry disposed at said first PCB with electronic components of said electronic circuitry disposed at said second PCB;
wherein an electronic component of said electronic circuitry is in thermal conductivity with a thermal element, and wherein said thermal element is in thermal conductivity with said housing;
wherein said thermal element is disposed at said first PCB, and wherein a first portion of said thermal element is engaged with and in thermal conductivity with an electronic component disposed at said first PCB, and wherein a second portion of said thermal element is in thermal conductivity with said upper housing portion of said housing;
wherein said thermal element comprises a thermally conductive material that enhances heat transfer from the electronic component to said housing; and
wherein said camera module is configured to attach at an in-cabin side of a windshield of a vehicle equipped with the vehicular vision system, and wherein, with said camera module attached at the in-cabin side of the windshield, said imager views through the windshield forward of the equipped vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,214,156

REAR VIEW CAMERA SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

1. A rear view camera system for a motor vehicle, comprising:a carrier assembly, which is arranged at a movable vehicle component of a motor vehicle,
a camera optical system, which is coupled to be moved with the carrier assembly, and
a drive unit, which is coupled with the camera optical system, so that the camera optical system is designed to be moved into a rest position, in which it is arranged in a recess of the carrier assembly, and a recording position, in which a surrounding area of the motor vehicle can be detected,
wherein the camera optical system is pivoted in relation to the carrier assembly about an adjustable axis, which is coupled with the drive unit, and is adapted to be moved about the adjustable axis between the rest position and the recording position, which can be adjusted in variable manner, depending on the surrounding areas to be recorded, and
wherein an eccentric component is coupled in movable fashion with the adjustable axis, which eccentric component comprises an outer peripheral region with an increasing radial distance in relation to the adjustable axis, wherein the outer peripheral region of the eccentric component rests on a support element of the carrier assembly, so that a rotation of the eccentric component changes the distance between the adjustable axis and the support element in such a way that the camera optical system can be moved to a recording position in which the camera optical system protrudes from the recess of the carrier assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,214,155

ON-VEHICLE IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. An on-vehicle image processing device comprising:a first imaging section;
a second imaging section;
an enclosure having the first imaging section at one end and the second imaging section at the other end;
a first cut or ground enclosure reference surface positioned on a first imaging section side of the enclosure; and
a second cut or ground enclosure reference surface positioned on a second imaging section side of the enclosure,
wherein the second cut or ground enclosure reference surface is positioned independently of the first cut or ground enclosure reference surface,
wherein the first cut or ground enclosure reference surface and the second cut or ground enclosure reference surface are positioned on a surface that is exposed to outside of the on-vehicle image processing device, in a state in which the on-vehicle image processing device is assembled,
wherein the first cut or ground enclosure reference surface and the second cut or ground enclosure reference surface are references for a jig for electrical adjustment.

US Pat. No. 10,214,154

VEHICLE SEAT INCLUDING A SUPPORT FOR A VIDEO DEVICE

Lear Corporation, Southf...

1. An assembly comprising:a vehicle seat including an aperture having a key slot;
a video support device mounted on the vehicle seat and adapted to support a video display device thereon; and
a cap including a portion having a key provided thereon that extends through the aperture such that the key engages a portion of the vehicle seat to secure the key to the vehicle seat adjacent to the video support device.

US Pat. No. 10,214,153

OUTDOOR STORAGE BAG

Load Lugger, LLC, Fenton...

1. A selectively openable and closable, outdoor storage bag that is at least water-resistant, comprising:a waterproof body portion made of a flexible, waterproof, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) coated fabric bag material, the bag material comprising a plurality of waterproof welded seams that define a shape of the body portion and an opening, the body portion defining an interior space within the body portion, the shape and interior space configured to receive, enclose, and store a payload;
a closure mechanism joined to the body portion by a welded seam proximate a periphery of the opening, the closure mechanism configured to selectively open and close the opening and provide a seal that is at least water-resistant when the opening is closed;
a flap of the waterproof PVC coated fabric bag material that extends from the body portion and covers the closure mechanism; and
a plurality of anchor points comprising a waterproof PVC coated fabric patch having an inner surface disposed toward the body portion and a loop of a tear-resistant material attached to an inner surface of the patch, the tear-resistant material having a tear-resistance at least equivalent to ballistic nylon, the inner surface of the patch attached by a welded seam to an exterior surface of the body portion, wherein the body portion of the bag is waterproof and the seal is at least water-resistant.

US Pat. No. 10,214,152

TOOL-LESS WEDGE-TYPE ANTI-RATTLE MOUNTING SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE-MOUNTED EQUIPMENT CARRIER

Saris Cycling Group, Inc....

1. An equipment carrier arrangement for a vehicle, comprising:a hitch receiver carried by the vehicle, wherein the hitch receiver has a series of walls that define a hitch receiver passage having an open end, wherein the hitch receiver passage extends along a longitudinal axis; and
an equipment carrier, comprising:
a coupling member carried by the equipment carrier and configured to be inserted through the open end of the hitch receiver passage and into the hitch receiver passage, wherein the coupling member extends along a longitudinal axis;
a brace member fixed relative to the coupling member, wherein the brace member is located exteriorly of the coupling member and the hitch receiver when the coupling member is positioned within the hitch receiver passage and is spaced from the open end of the hitch receiver passage and offset from the longitudinal axis of the coupling member;
a wedge member that is movable along an exterior defined by the coupling member; and
a manually operable actuator positioned exteriorly of the hitch receiver and the coupling member and connected to the brace member and the wedge member exteriorly of the hitch receiver and the coupling member, wherein, when the coupling member is positioned within the hitch receiver passage, operation of the actuator moves the wedge member in a first direction along the exterior of the coupling member toward and into the open end of the hitch receiver passage and in a second direction along the exterior of the coupling member away from the open end of the hitch receiver passage, wherein the wedge member is configured so as to move in a direction transverse to the longitudinal advancement of the wedge member upon advancement in the first direction through the open end of the hitch receiver passage and into engagement with one or more of the hitch receiver walls.

US Pat. No. 10,214,151

MULTIPURPOSE UTILITY RACK

1. A utility rack comprising:an upper assembly, the upper assembly comprising a rectangular table portion that rigidly connects a first side rail to a second side rail;
a first side assembly forming a third side rail, the first side assembly comprising one or more brackets that connect the first side assembly to the upper assembly;
a second side assembly forming a fourth side rail, the second side assembly comprising one or more brackets that connect the second side assembly to the upper assembly;
wherein the first side rail and the second side rail each have an overall length between 50 inches and 62 inches;
wherein the third side rail and the fourth side rail each have an overall length between 25 inches and 40 inches;
wherein the first side assembly and the second side assembly each further comprise a generally flat section with one or more mounting holes, the mounting holes suitable for mounting the utility rack to a ground surface or to a vehicle;
wherein the first side assembly and the second side assembly connect to the upper assembly with the third side rail parallel to the fourth side rail, with the third side rail perpendicular to the first side rail, and with the fourth side rail perpendicular to the second side rail; and
a first brace adjustably attached between the first side assembly and the second side assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,214,150

VEHICLE STORAGE COMPARTMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

10. A vehicle storage compartment comprising:a skeletal frame forming a support for an owner's manual bin, the frame having a front perimeter defining an opening to the bin, a first side extending from the perimeter, and a back disposed opposite the opening; and
a compressible shell disposed over and extending from the perimeter to define an interior of the bin, the shell being in contact with the back and first side of the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,214,149

BAG HOLDER

1. A bag holder, comprising:an elongate strap having a top end, a bottom end, a forward-facing edge, a rearward-facing edge, and a flexible middle portion connecting the top end and the bottom end;
a seat top portion proximate to the top end and shaped to be placed between a vehicle seat headrest and the top of a vehicle seat;
the flexible middle portion shaped to drape over the shoulder of the vehicle seat; and
a seat side portion proximate to the bottom end, affixed to the middle portion, and shaped to hang in a substantially vertical plane alongside the vehicle seat;
the seat top portion comprising:
a first headrest post slot shaped to engage the vehicle headrest post farthest from the centerline of the vehicle; and
a second headrest post slot shaped to engage the vehicle headrest post closest to the centerline of the vehicle;
the flexible middle portion extending from the seat top portion toward the centerline of the vehicle and downward over the shoulder of the vehicle seat, and comprising parallel corrugations; and
the seat side portion comprising:
a first hook part for a trash bag handle comprising a first hook hole having a first center; and
a second hook part for a trash bag handle comprising a second hook hole having a second center;
the angle in a vertical plane between the corrugations and a horizontal plane containing the line joining the first center and the second center is an acute non-zero angle ?;
the vertex of the acute non-zero angle ? facing rearward.

US Pat. No. 10,214,148

SYSTEM TO SECURE OBJECTS WITHIN A VEHICLE

1. A system that can secure one or more objects in a vehicle interior, the system comprising:a rail configured to mount in the vehicle interior, the rail comprising multiple adjustment points and a canal located along a side of the rail;
a quick-release fastener comprising a body with a backside extending flange, the backside extending flange configured to interlock with the canal to allow the quick-release fastener to slidably move along a portion of the rail in a defined and non-detachable manner, a locking mechanism is operatively connected to the body of the quick-release fastener, the locking mechanism configured to releasably enter into each of the adjustment points so as to releasably fasten the quick-release fastener to the rail, the quick-release fastener having a connection point, wherein the connection point is a flange that peripherally extends along the body of the quick release fastener and comprising an elongated slit; and
a belt comprising two straps releasably fastened to each other by a buckle, the belt having two opposing strap ends and each strap end configured to fasten to the connection point via the strap end being stitched around the elongated slit, the belt configured to secure one or more objects within the vehicle interior.

US Pat. No. 10,214,147

TIGHT BEZEL-TO-GLASS FIT MIRROR ASSEMBLY

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A rearview mirror assembly comprising:a housing;
a bezel; and
an electro-optic mirror element comprising:
a first substantially transparent substrate having an edge extending around at least a portion of a perimeter of the first substantially transparent substrate;
a second substrate having a second edge extending around at least a portion of a perimeter of the second substrate and a surface, wherein the first substantially transparent substrate and the second substrate define a cavity therebetween; and
an electro-optic material disposed within the cavity,
wherein the edge of the first substantially transparent substrate and the second edge of the second substrate are coupled to at least one of the bezel and the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,214,146

COLLISION AVOIDANCE ASSEMBLY

1. A collision avoidance assembly comprising:a controller, said controller being configured for communicating wirelessly, said controller being configured for coupling to a wrist of a driver of a first vehicle, said controller being configured for selectively vibrating for alerting the driver;
a plurality of sensors configured for coupling to the first vehicle, said sensors being operationally coupled to said controller, said sensors being configured for selectively detecting an object proximate to the first vehicle and for communicating a warning to said controller; and
wherein said sensors are positioned on the first vehicle such that said sensors are configured for detecting the object proximate to the first vehicle and for communicating the warning to said controller such that said controller is configured for vibrating for alerting the driver to the object proximate to the first vehicle;
said controller comprising
a housing defining an interior space;
a band coupled to and extending between opposing ends of said housing defining a loop;
at least one battery coupled to said housing and positioned in said interior space;
a microprocessor coupled to said housing and positioned in said interior space, said microprocessor being operationally coupled to said at least one battery;
a receiver coupled to said housing and positioned in said interior space, said receiver being operationally coupled to said microprocessor;
a vibrator coupled to said housing and positioned in said interior space, said vibrator being operationally coupled to said microprocessor; and
wherein said band is positioned on said housing such that said loop is configured for inserting a hand of the driver for coupling said housing to the wrist of the driver, wherein said microprocessor is positioned in said housing such that said microprocessor is positioned for compelling said vibrator for vibrating for alerting the driver;
a first button coupled to said housing, said first button being depressible, said first button being operationally coupled to said at least one battery and said microprocessor;
a second button coupled to said housing, said second button being depressible, said second button being operationally coupled to said microprocessor;
a third button coupled to said housing, said third button being depressible, said third button being operationally coupled to said microprocessor; and
wherein said second button is positioned on said housing such that said second button is configured for depressing for compelling said microprocessor for lowering a distance threshold for said plurality of sensors, wherein said third button is positioned on said housing such that said third button is configured for depressing for compelling said microprocessor for increasing the distance threshold for said plurality of sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,214,145

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE AND VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A vehicle control device, comprising:a camera configured to photograph an image around a vehicle;
a display unit configured to display the image received from the camera;
at least one sound sensor arranged on the vehicle and configured to sense a sound generated inside or outside the vehicle;
at least one sound output unit arranged on the vehicle and configured to output sound inside or outside the vehicle;
an eye sensing unit configured to sense a user's viewing angle; and
a controller configured to control at least one of the sound sensor, sound output unit and the display unit to output information based on the sensed sound generated inside or outside the vehicle,
wherein the controller is further configured to:
control the camera to capture an image of a sound generating source based on a location of the sound generating source generating the sound in response to a predetermined condition being satisfied,
display the image received from the camera on the display unit when the sound generating source is located out of the user's viewing angle, and
not display the image received from the camera on the display unit when the sound generating source is located in the user's viewing angle.

US Pat. No. 10,214,144

DEVICE-BASED SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETECTING DEVICE USAGE

TRUEMOTION, INC., Boston...

1. A method for determining usage of a device in a vehicle by a user, the method comprising:querying an operating system of the device using an application programming interface (API) call for a first screen state of the device at a first time;
receiving a first value corresponding to the first screen state of the device at the first time, wherein the first screen state is on or off;
when the first screen state is on, generating a device usage indicator in a positive state;
when the first screen state is off:
receiving first movements of the device measured by at least one sensor of the device;
classifying the first movements of the device as usage movements or non-usage movements based on characteristics of the first movements of the device, wherein the usage movements are indicative of usage of the device by the user, and wherein the non-usage movements are indicative of a lack of usage of the device by the user;
when the first movements of the device are classified as usage movements, generating the device usage indicator in the positive state;
when the first movements of the device are classified as non-usage movements, generating the device usage indicator in a negative state;
in response to generating the device usage indicator in the positive state:
querying the operating system of the device using the API call for a second screen state of the device at a second time after the first time;
receiving a second value corresponding to the second screen state of the device at the second time, wherein the second screen state is on or off;
when the second screen state is off, modifying the device usage indicator to the negative state;
when the second screen state is on:
receiving second movements of the device measured by at least one sensor of the device;
classifying the second movements of the device as usage movements or non-usage movements based on characteristics of the second movements of the device;
when the second movements of the device are classified as usage movements, maintaining the device usage indicator in the positive state; and
when the second movements of the device are classified as non-usage movements, modifying the device usage indicator to the negative state.

US Pat. No. 10,214,143

METHOD FOR ASSISTING A MOTOR VEHICLE DRIVER WHEN DRIVING THROUGH A NARROW PASSAGE AND/OR FOR MAINTAINING A SAFE DISTANCE FROM A VEHICLE IN FRONT

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A method for assisting a driver of a motor vehicle when driving through a narrow passage, the method comprising the acts of:determining a drive path that is anticipated to be covered next by the motor vehicle;
projecting the anticipated drive path onto a road on which the vehicle is driving via a projection device arranged in the vehicle, wherein the projected anticipated drive path is visible to the driver and wherein a width of the projected anticipated drive path corresponds to an actual width of the motor vehicle, wherein a length of the anticipated drive path increases with an increasing speed of the motor vehicle; and
notifying the driver when a distance between a front vehicle and the projected anticipated drive path is below a predetermined value, and whether the vehicle can pass through a narrow passage ahead based on the projected anticipated drive path.

US Pat. No. 10,214,142

ROAD VEHICLE TURN SIGNAL ASSIST SYSTEM AND METHOD

Volvo Car Corporation, G...

13. A road vehicle comprising,turn indicators;
a positioning system having access to map data;
one or more sensors for monitoring the road vehicle surroundings;
one or more gears for selectively travelling forward or in reverse;
a turn signal assist system; and
an interface configured to provide for communication between the turn signal assist system and the turn indicators, the positioning system, the one or more sensors, and the one or more gears;
wherein the turn signal assist system is configured to
receive current positioning information and map data for the current position,
determine, when a reverse gear is selected, whether parking of the road vehicle is in progress using the current positioning information and map data for the current position, and
when a parking operation of the road vehicle is in progress, and the one or more sensors detect a moving object, and a turn indicator has not already been manually activated, activate a turn indicator to indicate the parking operation.

US Pat. No. 10,214,141

HEADLIGHT DEVICE AND VEHICLE DEVICE USING SAME

Maxell, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A headlight device that projects an image onto a road surface, the headlight device comprising:a light source device;
a lighting optical system that condenses light emitted from the light source device;
an image display element that forms an optical image by receiving the light condensed by the lighting optical system;
a projection optical system that includes a coaxial lens system having a refractive action, a free-form surface lens, and a free-form surface mirror from a side of the image display element, wherein the projection optical system:
enlarges the optical image formed by the image display element to form an enlarged image, and
projects the enlarged optical image onto the road surface to form a projection image,
wherein a vertical size of the projection image on the road surface viewed from the headlight device is set to Y0, and a horizontal size of the projection image is set to X0, and
an aspect ratio Y0/X0 of the projection image on the road surface is larger than an aspect ratio (Y size/X size) of an image display range of the image display element.

US Pat. No. 10,214,140

ELONGATE ILLUMINATED AUTOMOTIVE DESIGN ELEMENT

SMR Patents S.a.r.l., Lu...

1. An elongate automotive illumination assembly including:an elongate housing;
at least one light source;
an elongate lens having an apex region and a pair of spaced-apart blade portions extending away from the apex region to define a generally V-shaped cross-section with the apex region including an elongate light emitting surface, the blade portions connecting to the elongate housing to define an enclosure, the apex region of the elongate lens defines a first repeating wave pattern profile, the first repeating wave pattern profile having a first amplitude; and
an elongate light guide for guiding light from the at least one light source to the elongate light emitting surface, the elongate light guide including a body extending away from the at least one light source towards the elongate light emitting surface;
wherein the light guide is housed within the enclosure and between the blades of the lens such that the light emitting surface of the light guide is adjacent to the light emitting surface of the lens.

US Pat. No. 10,214,139

ROTATABLE REVERSE LIGHT FOR VEHICLE

Valeo North America, Inc....

1. A rotatable reverse light of a vehicle comprising:a reverse light;
a shaft connected to the reverse light and configured to rotate the reverse light;
a motor connected to the shaft to rotate the reverse light about a longitudinal axis of the shaft to orient the reverse light to a desired position; and
a reverse light controller configured to
receive a driving mode of a vehicle,
in response to a parking mode of the vehicle, receive a rotation input related to the desired position,
generate a rotation signal based on the rotation input, and
transmit the rotation signal to the motor to orient the reverse light to the desired position.

US Pat. No. 10,214,138

LIGHTING DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., ...

1. A lighting device to be mounted on a vehicle, the lighting device comprising:a light source;
a projection lens having an optical axis, and disposed so as to allow at least some of light emitted from the light source to pass therethrough;
a holder that holds the projection lens;
a pivot shaft provided at one of the projection lens and the holder and extending in a direction intersecting with the optical axis of the projection lens;
a bearing provided at the other of the projection lens and the holder and that holds the pivot shaft; and
an aiming mechanism configured to pivot the projection lens relative to the holder about the pivot shaft,
wherein the projection lens comprises a connection portion and a joint,
wherein the aiming mechanism comprises a screw, a head portion of the screw, and the joint,
wherein the connection portion is molded integrally with a lower portion of the projection lens and extends downward form the lower portion, and
wherein the projection lens is a single integrally-molded piece.

US Pat. No. 10,214,137

DUAL COLOR TEMPERATURE VEHICLE LAMP ABLE TO JUDGE DRIVING ENVIRONMENT BASED ON INVISIBLE LIGHT AND JUDGING METHOD

LEIMAN LIGHTING (DOGGUAN)...

1. A method for regulating a color temperature of a vehicle lamp based on invisible light, comprising the following steps of:step 1: in a working state when the vehicle lamp is turned on, an invisible light emitting source to emitting light having a wavelength of less than 400 nm or greater than 760 nm, the invisible light carrying a 38 KHZ signal;
step 2: in the working state when the vehicle lamp is turned on, a reflected light receiver receiving ambient light and converting a received signal of the ambient light into an electrical signal to amplify the signal, with 5V as a maximum value, the amplified signal being proceeded to identify a target light signal carrying the 38 KHZ signal and calculate a voltage intensity value of the received target light signal;
step 3: a processing chip making a comparison for the voltage intensity value obtained in the step 2, wherein when the voltage intensity value is less than 1V, the value of the electrical signal is ignored; when the voltage intensity value is 1-2V, it is judged that the weather is rainy or foggy and the vehicle lamp is controlled to regulate its color temperature; when the voltage intensity value is greater than 2V, the value of the electrical signal is ignored; and
step 4: the processing chip getting a control judgment through the step 3 and converting the control judgment into a control signal to the vehicle lamp and controlling a working color temperature of the vehicle lamp.

US Pat. No. 10,214,136

ADAPTIVE VEHICLE ILLUMINATION UTILIZING VISUAL PATTERN LEARNING AND COGNITIVE ENHANCING

International Business Ma...

1. A method for adjusting headlight calibration controls based on eye-tracking data for improving driver safety, the method comprising:receiving, by one or more processors, visual feedback, wherein the visual feedback is based on radar data;
generating, by the one or more processors, a recommended visual pattern based on the visual feedback;
tracking, by the one or more processors, a driver's real-time visual pattern, wherein tracking a driver's real-time visual pattern further comprises driving characteristics, wherein driving characteristics comprise the vehicles speed, velocity, how fast the driver accelerates, the amount of pressure the driver applies to the breaks, how often the breaks are being applied, the speed at which the gears are shifted, and average revolutions per minute (RPM);
extracting, by the one or more processors, the driver's real-time visual patterns from eye-tracking data, wherein extracting the driver's real-time visual patterns from the eye-tracking data further comprises extracting fixation indexes from the eye-tracking data, wherein eye-tracking data comprises: where the driver is looking, where the driver is focusing, the area of the road the driver is not focusing on, the driver's peripheral vision, visual blind spots, when the driver blinks, the rate at which the driver blinks, how strained the drivers eyes become while trying to focus on the road, road visibility, level of visual stimuli on the road, or how the drivers pupil react to different stimuli;
determining, by the one or more processors, differences between the recommended visual pattern and the driver's real-time visual pattern;
generating, by the one or more processors, enhanced headlamp control configurations based on the determined differences between the recommended visual pattern and the driver's real-time visual pattern;
adjusting, by the one or more processors, headlamp calibration controls based on the enhanced headlamp control configuration;
creating, by the one or more processors, a driver profile;
storing, by the one or more processors, driver data to a database; and
updating, by the one or more processors, driver profile data.

US Pat. No. 10,214,135

VEHICLE LIGHT DEVICE WITH AN OPTICAL ELEMENT PINNED WITH A FLEXIBLE BRACING ELEMENT

1. Motor vehicle light device intended to comprise a light source, said light device comprising:an optical deflector arranged to deflect the light rays emitted by the light source,
at least one bearing element,
a pinning element comprising a bracing element and at least one contact portion borne by the bracing element, the bracing element at least partially surrounding the optical deflector and includes an offset region between a linear edge of the respective contact portion and a circular periphery of the pinning element, said contact portion bearing against the optical deflector,
the optical deflector, said bearing element and said pinning element being arranged so that the optical deflector is at least partially gripped between said bearing element and said contact portion, and so that, in a direction passing through said contact portion, called direction of flexing (F), said contact portion is rigid and the bracing element is elastically deformable in the offset region.

US Pat. No. 10,214,134

ILLUMINATION DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An illumination device for a vehicle, comprising:a detection unit that detects a person;
an illumination unit that illuminates light in a direction toward a road surface, an illumination region of the light being alterable; and
a control unit that, in a case in which a person is detected by the detection unit and there is a possibility of collision between the detected person and the vehicle, controls the illumination unit so as to illuminate light at a region in a range of view of the detected person that is separated from the person by a pre-specified distance, and so as to move the light in a direction of movement of the detected person while maintaining the separation at the pre-specified distance,
wherein the control unit calculates each of a relative distance and a relative speed between the vehicle and the detected person on the basis of detection results from the detection unit, and
wherein the control unit determines that there is a possibility of collision between the detected person and the vehicle in a case in which a value that is the relative distance divided by the relative speed is less than or equal to a pre-specified threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,214,133

REMOVABLE CHOCK

1. A removable chock assembly comprising:a base having an inward side defining a first inside corner and a channel formed through said inward side;
a chock having a pair of vertical walls connected together and defining a second inside corner;
said chock further having a flange extending from said pair of vertical walls in a direction opposite of said second inside corner; and
said chock removably connected to said base with said chock disposed within said first inside corner and said flange disposed within said channel.

US Pat. No. 10,214,132

CARGO RESTRAINT SYSTEMS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A kit for securing cargo within an interior of a vehicle having an occupant restraint system including a coupling member, comprising:a harness having at least one connecting ring and configured to hold the cargo;
a first strap having a seat belt buckle receptacle at a first end releasably coupled to the coupling member and a second connector at a second end coupled to the at least one connecting ring, the first strap having a length defined between the first end and the second end; and
an energy absorbing element defined on a portion of the first strap between the first end and the second end, the energy absorbing element including a plurality of rivets spaced apart along the length of the first strap, each of the plurality of rivets defined parallel to a surface of the first strap, the portion of the first strap folded to lie on the surface of the first strap and each of the plurality of rivets is deformable to absorb a force acting on the cargo.

US Pat. No. 10,214,131

VEHICLE CONTAINER MOUNTING ARRANGEMENTS, PARTICULARLY FOR EXTERIOR KITCHEN OF RVS

JAYCO, INC., Middlebury,...

1. An arrangement for connecting a container to a vehicle comprising:a container having an door located in a substantially vertical plane,
a connection assembly which attaches the container to the vehicle and secures the container for storage adjacent to at least a first wall of a vehicle, while allowing user access to the door, and
the connection assembly including means for allowing the container to be moved, while remaining attached to the vehicle, to be adjacent to a second wall of the vehicle, the second wall being substantially orthogonal to the first wall, while continuing to allow the user access to the door.

US Pat. No. 10,214,130

COLLAPSIBLE ORGANIZER FOR IN-VEHICLE STORAGE

1. A collapsible container, comprising:a generally flat base element defined by an upper surface and and outer dam ridge extending from said upper surface;
further comprising a stabilizing element pivotally attached to extend from said base element
two or more side panel elements hingeably attached to said base element at a proximal end, each said side panel further defined by a distal end;
an upper rim element defining an outer ring encircling a central aperture, said upper rim element comprising:
a slot formed therethrough for accepting said distal end of each said side panel; and
wherein said central aperture is dimensioned to cooperatively accept said base element therethrough; and
one or more handles pivotally attached to said upper rim element.

US Pat. No. 10,214,129

AIR BLADDER WITH STACKED CELL SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An air bladder, comprising:an outer casing having an interior cavity;
a plurality of interconnected cells disposed on a plurality of interconnected sheets arranged in a stacked configuration within the interior cavity of the outer casing, wherein the cells of adjacent sheets are arranged in a nested configuration between the adjacent sheets; and
one or more directional pressure valves interconnecting adjacent cells of the plurality of cells within the interior cavity of the outer casing.

US Pat. No. 10,214,128

HAPTIC MOTOR

TOYOTA BOSHOKU AMERICA, I...

1. A seat cushion of a vehicle seat, the seat cushion comprising:a foam cushion; and
a motor assembly disposed in the cushion, the motor assembly comprising a housing that comprises a first housing portion and a second housing portion that enclose a motor, a rim of the first housing portion and a rim of the second housing portion abutting each other along a perimeter of the housing, and sealed to one another by a sonic weld;
wherein the rim of the first housing portion comprises a first ledge at an outer surface of the first housing portion, and a first projection at an inner surface of the first housing portion that extends beyond the first ledge;
wherein the rim of the second housing portion comprises a second ledge at an inner surface of the second housing portion, and a second projection at an outer surface of the second housing portion that extends beyond the second ledge; and
wherein the first projection abuts the second ledge, the second projection abuts the first ledge, and the first and second projections abut each other.

US Pat. No. 10,214,114

CORD REEL VARIABLE CURRENT THERMAL MANAGEMENT AND DAMAGE DETECTION

Konnectronix, Inc., Gurn...

1. A vehicle charging system including a load management mechanism for providing a limitation on the current supplied to an electric vehicle, the system comprising:a) An electric cord and vehicle connector assembly;
b) A pilot signal provided via the electric cord and vehicle connector assembly for regulating the current supplied to the electric vehicle;
c) A sensor for determining the thermal buildup in the electric cord and vehicle connector assembly; and
d) A processor located on the vehicle charging system for receiving an input from the sensor correlating to the thermal buildup in the electric cord and vehicle connector assembly, the processor modifying the pilot signal based upon such input so as to limit the level of current being supplied to the electric vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,214,113

FULLY-AUTOMATIC DUST PROOF SYSTEM FOR QUICK CHANGE CONNECTOR OF ELECTRIC VEHICLE

NIO CO., LTD., Shanghai ...

1. A fully-automatic dust proof system for a quick change connector of a battery pack for an electric vehicle, comprising:a base provided at the quick change connector of the battery pack for the electric vehicle;
a dust proof covering plate slidably installed onto the base to close or expose the quick change connector;
a first electric motor and a second electric motor fixed on the base for driving the dust proof covering plate to slide, wherein the electric motors are symmetrically provided at two sides of the base in a sliding direction of the dust proof covering plate; and
a power supply for supplying power to the electric motors.

US Pat. No. 10,214,112

COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN VEHICLE AND CHARGING SYSTEM

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

1. A method for charging an electric vehicle, comprising:receiving, at a charging system, a charge request message from a vehicle;
determining, via a processor of the charging system, charging information contained in the charge request message, wherein the charging information includes charging requirements for charging the vehicle;
determining, via the processor of the charging system, to provide electrical charge to the vehicle via an electrical interconnection between the vehicle and the charging system in accordance with the charging requirements;
providing electrical charge to a power storage system of the vehicle via the charging system as part of a charging transaction; and
sending, across a wireless communication network, to a power tracking server details of the charging transaction and electrical charge provided to the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,214,111

ELECTRIFIED VEHICLE POWER CONVERSION FOR LOW VOLTAGE BUS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. Electric vehicle apparatus comprising:a battery pack comprising series-connected battery units providing a main voltage;
a plurality of DC/DC converters, each having an input coupled to a respective battery unit;
a low-voltage bus, wherein the DC/DC converters have respective outputs coupled in parallel to the low-voltage bus;
a first controller receiving an actual bus voltage, wherein the first controller generates a target current in response to the actual bus voltage adapted to regulate the actual bus voltage to a target voltage; and
a second controller distributing the target current into a plurality of allocated current commands for respective DC/DC converters according to respective states of charge of the battery units connected to the DC/DC converters.

US Pat. No. 10,214,110

POWER SUPPLY DEVICE FOR VEHICLES

Caterpillar SARL, Geneva...

1. A power supply device for a vehicle, the vehicle includinga plurality of batteries connected in series,
a low voltage load circuit connected to a part of the plurality of batteries, and
a high voltage load circuit connected to the plurality of batteries, an operating voltage of the high voltage load circuit being higher than an operating voltage of the low voltage load circuit,
the power supply device comprising:
an engine key switch for starting an engine of the vehicle;
an equalizer connected to the plurality of batteries and configured to prevent unsymmetrical wear of each battery of the plurality of batteries;
a circuit breaking switch that can electrically cut off a first battery of the plurality of batteries;
circuit breaking means that can electrically cut off a second battery of the plurality of batteries,
wherein the high voltage load circuit includes a machine controller that is started by turning the engine key switch to an on-position,
wherein the circuit breaking means includes a circuit cutoff relay that is energized by starting the machine controller, and
wherein the low voltage load circuit includes:
an engine key relay that is energized by starting the machine controller;
an engine controller that is started by energizing the engine key relay; and
an electrical appliance that can be energized by starting the engine controller.

US Pat. No. 10,214,109

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING COOLER FOR SEMICONDUCTOR-MODULE, COOLER FOR SEMICONDUCTOR-MODULE, SEMICONDUCTOR-MODULE AND ELECTRICALLY-DRIVEN VEHICLE

FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD., ...

11. A semiconductor module, comprising:a cooler externally supplied with a coolant, configured to cool a semiconductor device provided on an outer side of the cooler, the cooler including:
a heat sink having an appearance of a cuboid structure to one side of which a flow rate control plate is fixed,
a heat radiation plate, to which a semiconductor device is bonded, and
a tray-shaped cooling jacket including:
a coolant introduction channel to introduce a coolant through a coolant inlet portion,
a coolant extraction channel to extract the coolant to a coolant outlet portion, the coolant extraction channel extending in a direction parallel to the coolant introduction channel, and
a cooling channel between the coolant introduction and extraction channels,
wherein
the heat sink is arranged in the cooling channel of the cooling jacket so that the flow rate control plate extends longitudinally along a boundary between the coolant extraction channel and the cooling channel in the direction parallel to the coolant introduction channel,
a plurality of channels provided for the heat sink extend orthogonally to the coolant introduction channel and the coolant extraction channel and the flow rate control plate extends across the plurality of channels,
the heat radiation plate is fixed so as to close an opening of the cooling jacket,
an upper surface of the heat sink faces and is in contact with an inner surface of the heat radiation plate, and
a lower surface of the heat sink faces and is in contact with an inner surface of the cooling jacket.

US Pat. No. 10,214,108

DC VOLTAGE SOURCE INCLUDING ELECTROCHEMICAL CELLS HAVING AN ADAPTIVE VOLTAGE LEVEL

1. An apparatus comprising a DC voltage power source, wherein said DC voltage power source comprises first and second output terminals, first electrochemical cells, a DC-DC converter, and a secondary DC-voltage source, wherein said first electrochemical cells are electrically connected in series, thereby defining a series connection having a first potential difference, wherein said DC/DC converter defines a second potential difference across an output interface thereof, wherein said series connection of said first electrochemical cells is connected in series with said DC/DC converter, wherein a non-zero potential difference across said output terminals is equal to a sum of said first potential difference and said second potential difference, and wherein said secondary DC-voltage source applies a third potential difference across an input interface of said DC/DC converter.

US Pat. No. 10,214,107

CONTROLLER FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A controller for a vehicle, the vehicle including an internal combustion engine, a detector configured to detect a state quantity about the internal combustion engine, an electric generator configured to generate electric power by using power of the internal combustion engine, an electrical storage device, and an electric power feed device configured to feed the electric power at least one of generated by the electric generator or stored in the electrical storage device to outside of the vehicle, the controller comprising:an electronic control unit configured to
a) control the internal combustion engine such that the internal combustion engine is operated in a first operation state when the electric power is fed from the electric power feed device to outside of the vehicle,
b) learn a control amount for controlling the internal combustion engine based on the state quantity detected by the detector,
c) determine whether or not a learning condition for learning the control amount is established, and
d) when the learning condition is established while the electric power is fed from the electric power feed device to outside of the vehicle,
i) control the internal combustion engine such that an operation state of the internal combustion engine is changed from the first operation state to a second operation state that differs from the first operation state while the electric power is fed from the electric power feed device to outside of the vehicle during both the first and the second operation states, and
ii) learn the control amount regarding the internal combustion engine in the second operation state,
wherein the second operation state is a lower load state than the first operation state.

US Pat. No. 10,214,106

DRIVING ASSISTANCE APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A driving assistance apparatus comprising:a notification request generation unit configured to generate a notification request based on external information relating to attention attracting objects or road signs outside a vehicle;
a switching unit configured to switch between an on state and an off state of a notification function according to an input from an occupant of the vehicle;
a first information notification unit configured to:
display, based on the notification request, a first display in a first display area of a display device, the display device being mounted in the vehicle, the first display being for giving notification of the external information, in a case where the notification function is in the on state and the notification request is generated,
display, based on the notification request, a second display in a second display area of the display device, the second display area being different from the first display area, the second display being related to a traveling state of the vehicle, in a case where the notification function is in the on state and the notification request is generated;
display only a background image in the first display area in a case where the notification function is in the on state and the notification request is not generated; and
a second information notification unit configured to display a third display for giving notification of predetermined information different from the external information in the first display area in a case where the notification function is in the off state.

US Pat. No. 10,214,105

MAN-MACHINE INTERFACE FOR MOTOR VEHICLE

1. A man-machine interface for a motor vehicle, said interface comprising:a viewing screen and a control means, on which a user of the vehicle can act in order to modify a parameter of the vehicle;
display means and a laser projector, the display means being arranged in order to receive and display an image coming from the laser projector on the viewing screen, wherein the laser projector comprises:
three laser sources, each of the three sources being capable of emitting a monochromatic light beam of one of red, green or blue; and
a scanning device comprising at least one microelectromechanical system (MEMS) mirror, wherein the at least one MEMS mirror turns about two rotation axes to carry out a scan;
wherein the display means comprise a diffuser screen of the exit pupil expander type, on which an intermediate image is formed from the projection of the image onto said diffuser screen by the laser projector; and
a three-dimensional mirror for deforming the intermediate image in order to adapt the intermediate image to the viewing screen,
wherein the three-dimensional mirror is a curved polygonal mirror,
wherein the interface is provided with a cover, the cover comprising a covering on the viewing screen, and wherein the cover closes the display means, the laser projector, and the three-dimensional mirror to be behind the viewing screen and the control means, and
wherein a position of a rear face of the cover is conditioned by an angle of inclination of the three-dimensional mirror with respect to a vertical axis such that an end of the three-dimensional mirror limits a thickness of the man-machine interface.

US Pat. No. 10,214,104

ACCELERATOR PEDAL FOR VEHICLE INCORPORATING LIQUID NANOFOAM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An accelerator pedal assembly for use in a vehicle, the assembly comprising:an accelerator movably attached to the vehicle;
a compression assembly including a compression chamber, a piston at least partially fitted within said chamber, a liquid nanofoam within said chamber; and
a geared driver assembly comprising a rack extending from said piston and a pinion gear engaged with said rack, said geared driver assembly connecting said compression assembly with said accelerator.

US Pat. No. 10,214,103

METHOD FOR CAREFUL OPERATION OF AN ACTUATOR FOR A FORCE CONTROLLER OF AN ACCELERATOR PEDAL

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for the operation of at least one actuator for a force controller of a device, for which a user of the device is provided with a haptic feedback message about at least one operating state of the device by a force, which is predetermined in its strength and acts by way of at least one actuator on the force controller, when the force controller is brought by the user to at least one predetermined point on a track of movement of the force controller, and wherein the at least one actuator is controlled in such a way that, once the user has deflected the force controller for a predetermined period of time at the at least one predetermined point on the track of movement of the force controller and/or has held it at this point, the strength of the force acting by way of the at least one actuator on the force controller is reduced after a further predetermined period of time to prevent overheating of the at least one actuator, andwherein a control unit of the device reduces an electrical current used for the operation of the at least one actuator in order to reduce the strength of the force acting by way of the at least one actuator on the force controller.

US Pat. No. 10,214,102

DUAL DRIVE HYBRID DRIVELINE

Dana Italia SPA, Arco (I...

1. A dual drive driveline for a vehicle, the driveline comprising:a power source;
a hydrostatic pump drivingly engaged with the power source;
a first axle;
a second axle;
a first hydrostatic unit in fluid communication with the hydrostatic pump, the first hydrostatic unit being drivingly engaged or selectively drivingly engaged with the first axle, and the first hydrostatic unit not being drivingly engageable with the second axle;
a second hydrostatic unit in fluid communication with the hydrostatic pump, the second hydrostatic unit being drivingly engaged or selectively drivingly engaged with the second axle, and the second hydrostatic unit not being drivingly engageable with the first axle;
wherein at least one of:
a. an output shaft of the first hydrostatic unit or an output shaft of a first clutching device selectively drivingly engaged with the output shaft of the first hydrostatic unit is in direct driving engagement with the first axle or with a first differential of the first axle, and
b. an output shaft of the second hydrostatic unit or an output shaft of a second clutching device selectively drivingly engaged with the output shaft of the second hydrostatic unit is in direct driving engagement with the second axle or with a second differential of the second axle;
the dual drive driveline further comprising:
a control unit, the control unit being adapted to control a hydraulic displacement of at least one of the hydrostatic pump, the first hydrostatic unit and the second hydrostatic unit;
a hydraulic accumulator assembly in fluid communication with at least one of or each of the hydrostatic pump, the first hydrostatic unit, and the second hydrostatic unit; and
at least one accumulator valve for selectively fluidly connecting the hydraulic accumulator assembly to at least one of or each of the hydrostatic pump, the first hydrostatic unit and the second hydrostatic unit, the accumulator valve having at least a first control position, a second control position and a third control position;
wherein, when the accumulator valve is in the second control position, the hydraulic accumulator assembly is fluidly disconnected from the hydrostatic pump, the first hydrostatic unit and the second hydrostatic unit; and
wherein, when the accumulator valve is in the first control position or in the third control position, the hydraulic accumulator assembly is in parallel fluid communication with the hydrostatic pump, the first hydrostatic unit and the second hydrostatic unit.

US Pat. No. 10,214,101

WORK VEHICLE DRIVE ASSEMBLY

1. A drive assembly receiving rotational power from an input shaft rotatable about a rotation axis, the drive assembly comprising:a drive housing having a gear set and a wheel mount configured to rotate about the rotation axis on a wheel bearing assembly;
a clutch component mounted to a clutch hub and disposed between the input shaft and the gear set to selectively cause rotation of the wheel mount, the clutch hub, at least in part, having an annular body with an inner periphery and an outer periphery; and
a clutch actuation assembly for moving the clutch component into energized and de-energized states with respect to the input shaft, the clutch actuation assembly having a spring disposed about the outer periphery of the clutch hub to position the clutch component in one of the energized and de-energized states and a piston disposed within the inner periphery of the clutch hub to position the clutch component in the other of the energized and de-energized states, the clutch actuation assembly having a reaction plate that is acted upon by the spring in a first axial direction and by the piston in a second axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,214,100

VEHICLE FLOOR LOWER STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle floor lower structure comprising:a fuel tank under a floor of a vehicle;
a battery pack under the floor of the vehicle and at a vehicle body rear side of the fuel tank, and that is configured to be a power source to drive a traction motor installed in the vehicle, a front surface of the battery pack directly facing a rear surface of the fuel tank;
a fuel supply port for supplying fuel to the fuel tank at a vehicle body upper rear side of the battery pack; and
an inlet pipe that links the fuel tank and the fuel supply port at a vehicle body upper side of the battery pack, and that is overlapped with respect to the battery pack when viewed from above the vehicle in a vehicle up-down direction.

US Pat. No. 10,214,099

CHAMBER FOR REMOVING SUBSTANCES FROM A FLUID

A. Kayser Automotive Syst...

1. A chamber comprising:a housing having two ports and a longitudinal axis;
adsorbent material arranged within the housing;
wherein the adsorbent material is adapted for removing substances from a fluid;
wherein the adsorbent material completely covers a transverse cross-section of the housing, such that the adsorbent material forms at least one barrier between the two ports;
wherein a thickness of the adsorbent material in a direction of the longitudinal axis is less than a length of the housing in the longitudinal direction, thereby creating at least two voids;
a guide for holding the adsorbent material,
wherein the guide is porous, with pores of the guide being smaller in size than the adsorbent material,
wherein the guide provides a channel for the adsorbent material,
wherein the guide extends across the housing from a first side of the housing to a second side of the housing opposite to the first side,
wherein the guide crosses the housing at least twice in order to create at least two barriers between the two ports, such that a cross section of the guide is V-shaped.

US Pat. No. 10,214,098

CAP ASSEMBLY FOR A CARBON CANISTER FUEL TANK

CHONGQING BAIKE DINGYU TE...

1. A cap assembly for a carbon canister fuel tank, comprising:an outer cap; and
an inner cap having a cavity with an opening at a top of said inner cap, said outer cap being above said inner cap and covering said opening of said cavity;
a lower vent cap within said cavity so as to divide said cavity into a filling cavity and a volume cavity,
wherein said filling cavity is on top of said volume cavity and is filled with an adsorption filler, and
wherein said lower vent cap has a first through hole in a center thereof;
a breathing valve in said first through hole so as to open automatically when there is air pressure imbalance between said filling cavity and said volume cavity,
wherein said volume cavity has a first vent hole at a bottom of said volume cavity,
wherein said filling cavity has a second vent hole at a bottom of said filling cavity, and
wherein said first vent hole, said breathing valve and said second vent hole—are arranged in sequence so as to form an exhaust channel for vaporizing oil gas;
a lower breathing layer at a bottom of said filling cavity;
an upper breathing layer at a top of said filling cavity and covering said opening of said cavity,
wherein said adsorption filler is on top of said lower breathing layer and between said lower breathing layer and said upper breathing layer;
an inner cover plate in between said outer cap and said upper breathing layer, covering said opening of said cavity;
a second through hole in said inner cover plate so as to pass and exhaust oil gas; and
an upper vent cap being in between said lower vent cap and said lower breathing layer, having a third through hole, and crimping said breathing valve to said first through hole of said lower vent cap, said lower breathing layer being above said upper vent cap, said second vent hole having a position corresponding to said breathing valve when crimped by said upper vent cap.

US Pat. No. 10,214,097

TANK VENTILATION SYSTEM

Continental Automotive Gm...

1. A tank ventilation system, comprising:a purge line, off which a first end of a bypass line branches at a branch off and into which a second end of the bypass line opens downstream of the branch off, wherein the bypass line has only one input, the only one input arranged at the first end of the bypass line and only one output arranged at the second end of the bypass line opposite the first end of the bypass line;
a sensor, arranged in the bypass line and configured to determine a concentration of hydrocarbons in a fluid in the purge line; and
a hydrocarbon storage device having a first and a second connection, the first connection coupled to a first end of the purge line, the second connection configured for connection to a tank.

US Pat. No. 10,214,096

AIR INTAKE FILTER HOUSING

Hall Labs LLC, Provo, UT...

1. An air filter housing comprising: a base filter housing section connected to an air intake of a combustion engine; and a top filter housing section integrally formed into a vehicle hood, wherein the air filter housing is disassembled, thereby exposing an air filter in the air filter housing as the vehicle hood is lifted.

US Pat. No. 10,214,095

CLOSURE SYSTEM, IN PARTICULAR FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

15. A motor vehicle comprising:a radiator grille frame;
at least one heat exchanger positioned adjacent to the radiator grille frame; and
an airflow shutter system supported on the radiator grille frame and located upstream of the at least one heat exchanger, the airflow shutter system including:
a first shutter arrangement including at least one first adjustable shutter element having a first adjustment travel between a first and second position;
a second shutter arrangement including at least one second adjustable shutter element having a second adjustment travel between a third and fourth position;
a coupling configured to couple the first and the second shutter arrangements to one another such that the second shutter element is adjusted over a first section of the second adjustment travel, which is less than the first section of the first adjustment travel during an adjustment of the first shutter element over a first section of the first adjustment travel, and the second shutter element is adjusted over a second section of the second adjustment travel during an adjustment of the first shutter element over a second section of the first adjustment travel; and
a gear mechanism having a segmented first gear connected to the first shutter arrangement and a second gear connected to the second shutter arrangement, the second gear selectively engaged with the first gear, a rotation of the first gear adjusts the first shutter element over the first section of the first adjustment travel and adjusts the second shutter element over the first section of the second adjustment travel, and a further rotation of the first gear adjusts the first shutter element over the second section of the first adjustment travel and rotates the second gear to adjust the second shutter element over the second section of the second adjustment travel.

US Pat. No. 10,214,094

ELECTRICAL MOTOR CONSTRUCTION PROVIDED WITH A PLANETARY GEAR SYSTEM

LAPPEENRANNAN TEKNILLINEN...

1. An electric motor construction comprising:a planetary gear system comprising
an annular stator,
a torque takeoff shaft concentric relative to the stator,
an annular rotor inside the stator,
a sun gear fixedly coupled to the rotor and concentric with the takeoff shaft,
an intra-rotor immovably-coupled ring gear with a toothed inner surface,
planet gears meshing with the ring gear and the sun gear, and
a planet carrier on which the planet gears are supported; and
a coupling arrangement configured to transmit torque of the rotor one of directly and by the planet carrier to said torque takeoff shaft, the coupling arrangement comprising
a first coupling configured to couple a collectively-rotating assembly, constituted by the rotor and the sun gear, to the takeoff shaft, and
a second coupling configured to couple the planet carrier directly to the takeoff shaft,
each of the first and second couplings comprising a coupling sleeve around the takeoff shaft, the coupling sleeve being rotationally rigid but movable in a longitudinal direction relative to the takeoff shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,214,093

HYBRID VEHICLE OPERABLE IN SERIES MODE AND IN SERIES-PARALLEL MODE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A hybrid vehicle comprising:an internal combustion engine;
a first rotary electric machine;
a second rotary electric machine configured to output power to a drive wheel of the hybrid vehicle;
a power transmission unit including an input element and an output element, the input element being configured to receive power from the internal combustion engine, the output element being configured to output power input to the input element, and the power transmission unit being configured to switch between a non-neutral state where power is transmitted between the input element and the output element and a neutral state where power is not transmitted between the input element and the output element, the power transmission unit is configured to be able to change a ratio of a rotation speed of the input element to a rotation speed of the output element;
a differential unit including a first rotating element, a second rotating element and a third rotating element, the first rotating element being connected to the first rotary electric machine, the second rotating element being connected to the second rotary electric machine and the drive wheel, the third rotating element being connected to the output element, and the differential unit being configured such that a rotation speed of one of the first rotating element, the second rotating element and the third rotating element is based on rotation speeds of a remaining two of the first rotating element, the second rotating element and the third rotating element; and
a clutch configured to switch between an engaged state where power is transmitted from the internal combustion engine to the first rotary electric machine and a released state where transmission of power from the internal combustion engine to the first rotary electric machine is interrupted, power from the internal combustion engine being transmitted to the first rotary electric machine through at least one of a first path or a second path,
the first path being a path through which power is transmitted from the internal combustion engine to the first rotary electric machine via the power transmission unit and the differential unit,
the second path being a path through which power is transmitted from the internal combustion engine to the first rotary electric machine, being different from the first path, and not including the differential unit, and
the clutch being provided in the second path.

US Pat. No. 10,214,092

POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE AND VEHICLE COMPRISING THE SAME

BYD Company Limited, She...

1. A power transmission system for a vehicle, comprising:an engine unit configured to generate power;
a plurality of input shafts, wherein the engine unit is configured to selectively engage with one of the plurality of input shafts when the engine unit transmits power to the one of the plurality of input shafts;
an output shaft configured to transfer at least partial of the power from the plurality of input shafts;
an output unit configured to rotate differentially relative to the output shaft;
a synchronizer disposed on the output shaft and configured to selectively engage with the output unit such that the output unit rotates synchronously with the output shaft, and the output unit is configured to output power to drive one or more wheels of the vehicle;
a first motor generator configured to couple with one of the plurality of input shafts and the output shaft for power transmission; and
a second motor generator configured to drive the one or more wheels of the vehicle without power transmission through any of the plurality of input shafts, the output shaft, and the output unit.

US Pat. No. 10,214,091

UNDERBODY FOR THE CO-INSTALLATION OF AN ELECTRIC ENGINE AND A HEAT ENGINE

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

1. A structural body of a vehicle, comprising:a front structural part positioned at a front of the vehicle in a longitudinal direction;
a rear structural part and positioned at a rear of the vehicle in the longitudinal direction; and
either a first central underbody part or a second central underbody part interposed between the front structural part and the rear structural part, wherein a length of the vehicle in the longitudinal direction is different depending on whether the first or second central underbody part is selected,
wherein the first central underbody part and the second central underbody part are each adapted to receive either a set of first or second interface elements, the first set of interface elements allowing for mounting on the first or second central underbody part vehicle components associated with an internal combustion drive engine, the second set of interface elements allowing for mounting on the first or second central underbody part vehicle components associated with an electric drive motor, and
wherein a rear edge of the first central underbody part and a rear edge of the second central underbody part are each equipped with a same interface element for connection to the rear structural part of the vehicle, the rear structural part supporting the internal combustion drive engine or the electric drive motor.

US Pat. No. 10,214,090

FLYWHEEL ENERGY STORAGE IN POWER SYSTEM HAVING VARIATOR MODULATED DIFFERENTIAL GEARTRAIN

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A power system for a machine comprising:a driveshaft structured for coupling between an engine and a rotatable load;
an energy storage system including a flywheel, and a transmission structured to transfer energy between the flywheel and the driveshaft;
the transmission including a differential geartrain having a rotatable input element rotatable at a fixed speed ratio with the driveshaft, and a rotatable output element rotatable at a fixed speed ratio with the flywheel;
the differential geartrain further including a rotatable speed control element coupled between the rotatable input element and the rotatable output element; and
the transmission further including a variator having a variator input shaft, and a variator output shaft coupled to the rotatable speed control element.

US Pat. No. 10,214,089

ENERGY EFFICIENT VEHICLE

1. An energy efficient vehicle, comprising:a car body;
four wheels respectively disposed on front and rear sides of the car body;
a gasoline engine disposed in the car body;
an electricity generator connected to the gasoline engine;
a power and motor controller connected to the electricity generator;
a capacitive battery connected to the power and motor controller;
a multi-loop disc-type dynamic motor disposed on a front or rear side of the car body, wherein the multi-loop disc-type dynamic motor is connected to the capacitive battery by a power cable and is connected to the power and motor controller by a signal cable, and the multi-loop disc-type dynamic motor comprises:
a stator base having a chamber therein;
a shaft hole disposed in a center of a bottom of the chamber;
a plurality of concentric annular ribs with increasing diameters disposed on the bottom of the chamber with the shaft hole as a center;
a plurality of annular slots disposed between the annular ribs on the stator base;
a plurality of stator rings respectively disposed in each of the annular slots on the stator base;
a plurality of coils respectively disposed on the stator rings and connected to the power cable of the capacitive battery;
a rotor base;
a shaft sleeve disposed in a center of the rotor base;
a shaft hole disposed in the shaft sleeve in a penetration mode;
a positioning part disposed on the wall of the shaft hole of the rotor base;
a plurality of concentric annual ribs with increasing diameters disposed on the rotor base with the shaft hole as a center;
a plurality of annular slots respectively disposed between the annular ribs on the rotor base;
a plurality of permanent magnetic sheets disposed on outer walls of the annular slots on the rotor base,
wherein the rotor base is correspondingly engaged with the stator base, so that the annular ribs of the stator base respectively disposed in the annular slots of the rotor base, the annular ribs and the permanent magnetic sheets attached thereon of the rotor base are correspondingly disposed on each of the annular slots, and hence the permanent magnetic sheets are corresponding to the coils of the stator rings in the annular slots of the stator base;
a liner cover covering an opening of the chamber of the stator base, wherein the liner cover is locked on the stator base;
a shaft hole is disposed on a center of the liner cover;
a rotational shaft penetrating the shaft holes of the liner cover, the rotor base, and the stator base, wherein a positioning part of the rotating shaft is combined with the positioning part on the wall of the shaft hole of the rotor base,
wherein one end of the rotational shaft is connected to a transmission in the car body, the transmission is connected to a differential on the front or rear side of the car body, and the differential is connected to the corresponding two wheels on the front or rear side of the car body.

US Pat. No. 10,214,088

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AN ENGINE MOUNTING DEVICE FOR VEHICLES

1. An engine mount for a vehicle comprising:a mounting surface configured to receive an engine of the vehicle;
a first channel extending in a direction from a front of the mounting surface towards a rear of the mounting surface;
a first mounting arm coupled with the first channel being configured to have a changeable height, and being configured to move along the first channel;
a mounting projection positioned on an upper surface of the first mounting arm, the mounting projection extending in a direction away from the mounting surface.

US Pat. No. 10,214,087

GROUND PROCESSING MACHINE, IN PARTICULAR COMPACTOR

Hamm AG, Tirschenreuth (...

1. Ground compactor, comprising:a rear carriage with an internal combustion engine,
respectively a drive wheel to both sides of the internal combustion engine,
a driver cabin arranged offset relative to the internal combustion engine in a longitudinal direction of the machine which is along a forward travel direction of the ground compactor,
a front carriage is connected with the rear carriage so as to be pivotable, wherein at the front carriage a floor processing roller can be rotated around a roller rotation axis extending in the transversal machine direction,
a fuel tank for fuel to be supplied to the internal combustion engine,
an additive substance tank,
a hydraulic fluid tank,
wherein the fuel tank is arranged next to the internal combustion engine in the longitudinal machine direction, and in a central region of the rear carriage in the transversal machine direction,
wherein the additive substance tank is arranged next to one of the drive wheels in the longitudinal machine direction, and overlapping to the one drive wheel in a transversal machine direction, and is arranged next to the fuel tank and not overlapping the fuel tank in the longitudinal machine direction,
wherein a fuel tank filler neck of the fuel tank is arranged with its length direction extending in the transversal machine direction at least in areas between the additive substance tank and the one drive wheel,
wherein the additive substance tank and the fuel tank are arranged overlapping at least in part in the longitudinal machine direction.

US Pat. No. 10,214,086

PANEL STRUCTURE OF SUN ROOF

Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kai...

1. A panel structure of a sun roof comprising:a panel;
an inner panel that is made of a metal plate, is provided below the panel to extend along an edge portion of the panel, and has a recessed portion that is recessed downward and a flange portion that spreads outward along the panel over an entire periphery of the recessed portion;
a sealing member that is made of a resin molding material having a constant cross section, is interposed between the flange portion and the panel over an entire periphery of the flange portion, and is bonded to a lower surface of the panel and an upper surface of the flange portion; and
a covering member that is made of a resin material, is fixed to the panel, and is provided to cover the inner panel and the sealing member, wherein
one of both end portions of the sealing member is deviated with respect to the other of the both end portions on a side approaching the recessed portion or a side going away from the recessed portion so that side surfaces of the both end portions are in contact with each other in a state where the both end portions overlap each other in an extending direction thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,214,085

TRIM STRUCTURE OF VEHICLE

Mazda Motor Corporation, ...

1. A trim structure of a vehicle,the trim structure comprising:
a door including
a door main body supported so as to be openable and closable relative to a side portion of a vehicle body of the vehicle and
a door glass supported by the door main body so as to be vertically movable; and
a rear roof constituting a vehicle interior upper portion located at a vehicle upper side of an upper end of the door main body and a vehicle rear side of the door main body, wherein:
the trim structure is provided between a seat located adjacent to the door main body and the rear roof and at the vehicle upper side of the upper end of the door main body;
the rear roof includes
a pair of left and right upper side portions opposed to each other in a vehicle width direction,
a rear opening portion located at a vehicle rear side of the seat and opening in a vehicle forward/rearward direction, and
a closing member configured to close the rear opening portion and be openable and closable;
the trim structure comprises a straightening trim located between a lower portion of a front end of one of the upper side portions and the seat and projecting to the vehicle upper side of the upper end of the door main body; and
the straightening trim is formed in such a shape as to straighten traveling wind to the rear opening portion in an open state, the traveling wind flowing through a vehicle lateral side into a vehicle interior with the door glass lowered.

US Pat. No. 10,214,084

VEHICLE REAR STRUCTURE

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

1. A rear structure of a vehicle provided with a pair of left and right seats disposed in a vehicle compartment, a roof configured to cover an upper portion of the vehicle compartment, and a rear window located on a vehicle rear side of the roof, the vehicle rear structure being capable of accommodating at least one of the roof and the rear window in a vehicle body, the vehicle rear structure comprising:a deflection plate standing upright between the paired seats and on a rear side of the seats; and
a light source provided on a lower front side of the deflection plate, wherein
the deflection plate includes a reflection surface configured to reflect light forwardly, and
when it is assumed that an imaginary straight line connecting between the light source and the reflection surface of the deflection plate is a first imaginary line, an imaginary straight line connecting between a middle portion of a rear view mirror provided on an upper front side of the deflection plate, and the reflection surface of the deflection plate is a second imaginary line, and an imaginary straight line orthogonal to the reflection surface of the deflection plate is a reference imaginary line, the reflection surface of the deflection plate is an inclined surface inclined at a predetermined angle in such a manner that an angle defined by the reference imaginary line and the first imaginary line, and an angle defined by the reference imaginary line and the second imaginary line are different from each other in a side view.

US Pat. No. 10,214,083

VEHICLE BACK DOOR DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle back door device comprising:a back door supported such that the back door is able to open and close at a vehicle main body; and
a damper provided such that the damper is able to extend and retract between the vehicle main body and the back door, the damper including one end portion in an extension/retraction direction mounted to the vehicle main body via a bracket fixed to the vehicle main body and another end portion in the extension/extraction direction mounted to the back door, and the damper dampening urging force that urges the back door or a direction in which the back door opens,
the bracket comprising:
a supporting portion that supports the one end portion in the extension/retraction direction of the damper; and
a positioning portion formed facing the supporting portion in a vehicle transverse direction, the positioning portion being abutted against by an abutting portion provided at the one end portion in the extension/retraction direction of the damper,
the supporting portion comprising:
a supporting wall disposed along a vehicle front-rear direction and a vehicle up-down direction; and,
a pin provided at the supporting wall, an axial direction of the pin extending in the vehicle transverse direction,
a first distance in the vehicle up-down direction between an upper end surface of the positioning portion and art axial center of the pin being set to be equal to a second distance in the vehicle up-down direction between a lower surface of the abutting portion and a hole center of an insertion hole provided in the abutting portion, and
a third distance in the vehicle front-rear direction between a rear end surface of the positioning portion and an axial center of the pin being set to be equal to a fourth distance in the vehicle front-rear direction between a front surface of the abutting portion and the hole center of the insertion hole.

US Pat. No. 10,214,082

VEHICLE DOOR STRUCTURE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A vehicle door structure comprising:an inner door panel;
an outer door panel made of resin or fiber-reinforced resin; and
a reinforcing member extending along a side sill on an inner door panel side of a lower portion of an outer door panel,
the reinforcing member having a first side surface that faces the side sill in a vehicle width direction, the first side surface extends substantially parallel to a surface of the inner door panel, and a second side surface that extends from the first side surface to the outer door panel, and
the first side surface and the second side surface being joined to the inner door panel.

US Pat. No. 10,214,081

SUNGLARE VISOR X

1. A visor that is manually repositionable, comprising:a visor blade;
a blade holder for supporting said visor blade; said blade holder having a threaded bore;
a main visor clip secured to said blade holder; said main visor clip having two arms adapted to be secured to a thin support; said main visor clip having a threaded bore;
a pivot ball having a first end and a second end, wherein said first end of said pivot ball is connected to said blade holder supporting said visor blade; said pivot ball being received in said threaded bore in said blade holder;
a blade holder back brace, connected to said blade holder;
a pressure plug rubber bushing disposed in said threaded bore of said main visor clip; said pressure plug rubber bushing being in contact with said second end of said pivot ball and is in frictional engagement with said pivot ball;
a pressure plug having an outer threaded surface in engagement with said threaded bore of said main visor clip; said pressure plug being disposed in said bore such that one end of said pressure plug is in engagement with said pressure plug rubber bushing;
whereby said pivot ball and said blade are manually rotatable and tiltable relative to said main visor clip so that said blade is manually repositionable throughout a range of rotational motion of over 180 degrees, and is tiltable throughout an angle of approximately 30 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,214,080

SHADE DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

Ashimori Industry Co., Lt...

1. A shade device for a vehicle, comprising:a shade deployed to shade a window of the vehicle in a deploying state, and stored in a stored state;
a retracting mechanism attached to a base end of the shade and retracting the shade in the stored state;
a stay attached to a tip end of the shade;
a constant force spring that generates biasing force by its extraction;
a rod, its tip end portion being attached to the stay and its base end portion being connected to a tip portion of an extracted portion of the constant force spring, biased in a deploying direction of the shade by biasing force of the constant force spring, and transmitting the biasing force to the stay;
a guide rail that is a member having a tube shape to store the rod and the extracted portion of the constant force spring in the stored state of the shade, and guides the rod when the shade shifts from the stored state to the deploying state; and
a locking mechanism that locks the rod in the stored state of the shade,
wherein the extracted portion of the constant force spring is in an S shape within the guide rail to press the rod toward an inner surface of the guide rail in the stored state of the shade.

US Pat. No. 10,214,079

VEHICULAR AIR FILTER PROVIDING HIGH EFFICIENCY PARTICLE AND GAS FILTRATION

CARL FREUDENBERG KG, Wei...

1. A vehicular air filter comprising:particle filtering media containing a glass fiber backing layer or synthetic fiber backing layer comprising polyesters or polyolefins and having a basis weight of 50 g/m2 to 150 g/m2 including a polymeric membrane layer comprising a polyethylene, polyamide or fluoropolymer, wherein said particle filtering media provides a removal efficiency of 99.5% or greater of particles having a diameter of 0.3 microns or greater;
a volatile compound filtration layer affixed to said polymeric membrane layer comprising an activated carbon layer having a basis weight of 180 g/m2 to 320 g/m2 on a polymeric support layer, wherein said activated carbon layer reduces incoming levels of one or more volatile organic or inorganic compound;
wherein said vehicle air filter is pleated and provides a surface area for air filtration of 2.0 m2 to 4.0 m2; and
said vehicle air filter has a length in the range of 650 mm to 1100 mm and a width in the range of 300 mm to 400 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,214,078

AC CUT CYCLES FOR VEHICLE AIR CONDITIONING CONTROL BASED ON HIGH AMBIENT TEMPERATURE

1. A method of operating a heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system in a vehicle, the HVAC system including a compressor operable between an ON state and in an OFF state, the method comprising:determining if an engine water temperature meets a forced HVAC recirculation intake threshold;
responsive to determining that the engine water temperature meets the forced HVAC recirculation intake threshold, determining if the engine water temperature meets a high water temperature threshold;
determining if an ambient temperature meets an ambient temperature threshold; and
responsive to determining that the engine water temperature meets the high water temperature threshold and that the ambient temperature does not meet the ambient temperature threshold, operating the compressor based on an AC cut cycle, the AC cut cycle including a predetermined time period in which the compressor is switched to the OFF state.

US Pat. No. 10,214,077

AIR CONDITIONER FOR A VEHICLE COMPRISING A REFRIGERANT HEATER CORE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An air conditioner for a vehicle provided with a cooling line which includes a heater core, an evaporator core, a compressor, a condenser, and an expansion valve, the air conditioner comprising:a housing vertically provided with an inlet and an outlet and having the heater core and the evaporator core each disposed in a left and right space therein;
an inflow side door provided at a side of the inlet between the heater core and the evaporator core and configured to control a distribution amount of air introduced into the heater core and the evaporator core; and
an outflow side door provided at a side of the outlet between the heater core and the evaporator core and configured to control a mixed amount of air discharged from the heater core and the evaporator core,
wherein one end of the heater core and one end of the evaporator core are respectively disposed to be gathered at a central part of the housing, and another end of the heater core and another end of the evaporator core are respectively disposed to be spread to left and right spaces of the inlet side, such that the heater core and the evaporator core are disposed in a diagonal line,
wherein a driver is disposed between the heater core evaporator core, wherein the driver has a gear structure or a cam structure which interlocks the inflow side door and the outflow side door together, and
wherein the gear structure or the cam structure is operated by a single actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,214,076

HVAC HEATING OF VEHICLES AND DURING ROAD EMERGENCIES

Cummins Inc., Columbus, ...

1. A controller structured to:determine a first time parameter corresponding to a vehicle proximate to a path location, wherein the vehicle comprises one or more vehicle components;
determine a second time parameter corresponding to a path schedule; determine a stop duration corresponding to the vehicle based, at least in part, on the first time parameter and the second time parameter, the stop duration being a time duration when the vehicle stops and an engine of the vehicle continues to run: and
adjust a thermal characteristic of an environment comfort system in response to movement of the one or more vehicle components between a current performance level and an adjusted performance level based on the stop duration determined.

US Pat. No. 10,214,074

SERVO LOCKING SNAP FEATURE

DENSO International Ameri...

1. An automotive HVAC assembly comprising:an HVAC housing having an internal side and an external side, at least one controllable door located on the internal side and at least one door linkage and at least one servo assembly attachment position located on the external side;
a servo assembly attached to the external side of the HVAC housing, the servo assembly having a servo motor, a servo arm for actuating the linkage, and an attachment means for attaching the servo assembly to the HVAC housing, wherein;
the attachment means comprises at least first and second attachment ears which detachably attach in a locking manner to deflectable locking tabs of a servo assembly attachment structure to prevent further rotational, vertical, or horizontal movement of the servo assembly with respect to the HVAC housing.

US Pat. No. 10,214,073

AIRFLOW CONTROL SYSTEM FOR AN AGRICULTURAL MACHINE

CNH Industrial America LL...

19. An agricultural sprayer comprising:a chassis supported by a plurality of wheels, the chassis supporting an engine compartment, a drive system, a lift arm assembly and an operator cab;
a sprayer boom connected to the lift arm assembly;
a first airflow system configured to heat or cool the operator cab;
a temperature sensor configured to sense a temperature in the operator cab;
a second airflow system comprising a fan configured to cool an area in the engine compartment;
a controller in communication with the first and second airflow systems and the temperature sensor, the controller executing a program stored in a non-transient medium operable to:
(a) receive a command for adjusting a temperature in the operator cab to a temperature request value;
(b) control the first airflow system to change the temperature in the operator cab to the temperature request value;
(c) during step (b), determine a temperature differential by calculating a difference between the temperature request value and the temperature in the operator cab; and
(d) adjust the second airflow system by adjusting a rotational speed of the fan to cool the area in the engine compartment according to the temperature differential.

US Pat. No. 10,214,072

VEHICLE AIR CONDITIONING APPARATUS

SANDEN HOLDINGS CORPORATI...

1. A vehicle air conditioning apparatus comprising:a compressor configured to compress and discharge a refrigerant;
a radiator provided in an air flow passage that allows air to be supplied to a vehicle interior to flow through and configured to release heat from the refrigerant;
an indoor heat exchanger provided in the air flow passage in an upstream of air flow from the radiator and configured to absorb the heat into the refrigerant;
an outdoor heat exchanger provided outside the vehicle and configured to release the heat from the refrigerant; and
an air mix damper configured to be able to change a percentage of the air flowing through the air flow passage that is subjected to a heat exchange with the refrigerant flowing through the radiator, wherein:
when a degree of an opening defined by movement of the air mix damper is increased, the percentage of the air subjected to the heat exchange with the refrigerant is increased; and
the refrigerant discharged from the compressor releases the heat in the radiator and the outdoor heat exchanger while flowing first through the radiator, and next through the outdoor heat exchanger, and is decompressed by an expansion valve and absorbs the heat in the indoor heat exchanger, so that the air having been cooled in the indoor heat exchanger is heated in the radiator, and then supplied to the vehicle interior,
the vehicle air conditioning apparatus further comprising:
a refrigerant flow regulating valve provided in a refrigerant flow passage between the radiator and the outdoor heat exchanger and configured to regulate an amount of the refrigerant flowing through the refrigerant flow passage;
a target air-blowing temperature calculation part configured to calculate a target air-blowing temperature that is a temperature of the air to be supplied to the vehicle interior required to ensure that the temperature of the vehicle interior is a preset temperature;
a heated air temperature detection part configured to detect a temperature of the air after being heated in the radiator;
a cooled air temperature detection part configured to detect a temperature of the air after being cooled in the indoor heat exchanger;
an opening calculation part configured to calculate the opening of the air mix damper, based on the temperature calculated by the target air-blowing temperature calculation part, the temperature detected by the heated air temperature detection part and the temperature detected by the cooled air temperature detection part;
a valve opening control part configured to control a valve opening of the refrigerant flow regulating valve such that the valve opening of the refrigerant flow regulating valve is smaller when the valve opening calculated by the opening calculation part is equal to or more than a predetermined value than when the valve opening calculated by the opening calculation part is smaller than the predetermined value; and
an outlet switching part configured to switch a mode among a vent mode to blow the air flowing through the air flow passage toward a head of a passenger in the vehicle interior, a foot mode to blow the air toward feet of the passenger in the vehicle interior, and a bi-level mode to blow the air toward the head and the feet of the passenger in the vehicle interior,
wherein the predetermined value used by the opening calculation part varies depending on the mode set by the outlet switching part, and
wherein, the opening calculation part is configured to use 100% as the predetermined value, in response to the mode set by the outlet switching part being the vent mode or the mode set by the outlet switching part being the foot mode.

US Pat. No. 10,214,071

VEHICLE SUSPENSION SYSTEM WITH MULTI-STAGE HYDRAULIC CYLINDER ASSEMBLIES AND EXTERNAL SPRING PACKS

PAL Suspension LLC, Ligh...

1. A vehicle suspension system, comprising:a telescoping multi-stage hydraulic cylinder assembly arranged to selectively lift a vehicle body relative to a vehicle wheel when extended and lower the vehicle body relative to the vehicle wheel when contracted;
an external spring pack in fluid connection with the hydraulic cylinder assembly to maintain a spring force on the suspension system over a range of telescopic movement of said hydraulic cylinder assembly; and
a fluid damping valve for damping telescopic movement of the hydraulic cylinder assembly by restricting fluid flow between the hydraulic cylinder assembly and the spring pack;
wherein said hydraulic cylinder assembly comprises a plurality of telescoping cylinders nested within each other to provide at least two stages, said plurality of telescoping cylinders together define a single internal chamber in fluid connection with said external spring pack, and a length of said hydraulic cylinder assembly in a fully extended condition is more than double a length of said hydraulic cylinder assembly in a fully contracted condition.

US Pat. No. 10,214,070

VEHICLE HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT DEVICE

SHOWA CORPORATION, Gyoda...

1. A vehicle height adjustment device comprising:a changer configured to change a relative position of a body of a vehicle relative to an axle of a wheel of the vehicle;
a vehicle height controller configured to change the relative position based on a detection value detected by a detector configured to detect the relative position so as to control a vehicle height, which is a height of the body; and
a malfunction detector configured to detect a malfunction in at least one of the changer and the detector, the malfunction causing the vehicle height controller to continue to control the vehicle height so that it increases,
wherein the malfunction detector is configured to detect the malfunction based on a change in an amount of the detection value over a predetermined period of time, and
wherein the malfunction detector is configured to determine that the malfunction has occurred when the detection value remains in one of a plurality of ranges for the predetermined period of time, the plurality of ranges being obtained by dividing the relative position into reference time sections.

US Pat. No. 10,214,069

VEHICLE HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT DEVICE

SHOWA CORPORATION, Gyoda...

1. A vehicle height adjustment device comprising:a vehicle body position changing device configured to change a relative position of a body of a vehicle, which comprises a plurality of wheels, relative to an axle of each of the plurality of wheels of the vehicle;
a vehicle speed calculator configured to obtain a vehicle speed, which is a traveling speed of the vehicle;
a vehicle height controller configured to control a vehicle height, which is a height of the body, based on the vehicle speed obtained by the vehicle speed calculator; and
a malfunction detector configured to detect a failure of the vehicle speed calculator to obtain an accurate value of the vehicle speed, wherein
when the malfunction detector detects the failure, the vehicle height controller controls the vehicle height based on a vehicle speed obtained by the vehicle speed calculator before occurrence of the failure.

US Pat. No. 10,214,068

CHASSIS SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

1. A chassis arrangement, for a utility vehicle, with at least one axle extending transversely to a travel direction and carrying wheels;movement of the axle being damped by vibration dampers, each of the dampers having one end connected to a frame of the vehicle and having an opposite lower end;
at least one stabilizer assembly pivotally connected to the frame of the vehicle comprising two longitudinally extending sections and a transversely orientated tubular, non-linear section, the transversely oriented tubular, non-linear section having axially opposite ends, the ends of the transversely orientated tubular, non-linear section are connected to a first end of the respective two longitudinally extending sections, the lower ends of the vibration dampers being held directly on a respective extension of the transversely orientated tubular, non-linear section, the extensions comprising an outwardly facing pin and a separate flange element which are received at least partially into the ends of the transversely orientated tubular, non-linear section and extend transversely outside the longitudinally extending sections;
the axle being spring loaded by air suspensions;
the lower ends of the vibration dampers being directly connected to the two longitudinally extending sections at a location between where the at the least one stabilizer assembly is pivotally connected to the frame of the vehicle and the axle; and
two air suspensions are supported on each of the at least one axle, on each transverse side of the vehicle, and transversely inside the longitudinally extending sections such that the dampers are located with respect to air suspensions on opposite transverse sides of the longitudinally extending sections, and the two air suspensions are provided in a space saving arrangement in the travel direction over the axle.

US Pat. No. 10,214,067

BOLSTER SPRING

Hendrickson USA, L.L.C., ...

1. A first bolster spring for a vehicle suspension comprising:a base plate having a flat bottom mounting surface;
a top plate;
elastomeric material positioned between the base plate and the top plate;
a first flange having a bottom mounting surface upwardly extending from a first end of the base plate at an angle ½?; and
one or more mounting holes positioned in the first flange;
wherein the first flange is adapted for attachment to an upwardly extending flange on a second bolster spring, with a bottom surface of the first flange in a plane parallel to, and facing, a bottom surface of the flange on the second bolster spring, and wherein the first flange is adapted to receive a common fastener that extends through the one or more mounting holes in the first flange and one or more mounting holes in the flange of the second bolster spring.

US Pat. No. 10,214,066

TWO-WHEELED VEHICLE

Indian Motorcycle Interna...

1. A two-wheeled vehicle, comprising:a frame assembly including:
a front frame portion including a head portion, a plurality of vertically-extending frame tubes, and a plurality of longitudinally-extending frame tubes;
a mid-frame portion removably coupled to the front frame portion; and
a rear frame portion removably coupled to the mid-frame portion;
a front ground-engaging member for supporting the frame assembly;
a rear ground-engaging member for supporting the frame assembly; and
a rear suspension assembly operably coupled to the rear ground-engaging member, the rear suspension assembly including a first swing arm coupled to the mid-frame portion, a second swing arm coupled to the mid-frame portion, and a pivot axle extending between the first and second swing arms, wherein rotation of the pivot axle is configured to adjust the position of the mid-frame portion relative to the first and second swing arms and a first end of the pivot axle is threadedly received within a threaded aperture of the mid-frame portion.

US Pat. No. 10,214,065

APPARATUS FOR TOE AND/OR CAMBER ADJUSTMENT FOR A RUNNING GEAR OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

1. An apparatus for at least one of toe or camber adjustment for a running gear of a motor vehicle, comprising at least one of a tie rod or a link that is fastenable at one side to a bearing fixed with respect to a car body and at another side by a bearing to a wheel carrier of a wheel of the motor vehicle, one of said bearings has an adjustment element including an eccentric and an eccentric shaft that is adjustable by an adjustment drive, and safety bearings arranged on both axial sides of the eccentric and axially away from the eccentric are allocated to the eccentric shaft, further comprising a pair of spring-mounted bearings each located axially between a respective one of the safety bearings and the eccentric.

US Pat. No. 10,214,064

RAIL CUM ROAD VEHICLES (RCRV) AND ECONOMY RAIL TRACK-CUM-CORRUGATED CONCRETE TRACK TO ENGAGE WITH CORRUGATED TREAD RUBBER WHEELS ON ALL ROADWAYS

1. A rail cum road vehicle for use to run on a rail track with a pair of rails or on plain roads, comprising:one or more passenger or goods vehicles or a trailer cum semi-trailer, each including rubber wheels, steel wheels, a first air suspension system with hanger brackets and air suspensions, pneumatic brakes, and couplers;
a gas powered hybrid engine coach linked to pull the one or more passenger or goods vehicles or a trailer cum semi-trailer, wherein the gas powered hybrid engine coach includes a steering system having elements connected to a pair of front rubber wheels with a first axle, a second axle with a pair of steel wheels associated with a chassis, an engine and a generator cum motor associated the chassis for driving the steel wheels, a power train powered by the engine or the generator cum motor to transmit power via a link gear box, a main gear box, and a differential for driving the pair of steel wheels; wherein, the main gear box is configured with auto transmission; the link gear box includes two main shafts and three gears coupled to the engine or generator cum motor by a sliding coupler, wherein one of the three gears is a sliding idle gear arranged between the other two of said three gears in connection with the two main shafts; the steel wheels are configured to transmit rotating power to a pair of adjoining rubber wheels through sprockets and chains; a frame with a pair of rail track pneumatic brake-set is arranged behind the steel wheels and supported by extended axle arms, wherein the track pneumatic brake set comprises a double cylinder piston block with a pair of brake shoes and operated by a pair of overhead airbags; an air suspension is configured to lift the steel wheels above the rail track to enable the vehicle to run on plain roads, and an air suspension is configured to lift the rubber wheels to travel on rails; the rubber wheels and the steel wheels have first and second diameters, respectively, wherein the first diameter is larger than the second diameter; and wherein the gas powered hybrid engine coach further comprises at least one of the following:
the pair of steel wheels being a pair of flangeless steel wheels of a large hybrid engine coach, being positioned between two pairs of flanged steel wheels, and receiving rotating power from the engine or the motor cum generator through the differential; and
a circular bogie motorized with rack and pinion and including safety locks at its front and rear sides, a center plate configured to rotate up to thirty five degrees for rear steering while travelling on plain roads, wherein the circular boogie has a central steel wheel axle arranged between two rubber wheel and axle sets, and connected to one of the two rubber wheel and axle sets by sprockets and chains; and
wherein, the one or more passenger or goods vehicles or a trailer cum semi-trailer is one of the following:
an articulate hybrid engine coach that includes a first differential axle with the steel wheels in the form of flanged steel wheels configured to transmit rotating power to the rubber wheels, an articulate frame at a rear end associating with a second differential axle of a second pair of flanged steel wheels configured to transmit rotating power to rear rubber wheels through sprockets and chains;
a caravan/ambulance that includes two axles of the steel wheels in the form of flanged steel wheels between two axles of the rubber wheels at front and rear ends of a chassis, an engine and a generator cum motor gear box arranged at the rear end of the chassis;
a trailer cum semi-trailer that includes a circular bogie with an axle of steel wheels in the form of flanged steel wheels arranged between two axles of the rubber wheels; wherein, the circular bogie is located at a rear end a chassis; a king pin is arranged at front end of the chassis; a pair of telescopic landing gear is arranged behind the king pin; a complete set of detachable frame is arranged under the chassis with a pair of mini flanged steel wheels arranged at a front end of the frame; and an axle with a pair of flanged steel wheels is arranged in front of a pneumatic brake set; and
a passenger coach that includes an axle with a pair of front flanged steel wheels associated with a chassis at its front end, and an axle with the rubber wheels associated with the chassis in between the front flanged steel wheels and a rear circular bogie.

US Pat. No. 10,214,063

SECURE TRAILER COUPLER

1. A trailer coupler comprising:a coupler body having a hitch ball socket;
a base plate secured to the coupler body, the base plate having a hitch ball opening to allow a hitch ball to be inserted into the hitch ball socket;
an adjustable plate contained within the base plate and configured to be positioned at a plurality of positions within the base plate, the adjustable plate including a set of one or more openings corresponding to each of the plurality of positions; and
a locking mechanism that secures the adjustable plate in each of the plurality of positions, the locking mechanism including one or more locking pins that insert into a corresponding set of one or more openings when the adjustable plate is in each of the plurality of positions, the locking pins being biased towards the adjustable plate such that the locking pins automatically insert the corresponding set of one or more openings when the adjustable plate reaches each of the plurality of positions.

US Pat. No. 10,214,062

ASSISTING METHOD AND DOCKING ASSISTANT FOR COUPLING A MOTOR VEHICLE TO A TRAILER

Volkswagen AG, (DE)

1. An assist method for coupling a motor vehicle to a trailer, wherein the motor vehicle is embodied with a trailer coupling, at least one camera, a display and an electronic unit, and wherein the trailer is embodied with a tow bar for the trailer coupling, the method comprising:a) capturing a first image of at least one tow bar of a trailer by the camera;
b) displaying the first image on the display;
c) selecting a first region in the first image in which the tow bar is located according to a user touch input, wherein a coordinate-dependent locating accuracy for the tow bar is allocated to the first region, wherein the coordinate-dependent locating accuracy includes consideration of coordinates corresponding to the user input and a distance between the camera and the tow bar, and wherein the first region is determined in relation to the size of the user touch input;
d) enlarging the selected first region to produce a second image;
e) displaying the second image on the display;
f) in response to selecting the first region, automatically selecting a second region in the second image in which the tow bar is located, wherein an increased coordinate-dependent locating accuracy for the tow bar with respect to the locating accuracy allocated to the first region is allocated to the second region; and
g) determining a trajectory of the motor vehicle for coupling the trailer assuming that the tow bar is located in the second region.