US Pat. No. 10,246,178

OPTIMIZED PITCH AND ROLL CONTROL APPARATUS FOR AN AIRCRAFT

The Boeing Company, Chic...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,177

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

MITSUBISHI AIRCRAFT CORPO...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,176

AUTOMATED BALLOON LAUNCHING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LAUNCHING

Vaisala Oyj, Vantaa (FI)...

1. Automated balloon launching system for launching at least one balloon such as a meteorological balloon or a radiosonde, the system comprising:a container,
a storage arranged in the container for storing at least one box at a defined storage position p=1, 2, . . . , n, the at least one box including a balloon and a sonde,
a release silo arranged at least partially on top of or above and adjacent to the container for sheltering the balloon during inflation, and
a x-, y- and z-manipulator arranged in the container for feeding the storage with at least one box, and/or removing a specific box from one of the defined storage positions p=1, 2, . . . , n and subsequent feeding the release silo with the specific box through an opening in the container.

US Pat. No. 10,246,175

MARINE STEERING SYSTEM

1. A steering control system for a watercraft comprising:a pivoting steering tiller (1) manually operated and operatively connected to a direction changing member (2) acting on or into the water;
a locking device locking the steering tiller in a steering position (21, 121, 221), the device being adapted to be activated for maintaining said steering tiller in a predetermined pivoting position and deactivated for allowing said steering tiller to move in a pivoting position to carry out a change in direction,
wherein the locking device is hydraulic and comprises a hydraulic cylinder (21) comprising two chambers separated by a piston (321) having a rod (221) connected thereto, said rod (221) being fastened stationary to a transom of the watercraft and a cylindrical body of said hydraulic cylinder (21) being movable along said rod and being connected to a steering arm of a motor or of a rudder member (721), or vice versa;
a closed circuit (821) for flowing oil between the two chambers of said cylinder, a valve (421) being provided opening and closing said closed circuit, the locking device being activated/deactivated by an actuator (301) that opens/closes the valve opening and closing the closed circuit; and
a pivoting fastening support for the steering tiller (1), shaped an interposition element (102) between the steering tiller (1) and the direction changing member (2), the tiller (1) being articulated to the interposition element to pivot about an axis, which is substantially parallel to a steering axis, for a limited angular displacement arc that is a displacement stroke of the steering tiller (1) independent from the pivoting fastening support and from a steering rotation of the motor, a stroke of the motor corresponding to an actuation travel of the valve (421) and the actuator (301) transforming a pivoting movement of the tiller (1) with respect to the interposition element (102) into commands actuating the valve (421).

US Pat. No. 10,246,174

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

Indmar Products Company I...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,173

TILLERS FOR OUTBOARD MOTORS HAVING NEUTRAL SHIFT INTERLOCK MECHANISM

Brunswick Corporation, M...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,172

DEPLOYABLE SHELL REVERSIBLE CAMBER SAIL SYSTEM

1. A deployable sail system, based on a deployable shell design, capable of sail stowage, sail deployment, sail camber reversibility, and sail trim rotation about a vertical axis, comprising:a. a mast (56), substantially vertically oriented, firmly connected to a watercraft or land vehicle, and providing stability and strength to said sail system;
b. a first sail control and guide assembly (13) and a second sail control and guide assembly (14), being mirror images, each supported by and rotatable about said mast axis, and each comprising:
1. a sail support and guide track (62),
2. a cam plate (66),
3. a track-cam connection pin (63),
4. a cam plate torque motor (68),
 whereby, upon application of energy to said cam plate torque motor, said cam plate rotates about said mast axis resulting in either i. if said track-cam connection pin is disengaged, deployment or stowage of said sail results, or ii. If said track-cam connection pin is engaged, rotation, about a vertical axis, of said sail support and guide track occurs resulting in said sail camber reversal;
c. a deployable sail (31-33, 35, 36, 41) contained between said sail control and guide assemblies, comprising:
1. an outer panel (31),
2. an inner panel (32),
3. a plurality of elongated web elements (33),
4. a plurality of web-to-panel hinges (35),
5. a mandrel (36),
6. a plurality of web support and guides (41),
 whereby, said mandrel is contiguous with said cam plates contained in said control and guide assemblies, and is connected, in a hinged manner, with said outer and inner panels which are, in turn, connected to each other by said web elements by said web-to-panel hinges, where said web support and guides, which are contiguous with said elongated web elements, are entrained by said sail support and guide tracks;
d. a control and guide connection tube (57), which contains and is coaxial with said mast, whose purpose is to connect with and ensure simultaneous rotation of said control and guide assemblies;
e. a sail module support and rotation assembly (15), located at the base of said mast and affixed to said watercraft or said land vehicle, whose purpose is to provide vertical support and rotational control of said sail module, comprising:
1. a sail module support flange (81),
2. an outer support tube (83),
3. a sail module rotation torque motor (84);
 whereby, application of energy to said cam plate torque motor causes said deployable sail to deploy, retract, or reverse camber, and application of energy to said sail module rotation torque motor causes said sail module to rotate as a rigid body about the axis of said mast so as to trim said sail module with respect to the relative wind direction.

US Pat. No. 10,246,171

FLOATING VESSEL CARGO OPTIMIZATION SYSTEM

1. A floating vessel in water comprising:a. a buoyant hull for cargo, the buoyant hull having a draft, wherein the buoyant hull is required under International Convention on Load Lines 1966 signed in London, England, 5 Apr. 1966 amended by Protocol of 1988 relating to the International Convention on Load Lines, 1966 and revised as International Convention on Load Lines, 1966 and Protocol of 1988, as amended Consolidated edition, 2005 Supplement December 2013 to display of baseline load line indicator plimsoll mark;
b. at least one load line presentation device affixed to the buoyant hull without interrupting water flow along the buoyant hull the load line presentation device presenting:
i. a baseline load line indicator plimsoll mark representing an unrestricted service criteria, each baseline load line indicator plimsoll mark approved and issued by a vessel classification regulatory society further comprising:
(a) a fresh water load line mark;
(b) a tropical fresh water load line mark;
(c) a tropical salt water load line mark;
(d) a winter salt water load line mark;
(e) a summer salt water load line mark; and
(f) a winter North Atlantic salt water load line mark; and
ii. a plurality of increased capacity load line indicator plimsoll marks each increased capacity load line plimsoll mark comprising:
(a) a fresh water load line mark;
(b) a tropical fresh water load line mark;
(c) a tropical salt water load line mark;
(d) a winter salt water load line mark;
(e) a summer salt water load line mark; and
(f) a winter North Atlantic salt water load line mark;
c. an increased capacity model in memory connected to a processor in communication with the load presentation device, the increased capacity model configured for automatically integrating a plurality of variables including at least four of: a wave size, a wave period, a wind speed, a surface current, a length over all (of the buoyant hull), a type of floating vessel a quantity of disconnected superstructures (mounted to the buoyant hull), sheer value (in degrees sustainable by the buoyant hull without deforming), and a bow height of the buoyant hull as measured from a keel and identifying increased capacity load line plimsoll mark for a voyage of the floating vessel, and wherein the increased capacity model displays a calculated increase capacity load line plimsoll mark for use on the load line presentation device; and when the increased capacity model indicates the baseline load line indicator plimsoll mark can be hidden and an increased capacity load line plimsoll mark can be used, the load line presentation device displays the increased capacity load plimsoll mark improving baseline capacity of the buoyant hull from 1% to 30%;
wherein the load line presentation device automatically changes which of the pre-calculated plimsoll marks is displayed, based on the environmental criteria, based on a navigation route and based on weights of cargo loaded and offloaded along the navigation route.

US Pat. No. 10,246,170

ELECTRIC FIN STABILIZER

Naiad Maritime Group, Inc...

1. A marine vessel stabilizer comprising:a fin having a stem extending therefrom, the stem configured to extend through a hull of the marine vessel, the stem having an end;
a fixed housing receiving said stem through a hole in said fixed housing,
the stem configured to rotate in said hole;
an arm connected to the end and extending away from the end at a distance to a connector such that the connector is spaced apart from a center of the stem to create a lever;
a linear actuator mechanism connected to said arm; and
a removable stop configured to engage said fixed housing and said arm such that when said removable stop is engaged, said fin is in a pre-determined position.

US Pat. No. 10,246,169

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR WAKE ENLARGEMENT SYSTEM

1. A wake enlargement system for improving a wake generated by a boat, the system comprising:the boat having a hull, the hull having a bow, a stern, a bottom surface, and a transom;
a water pick-up having an input and an output, the water pick-up mounted on the bottom surface of the hull;
one or more ballast tanks having a water input, an air output, and a water output;
wherein the one or more ballast tanks ballast water input is in operative communication with the water pick-up output;
wherein the one or more ballast tanks air output is in operative communication with one or more air vents; and
wherein the one or more ballast tanks water output is in operative communication with one or more openings in the transom.

US Pat. No. 10,246,168

WAKE BOAT TOW ROPE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

1. A tow rope management system for managing a tow rope attached to a mounting point on a boat, the tow rope management system comprising:a first arm pivotally associated with the boat adjacent the mounting point on the boat, the first arm pivotable along a horizontal axis between a first stowed position and a second deployed position, the first arm biased towards the first position;
an elongate tow rope guide member supported adjacent the first arm at a first end of the guide, the elongate tow rope guide extending to a second end that is distal from the first arm and mounting point, the elongate tow rope guide including a rope support formed at the second end of the elongate tow rope guide member that is distal from the first arm and mounting point for supporting the tow rope at the second end of the elongate guide member;
wherein the first arm is moved from the first stowed position to the second deployed position when the tow rope is pulled taut during surfing behind the boat such that the elongate guide aligned along a length of the taut tow rope.

US Pat. No. 10,246,167

BOAT HAVING A MOVABLE STERN HATCH WITH A SUBMERSIBLE STERN PLATFORM

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,166

NATURAL GAS HYDRATE TANK CONTAINER LOADING SYSTEM ENABLING SELF-POWERED POWER GENERATION AND BOIL-OFF GAS TREATMENT

KOREA INSTITUTE OF OCEAN,...

1. A natural gas hydrate tank container loading system enabling self-powered power generation and boil-off gas treatment, which solves problems of natural gas hydrate transportation methods in the related art in that there is a limitation in connecting and operating an electric power line to a refrigerator for maintaining a phase equilibrium condition in natural gas hydrate tank containers during long-distance transportation of natural gas hydrate, the natural gas hydrate tank container loading system comprising:a plurality of natural gas hydrate tank containers which is stacked to be stacked in a vertical direction;
a refrigerator which is installed at one side of each of the natural gas hydrate tank containers in order to maintain phase equilibrium of the natural gas hydrate stored in each of the natural gas hydrate tank containers;
an electric power supply unit which is installed at an upper portion of an uppermost container, among the plurality of the gas hydrate tank containers vertically stacked, in order to supply electric power for operating the respective refrigerators by generating electric power by using sunlight and boil-off gas (BOG) generated from the natural gas hydrate tank containers;
a sensor unit which includes a plurality of sensors including temperature and pressure sensors for detecting a current state including an internal temperature or pressure in the respective natural gas hydrate tank containers, and
a control unit which controls operations of the refrigerator and the electric power supply unit and an overall operation of the loading system based on the state detected by the respective sensors of the sensor unit,
wherein the electric power supply unit includes a photovoltaic array which generates electric power by using sunlight, an electric generator which is operated by boil-off gas generated from the respective natural gas hydrate tank containers, a fuel tank which stores fuel to be supplied to the electric generator, a compressor which mixes fuel supplied from the fuel tank with boil-off gas generated from the natural gas hydrate tank container and supplies the mixed fuel and boil-off gas to the electric generator, a battery (rechargeable battery cells) which stores electrical energy generated by the photovoltaic array and the electric generator, a fuel safety device which prevents fire and explosion caused by a reverse flow during combustion of the boil-off gas, and a housing which accommodates the electric generator, the fuel tank, the compressor, the battery, and the fuel safety device, and the electric power supply unit charges the battery by the electric generator operated by using the photovoltaic array and the boil-off gas (BOG), and operates the refrigerator and the compressor by using electrical energy with which the battery is charged, such that phase equilibrium in the respective natural gas hydrate tank container is always maintained without being supplied with separate electric power.

US Pat. No. 10,246,165

DISMANTLABLE LINK, SUITABLE IN PARTICULAR FOR INTERCONNECTING TWO CHAINS FOR ANCHORING FLOATING EQUIPMENT TO THE GROUND

NOV-BLM, Carquefou (FR)

1. A demountable link connecting two chains for the anchoring of a floating installation to the ground, the demountable link comprising:a studless link (1) shaped as an oblong ring, the studless link (1) being comprised of two rectilinear sections (2) connected by two bent sections (3),
the two rectilinear sections (2) being comprised of i) a first connecting part (5) having a first end portion (52) and an opposite second end portion (52), and ii) a second connecting part (5) having a third end portion (52) and an opposite fourth end portion (52),
the first and second connecting parts (5) extending along a respective longitudinal axis (2?) and being free of any stud extending therebetween,
the two bent sections (3) comprising a first bent section (3) and a second bent section (3),
the first bent section (3) being comprised of a first lateral part (6) connected to a second lateral part (6), the first lateral part (6) ending in a first end portion (62) and the second lateral part (6) ending in a second end portion (62),
the second bent section (3) being comprised of a third lateral part (6) connected to a fourth lateral part (2), the third lateral part (6) ending in a third end portion (62) and the fourth lateral part (6) ending in a fourth end portion (62); and
first and second removable fastening parts (7), wherein,
the first removable fastening part (7) removably connects the first end portion (62) of the first lateral part (6) of the first bent section (3) within the first end portion (52) of the first connecting part (5), and also removably connects the third end portion (62) of the third lateral part (6) of the second bent section (3) within the second end portion (52) of the first connecting part (5), and
the second removable fastening part (7) removably connects the second end portion (62) of the second lateral part (6) of the first bent section (3) within the third end portion (52) of the second connecting part (5), and also removably connects the fourth end portion (62) of the fourth lateral part (6) of the second bent section (3) within the fourth end portion (52) of the second connecting part (5).

US Pat. No. 10,246,164

SLIDING BOAT WINDSHIELD

R.J. DOUGHERTY ASSOCIATES...

1. A boat windshield comprising:a starboard side panel, a port side panel and a center panel;
said starboard side panel comprising a bottom edge, a top edge, an outer edge and an inner edge;
said port side panel comprising a bottom edge, a top edge, an outer edge and an inner edge;
said center panel being located between the starboard side panel and the port side panel when the windshield is in a closed position;
said center panel comprising a bottom edge, a top edge, a side starboard side edge, a port side edge, a starboard side top corner and a port side top corner;
a support header extending across the top edge of the starboard side panel, port side panel and spanning an opening located between the inner edges of the starboard side panel and port side panel;
said opening being covered by the center panel when the center panel is in a closed position; and
a curved center channel guide and curved offset channel guide located on the header to provide attachment points for the center panel to the header and a means for sliding the center panel into open and closed positions.

US Pat. No. 10,246,163

BOAT WINDSHIELD WITH SLIDING WALK-THROUGH DOOR

TAYLOR MADE GROUP, LLC, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,162

MARINE VESSEL HULL WITH A LONGITUDINALLY VENTED TRANSVERSE STEP

Cross Step LLC, Yeadon, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,161

ELECTRIC POWER-ASSISTED BICYCLE AND DRIVE SYSTEM THEREFOR

Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushik...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,160

PEDAL

1. A pedal comprising:a connection shaft configured to be coupled to a crank rod of a pedal exercise equipment;
a pedal body rotatably connected to the connection shaft and extending from the connection shaft in a horizontal direction, wherein the pedal body comprises a front surface and a rear surface;
a plurality of brake pads provided at a predetermined interval from each other on the front surface and the rear surface of the pedal body such that one side surface of each of the plurality of brake pads is in contact with the front surface or the rear surface of the pedal body; and
inclination control plates respectively positioned at the front surface and the rear surface of the pedal body, and having a plurality of brake mounting grooves which are formed on one surface thereof positioned adjacent to the front surface and the rear surface of the pedal body and into which the brake pads are inserted and fixed, a hinge screw through hole formed in the center thereof, and coupling screw through holes formed in the right side and left side portions of the inclination control plates, wherein the coupling screw through holes are in the shape of elongated holes, wherein a hinge screw is screw-coupled in a hinge screw coupling hole of the pedal body and the hinge screw through hole of the inclination control plate and a coupling screw hole is screw-coupled in a coupling screw coupling hole of the pedal body and the coupling screw through hole of the inclination control plate such that both the right side and left side portions of the inclination control plate pivot about the hinge screw in a vertical direction with respect to the pedal body.

US Pat. No. 10,246,159

FRONT STRUCTURE OF SADDLE-RIDE TYPE VEHICLE

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,158

ACTUATED ACCESSORY FOR A SELF-BALANCING BOARD

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,157

INVERTED PENDULUM VEHICLE

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,156

AUDIBLE WARNING DEVICE FOR A BICYCLE

VELO SCIENTIFIC INC., To...

1. An audible warning device for a bicycle including a steerer column, the steerer column defining a longitudinal axis running through its center, the audible warning device comprising:a housing having a housing upper end;
a striking component connected to the housing and adapted to generate a sound by striking the housing; and
a mounting bolt extending longitudinally downwardly of the housing upper end for securing the housing to the steerer column,wherein, when the housing is secured to the steerer column, the housing upper end extends above the steerer column along the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,246,155

ADJUSTABLE ASSEMBLY FOR A BICYCLE

SPECIALIZED BICYCLE COMPO...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,154

BICYCLE SEAT

Balanced Bicycle Seats LL...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,153

SIDE-BY-SIDE VEHICLE

Polaris Industries Inc., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,152

CONTROL DEVICE FOR MOBILE ROBOT

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,151

MECHANICALLY-TIMED FOOTSTEPS FOR A ROBOTIC DEVICE

Boston Dynamics, Inc., W...

1. A method comprising:determining, by a robot, a position and a velocity of a center of mass of the robot, wherein the robot comprises a first foot in contact with a surface and a second foot not in contact with the surface;
based on the determined position and the determined velocity of the center of mass, determining a capture point for the robot, wherein the capture point indicates a position on the surface;
determining a target position for a center of pressure of the robot after the second foot contacts the surface;
determining a threshold position for the capture point, wherein the threshold position is based on the target position for the center of pressure;
determining that the capture point has reached the threshold position; and
based on the determination that the capture point has reached the threshold position, causing, by the robot, the second foot to contact the surface.

US Pat. No. 10,246,150

IDLER ASSEMBLY FOR A TRACK ROLLER FRAME

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,149

WHEEL SUSPENSION FOR A TWO-TRACK VEHICLE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,148

CRAWLER-TRACK UNIT, FOREST MACHINE AND FOREST MACHINE ASSEMBLY

PONSSE OYJ, Vierema (FI)...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,147

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,146

FIFTH WHEEL HITCH

Automatic Equipment Manuf...

1. In a fifth wheel hitch having a hitch head with a throat and an opposing pair of jaws for connecting to a fifth wheel trailer having a kingpin with an annular groove, the improvement comprising:a latch lever having a lever orifice;
a lock lever having a lock orifice; and
one jaw of the opposing pair of jaws pivotally connected to the latch lever;
wherein, if the kingpin has been inserted into the throat of the hitch head, and the jaws are not seated in the groove of the kingpin, the lever and lock orifices are not alignable; and
wherein, if the kingpin has been inserted into the throat of the hitch head, and the jaws are seated in the groove of the kingpin, the lever and lock orifices are alignable.

US Pat. No. 10,246,145

TIRE CARRIER

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,144

VEHICLE SPARE TIRE LIFT ASSEMBLY

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,143

AIRFLOW STRAIGHTENING STRUCTURE OF AUTOMOTIVE VEHICLE

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,142

STRUCTURAL MEMBER FOR VEHICLE

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,141

VARIABLE-WIDTH AERODYNAMIC SPOILER ASSEMBLIES AND CONTROL LOGIC FOR MOTOR VEHICLES

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. An active spoiler assembly for modifying aerodynamic performance of a motor vehicle, the motor vehicle including a vehicle body with opposing front and rear ends, the active spoiler assembly comprising:a main body configured to rigidly mount to the vehicle body and extend transversely across the motor vehicle, the main body having an elongated construction with opposing first and second longitudinal ends;
first and second fins each movably attached to a respective one of the first and second longitudinal ends of the main body; and
first and second fin actuators configured to attach to the vehicle body and each attached to a respective one of the first and second fins,
wherein the first fin actuator is configured to selectively move the first fin between respective first retracted and extended positions, and
wherein the second fin actuator is configured to selectively move the second fin between respective second retracted and extended positions.

US Pat. No. 10,246,140

SPOILER DEVICE AND METHOD

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,139

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING VEHICLE TRACTIVE EFFORT

GM Global Technology Oper...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,138

LATCH MECHANISM FOR AN OPENABLE BOX SIDE OF A PICKUP TRUCK

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,137

TAILGATE WITH A STEP

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,136

UNDERBODY CLADDING FOR A TWO-TRACK MOTOR VEHICLE AND TWO-TRACK MOTOR VEHICLE WITH SUCH AN UNDERBODY CLADDING

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A component for a two-track motor vehicle having wheel-controlling links as part of a rear axle, comprising:an underbody cladding for cladding an underbody at least on one vehicle side in a region of the wheel-controlling links of the rear axle such that, when in an installed state on the two-track motor vehicle, the underbody cladding extends under the wheel-controlling links at least partially in a substantially horizontal plane and, at least in a direction of an outer side of the vehicle, extends close to an inner side of a rear wheel of the motor vehicle, the rear wheel being connected via a wheel support to the wheel-controlling links, wherein
the underbody cladding is divided in a vehicle longitudinal direction into three sections comprising a front section, a central section and a rear section,
the central section extends under the wheel-controlling links on one vehicle side, and is connected at least over a part of a width of the central section to one or both of the front section and the rear section,
the central section is configured such that, in the installed state installed on the motor vehicle, the central section at least partially follows and/or at least partially yields to a substantial vertical movement of the wheel-controlling links during driving operation of the motor vehicle,
the front section and the rear section of the underbody cladding are configured to be arranged positionally statically on the motor vehicle such that, when in the installed state, the front and rear sections do not follow and/or yield to the substantial vertical movement of the wheel-controlling links.

US Pat. No. 10,246,135

FOLDABLE UNDERBODY PANEL

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

1. An underbody panel for a motor vehicle, the underbody panel being formed from a lightweight sandwich material and being configured as a single part, the underbody panel having at least one continuous folding connection extending in a transverse direction of the underbody panel being arranged between a first portion of the underbody panel and a second portion of the underbody panel, wherein the first portion and the second portion can be folded together via the folding connection and, in the folded-together state, are oriented substantially parallel to each other to reduce a size of the underbody panel during transport and storage of the underbody panel.

US Pat. No. 10,246,134

TRUCK MUD FLAP WITH ELBOW TUBES

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,133

REAR VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,132

TORQUE REACTION FRAME FOR MITIGATION OF REAR IMPACT EFFECTS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,131

METHOD FOR CARRYING OUT A PARKING PROCESS OF A MOTOR VEHICLE INTO A TRANSVERSE PARKING SPACE, PARKING ASSISTANCE SYSTEM AND MOTOR VEHICLE

Valeo Schalter Und Sensor...

1. A method for performing a parking operation of a motor vehicle into a transverse parking space by means of a parking assistance system of the motor vehicle, comprising:capturing environmental information related to an environment of the motor vehicle by one or more sensors of the parking assistance system;
detecting the transverse parking space by a controller of the parking assistance system depending on the environmental information, and determining, by the controller, a parking trajectory between a current position and a target position;
transmitting control signals at least to a steering system of the motor vehicle; and
based upon one or more control signals received at the steering system, guiding the motor vehicle along the parking trajectory from the current position through an entry side of the transverse parking space into the transverse parking space,
wherein a rear boundary is detected by the parking assistance system based on the environmental information, the rear boundary at least partially bounds the transverse parking space on a rear side of the transverse parking space opposing the entry side of the transverse parking space in a longitudinal direction therealong, and a target orientation of the motor vehicle for the target position in the transverse parking space is determined based on the rear boundary,
wherein to determine the target orientation the controller examines if the transverse parking space is bounded by a lateral object in a transverse direction along the parking space based on the environmental information, and if the lateral object is detected, the target orientation is determined based on the rear boundary and based on the lateral object, and if the lateral object is not detected, the target orientation is determined solely based on the rear boundary, and
wherein the controller determines a difference between a position of the rear boundary assumed or determined in an original determination of the parking trajectory and a position of the rear boundary determined based on current environmental information, and wherein if the difference between the position of the rear boundary determined or assumed in the original determination of the parking trajectory and the position of the rear boundary determined based on the current environmental information exceeds a preset threshold, the parking trajectory is corrected or updated based on the current environmental information.

US Pat. No. 10,246,130

TRACKLESS TUGGER TRAIN AND METHOD FOR STEERING A TRACKLESS TUGGER TRAIN

Hamburg Innovation GmbH, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,129

TRACTOR HAVING DUAL HYDROSTATIC DRIVE WITH SINGLE HAND CONTROL AND ATTACHMENT ADAPTER FOR POWERED ATTACHMENTS

1. A tractor comprising:a base for supporting a motive power source, left and right driven wheels, and left and right transmissions for the respective left and right wheels;
a handle structure coupled to the base for grasping by an operator from behind the tractor;
a drive system for driving each of the left and right transmissions with motive power from the motive power source;
wherein the left and right transmissions are hydrostatic transmissions, further comprising a speed regulator control lever on each transmission that allows seamless control of the transmission from reverse speed through neutral into forward speed; and
a transmission control structural mechanism coupled to each speed regulator control lever;
further wherein there is a longitudinally disposed space between the left and right transmissions, further comprising a power take off shaft disposed in the space extending anteriorly from the space and driven by the motive power source for powering a powered attachment arranged to be attached at the anterior of the tractor, and
further comprising a shaft extension of said power take off shaft extending posteriorly from the space for driving a rear power take off for powering a rear mounted powered attachment.

US Pat. No. 10,246,128

TRAVEL CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A travel control device for a vehicle, comprising:a steering transmission ratio variable device, which is installed in a steeling transmission system between a steeling wheel and steered wheels, and is configured to rotate a lower steeling shaft with respect to an upper steering shaft, to thereby change a steering transmission ratio;
a steering transmission ratio controller, which is configured to calculate a target value of a relative rotational angle between the upper steering shaft and the lower steeling shaft, which is required to achieve a target steering transmission ratio, and to control the steering transmission ratio variable device so that an actual relative rotational angle conforms to the target value;
a power steering device, which is installed in the steeling transmission system between the steered wheels and the steering transmission ratio variable device, and is configured to generate a steering assist torque;
a steering assist torque controller, which is configured to calculate a target steeling assist torque, and to control the power steering device so that an actual steering assist torque conforms to the target steeling assist torque; and
a driving support controller, which is configured to calculate a target steering angle of the steered wheels for causing the vehicle to travel along a predetermined travel path, and to correct the target steeling assist torque so that an actual steering angle of the steered wheels conforms to the target steeling angle,
wherein the steering transmission ratio controller is configured to decrease a range of the relative rotational angle controlled by the steeling transmission ratio variable device when the driving support controller is engaged compared to when the driving support controller is not engaged.

US Pat. No. 10,246,127

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

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,126

FEEDBACK CONTROL APPARATUS, ELECTRICALLY DRIVEN POWER STEERING APPARATUS

Hitachi Automotive System...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,125

STEERING CONTROL DEVICE

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A steering control device that controls a steering device that assists steering of a vehicle and that includes a synchronous motor that generates assist torque and a power conversion circuit that applies a voltage to the synchronous motor, the steering control device comprising:a current control processing circuit that manipulates the voltage, which is applied to the synchronous motor by the power conversion circuit, in order to control a current that flows through the synchronous motor to a command value;
a control angle manipulation processing circuit that manipulates a control angle that determines a phase of the command value in order to control a detected value of steering torque, which is torque input to a steering member, to target torque through feedback control; and
a torque-based guarding processing circuit that performs a guarding process such that an update amount for the control angle determined by the control angle manipulation processing circuit is equal to or less than a torque-based upper-limit guard value, which is an upper-limit guard value for a magnitude of the update amount in a rotational direction of the synchronous motor that matches the detected value, and equal to or more than a torque-based lower-limit guard value, which is a lower-limit guard value for the magnitude of the update amount in the rotational direction of the synchronous motor that matches the detected value, wherein
the torque-based guarding processing circuit includes a contraction processing circuit that gradually contracts an allowable range of the update amount determined by the torque-based upper-limit guard value and the torque-based lower-limit guard value using, as a condition, at least one of a state in which the magnitude of the update amount is more than the torque-based upper-limit guard value and a state in which the magnitude of the update amount is less than the torque-based lower-limit guard value.

US Pat. No. 10,246,124

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,123

STEERING CONTROL APPARATUS AND STEERING CONTROL METHOD

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,122

BALL SCREW MECHANISM AND STEERING SYSTEM

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,121

VEHICLE STEERING DEVICE

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,120

RACK AND PINION STEERING GEAR UNIT

NSK Ltd., Tokyo (JP)

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,119

STEERING COLUMN DEVICE

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,118

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

TRW Automotive GmbH, Alf...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,117

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,116

MULTIPURPOSE UTILITY CARTS

Rubbermaid Commercial Pro...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,115

FOOD, WATER AND VITAL SUPPLIES STORAGE AND TRANSPORT CART

ALLPILLARS, INC., Amity ...

1. A watertight collapsible storage and transport cart comprising:a substantially rectangular bottom panel;
two pairs of side panels connected to said bottom panel at fold lines, said fold lines being continuous and uninterrupted from end to end between said two pairs of side panels connected to said bottom panel;
a cover panel joined to a top edge of one of said side panels by a cover fold line, said cover panel having a rectangular shaped recess adjacent each corner thereof;
said panels being constructed of plastic material used to store food and water;
said side panels having releasable attachments where side edges of said side panels meet, said respective releasable attachments each comprising one pair of facing side panels having elongated continuous, uninterrupted male members extending along and on both side edges, and another pair of alternating facing side panels having continuous, uninterrupted female molded channels along side edges adapted to receive said continuous, uninterrupted male members when said side panels are lifted upwardly to form an assembled configuration of said cart, and forming along with uninterrupted fold lines watertight joints between adjacent side panels;
said bottom panel having a rectangular, annular metal frame L-shaped in cross section partially enclosing outer edges of said bottom panel and supporting a wheel adjacent each corner thereof, and a housing containing braking elements located over each wheel under said annular metal frame;
in said assembled configuration, said bottom and side panels extending upwardly forming a top opening, said cover panel swiveling between a position closing said top opening and a position exposing said top opening;
in a collapsed configuration, said sides folded inwardly, and said cover panel folded over said side panels, said folded panels forming a flat, compact assembly for stacking and storage, when stacked said wheels fall into corresponding recesses in a compact assembly underneath; and
a spout with a release valve mounted on said bottom panel for dispensing liquid contained within said cart.

US Pat. No. 10,246,114

ITEM DISPENSING APPARATUS

Innovative Product Achiev...

1. A cart for storing one or more items, the cart comprising:a cart body for storing one or more items, wherein the cart body defines a perimeter of the cart;
a plurality of drive wheels secured relative to the cart body; and
a retractable support base secured relative to the cart body, wherein the retractable support base comprises:
a base frame secured relative to the cart body; and
an outrigger member having a first distal end and a second distal end, wherein the outrigger member is pivotably secured relative to the base frame; and
wherein the retractable support base is adjustable between:
an extended configuration in which the first distal end and the second distal end of the outrigger member each extend beyond the perimeter of the cart; and
a retracted configuration in which the first distal end and the second distal end of the outrigger member are each positioned within the perimeter of the cart.

US Pat. No. 10,246,113

WHEEL BARROW

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,112

APPARATUS FOR HAULING AND STORING SUPPLIES

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,111

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM

GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,110

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

CRRC QINGDAO SIFANG ROLLI...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,109

RAILCAR YOKE

Miner Enterprises, Inc., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,108

LINKAGE FOR CONNECTING A RAILCAR BODY-SIDE END REGION OF A COUPLING ROD IN AN ARTICULATED MANNER TO A RAILCAR BODY

Voith Patent GmbH, Heide...

1. A linkage for articulately connecting an end portion of a coupling rod to a railcar body of a rail-borne vehicle defining a longitudinal direction, said coupling rod defining a longitudinal axis and being movable between a neutral position wherein said longitudinal axis thereof is coincident with said longitudinal direction of said rail-borne vehicle and a deflected position, the linkage comprising:a bearing block fixedly connectable to said railcar body;
a base plate coupled to said bearing block;
said base plate having a first side facing toward said railcar body and delimiting a first region extending toward said railcar body;
said base plate having a second side facing away from said railcar body and delimiting a second region extending away from said railcar body;
said base plate having a through opening formed therein for accommodating said end portion of said coupling rod extending therethrough and into said first region;
a push/pull assembly including a first support element arranged in said first region between said base plate and said railcar body; and, a second support element arranged in said second region facing toward said second side of said base plate;
said first side of said base plate and said first support element conjointly defining a first gap and said second side of said base plate and said second support element defining a second gap;
first and second spring units being disposed in said first and second gaps, respectively;
said base plate being mounted in said bearing block so as to be pivotable therein transversely to said longitudinal direction and in a horizontal plane; and,
a spherical bearing for journaling said coupling rod in said through opening of said base plate.

US Pat. No. 10,246,107

CHASSIS FOR A RAIL VEHICLE

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,106

FLOORING INCORPORATING OPEN AND ENCLOSED AIR DUCTS

Union Pacific Railroad Co...

1. A floor comprising:a plurality of interconnected elongated flooring units;
wherein each of said elongated flooring units comprises an enclosed air duct, said enclosed air duct formed by a left web, a right web, a top flange, and a bottom flange;
wherein a cross-section of said enclosed air duct comprises a trapezoid, said top flange and said bottom flange comprising parallel sides of said trapezoid; and
wherein a material used to construct said flooring unit comprises aluminum.

US Pat. No. 10,246,105

MULTIDIRECTIONAL TRANSPORT SYSTEM

MAIN ATTRACTIONS, LLC, O...

1. A transport system comprising:a support mechanism;
a track assembly comprising a first primary track section and an adjacent second primary track section, each primary track section having at least one opening in one end;
a connection mechanism having a first section and an opposing second section,
the first and second sections being separated by a collar; and
a conveyance assembly;
wherein the first section of the connection mechanism is insertable into the at least one opening in one end of the first primary track section and the second section of the connection mechanism is insertable into the at least one opening in one end of the adjacent second primary track section such that the first and second primary track sections are permitted a degree of rotational and longitudinal movement, and
wherein the track assembly is supported by the support mechanism to allow unimpeded translational movement of the conveyance assembly along the track assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,246,104

VEHICLE FUEL CONSUMPTION MONITOR AND FEEDBACK SYSTEMS

SmartDrive Systems, Inc.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,103

VEHICLE ODOR REMEDIATION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method comprising:detecting, based in part on a first location of a vehicle and weather data, a condition for removing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the vehicle, the first location being a current location of the vehicle;
determining that a first level of VOCs in the vehicle is greater than a predetermined level;
selecting a second location to expedite removal of the VOCs; and
navigating the vehicle to the second location.

US Pat. No. 10,246,102

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPLEMENTING USER PREFERENCES FOR VEHICLES

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,101

DRIVER TRAINING SYSTEM

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,100

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VEHICLE PATH PREDICTION

VEONEER SWEDEN AB, Varga...

1. A method of predicting a future path of a vehicle, comprising the steps of:sensing a speed, a direction, and a yaw rate of the vehicle;
sensing a steering angle of the vehicle; sensing a driving lane near the vehicle, or along which the vehicle is being driven;
calculating a first path prediction, for a first period of time following a current time, the first path prediction comprising a trajectory predicted based on the sensed speed, the sensed direction and the sensed yaw rate;
calculating a second path prediction, for a second period of time, at least some of which is later than the first period of time, which assumes that a steering action arising from changes in the steering angle will take effect on the vehicle;
calculating a third path prediction, for a third period of time, at least some of which is later than the second period of time, which assumes that the driver of the vehicle will control the trajectory of the vehicle to attempt to follow at least substantially the driving lane;
formulating a combined predicted path for the first, the second and the third periods of time, wherein the first, the second and the third path predictions each contribute to the combined predicted path; and
activating one or more vehicle safety systems if it is determined, based on the combined predicted path that the vehicle will, or is likely to, encounter a hazardous situation.

US Pat. No. 10,246,099

SYSTEM FOR THE ESTIMATION OF ONE OR MORE PARAMETERS RELATED TO THE LOAD OF A VEHICLE, PARTICULARLY OF THE ABSOLUTE VALUE AND THE DISTRIBUTION THEREOF

E-NOVIA S.R.L., Milan (I...

1. A system for the estimation of parameters (L, D) related to a load of a vehicle, said system comprising:first and second sensors for detecting respective first and second vehicle kinematic quantities, each sensor being suitable to generate signals representing the respective one of said vehicle kinematic quantities;
a control unit comprising:
first and second pairs of band-pass filters, each pair comprising first and second band-pass filters;
one or more modules for determining frequency spectra pairs (FFT1, FFT2), a frequency spectra pair being associated with each of said first and second vehicle kinematic quantities, from the signals representing the respective vehicle kinematic quantity filtered in a first and in a second predetermined frequency band through the first and second band-pass filters of a respective pair of the band-pass filters; and
one or more modules for determining a numeric value representing the vehicle load (L) in kilograms and a numeric value representing the load distribution (D) in the vehicle from said frequency spectra pairs (FFT1, FFT2),
wherein said numeric value representing the load distribution in the vehicle (D) represents the longitudinal distance of the concentrated load of the vehicle from a predetermined reference point,
wherein said numeric value representing the vehicle load (L) is a numeric absolute value representing the vehicle load (L), and said sensors comprise a sensor configured for detecting the vehicle vertical acceleration (z) and for generating a signal representing the vehicle vertical acceleration, and a sensor configured for detecting the vehicle pitch angular speed (?) and for generating a signal representing the vehicle pitch angular speed,
whereby the determination of said numeric value representing the vehicle load (L) and of said numeric value representing the load distribution in the vehicle (D) enables improvement in a stability of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,246,098

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RESPONDING TO DRIVER STATE

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,097

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE OPERATOR IDENTIFICATION

STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOB...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,096

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR INCREASING ENGINE BRAKING

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,095

REGENERATIVE BRAKING CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VEHICLES

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,094

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE CORNERING MANEUVER

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,093

METHOD FOR OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,092

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

Continental Automotive Gm...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,091

REAR MONITORING FOR AUTOMOTIVE CRUISE CONTROL SYSTEMS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,090

VEHICLE COLLISION SEVERITY MITIGATION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,089

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,088

CONTROL SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD FOR GUIDING A MOTOR VEHICLE ALONG A PATH AND FOR AVOIDING A COLLISION WITH ANOTHER MOTOR VEHICLE

TRW AUTOMOTIVE GmbH, (DE...

1. A control system which for use in a host motor vehicle (10) is configured and intended for recognizing motor vehicles traveling ahead, to the side, and/or behind and preferably stationary objects situated ahead, based on surroundings data obtained from at least one surroundings sensor associated with the host motor vehicle (10), wherein the at least one surroundings sensor is configured for providing an electronic controller of the control system with surroundings data that represent an area in front of, next to, or behind the host motor vehicle, the control system comprising:detecting another motor vehicle (20) using the road, relative to the host motor vehicle (10), by means of the at least one surroundings sensor,
determining movements of the other motor vehicle (20) relative to (i) a lane in which the other motor vehicle (20) or the host motor vehicle (10) is present, or (ii) the host motor vehicle,
determining, starting from an instantaneous location of the host motor vehicle (10), a set having a predefined number of trajectories, differing with regard to their length and/or their course, for possible paths of the host motor vehicle (10), wherein the course of neighboring trajectories differs by a predefined difference between possible different steering angles of the host motor vehicle (10),
correlating the course of the determined trajectories for possible paths of the host motor vehicle (10) with the provided surroundings data, and classifying the determined trajectories as (i) trajectories involving a collision, (ii) collision-free trajectories, and/or (iii) optimal trajectories,
determining an instantaneously traveled trajectory of the host motor vehicle (10) and comparing it to the classified trajectories, and
based on this situation recognition for the host motor vehicle (10), making an intervention decision, and generating at least one signal that assists a driver of the host motor vehicle (10) in controlling the host motor vehicle (10) in order to guide the host motor vehicle (10) at least along a collision-free trajectory, or generating at least one associated control command that causes the host motor vehicle (10) to follow at least one of the collision-free trajectories.

US Pat. No. 10,246,087

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COLLISION MITIGATION DURING MACHINE ARTICULATION

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,086

ECHELON PARKING

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,085

VEHICLE BEHAVIOR CONTROL DEVICE TO CONTROL A VEHICLE BASED ON STEERING CHARACTERISTICS

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

1. A vehicle behavior control device configured to control a behavior of a vehicle having steerable front road wheels, comprising:a steering apparatus configured to transmit rotation of a steering wheel toward the front road wheels, the steering apparatus having: a steering wheel-side mechanism which is coupled to the steering wheel and configured to transmit rotation of the steering wheel; and a road wheel-side mechanism which is coupled to the steering wheel-side mechanism via a low rigidity portion having a relatively low torsional rigidity or is mechanically separated from the steering wheel-side mechanism, and configured to turn the front road wheels according to the rotation of the steering wheel; and
a controller configured to, when a steering speed in the steering apparatus becomes greater than a given threshold greater than 0, perform a driving force reduction control in order to reduce a vehicle driving force according to the steering speed,
wherein the steering apparatus comprises: a first steering angle sensor provided in the steering wheel-side mechanism and configured to detect a steering angle corresponding to rotation of the steering wheel; and a second steering angle sensor provided in the road wheel-side mechanism and configured to detect a steering angle corresponding to turning of the front road wheels,
wherein the controller is configured to calculate the steering speed from an output of the first steering angle sensor and an output of the second steering angle sensor in order to perform the driving force reduction control based on the steering speed, and
wherein the controller is configured to perform a determination whether a steering generated in the vehicle corresponds to a steering operation purposefully performed by a driver or a turning of the front road wheels by a disturbance force, based on the output of the first steering angle sensor and the output of the second steering angle sensor, and is configured to change a method for calculating the steering speed in accordance with a result of the determination.

US Pat. No. 10,246,084

VEHICLE BEHAVIOR CONTROL DEVICE

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

3. A vehicle behavior control device configured to control a behavior of a vehicle having steerable front road wheels, the vehicle behavior control device comprising:an engine or an electric motor configured to generate a driving force for the vehicle so as to drive road wheels;
a steering apparatus configured to transmit rotation of a steering wheel toward the front road wheels, the steering apparatus having: a steering wheel-side mechanism configured to transmit rotation of the steering wheel; and a road wheel-side mechanism mechanically separated from the steering wheel-side mechanism and configured to turn the front road wheels according to the rotation of the steering wheel; and
a processor configured to perform a driving force reduction control in order to reduce the driving force of the engine or the electric motor,
wherein the steering apparatus comprises:
a first steering angle sensor provided in the steering wheel-side mechanism and configured to detect a steering angle corresponding to rotation of the steering wheel; and
a second steering angle sensor provided in the road wheel-side mechanism and configured to detect a steering angle corresponding to turning of the front road wheels, and
wherein, when a steering speed corresponding to a steering angle detected by one of the first steering angle sensor and the second steering angle sensor becomes greater than a given threshold greater than 0, the processor is configured to:
select the one of the first steering angle sensor and the second steering angle sensor; and
perform the driving force reduction control in order to reduce the driving force based on the steering speed corresponding to the steering angle detected by the selected steering angle sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,246,083

HYBRID VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,082

PROPULSION SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,081

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,080

HYBRID VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS

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

1. A hybrid vehicle control apparatus comprising:an internal combustion engine;
a first motor generator that generates electric power using power of the internal combustion engine;
an electricity storager;
a second motor generator that is driven by electric power supplied from at least one of the electricity storager and the first motor generator;
a booster that boosts an input voltage to the first motor generator and an output voltage from the second motor generator to expand an operable range of the first motor generator and an operable range of the second motor generator into a first expanded operable range and a second expanded operable range, respectively; and
a controller that performs control during braking of the hybrid vehicle to drive the first motor generator as a motor with regenerative power obtained by operating the second motor generator as a generator, and to drive the first motor generator at a first inefficient operating point within the first expanded operable range and to drive the second motor generator at a second inefficient operating point within the second expanded operable range, when the first motor generator drives the internal combustion engine as load.

US Pat. No. 10,246,079

HYBRID VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A hybrid vehicle, comprising:an engine configured to output power for driving and equipped with an exhaust emission control device in an exhaust system thereof;
a first motor configured to motor the engine;
a second motor configured to output power for driving;
a power storage device configured to transmit electric power to and from the first motor and the second motor; and
a control device configured to control the engine, the first motor and the second motor, wherein
in response to a predetermined rotation request for rotating the engine with no need to output power from the engine,
when a catalyst temperature in the exhaust emission control device is equal to or higher than a predetermined temperature, the control device performs a first control that controls the engine and the first motor to rotate the engine with fuel injection, and
when the catalyst temperature is lower than the predetermined temperature, the control device performs a second control that controls the engine and the first motor to rotate the engine without the fuel injection.

US Pat. No. 10,246,078

TIME-OPTIMIZED PARTICLE FILTER IN HYBRID VEHICLES

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,077

VEHICLE REGENERATIVE SPEED CONTROL DEVICE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A vehicle regenerative speed control device for a vehicle havinga continuously variable transmission including a transmission input shaft,
a mechanical brake system, and
an electric motor that is connected to the transmission input shaft and that regenerates energy during deceleration,
the vehicle regenerative speed control device comprising:
a controller configured to execute a cooperative regenerative control with respect to a requested braking force, the cooperative braking control providing the requested braking force as a sum of a regenerative braking force generated by the electric motor and a mechanical braking force generated by the mechanical brake system,
the controller being configured such that when the requested braking force increases during the cooperative regenerative control, the controller performs a regenerative speed control to downshift the continuously variable transmission to a lower gear and increase a rotational speed of the transmission input shaft, and
during the cooperative braking control, the controller being configured to determine whether the vehicle is in a regenerative braking region in which the vehicle speed is larger than a brake switching start vehicle speed or a brake switching region in which the vehicle speed is smaller than or equal to a brake switching start vehicle speed and larger than or equal to a brake switching end vehicle speed that is smaller than the brake switching start vehicle speed,
the controller being configured to execute the regenerative speed control such that a rotational speed change rate of the transmission input shaft is smaller when carrying out the regenerative speed control in the brake switching region than when carrying out the regenerative speed control in the regenerative braking region.

US Pat. No. 10,246,076

CONTROL APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,075

HYBRID VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,074

HYBRID VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,073

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A HYBRID-ELECTRIC VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,072

REAR CARGO REMINDER SYSTEM

Nissan North America, Inc...

1. A rear cargo reminder system comprising:a vehicle having a passenger compartment with a rear seat;
a front door fixed to the vehicle for movement between an open orientation and a closed orientation;
a front door sensor configured to detect opening movement and closing movement of the front door;
a rear door attached to the vehicle for movement between an open orientation providing access to the rear seat and a closed orientation;
a rear door sensor installed within the vehicle and configured to detect opening movement and closing movement of the rear door;
an alerting device configured to provide an alarm signal; and
a controller operably connected to each of the front door sensor, the rear door sensor and the alerting device, the controller operating in the absence of detection of conditions of an ignition switch of the vehicle and in the absence of detection of operating state of an engine of the vehicle, such that in response to the controller detecting a sequence of events based on detection of movement of the front door via the front door sensor and movement of the rear door via signals from the rear door sensor the controller determines whether or not the vehicle operator has potentially left an object beside or on the rear seat of the passenger compartment, and in response to determining that the vehicle operator has potentially left an object beside or on the rear seat of the passenger compartment the controller operates the alerting device to provide the alarm signal to the vehicle operator, the controller operating in the absence of an occupancy sensor such as a microphone, a temperature sensor, a seat weight sensor, movement sensor or any other type of sensor configured to detect the presence or absence of an occupant within the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,246,071

HYDRAULIC PRESSURE GENERATING DEVICE

AUTOLIV NISSIN BRAKE SYST...

1. A hydraulic pressure generating device comprising:a base body;
a master cylinder provided in the base body and configured to generate a brake hydraulic pressure by a first piston connected to a brake operating element;
a housing attached to the base body;
a control board contained in the housing;
a stroke sensor configured to detect an amount of movement of the first piston; and
a detection object member which is detected by the stroke sensor,
wherein the housing comprises a facing wall portion provided so as to face the base body, and
wherein the stroke sensor is provided inside the housing, on a side of the facing wall portion opposite to the base body, and is electrically connected to the control board,
wherein a male terminal provided on one of the sensor board and an end portion of a conductive member positioned on a side of the sensor board is inserted in a female terminal provided on the other, the sensor board is fixed to the conductive member, and
wherein a portion of the conductive member is buried in the facing wall portion of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,246,070

BRAKE SYSTEM CONTROL UNIT FOR A VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A brake system control unit for a vehicle having a hydraulic vehicle brake and an electromechanical brake device including at least one electric brake motor, the brake system control unit comprising:a microcontroller configured to actuate at least one active brake component;
a system ASIC configured to acquire sensor signals; and
a brake motor ASIC configured to acquire sensor signals, the brake motor ASIC being configured to generate an interrogation signal sequence configured to interrogate a switched state of an actuation switch of the electromechanical brake device,
wherein the actuation switch of the electromechanical brake device is configured to generate a response signal sequence as a function of the switched state and in reaction to the interrogation signal sequence, the response signal sequence being fed to the brake motor ASIC for evaluation,
wherein the microcontroller is connected to the system ASIC and the brake motor ASIC via communication interfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,246,069

HAPTIC INTERFACE PROVIDING IMPROVED CONTROL OF THE HAPTIC SENSATION

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,068

PRESSURE MODULATOR FOR AN ABS SYSTEM

BRAKE FORCE ONE GMBH, Tu...

1. A pressure modulator for an antilock braking system (ABS), comprising:a housing having a hydraulic inlet and a hydraulic outlet that are interconnected via a hydraulic line;
a volume accumulator for increasing a volume of the hydraulic line during an activated anti-lock function;
a linear drive for opening the volume accumulator;
an electronic circuit disposed in the housing for controlling the linear drive;
a spring element, wherein the linear drive comprises a rotor bar and wherein a displacement movement of the rotor bar effectuates an opening of the volume accumulator against a spring force of the spring element; and
a control piston that extends into the rotor bar, the control piston being fixedly connected to the housing and supporting the spring element.

US Pat. No. 10,246,067

BRAKE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A BRAKE SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,066

MOTOR MODULE AND ABS HYDRAULIC UNIT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A motor module comprising:a motor and a planetary gear mechanism which is attached to an output shaft of the motor, and
a fixing portion that integrally fixes the motor and the planetary gear mechanism to each other,
wherein the fixing portion fixes the motor by inwardly clamping the motor and fixes an internal gear of the planetary gear mechanism, wherein the fixing portion fixes the internal gear thereto by inwardly clamping the internal gear thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,246,065

VEHICLE HAZARD DETECTION AND WARNING SYSTEM

THUNDER POWER NEW ENERGY ...

1. A vehicle apparatus, comprising:one or more input sensors;
an antenna device; and
a processor device configured to:
receive input from the one or more input sensors, the input including a location of a vehicle;
provide the received input to a service provider computer via the antenna device, wherein the service provider is caused to:
determine, based on the location of the vehicle, at least one hazard in a vicinity of the vehicle apparatus, the at least one hazard identified by a second vehicle traveling ahead of the vehicle using one or more sensors of the second vehicle;
identify one or more risks associated with the at least one hazard;
identify one or more driver-specific factors associated with the driver of the vehicle; and
determine, based on the one or more driver-specific factors associated with a driving tendency of the driver of the vehicle in combination with the one or more risks, a strategy for mitigating the at least one hazard, the strategy including at least a first set of instructions and a second set of instructions; and
receive, from the service provider computer and in response to providing the received input, the first set of instructions to provide a notification of at least one hazard in the vicinity of the vehicle apparatus to an operator of the vehicle apparatus, and the second set of instructions to activate one or more driving components of the vehicle to mitigate a risk posed by the at least one hazard based on one or more driver-specific factors; and
execute each of the first set of instructions and the second set of instructions.

US Pat. No. 10,246,064

ELECTRIC BRAKE DEVICE

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,063

WHEEL REFERENCE BALANCE ESTIMATOR

Goodrich Corporation, Ch...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,062

SEMI-TRAILER LANDING GEAR

SAF-HOLLAND GmbH, Bessen...

1. A semi-trailer landing gear, comprising:a housing configured to fasten to a further element of a vehicle, wherein the semi-trailer landing gear extends along a longitudinal axis, the housing including an outer wall, the outer wall including a fastening side having at least two fastening portions located in the region of the fastening side, wherein each of the at least two fastening portions are configured to at least one of fasten and arrange the semi-trailer landing gear on the further element;
wherein each fastening portion of the at least two fastening portions includes at least one of at least one fastening element for fastening the at least one fastening portion and at least one arrangement portion for arranging the at least one fastening portion, and wherein a ratio of a distance between at least one of the fastening elements and the arrangement portions of the two fastening portions transversely to the longitudinal axis of the semi-trailer landing gear to a width of the housing in this region is less than 1, wherein the outer wall has at least one assembly opening that provides an access to the arrangement portion from an inner side of the semi-trailer landing gear, and wherein the assembly opening is configured to be closed by moving an inner supporting tube of the semi-trailer landing gear along the longitudinal axis, and wherein the assembly opening is closed in a first or rest position of the inner supporting tube.

US Pat. No. 10,246,061

WHEEL BRUSH AND LUG NUT CLEANER

Black Tie Brands, LLC, M...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,060

INTEGRATED VACUUM FOR MOTOR VEHICLE

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,059

WASHER-INTEGRATED TYPE WIPER APPARATUS

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,058

DEVICE FOR RETAINING A PIPE, NOTABLY FOR WINDSCREEN WASHER LIQUID

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,057

ADAPTOR FOR CONNECTING A WINDSCREEN WIPER UNIT TO A DRIVING ARM

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,056

VEHICLE THEFT PREVENTION BASED ON FUELING PATTERN

International Business Ma...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,055

METHOD FOR AUTHORIZING A DRIVER TO ACTIVATE AT LEAST ONE SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE, BASED ON A BIOMETRIC AUTHENTICATION PROCESS

DURA OPERATING, LLC, Aub...

1. A method for authorizing a driver to activate at least one system of a vehicle, said method comprising a preliminary phase and a subsequent phase based on a biometric authentication process;wherein the preliminary phase comprises:an initialization step consisting for the owner of the vehicle in materially allowing the driver to perform further steps,
an enrollment step consisting in scanning enrollment biometric data of the driver,
an access step consisting for the driver to enter the vehicle;
a storage step consisting in registering said enrollment biometric data in a secured memory of the vehicle;wherein the subsequent phase comprises:an authentication step consisting in scanning authentication biometric data of the driver inside the vehicle and comparing said authentication biometric data with the enrollment biometric data registered in the secured memory of the vehicle, then
an activation step consisting, if the authentication biometric data match with the enrollment biometric data, in authorizing the driver to activate the at least one system of the vehicle, or
a refusal step consisting, if the authentication biometric data does not match with the enrollment biometric data, in forbidding the driver to activate the at least one system of the vehicle; andwherein the enrollment step is performed on a biometric scanner installed at a dedicated location, outside the vehicle, wherein:in the initialization step, the owner issues a smart card configured to unlock openings of the vehicle;
in the enrollment step, the enrollment biometric data of the driver are registered in a secured memory of the smart card;
in the access step, the driver uses the smart card to unlock the openings of the vehicle; then
in the storage step, the enrollment biometric data of the driver are transferred from the secured memory of the smart card to the secured memory of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,246,054

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

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,053

AUTHORIZATION TO OPEN A RECEIVING COMPARTMENT OF AN UNMANNED VEHICLE

Deutsche Post AG, Bonn (...

1. A method for checking the authorization to open a receiving compartment of an unmanned vehicle, the method comprising:obtaining a request to open the receiving compartment of the unmanned vehicle and first proof of authorization information;
capturing a position of the unmanned vehicle and at least one environmental parameter dependent on the position of the unmanned vehicle, wherein an environmental parameter dependent on the position of the unmanned vehicle is at least one of an image of an environment of the unmanned vehicle and an availability of at least one wireless communication signal, where the image of an environment of the unmanned vehicle contains an environmental feature which is characteristic of the position of the vehicle, wherein the availability of the at least one wireless communication signal is characteristic of the position of the vehicle;
checking the authorization of the request to open the receiving compartment of the unmanned vehicle dependent on the obtained first proof of authorization information, the captured position of the unmanned vehicle and the captured environmental parameter; and
opening and/or causing of opening of the receiving compartment of the unmanned vehicle only when the checking reveals that the request to open the receiving compartment of the unmanned vehicle is authorized.

US Pat. No. 10,246,052

STEERING LOCK DEVICE AND ASSEMBLING METHOD OF STEERING LOCK DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,051

VEHICLE SEATBELT ASSEMBLY

Nissan North America, Inc...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,050

RETRACTOR AND SEAT BELT DEVICE

JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS JAP...

1. A retractor comprising:a spool for winding a webbing that restrains an occupant; and
an automatic lock mechanism for locking withdrawal of the webbing, wherein
the automatic lock mechanism comprises a switching plate that is rotatably connected to the spool via a speed reduction mechanism, and a lever member that is operated by the switching plate,
the switching plate comprises a disc-shaped guide part, a first projected part that is disposed on a first surface of the guide part, and a second projected part that is disposed on a second surface of the guide part, and
the lever member comprises a first lever that is in contact with the first projected part, a second lever that is in contact with the second projected part, and a gap that is disposed between the first lever and the second lever, wherein the guide part can pass through the gap.

US Pat. No. 10,246,049

INTELLIGENT RETRACTOR HAVING MODE CHANGING LEVER

WOOSHIN SAFETY SYSTEMS CO...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,048

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

Tool, Inc., Marblehead, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,047

SEAT BELT RETRACTOR AND SEAT BELT APPARATUS

JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS JAP...

1. A seat belt retractor comprising: a spool that retracts a webbing that restrains an occupant; a base frame that accommodates the spool while allowing the spool to rotate; and a lock mechanism that regulates rotation of the spool,wherein the lock mechanism includes a locking base disposed at an end portion of the spool, an opening which is formed in the base frame and through which the locking base is inserted, engagement teeth formed at an inner edge of the opening, and a pawl that is disposed outwardly movable in a radial direction relative to the locking base and that is engageable with the engagement teeth,
wherein the lock mechanism further includes a protect cover that includes a side wall portion disposed so as to cover a side portion of the locking base which faces to the engagement teeth a portion of the protect cover is inserted through the opening of the base frame, and,
wherein, the protect cover is a separate member from the locking base and protects the side portion of the locking base so as not to contact with the engagement teeth of the base frame when the spool is moved with respect to the base frame and decentered; and wherein the protect cover includes a ceiling portion disposed on a surface of the locking base, and wherein the side wall portion is formed along an outer circumference of the ceiling portion.

US Pat. No. 10,246,046

VEHICLE SEATBELT ASSEMBLY

Nissan North America, Inc...

1. A vehicle seatbelt assembly comprising:a first member configured to attach to one of a vehicle floor structure and a seat structure;
a second member supported on the first member, the second member being configured for limited sliding movement relative to the first member;
a buckle mechanism attached to the second member for movement therewith, the buckle mechanism having a latch device configured to releaseably retain a seatbelt latch tongue member; and
a clutch mechanism disposed between the first member and the second member, the clutch mechanism being operable to switch between a dis-engaged state allowing movement of the second member relative to the first member and an engaged state preventing movement of the second member relative to the first member.

US Pat. No. 10,246,045

HARNESS BAR ASSEMBLY

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,044

VEHICLE HOOD ASSEMBLY WITH DEPLOYABLE PEDESTRIAN PROTECTION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle hood assembly comprising:an inner hood;
an outer hood fixed relative to the inner hood;
a plurality of deployable devices spaced from each other between the inner hood and the outer hood, the deployable devices each defining an inflation chamber and being formed of thermoplastic elastomer; and
a plurality of inflators each disposed inside one of the deployable devices;
wherein each deployable device includes a clip fixing the respective inflator; wherein each clip is a single continuous unit with the respective deployable device.

US Pat. No. 10,246,043

OVERHEAD AIRBAG ASSEMBLIES

Autoliv ASP, Inc., Ogden...

1. An airbag assembly comprising:a housing assembly to be mounted at one of a headrest and a seatback and above a vehicle occupant position of a vehicle;
an inflator; and
an inflatable cushion that defines a void that is configured to receive inflation gas from the inflator to expand the inflatable cushion from a packaged state within the housing assembly to a deployed state, wherein the inflatable cushion is configured to deploy around a portion of the vehicle occupant position, the inflatable cushion comprising:
a first lateral chamber to deploy at a first lateral side of the vehicle occupant position;
a second lateral chamber to deploy at a second lateral side disposed opposite of the first lateral side; and
a frontal chamber to deploy to be disposed between the first and second lateral chambers and forward of the vehicle occupant position, the frontal chamber configured to receive a head and at least a portion of a torso of a vehicle occupant moving from the vehicle occupant position in a forward direction relative to the vehicle during a vehicle impact event,
wherein the frontal chamber is configured to rotate forward independent of the first and second lateral chambers.

US Pat. No. 10,246,042

AIR BAG DEVICE

1. An airbag device for restraining a forward movement of an occupant seated on a vehicle seat of a vehicle adapted for use with a collision sensor, comprising:an inflator which is operated by a signal from the sensor that detects a collision of the vehicle and which discharges an expansion gas; and
a plurality of airbags which expand and deploy due to the expansion gas, wherein the plurality of airbags includes a first airbag which deploys to the front of the occupant; and a second airbag which is joined to a side part of the first airbag on a cabin center side with respect to the occupant and is adapted to restrain an obliquely forward movement of the occupant when deployed,
the collision sensor of a type capable of discriminating between a first collision mode which is not accompanied by a significant rotation of the vehicle in a horizontal plane and a second collision mode which is accompanied by a significant rotation of the vehicle in the horizontal plane, and
the first airbag is deployed in the first and the second collision modes and the second airbag is deployed only when the second collision mode occurs and the second airbag is not deployed when the first collision mode occurs, the inflator discharges the expansion gas into the first airbag in the first collision mode and in the second collision mode,
a joint of the first airbag and the second airbag is provided with an openable and closable inflation vent opening which communicates with both the first and the second airbags, and
the inflation vent opening is configured so that the gas flows into the second airbag from the first airbag during the second collision mode.

US Pat. No. 10,246,041

SIDE AIRBAG DEVICE

AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,040

AIR BAG MODULE

TRW AUTOMOTIVE GmbH, (DE...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,039

AIRBAG DEVICE

AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB, ...

1. An airbag device configured to restrain an occupant of a front seat in a vehicle from a front side of the vehicle, comprising:a housing having an opening openable at a prescribed surface and provided in a prescribed location in a vicinity of the front seat;
a main bag stored in the housing and inflated and deployed from the opening toward a front side of the front seat; and
a support bag provided more inside in a vehicle-widthwise direction than the main bag and stored in the housing together with the main bag to be inflated and deployed from the opening toward a rear side of a center console,
wherein the main bag and the support bag each are reduced in size and stored in the housing in a stored form as the main bag and the support bag are formed into respective separated masses,
wherein the support bag is positioned closer to an opening side than the main bag for deploying the support bag before the main bag when the airbag is deployed, and
wherein a coupling portion between the main bag and the support bag is configured to deploy before the main bag when the airbag is deployed.

US Pat. No. 10,246,038

OBJECT RECOGNITION DEVICE AND VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,037

VEHICLE TELEMATICS OF VEHICLE CRASHES

Cambridge Mobile Telemati...

1. A method for automatically generating a documentation of a crash involving a vehicle, the method comprising:a processor executing instructions for receiving telematics data produced by one or more sensors associated with a telematics device at the vehicle, the sensors including at least one of an accelerometer, a speedometer, a barometer, a gyroscope, a compass, and a position sensor;
based on the telematics data, the processor executing instructions for determining a start time of the vehicle crash that is a beginning of a vehicle crash period and an end time of the vehicle crash period, the vehicle crash period including one or more impacts of the vehicle, the start time and the end time being determined based on comparisons of (a) features corresponding to values of telematics data in time segments of the telematics data with (b) predetermined thresholds for the features;
the processor executing instructions for determining, based on the telematics data, one or more metrics associated with the vehicle during the vehicle crash period; and
the processor automatically generating, based on the one or more metrics, a human-readable prose documentation of the vehicle crash comprising a narrative description of features of the vehicle crash during the vehicle crash period, the narrative description including one or more common phrases and one or more of the determined metrics, and
communicating the narrative human-readable prose documentation to a device for presentation in an audible form or a readable form to a user.

US Pat. No. 10,246,036

SECONDARY BUMPER ASSEMBLY

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,035

CHARGE TRANSFER FUNCTION IN THE EVENT OF FAILED STARTING

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,034

POWER DISTRIBUTION CENTER MOUNTING ASSEMBLY

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,033

PROTECTOR AND WIRE HARNESS

AutoNetworks Technologies...

1. A wire harness comprising a protector, the protector comprising:a first unit into which an electrical wire is to be inserted; and
a second unit into which a portion of the electrical wire is to be inserted, the portion being a portion that is not to be inserted into the first unit,
wherein the first unit includes a coupling-target portion that is tubular, the second unit includes a coupling portion that is also tubular, the coupling-target portion being concentric to the coupling portion so as to be rotatable relative to the coupling portion, the coupling portion forming a passage for which the electric wire is routed and the first unit and the second unit are configured to be orientated such that a direction in which the second unit extends is orthogonal to a direction in which the first unit extends, upon the coupling portion being rotated relative to the coupling-target portion; wherein the wire harness further includes a connector housing that forms a connector that allows another connector to be fitted thereto from a lateral side relative to the direction in which the first unit extends and the direction in which the second unit extends.

US Pat. No. 10,246,032

TRIM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

DURA AUTOMOTIVE HOLDINGS,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,031

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

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,030

OBJECT DETECTION APPARATUS AND DRIVING ASSISTANCE APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,029

ACCESSORY ARM FOR LIFT TRUCK

HYSTER-YALE GROUP, INC., ...

1. An accessory arm for a lift truck, comprising:at least one rear attachment mechanism sized and shaped to be affixed to a rear overhead guard leg of a lift truck;
a front attachment mechanism sized and shaped to be affixed to a front overhead guard leg of the lift truck, the front attachment mechanism including a first portion of a latch mechanism;
an accessory bar rotationally mounted to the at least one rear attachment mechanism and including a second portion of the latch mechanism configured to releasably engage the first portion of the latch mechanism when the accessory bar is in a closed position;
at least one mount releasably attached to the accessory bar, the at least one mount sized and shaped to affix an accessory to the accessory bar such that the accessory is positionable at a user selected position; and
a monitor holder attached to the at least one mount, wherein the monitor holder further comprises a scanner holder, and wherein the at least one mount further comprises a second mount affixing an elongated accessory holder to the accessory bar such that the elongated accessory holder is suspended over a step of the lift truck when the accessory arm is affixed to the lift truck.

US Pat. No. 10,246,028

CUP HOLDER WITH INTEGRATED, DEPLOYABLE PURSE AND PARCEL HOOK

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,027

BICYCLE CARRIER FOR VEHICLE

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,026

CAR TOP CARRIER AND HINGE THEREFOR

Impact Plastics Corporati...

1. A vehicle top carrier comprising:an upper storage container and a lower storage container combining to form the vehicle top carrier;
a lower hinge member being mounted on the lower storage container;
an upper hinge member being mounted on the upper storage container;
the upper hinge member joining with the lower hinge member to unite the lower storage container with the upper storage container in order to form the vehicle top carrier;
the upper hinge member being separable from the lower hinge member to provide storage for the vehicle top carrier;
the lower hinge member having at least one female assembly member or at least one male assembly member;
the upper hinge member having the at least one female assembly member or the at least one male assembly member;
the at least one female assembly member receiving the at least one male assembly member to form the vehicle top carrier;
the lower hinge member and the upper hinge member having the at least one female assembly member or the at least one male assembly member for each 100 centimeters length of a side of the upper storage container and an adjoining side of the lower storage container;
the at least one female assembly member and the at least one male assembly member being two to five pairs of female assembly members and male assembly members for each 100 centimeters in length of the upper hinge member and the lower hinge member;
the female assembly members having slot apertures, circular apertures, oval apertures, or rectangular apertures; and
the male assembly members corresponding to and fitting into the slot apertures, the circular apertures, the oval apertures, or the rectangular apertures;
the vehicle top carrier being a car top carrier;
the car top carrier providing ease of storage and ease of assembly;
the female assembly members and the male assembly members permitting easy joining and separation of the upper storage container and the lower storage container;
the upper storage container and the lower storage container being capable of a nesting arrangement when the lower hinge member and the upper hinge member are separated;
the upper storage container being a carrier top for the car top carrier;
the lower storage container being a carrier bottom for the car top carrier;
the female assembly members being mounted on the lower storage container;
the car top carrier including a prop for supporting the carrier top away from the carrier bottom in cooperation with a hinge formed by a joining of the lower hinge member and the upper hinge member;
the car top carrier being mountable a vehicle;
a mounting bracket being placed around a cross rail;
the cross rail being mounted on the vehicle;
a mounting bracket passing through bracket apertures in carrier bottom and then further through a back plate and into threaded knobs, thereby securing the car top carrier to the vehicle;
the carrier top being attached to carrier bottom by the hinge;
the hinge having a top hinge half secured to the carrier top and a bottom hinge half secured to the carrier bottom;
the top hinge half including at least one tongue;
the bottom hinge half including at least one receiving slot;
the at least one tongue fitting into the at least one receiving slot in male to female relationship;
at least one tongue of the at least one tongue including a safety aperture;
the safety aperture receiving a clip hook to prevent the tongue from leaving the receiving slot while the car top carrier is in use;
the clip hook being secured in the safety aperture in order to prevent an undesired separation of the top hinge half from the bottom hinge half;
a prop bar being mounted in the carrier bottom;
the prop bar being stored in carrier bottom as desired;
the prop bar cooperating with the hinge to raise the carrier top as desired;
the car top carrier including a lid lock to hold the car top carrier in a closed position;
the carrier top and the carrier bottom being are further secured by a bale latch;
the top hinge half joining to the bottom hinge half to form the hinge by placing a tongue of the top hinge half into a corresponding receiving slot of the bottom hinge half;
the tongue being stopped when the hinge is in a closed position;
the bottom hinge half being three in number and providing three of the receiving slots;
each of the three receiving slots accepting the tongue on the top hinge half;
the tongue fitting into the receiving slot in a male to female relationship;
a clip hook being inserted through the safety aperture in the tongue in order to prevent an undesired removal of the tongue from the receiving slot; and
a desired removal of the tongue from the receiving slot requiring a removal of the clip hook from the safety aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,246,025

KAYAK LOADING SYSTEM

University of South Flori...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,024

STORAGE CONTAINER FOR A TRACTOR TRAILER

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,023

COLLAPSIBLE MAP POCKET WITH THERMOFORMED POLYETHYLENE/POLYPROPYLENE FIBERS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,022

MAP POCKET ASSEMBLY

LEAR CORPORATION, Southf...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,021

FORMING OF A MAP POCKET FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE SEAT

1. A motor vehicle cover element having a map pocket, the cover element comprising a stack formed at least of a cover material made of textile, leather, skin, or a synthetic material, and of a foam layer at the rear surface of the cover material, the map pocket comprising:a piece defining the apparent surface of the pocket; and
elongated rigid elements at least partially surrounding said piece and sandwiching the cover material and foam layer of the cover element and said piece, wherein the elongated rigid elements are U-shaped frames which leave free an upper edge of said piece.

US Pat. No. 10,246,020

VEHICLE CARGO AREA STRUCTURE

Nissan North America, Inc...

1. A vehicle cargo area structure, comprisinga vehicle body structure including a passenger compartment having a floor, a rearward section of the floor defining a cargo area that includes an upwardly facing surface;
a rear seat assembly attached to the floor forward of the cargo area having a seat cushion portion and a seat upright portion moveable between an upright orientation and a folded orientation;
a forward panel having a first surface, a second surface opposite the first surface, an edge extending between the first and second surfaces, and a support wall extending from the second surface in a direction away from the first surface, the forward panel being removably positionable in a first orientation within the cargo area in which the first surface faces upward and the support wall contacts the upwardly facing surface defining a concealed space between a forward section of the upwardly facing surface and the second surface with the edge abutting the rear seat assembly, and removably positionable in a second orientation in which the second surface faces upward with the support wall extending upward from the second surface with the first surface overlaying the forward section of the upwardly facing surface of the cargo area; and
a rearward panel having a first surface and a second surface, the rearward panel being removably positioned along a rearward section of the upward facing surface in a third orientation in which the second surface faces the upwardly facing surface of the cargo area and the first surface is co-planar with the first surface of the forward panel with the forward panel in the first orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,246,019

AUXILIARY STEP FOR VEHICLES

1. A retractable, pull-out step for a vehicle, comprising, in combination:a frame member having:
a base plate in a first plane;
said base plate having an inner wall upstanding from the base plate at an inner edge thereof, and a pair of spaced apart side walls upstanding from said base plate, and an outer edge;
a pair of flange members, one of said pair of flange members connected to each of said side walls and extending outwardly therefrom, said flange members being disposed in a second plane spaced from said first plane of said base plate;
a pair of guides mounted on said base plate in spaced apart relationship, and said guides extending from regions adjacent said inner wall of said base plate to regions adjacent said outer edge of said base plate;
at least one of said pair of guides having first walls defining a guide aperture slot therethrough;
a tread having a tread surface and an outer wall depending from said tread surface, said tread mounted for reciprocating motion on said frame between a retracted locked position wherein said tread overlies said base plate of said frame and a step position extending outwardly from said base plate of said frame;
a pair of rails, mounted on said tread for movement therewith and one of said pair of rails being disposed in each of said guides for sliding reciprocating movement therein for the movement of said tread between said step position and said locked position;
a resilient mechanism connected between said inner wall of said frame and said outer wall of said tread for yieldingly urging said tread into said step position thereof and yieldingly resisting movement of said tread from said step position to said retracted position, the resilient mechanism comprising one of a gas spring cylinder, a coil spring, and a leaf spring; and
an indexing mechanism comprising a plurality of telescoping tubes having an outer tube, an intermediate tube slidingly mounted in said outer tube, an inner tube mounted in said intermediate tube, said inner tube having a shoulder at an outer end thereof, and further comprising a ring gear slidably mounted on said inner tube, the indexing mechanism being operatively connected to said frame and said tread for locking said tread in said retracted position thereof and guiding said tread between said retracted position and said step position, said indexing mechanism being movable from a locked condition thereof for limited movement toward said inner wall of said frame to release said tread from said locked position and allow said yieldingly resilient mechanism to move said tread to said step position.

US Pat. No. 10,246,018

STEP INSTALLATION STRUCTURE OF THE TRUCK

Shu-Ling Chen, Tainan (T...

1. A step installation structure of a truck comprising a step support and a fixing member, wherein:the step support comprises a base for connecting with a step assembly, and a frame member provided on a rear side of the base and configured to be inserted into a receiver hitch of the truck; the frame member has a sidewall defining a hollow channel and a plurality of perforations are formed on the sidewall, a position of each perforation corresponds to a position of a pin opening of the receiver hitch so that a depth of the frame member inserted into the receiver hitch can be adjusted;
the fixing member comprises a clamp body and a threaded bolt, the clamp body is configured to be inserted into the hollow channel of the frame member when assembled, and comprises a clip plate and a push plate which are arranged perpendicular to each other, the clip plate is provided with a screw nut thereon, the screw nut of the clip plate matches with the threaded bolt so that the screw nut of the clip plate and the threaded bolt clamp the frame member and the receiver hitch together; one end of the threaded bolt is provided with an anti-shedding member to prevent the threaded bolt from falling off due to severe vibration;
wherein the push plate is perpendicular to an axis of the hollow channel when assembled and is provided with a screw nut thereon matching with the threaded bolt, the threaded bolt is screwed into the screw nut of the push plate when assembling so that a user can hold the threaded bolt to align the screw nut of the clip plate with the perforations and the pin opening.

US Pat. No. 10,246,017

VIEW ANGLE ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM IN VIEW DEVICE

MURAKAMI CORPORATION, Sh...

1. A view angle adjustment mechanism in a view device, the view angle adjustment mechanism being configured to support a view element tilting section holding a view element by joining the view element tilting section to a tilting support section via a pivot so as to be capable of adjusting a view angle of the view element, wherein:the view angle adjustment mechanism includes a tilting actuator joined between the view element tilting section and the tilting support section, the tilting actuator causing a tilting force to act on the view element tilting section;
the tilting actuator includes a male thread member, a nut member, a gear member and a motor;
the male thread member is fixed, in an erected manner, to the tilting support section;
the nut member is threadably connected to the male thread member and is capable of moving in an axial direction of the male thread member upon being rotated in a direction of rotation around an axis of the male thread member;
a front end of the nut member is detachably fitted and joined to the view element tilting section at a position off the pivot of the view element tilting section;
the gear member is disposed coaxially with the nut member at a position in an outer circumference of the nut member;
the gear member is driven by the motor to rotate in the direction of rotation around the axis of the male thread member with movement of the gear member in the axial direction of the male thread member being prevented;
the nut member includes a plurality of legs each including a claw formed at an inner circumferential surface thereof, the claw being threadably connected to the male thread member, and a cylindrical barrel that supports the legs;
a protrusion that protrudes outward is formed at an outer circumferential surface of the barrel of the nut member;
an axially-extending groove is formed at an inner circumferential surface of the gear member;
the protrusion is fitted in the groove so as to be movable along the groove; and
a protrusion abutment portion provided at the tilting support section such that when the nut member moves in a direction in which the nut member comes off of the male thread member, the protrusion abutment portion abuts the protrusion and prevents further movement of the nut member in the coming-off direction.

US Pat. No. 10,246,016

OPTICAL SURFACE CLEARING ARRANGEMENT

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,015

REMOTE OPERATION OF NON-DRIVING FUNCTIONALITY AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

Cubic Corporation, San D...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,014

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DRIVER DISTRACTION DETERMINATION

Nauto, Inc., Palo Alto, ...

1. A method for determining distraction of a driver of a vehicle, comprising:sampling sensor measurements at an onboard system of the vehicle, wherein the sensor measurements comprise an image of the driver;
receiving the image at a face detection module of the onboard system, and generating a first output, wherein the first output is binary between one of a presence and an absence of a face in the image;
receiving the image at a driver distraction module of the onboard system, and generating a second output indicative of a distracted state depicted in the image based on identifying a gaze direction of the driver, and wherein the second output is generated in parallel with and independently of the first output;
determining that the driver of the vehicle is characterized by the distracted state, based on a combination of the first output, wherein the first output indicates the presence of the face in the image, and the second output;
determining a duration of the gaze direction;
determining a score of the distracted state based on the duration of the gaze direction exceeding a threshold duration; and
notifying the driver, at an output of the onboard system of the vehicle and in substantially real-time, based on the distracted state and the score of the distracted state.

US Pat. No. 10,246,013

AUTOMOBILE PROXIMITY WARNING SYSTEM

Shuichi TAYAMA, Tokyo (J...

1. An automobile proximity warning system comprising:a stereo camera including a pair of cameras for capturing images of a front of an own vehicle;
a plurality of parametric speakers arranged to emit warning sound outside the own vehicle from different front horizontal positions of a vehicle body of the own vehicle;
a control unit prerecorded with image features of detection objects to be detected by the stereo camera:
an image processing unit for performing a pattern matching process to recognize an image feature of a detection object from the image features of the detection objects based on images from the pair of cameras to determine an existence of the detection object:
a distance detecting unit detecting a direction and a distance to the detection object, with the own vehicle being as a reference, from parallaxes of the images from the pair of cameras; and
a warning control unit, when the image processing unit detects the existence of the detection object, selecting a speaker of the plurality of parametric speakers located in the same direction in which the detection object was detected and to control the warning sound to be emitted while adjusting breadth of directivity in accordance with the distance to the detection object,
wherein the warning control unit performs adjusting to widen an angle of the directivity of the selected speaker as the distance to the detection object decreases.

US Pat. No. 10,246,012

STEERING WHEEL

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,011

VEHICULAR LIGHTING DEVICE

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Mina...

1. A vehicular lighting device comprising:a lighting unit mounted on a vehicle and being configured to illuminate an illumination area and display a mark in the illumination area being illuminated;
a detection unit configured to detect a predetermined state of the vehicle or a user; and
a controller configured to cause the lighting unit to start illuminating the illumination area, and move the mark displayed in the illumination area, within the illumination area being illuminated, in accordance with contents of the detection performed by the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,246,010

ULTRASONIC SENSOR AND OBSTACLE DETECTION APPARATUS

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,009

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

MAGNA COLSURES INC., New...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,008

VARIABLE ACCELERATOR LIGHT ASSEMBLY

1. A variable acceleration light assembly, comprising:a light bar including a plurality of light elements disposed between a first end and an opposing second end;
a sensor configured to determine an amount of actuation of a vehicle accelerator pedal;
the plurality of light elements configured to energize in a sequential configuration, the sequential configuration beginning from a medial portion and extending laterally to both the first end and the second end respectively;
wherein a single light element of the plurality of light elements disposed at the medial portion is the only light element of the plurality of light elements that is energized when the vehicle accelerator pedal is at an initial position;
wherein progressive actuation of the vehicle accelerator pedal causes an increasing number of the plurality of light elements to energize in the sequential configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,246,007

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS, VEHICLE COMPONENT AND VEHICLE

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,006

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

Martin L. Stowell, Valen...

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,005

ILLUMINATED VEHICULAR ASSEMBLY FOR DAY AND NIGHT USE

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

US Pat. No. 10,246,004

VEHICLE HEADLIGHT CONTROL APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicle headlight control apparatus that controls a headlight of a vehicle, the headlight including at least one light source, comprising:a luminance changing section that gradually changes a luminance of the at least one light source between a predetermined on state and a predetermined off state over a switching time period; and
a time period determining section that determines the switching time period in a changeable manner, wherein:
the at least one light source comprises a plurality of light sources;
an S-Hi mode is defined to achieve a light shielding Hi beam state where a lighting part in the plurality of light sources that forms a high beam is turned on and a remaining part in the plurality of light sources is turned off; and
the luminance changing section further gradually changes, in the S-Hi mode, a part of the plurality of light sources between the on state and the off state over the switching time period determined by the time period determining section.