US Pat. No. 11,027,768

STEER BY WIRE ROAD VEHICLE STEERING SYSTEM PROVIDED WITH A MECHANICAL LIMIT STOP DEVICE FOR THE STEERING WHEEL

FERRARI S.P.A., Modena (...

1. A steering system (4) for a road vehicle (1); the steering system (4) comprises:a steering wheel (6) provided with an outer ring (15), which is mounted so as to rotate around a rotation axis (13) and has no connection to steering wheels (2);
a position sensor (8), which is designed to detect the angular position of the outer ring (15) of the steering wheel (6) around the rotation axis (13); and
a mechanical limit stop device (30), which is coupled to the outer ring (15) of the steering wheel (6) and limits, in both directions, the maximum angular width of the rotation of the steering wheel (6) around the rotation axis (13), so that the steering wheel (6) can make, on the whole, a rotation around the rotation axis (13) that is greater than 360°;
wherein the limit stop device (30) comprises: a groove (31), which is wound in a spiral shape around the rotation axis (13) over more than 360° and has, at the two opposite ends, two abutments (32), which define respective stop strikers; and a pin (33), which is arranged on the inside of the groove (31) so as to engage and follow the groove (31) from an abutment (32) to the opposite abutment (32);
wherein the groove (31) is angularly integral to the outer ring (15) of the steering wheel (6) to rotate in an angularly integral manner with the steering wheel (6) and in use can axially slide relative to the outer ring (15) of the steering wheel (6) to allow the rotation of the steering wheel (6); and
wherein the pin (33) is rigidly connected to a part that does not rotate together with the outer ring (15) of the steering wheel (6) and cannot slide relative to the outer ring (15) of the steering wheel (6).

US Pat. No. 11,027,767

STEERING SYSTEM RACK WITH STEPPED PORTION

Steering Solutions IP Hol...

1. A rack bar blank for a steering system, the rack bar blank comprising:a first region having a first diameter;
a second region having a second diameter that is greater than the first diameter prior to formation of teeth on the second region and a ball screw thread on the first region; and
a transition region along an outer surface of the rack bar blank, the transition region extending radially outwardly in a direction from the first region to the second region, the transition region joining the first region and the second region.

US Pat. No. 11,027,766

STEERING APPARATUS

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A steering apparatus comprising:a column shaft coupled to a steering member;
a column tube rotatably supporting the column shaft;
a housing through which the column tube is inserted and that supports the column tube movably in an axial direction;
a fastener configured to fix a position of the column tube by squeezing the housing from outside the column tube such that a portion of the housing in the axial direction is reduced in diameter;
a first impact absorber including an annular portion attached to and in contact with an outer perimeter of the column tube, the first impact absorber being configured to generate a first dynamic friction force with the column tube during a secondary collision; and
a second impact absorber fixedly connected to the housing by a squeezing force of the fastener, the second impact absorber being configured to generate a second dynamic friction force with the housing during the secondary collision by being moved by the first impact absorber moving together with the column shaft, wherein
the first impact absorber has a proximal static friction coefficient in a proximal region and a distal static friction coefficient less than the proximal static friction coefficient in a distal region,
the proximal region is located close to a squeezing portion of the fastener in a radial direction crossing both the axial direction and a fastening direction of the fastener, and
the distal region is located further from the squeezing portion than the proximal region in the radial direction.

US Pat. No. 11,027,765

STEERING WHEEL FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd., ...

1. A steering wheel for a vehicle, comprising:a damper part installed in a connection hole of a horn plate, and formed of an elastic material;
a horn bolt part fixed to a hub part through the damper part, and configured to guide movement of the horn plate;
a damper housing located between the damper part and the horn bolt part, and moved with the damper part; and
a horn spring configured to support the damper housing, and having elasticity,
wherein the horn bolt part comprises:
a head member located on a top of the horn plate,
a bolt body extended from the head member through an inside of the damper housing, and
a fastening body extended from the bolt body and fixed to the hub part,
wherein the damper housing comprises:
a first damper housing extended from the top of the horn plate to a bottom of the damper part, and
a second damper housing located under the damper part, fastened to the first damper housing, and supported by the horn spring,
wherein the first damper housing comprises:
a housing head located between the damper part and the head member,
a first housing body extended from the housing head, and located between the damper part and the bolt body, and
a fixing body extended from the first housing body, and having a screw thread formed on an outside thereof such that the second damper housing is fastened to the screw thread.

US Pat. No. 11,027,764

VEHICLE DRIVING MODE SAFETY SYSTEM

1. A system for automatically regulating activation of one or more driving modes of a vehicle, the system comprising:a steering wheel sensor connected to a steering wheel and configured to detect whether two hands of a driver are in contact with the steering wheel;
a driving mode button configured to be engaged by the driver to activate a driving mode, the driving mode adjusting a traction control setting and a stability control setting; and
an electronic control unit (ECU) connected to the driving mode button and the steering wheel sensor and configured to:
adjust the traction control setting and the stability control setting when the driving mode button is engaged by the driver to activate the driving mode and when the steering wheel sensor detects that the two hands of the driver are in continuous contact with the steering wheel for a predetermined threshold time, indicating that the driver is prepared to operate the vehicle when the driving mode is activated,
prevent adjusting of the traction control setting and the stability control setting when the steering wheel sensor detects that fewer than two hands of the driver are in contact with the steering wheel, and
provide an alert when the activation of the driving mode is prevented.

US Pat. No. 11,027,763

CART OF TELESCOPIC STRUCTURE

1. A cart with a telescopic structure, characterized in that the cart comprises:a telescopic rod;
a telescopic tube, wherein at least one of the telescopic rod and the telescopic tube has a hollow structure configured to provide an accommodation space for collapsing the telescopic rod and the telescopic tube;
a linkage mechanism connected to one end of the telescopic tube away from the hollow structure, and connected to one end of the telescopic rod close to the hollow structure; and
a frame connected to the linkage mechanism;
wherein, when the frame is rotated with respect to the linkage mechanism and folded, the telescopic tube is also rotated with respect to the linkage mechanism, and one of the telescopic tube and the telescopic rod is retracted into the other one thereof by the linkage mechanism.

US Pat. No. 11,027,762

FOLDABLE CAR SEAT CARRIAGE

Wonderland Switzerland AG...

1. A foldable car seat carriage adapted for installation of a car seat thereon, said foldable car seat carriage comprising:a frame unit including two leg frames that are spaced apart from each other in a left-right direction, each of said leg frames including
two legs, each of said legs having opposite upper and lower leg ends, and a hub half that is formed on said upper leg end, said hub halves of said legs being rotatably connected to each other such that said legs are pivotable relative to each other, and
a driving mechanism that has opposite ends connected pivotally to said legs at first and second intersections; and
an engagement unit including two bayonets, each of said bayonets having a linking portion connected pivotally to said driving mechanism of a respective one of said leg frames;
wherein, for each of said leg frames, change of a distance between said first and second intersections of said driving mechanism and said legs during pivot action of said legs converts a position of said engagement unit relative to said legs.

US Pat. No. 11,027,761

FOLDABLE CARRIAGE

Thule Sweden AB, Hillers...

1. A carriage, comprising:a frame comprising a plurality of elongated frame components and configured to fold between a use position and a storage position;
a first attachment joint coupling a first and second elongated frame component;
a second attachment joint coupling a third and fourth elongated frame component;
a rotation lock comprising a handle and a spring and disposed between the first and second attachment joints, wherein the rotation lock is configured to prevent rotation; and
a pivot lock for the first attachment joint configured to prevent the first and second elongated frame components from pivoting with respect to each other when the pivot lock is in a locked configuration,
wherein the spring is disposed between a first end of the handle and a second end of the handle, and
wherein overcoming a biasing force of the spring permits the handle to be rotated.

US Pat. No. 11,027,760

SAFETY WHEELBARROWS AND METHODS OF MAKING

1. A wheelbarrow comprising:a tray having a base with an underside, and an upper rim;
left and right-side wedges, having top surfaces and bottom surfaces, the top surfaces attached to the underside of the tray;
left and right-side handles, comprising grips at back ends and a front stop that couples front ends together, further comprising top surfaces and bottom surfaces, the top surfaces attached to the bottom surface of the wedges;
a front brace coupled to the underside of the tray, and the topsides of the handles;
left and right-side risers comprising front and back ends, and top and bottom surfaces defining a height of between 1-4 inches, the top surfaces attached to the bottom surfaces of the handles;
a stand coupled to the bottom surfaces of the risers; and
an axled wheel and left and right axle brackets coupled to the bottom surfaces of the risers.

US Pat. No. 11,027,759

SPRING-LOADED GATE RETRACTION DEVICE TO RETURN A RAIL-ROAD CROSSING GATE ARM

Siemens Mobility, Inc., ...

1. A spring-loaded gate retraction device to return a rail-road crossing gate arm, the spring-loaded gate retraction device comprising:a frame to hold a gate pivot pin that is configured to provide a bi-directional rotation of the rail-road crossing gate arm;
a main pivot assembly that receives the gate pivot pin on one end so as to enable rotation of the main pivot assembly in a horizontal plane substantially parallel to a ground surface of a road,
wherein the main pivot assembly comprises a first side and a second side opposite of the first side,
wherein the main pivot assembly further comprises a pin extending on the first side and the second side of the main pivot assembly, and
wherein the pin having a first length on the first side of the main pivot assembly and a second length on the second side of the main pivot assembly;
a first spring having a first end and a second end, the first spring is disposed horizontally lengthwise on the first side of the main pivot assembly and coupled to the frame on the first end of the first spring and detachably coupled to the first length of the pin of the main pivot assembly on the second end of the first spring; anda second spring having a first end and a second end, the second spring is disposed horizontally lengthwise on the second side of the main pivot assembly and coupled to the frame on the first end of the second spring and detachably coupled to the second length of the pin of the main pivot assembly on the second end of the second spring, wherein the frame further comprising:a first end plate angled rearwards towards a centerline of the spring-loaded gate retraction device to receive the first end of the first spring;
a second end plate angled rearwards towards the centerline of the spring-loaded gate retraction device to receive the first end of the second spring;
a first clip and a second clip;
a first centering washer coupled to the first end plate to hold position of the first spring with the first clip by keeping the first spring from moving on the first end plate; and
a second centering washer coupled to the second end plate to hold position of the second spring with the second clip by keeping the second spring from moving on the second end plate.

US Pat. No. 11,027,758

VERTICAL RAIL MEASUREMENT DEVICE

PROTRAN TECHNOLOGY, LLC, ...

1. A vertical rail measurement device comprising:a control box configured to removably coupled to a rail; and
a measurement arm coupled to the control box, the measurement arm having a first end and a second end being opposite the first end and configured to rest on the ground; and
a processor configured to measure a vertical displacement of the rail.

US Pat. No. 11,027,757

PROVIDING AN ALERT TO A PASSENGER BASED ON A LOCATION OF THE PASSENGER WHILE IN TRANSIT ON A MULTI-PASSENGER MODE OF TRANSPORT

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A near field communication (NFC) device having a configuration that interacts with a network data processing system including a token reader and a plurality of tiles within a transport vehicle, comprising:a passive connector having stored thereon first biometric information about a user, wherein the plurality of tiles each include
a user detector,
a visual indicator, and
a network device configured to link to a central system,
a first tile of the plurality of tiles is configured to receive, via the passive connector, the first biometric information about the user, and
a second tile of the plurality of tiles is configured to receive a first command, based upon a first location of the user within the transport vehicle and information identifying a destination for the user, to control a visual indicator of the second tile.

US Pat. No. 11,027,756

ECP OVERLAY SYSTEM FOR UIC-TYPE DISTRIBUTOR VALVE

WESTINGHOUSE AIR BRAKE TE...

1. An electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) overlay system, the ECP overlay system comprising:a manifold body comprising a pipe bracket face configured to engage a face of a pipe bracket of a brake system, a valve face configured to engage a mounting face of a main portion of a distributor valve of the brake system, and an electric manifold face;
an electric manifold assembly engaged with the electric manifold face of the manifold body, the electric manifold assembly having a pneumatic mode where the electric manifold assembly is configured to allow pneumatic-only control of a brake cylinder of the brake system and an ECP mode where the electric manifold assembly is configured to allow electronic control of a brake cylinder of the brake system, the electric manifold assembly also including a cut-out valve, a fill valve, and a brake cylinder exhaust valve, the cut-out valve, the fill valve, and the brake cylinder exhaust valve each having an open position and closed position, and wherein, while the electric manifold assembly is in the ECP mode with the fill valve in the open position and the cut-out valve and the brake cylinder exhaust valve each in the closed position, the fill valve is configured to place a reservoir pressure passage in fluid communication with a brake cylinder pressure passage, wherein the cut-out valve, the fill valve, and the brake cylinder exhaust valve are electronically-controlled via a cut-out solenoid, a fill solenoid, and a brake cylinder exhaust solenoid, respectively, and
wherein the cut-out valve, the fill valve, and the brake cylinder exhaust valve each comprise a diaphragm check valve, the cut-out valve biased to the open position, the fill valve biased to the closed position, the brake cylinder exhaust valve biased to the open position, the cut-out solenoid, the fill solenoid, and the brake cylinder exhaust solenoid each configured to supply pneumatic pressure to the respective cut-out valve, the fill valve, and the brake cylinder exhaust valve to change the cut-out valve and the brake cylinder exhaust valve to the closed position and maintain the fill valve in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 11,027,755

RAILROAD CAR TRUCK WITH WARP RESTRAINTS

Standard Car Truck Compan...

1. A railroad car truck comprising:a first side frame;
a second side frame;
a bolster;
a first plurality of warp restraints positioned at first inner portions of the bolster and the first side frame, each of the plurality of first warp restraints including:
(a) a first bearing connected to the bolster and including a movable engagement pad with a removable wear member, and
(b) a second bearing connected to the first side frame, the second bearing including an engagement pad configured to be directly engaged by the removable wear member of the first bearing; and
a second plurality of warp restraints positioned at second inner portions of the bolster and the second side frame, each of the plurality of second warp restraints including:
(a) a first bearing connected to the bolster and including a removable wear member, and
(b) a second bearing connected to the second side frame, the second bearing including an engagement pad configured to be directly engaged by the removable wear member of the first bearing.

US Pat. No. 11,027,754

CABLE OR SIMILAR TRANSPORT INSTALLATION, AND VEHICLE SUITABLE FOR SUCH INSTALLATION

Vinci Construction, Ruei...

1. A transport installation, comprising:at least one traction member extending along a circuit and associated with an external power source so as to be moved along the circuit;
at least one vehicle having a power storage system, a motor system and a generator system; and
at least one fixed support adjacent to the circuit;
the generator system of the vehicle comprising at least one generator that may be activated to supply power to the storage system when the vehicle is coupled to the traction member and driven along the circuit by the traction member; and
the motor system of the vehicle comprising at least one motor that may be activated to receive power from the storage system and move the vehicle relative to the fixed support.

US Pat. No. 11,027,753

SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND/OR METHODS FOR MANAGING FENCING

1. A system comprising:a railroad grid, the railroad grid comprising a set of tracks, the set of tracks having a spacing between outer rail centerlines of at least 50 feet;
a set of railcars, at least one of the set of railcars constructed to receive a set of tractor and trailer pairs, each tractor and trailer pair positioned on each railcar of the set of railcars with a longitudinal axis that is substantially perpendicular to a direction of travel of tracks of the railroad grid; and
a set of stations, each station of set of the set of stations having a platform constructed such that each tractor and trailer pair of the tractor and trailer set drives directly off of a railcar of the set of railcars.

US Pat. No. 11,027,752

RAILWAY FACILITY WITH HIGH THROUGHPUT LOOP TRACK

HDR, Inc., Omaha, NE (US...

1. A railway facility with high throughput loop track, comprising:a plurality of generally concentric staging tracks connected to at least one main line to receive arriving trains and to depart departing trains, wherein each of said plurality of staging tracks extends contiguously to substantially encircle an outer perimeter of the railway facility and wherein each of said plurality of staging tracks is connected to an adjacent one of said plurality of staging tracks such that the plurality of staging tracks forms a spiral track substantially encircling the railway facility path for directing a train around the railway facility; and
a first balloon loop track connected to at least one of the plurality of staging tracks and positioned within a space defined within the concentric staging tracks, wherein the first balloon track extends contiguously around at least a portion of an interior perimeter of the plurality of generally concentric plurality of staging tracks, and wherein the first balloon loop track is configured to reverse the direction of a train with respect to the direction of the train through the spiral path of the staging tracks.

US Pat. No. 11,027,751

REINFORCEMENT AND MODEL LEARNING FOR VEHICLE OPERATION

Nissan North America, Inc...

1. A method for use in traversing a vehicle transportation network, the method comprising:traversing, by an autonomous vehicle, a vehicle transportation network, wherein traversing the vehicle transportation network includes:
determining a route of the autonomous vehicle within the vehicle transportation network;
executing the route of the autonomous vehicle;
detecting an operational scenario based on the route of the autonomous vehicle and a location of the autonomous vehicle;
determining a particular scenario-specific operation control evaluation module based on the operational scenario, wherein the scenario-specific operation control evaluation module includes models that determine a candidate vehicle control action based on an operational environment of the autonomous vehicle, wherein the models include an exploration model based on selecting a low probability action in a semi-random manner and an exploitation model based on selecting a high probability action;
instantiating a scenario-specific operational control evaluation module instance based on the particular scenario-specific operation control evaluation module;
traversing a portion of the vehicle transportation network by executing the candidate vehicle control action using the exploration model or the exploitation model;
observing a state resulting from the execution of the candidate vehicle control action;
updating the scenario-specific operational control evaluation module instance based on the state;
generating a state-action history entry based on the candidate vehicle control action and the state; and
storing the state-action history entry in a scenario-specific operation control database.

US Pat. No. 11,027,750

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ASSISTING DRIVERS TO DRIVE WITH PRECAUTION

Volvo Car Corporation, G...

1. A method for assisting a driver of a host vehicle to drive with precaution, coincident with or after determining from one or more host vehicle sensors or cameras arranged to monitor an environment of the host vehicle, other road users, and at least one particular feature associated with a traffic situation of the host vehicle, and applying at least one hypothesis related to at least one hypothetical threat that may arise based on the determined other road users and the at least one particular feature, the method comprising:analyzing an out-of-the-loop condition of the host vehicle driver based on one or more of host vehicle driver eye movement, host vehicle driver activity, host vehicle equipment sensor data, and host vehicle driver periods of attention and inattention over a period of time prior to applying the at least one hypothesis related to the at least one hypothetical threat, wherein analyzing the out-of-the-loop condition of the host vehicle driver comprises identifying one or more of inappropriate off-path (or off-threat) long glance durations, inappropriate on-path (or on-threat) short glance durations, and detection of a series of on-and-off glances over a window of time and comparing observed glance patterns to reference patterns of attentive and skilled driver eye movements to determine appropriateness and inappropriateness of the observed glance patterns;
setting or estimating, based in part on the out-of-the-loop condition, a host vehicle driver level of attention threshold required to handle the at least one hypothetical threat and estimating a time until that host vehicle driver level of attention will be required;
deriving, from one or more host vehicle driver-monitoring sensors of the host vehicle, a current host vehicle driver level of attention;
determining if the set or estimated required host vehicle driver level of attention threshold exceeds the current host vehicle driver level of attention; and
if the set or estimated required host vehicle driver level of attention threshold exceeds the current host vehicle driver level of attention, producing at least one of a visual, acoustic, haptic information, and brake impulse prompt to a host vehicle driver environment to promote increased host vehicle driver-attention to the at least one hypothetical threat and/or triggering at least one of automated braking and steering of the host vehicle to promote an increase in safety margin to the at least one hypothetical threat.

US Pat. No. 11,027,749

INFORMATION PRESENTATION APPARATUS, STEERING APPARATUS, AND INFORMATION PRESENTATION METHOD

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

17. A steering apparatus, comprising:a steering unit;
a shaft mechanism configured to connect the steering unit to a vehicle body; and
an asymmetric acceleration generating unit in the shaft mechanism,
wherein the asymmetric acceleration generating unit includes at least one of:
a telescopic apparatus configured to generate an asymmetric acceleration in an axis direction of the shaft mechanism in the steering unit,
an upper and lower motion tilt apparatus configured to generate the asymmetric acceleration in a first direction in the steering unit,
wherein the first direction is orthogonal to the axis direction, and
a left and right motion tilt apparatus configured to generate the asymmetric acceleration in a second direction in the steering unit,
wherein the second direction is orthogonal to each of the axis direction and the first direction.

US Pat. No. 11,027,748

AUTOMATIC DRIVING CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. An automated driving control device, comprising:a non-transitory memory; and
a processor configured to operate as:
a recognition unit adapted to recognize a peripheral monitoring state of a driver;
an automated controller adapted to perform an automated control of at least one of steering, acceleration and deceleration of a vehicle, and terminate the automated control of the at least one of steering, acceleration and deceleration, in the case that a switching operation is carried out to prioritize manual control of the at least one of steering, acceleration and deceleration during the automated control; and
a determination unit adapted to determine a state of ease of the switching operation;
on the basis of the peripheral monitoring state recognized by the recognition unit and the state of ease of the switching operation determined by the determination unit, the automated controller:
alters a degree of all of automated controls which are permitted to be executed in relation to all of automated controls that are capable of being executed, or
alters a permitted amount of change of vehicle behavior over time when at least one of steering, acceleration and deceleration of the vehicle is performed in the automated control,
wherein the recognition unit recognizes, as the peripheral monitoring state, whether or not the driver is inattentive,
wherein the determination unit determines, as the state of ease of the switching operation, whether or not the driver is contacting the steering wheel of the vehicle, and
wherein the automated controller lowers an upper limit of a lateral acceleration generated while the vehicle is traveling on a ramp or the vehicle is making a lane change, in the case that the inattentive state of the driver is not recognized by the recognition unit and the determination unit determines that the driver is not contacting the steering wheel, compared to a case in which the inattentive state of the driver is not recognized by the recognition unit, and it is determined by the determination unit that the driver is contacting the steering wheel.

US Pat. No. 11,027,747

VEHICLE CONTENT BASED SYMBIOSIS FOR VEHICLE OCCUPANTS

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A system for a vehicle to facilitate navigating one or more vehicle events, the system comprising:a plurality of cameras that generate image data to facilitate detecting a vehicle event;
a memory; and
a processor communicatively coupled to the plurality of cameras and the memory, wherein the system performs a method comprising:
detecting, by the processor, the vehicle event based on generated image data that is received from one or more cameras of the plurality of cameras;
automatically distributing, by the processor, a notification relating to the vehicle event to occupants of the vehicle;
determining, by the processor, a view of an occupant of the occupants of the vehicle, the view of the occupant being determined based on perspective image data, indicative of the view of the occupant, from a camera of the plurality of cameras;
adjusting at least one camera of the plurality of cameras based on at least a portion of the notification distributed and the perspective image data;
obtaining, based on the adjusting, additional image data on the vehicle event from one of the plurality of cameras; and
automatically taking an action to facilitate navigating the vehicle event, the automatically taking the action being based on at least a portion of the additional image data.

US Pat. No. 11,027,746

DRIVE MODE SWITCHING CONTROL DEVICE, METHOD AND PROGRAM

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A drive mode switching control device for switching a drive mode of a vehicle from an automatic drive mode to a manual drive mode, the drive mode switching control device comprising a processor configured with a program to perform operations comprising:operation as an acquisition unit configured to acquire sensing data representing a state of a driver from a monitoring sensor configured to monitor the state of the driver;
operation as a driver state determination unit configured to regularly or irregularly determine, based on the acquired sensing data, whether the state of the driver is a state of being able to perform a driving operation in the manual drive mode and produce a determination result thereof, and hold the determination result;
operation as an operation determination unit configured to determine whether an operation performed by the driver is an emergency override operation or a non-emergency override operation, based on a detection signal outputted from an in-vehicle sensor configured to detect a driving operation by the driver;
operation as a first switching signal output unit configured to output a switching signal for switching the automatic drive mode to the manual drive mode in response to the determination result by operation as the driver state determination unit, before detection of the emergency override operation, being that the state of the driver is the state of being able to perform the driving operation in the manual drive mode, in a case where the determination result by operation as the operation determination unit is the emergency override operation; and
operation as a second switching signal output unit configured to output the switching signal in response to the determination result by operation as the driver state determination unit, after detection of the non-emergency override operation, being that the state of the driver is the state of being able to perform the driving operation in the manual drive mode, in a case where the determination result by operation as the operation determination unit is the non-emergency override operation, wherein
the processor is configured with the program to perform operations such that operation as the operation determination unit comprises:
operation as a first detector configured to detect an override operation by the driver based on the detection signal;
operation as a second detector configured to detect a value based on an operation amount of the driving operation based on the detection signal; and
operation as a threshold determination unit configured to determine whether the override operation detected by operation as the first detector is an emergency operation, in accordance with whether the value based on the operation amount detected by operation as the second detector is equal to or more than a threshold value, and
the value based on the operation amount comprises an operation acceleration value obtained by differentiating an operation amount of the driving operation twice.

US Pat. No. 11,027,745

INDIRECT VEHICLE PARAMETRIZATION VIA USER PROFILES

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A method for setting a user-specific value of a system parameter of a vehicle system, the method comprising the acts of:determining a user profile of a user, wherein the user profile comprises user-specific values of one or more user parameters, each user parameter describing one or more characteristics of a user of the vehicle system without direct reference to the system parameter;
providing a mapping function which maps different values of the one or more user parameters of the user profile to different values of the system parameter, such that each mapped system parameter value is determinable solely from mapped user parameter values;
determining the user-specific value of the system parameter for the user, on the basis of the user profile of the user and on the basis of the mapping function; and
setting the system parameter of the vehicle system to the determined user-specific value of the system parameter.

US Pat. No. 11,027,744

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A SENSOR DEVICE OF AN OBJECT'S SAFETY SYSTEM, CONTROL SYSTEM FOR AN AUTOMOTIVE VEHICLE, AND SENSOR DEVICE FOR A SAFETY SYSTEM OF AN AUTOMOTIVE VEHICLE

Infineon Technologies AG,...

1. An apparatus for controlling a sensor of an object's safety system, comprising:an input node configured to receive safety information about a likelihood that the sensor senses a safety-relevant event; and
a processing circuit configured to control the sensor to perform a sensor diagnosis procedure, if the safety information indicates that it is unlikely that the sensor senses the safety-relevant event within a future period of time, wherein the future period of time is longer than a period of time required for executing the sensor diagnosis procedure.

US Pat. No. 11,027,743

EFFICIENT COMPUTATIONAL INFERENCE USING GAUSSIAN PROCESSES

SECONDMIND LIMITED, Camb...

1. A system comprising:one or more sensors configured to measure one or more characteristics of a physical system having a plurality of enforceable parameters;
processing circuitry; and
memory circuitry storing machine-readable instructions which, when executed by the processing circuitry, cause the system to:
determine a plurality of candidate sets of values for the enforceable parameters; and
for each of the candidate sets of values for the plurality of enforceable parameters:
obtain, from the one or more sensors, a measurement of each of the one or more characteristics of the physical system;
determine a performance measurement for the physical system based on the obtained measurements of the one or more characteristics of the physical system; and
generate a data point having an input portion indicative of the candidate set of values and an output portion indicative of the determined performance measurement, the input portion having a first number of dimensions;
augment each data point to include an additional dimension comprising a bias value;
project each augmented data point onto a surface of a unit hypersphere of the first number of dimensions;
determine, using the projected augmented data points, a set of parameter values for a sparse variational Gaussian process, GP, on said unit hypersphere, the sparse variational GP having a zonal kernel and depending on a set of inducing variables randomly distributed according to a multi-dimensional Gaussian distribution and each corresponding to a reproducing kernel Hilbert space inner product between the GP and a spherical harmonic of the first number of dimensions; and
determine, using the sparse variational GP with the determined set of parameter values, a further set of values for the plurality of enforceable parameters.

US Pat. No. 11,027,742

TRAFFIC BASED DRIVING ANALYSIS

Allstate Insurance Compan...

1. A driving analysis system comprising a first vehicle on-board data recording system and a driving analysis server:wherein the first vehicle on-board data recording system comprises:
one or more vehicle operation sensors or cameras configured to record vehicle operation data at the first vehicle; and
one or more telematics devices configured to transmit the vehicle operation data from the first vehicle to the driving analysis server,
wherein the driving analysis server comprises a processor and a memory unit storing computer-executable instructions, which when executed by the processor, cause the driving analysis server to:
generate a driving score for the first vehicle based on driving behaviors of one or more drivers of the first vehicle;
receive first vehicle driving data from the first vehicle on-board data recording system, the first vehicle driving data associated with a first vehicle location;
identify an occurrence of a driving behavior in the first vehicle driving data, wherein the identified occurrence of the driving behavior includes at least one of: an occurrence of sudden acceleration, an occurrence of sudden braking, an occurrence of speeding, an occurrence of swerving, an occurrence of an impact to the first vehicle, an occurrence of tailgating, an occurrence of a lane departure, or an occurrence of a moving violation;
receive other vehicle driving data from one or more driving data sources, the other vehicle driving data corresponding to one or more other vehicles driven at or near the first vehicle location;
analyze the received other vehicle driving data to identify occurrences of the driving behavior in the other vehicle driving data;
responsive to identifying occurrences of the driving behavior in the other vehicle driving data, maintaining the driving score of the first vehicle; and
responsive to not identifying occurrences of the driving behavior in the other vehicle driving data, adjusting the driving score of the first vehicle.

US Pat. No. 11,027,741

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ESTIMATING DRIVER READINESS AND METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ASSISTING DRIVER

ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMU...

1. A method of estimating driver readiness in a vehicle supporting automated driving, the method comprising:analyzing a bio-signal and a behavior of a driver through collected driver information;
determining a bodily sensory usage state of the driver from at least one of the bio-signal and the behavior of the driver;
deriving chances of task candidates that are probable to occur from the driver during driving from the bodily sensory usage state of the driver to infer a task;
determining an intention of the driver on the basis of the inferred chances of the task candidates; and
calculating driver readiness using the intention of the driver,
wherein the deriving of the chances of task candidates that are probable to occur during driving from the bodily sensory usage state of the driver includes:
acquiring bodily sensory usage state information of at least one task candidate from a task model in which bodily sensory usage level information of at least one task is accumulated and stored; and
calculating a global posterior probability of the task using the bodily sensory usage state of the at least one task candidate as a prior probability,
wherein the bio signal includes at least one of electroencephalogram (EEG), electrocardiogram (ECG), galvanic skin response (GSR), photoelectric pulse diagram (PPG), skin temperature (SKT), respiration rate.

US Pat. No. 11,027,740

ACCELERATION AND DECELERATION CONTROL SYSTEM AND ACCELERATION AND DECELERATION CONTROL METHOD

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An acceleration and deceleration control system that controls acceleration and deceleration of an own vehicle, the acceleration and deceleration control system comprising:a forward information acquisition unit configured to acquire, using a processor, a road profile ahead of the own vehicle;
a position acquisition unit configured to acquire, using the processor, a current position of the own vehicle;
a state acquisition unit configured to acquire, using the processor, a current state of the own vehicle; and
a command calculation unit configured to calculate, using the processor, a target speed at each point on a road ahead of the own vehicle, based on the road profile and the current position, and calculate a drive command for driving the own vehicle in the longitudinal direction of the own vehicle, based on the target speed and the current speed, wherein:
the road profile includes a road gradient; and
the command calculation unit is configured to calculate a speed limit limiting the target speed, based on variation in the road gradient and Gzmax that is an acceleration limit limiting acceleration of the own vehicle in the vertical direction, and adjust the drive command, based on the calculated speed limit.

US Pat. No. 11,027,739

METHOD AND CONTROL DEVICE FOR OPERATING A POWER TAKEOFF

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

1. A method for operating an auxiliary power take-off in a drive-train of a motor vehicle having at least a drive aggregate and an axle drive , and a transmission connected between the drive aggregate and the axle drive, the method comprising:engaging an initial transmission gear in the transmission to operate the power take-off; and
during uninterrupted operation of the power take-off in the initial transmission gear in the transmission, after a lapse of a defined time period, automatically shifting to a protective gear in the transmission.

US Pat. No. 11,027,738

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RESPONSE VEHICLE PUMP CONTROL

Oshkosh Corporation, Osh...

1. A vehicle comprising:an engine;
a transmission coupled to the engine;
a pumping system selectively coupled to the engine by the transmission, the pumping system configured to receive an inlet flow of water from a water source; and
a controller configured to:
receive an indication regarding a pressure of the inlet flow of water; and
transmit a control signal to the transmission to change a gear of the transmission based on the indication regarding the pressure of the inlet flow of water.

US Pat. No. 11,027,737

TRAVEL CONTROL APPARATUS AND TRAVEL CONTROL METHOD

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A travel control apparatus that controls travel of a vehicle in a control state of one of a manual travel control state for controlling the travel of the vehicle based on a driving operation by a driver and an automatic travel control state for detecting a condition around the vehicle and controlling the travel of the vehicle based on a detected condition, the travel control apparatus comprising:a travel control unit that controls the travel of the vehicle in the control state of one of the manual travel control state and the automatic travel control state in accordance with a selection by the driver;
a concentration disturbing matter detection unit that detects an occurrence of a predetermined concentration disturbing matter set as a matter which disturbs a concentration of the driver with respect to the driving operation; and
a control state switching unit that switches the control state from the manual travel control state to the automatic travel control state in response to the occurrence of the concentration disturbing matter being detected while the control state is the manual travel control state, wherein:
in response to the concentration disturbing matter not being detected or an elapsed time from when the control state is switched to the automatic travel control state reaching a predetermined threshold time after the occurrence of the concentration disturbing matter is detected, and the control state is switched from the manual travel control state to the automatic travel control state, the control state switching unit switches the control state from the automatic travel control state to the manual travel control state, and
the concentration disturbing matter detection unit is configured to detect a plurality of learning target matters as a candidate of the concentration disturbing matter,
the travel control apparatus further comprising:
an influence degree evaluation unit that evaluates a degree of influence of each of the plurality of learning target matters on the driving operation by detecting the driving operation after an occurrence of a corresponding learning target matter in response to the concentration disturbing matter detection unit detecting the corresponding learning target matter, wherein:
the influence degree evaluation unit sets one of the plurality of learning target matters as the concentration disturbing matter in response to the degree of influence of the one of the plurality of learning target matters being equal to or larger than a predetermined threshold degree;
the influence degree evaluation unit acquires a reference driving operation which is stored corresponding to a current position of the vehicle;
the travel control unit acquires an actual driving operation which has been actually performed by the driver after the occurrence of a learning target matter, and compares the driving operation with the reference driving operation; and
for a state in which a deviation between the actual driving operation and the reference driving operation is larger than a predetermined deviation, the concentration disturbing matter detection unit determines that the learning target matter has an influence on the concentration of the driver on the driving operation.

US Pat. No. 11,027,736

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ANTICIPATORY LANE CHANGE

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

1. An anticipatory lane change system for assisting a host vehicle positioned in a current lane that is changing to a first gap in an adjacent lane, the anticipatory lane change system comprising:a non-transitory memory storing instructions that are executed by a processor and cause the processor to:
identify a potential lane change location and receive proximate vehicle data associated with proximate vehicles, wherein the proximate vehicle data includes proximate vehicle identifiers and proximate vehicle current kinematic data;
predict future kinematic data for a future time for a set of proximate vehicles of the proximate vehicles, wherein the future kinematic data describes a pair of proximate vehicles including a first preceding vehicle and a second preceding vehicle, of the set of proximate vehicles, and a second gap separating the first preceding vehicle and the second preceding vehicle, wherein the first preceding vehicle is positioned between the second preceding vehicle and the host vehicle in a longitudinal direction, and wherein the future kinematic data is based on iteratively comparing the proximate vehicle current kinematic data to a prediction model of a set of prediction models;
determine whether the first gap will be available at the potential lane change location at the future time based on the future kinematic data, wherein the first gap is located between the first preceding vehicle and the host vehicle in the longitudinal direction; and
initiate a lane change maneuver for the host vehicle in response to determining that the first gap will be available at the potential lane change location at the future time.

US Pat. No. 11,027,735

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS, VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD, AND VEHICLE CONTROL PROGRAM

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

1. A vehicle control apparatus comprising:a processor that executes executable components stored on a memory, the executable components comprising:
a first detection part configured to detect states of other vehicles that are traveling around a vehicle and exist in a predetermined detection region;
a control plan generation part configured to generate a control plan for the vehicle according to a result of determining whether the other vehicles are detected by the first detection part; and
a travel control part configured to read the control plan generated by the control plan generation part and to control acceleration, deceleration, or steering of the vehicle according to an event contained in the control plan,
wherein the control plan generation part is configured to generate the control plan of the vehicle according to one of the other vehicles that satisfies a predetermined condition among the other vehicles that are detected by the first detection part,
wherein the control plan generation part is configured to, in response to determining that the one of the other vehicles that satisfies the predetermined condition cannot be detected,
set a virtual vehicle that virtually simulates the one of the other vehicles that satisfies the predetermined condition and generate the control plan of the vehicle, and
set the virtual vehicle as a stationary body in an outer edge of the detection region of the first detection part, and
wherein while executing a lane change event from a present lane to an adjacent lane, the control plan generation part
sets lane change target position candidates between multiple other vehicles on the adjacent lane,
estimates, for each lane change target position candidate of the lane change target position candidates, future position changes of a first vehicle traveling in front of the lane change target position candidate, a second vehicle traveling behind the lane change target position candidate, and a third vehicle traveling in front of the vehicle in the present lane, and
determines a lane change target position from the lane change target position candidates based on estimations of the future position changes.

US Pat. No. 11,027,734

BRAKING CONTROL METHOD, BRAKING SYSTEM AND VEHICLE

Acer Incorporated, New T...

1. A braking control method for a braking system of a vehicle, comprising:obtaining a total braking distance and a first speed of the vehicle;
obtaining a braking delay information related to the braking system, wherein the braking delay information comprises first time information and second time information;
obtaining deceleration information according to the total braking distance, the first speed and the braking delay information;
generating a first braking signal according to the deceleration information; and
performing a braking operation according to the first braking signal to stop the vehicle,
wherein the first time information corresponds to a first time range between a time point of sending of a second braking signal and a time point of start of providing a braking force by the braking system according to the second braking signal,
the second time information corresponds to a second time range in which the braking force is increased according to the second braking signal, and
the deceleration information corresponds to a deceleration of the vehicle during the braking operation for stopping the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 11,027,733

VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL SYSTEM

VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION, ...

1. A vehicle speed control system comprising:a vehicle accelerator mechanism manually moveable between a plurality of positions, each of the plurality of positions having a deflection angle,
detection means configured to detect the deflection angle of the vehicle accelerator mechanism and to generate an output signal indicative of the deflection angle of the vehicle accelerator mechanism, and
a vehicle speed controller comprising a user interface, the vehicle speed controller configured to use the output signal as an input speed control signal such that the vehicle speed controller establishes a speed of the vehicle as a function of the detected deflection angle of the vehicle accelerator mechanism,
wherein the vehicle speed controller is configured to operate any one of a clutch unit, propulsion unit and service brake,
wherein the vehicle speed controller is configured to establish a speed of the vehicle as a function of the input speed control signal and control the speed of the vehicle by an operation of any one of the clutch unit, the propulsion unit and the service brake, thus allowing the user to manually control the speed of the vehicle as a function of the deflection angle of the vehicle accelerator mechanism,
wherein the vehicle speed controller comprises data reflecting vehicle speed as a function of the position of the vehicle accelerator mechanism, wherein the vehicle speed controller is configured to operate any one of the clutch unit, the propulsion unit and the service brake based on the data to control the speed of the vehicle,
wherein the user interface is configured for receiving user-specific data to permit the user to set a user-specific vehicle speed as a function of the position of the vehicle accelerator mechanism, and
wherein the vehicle speed controller is configured to permit the user to set an user-specific vehicle acceleration and retardation as a function of the position change per time unit of the vehicle accelerator mechanism.

US Pat. No. 11,027,732

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING REVERSE DRIVING

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

18. A method for controlling a reverse driving of a vehicle, the method comprising:receiving image data indicating a field of view of outside of the vehicle;
detecting and storing a forward movement trace of the vehicle from a first location to a second location, based on the image data and location information of the vehicle;
in response to a detection of a restricted driving area, receiving a reverse driving request signal,
prior to determining a reverse driving path, in response to the detection of the restricted driving area, and in response to a receipt of a turn signal toward the restricted driving area or a determination that the vehicle drives towards the restricted driving area, controlling an output device to output information indicating the restricted driving area,
determining, based on the forward movement trace of the vehicle, the reverse driving path from the second location toward the first location; and
outputting a control signal to control the vehicle to autonomously reverse based on the reverse driving path.

US Pat. No. 11,027,731

LAUNCH CONTROL METHOD FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A launch control method for a hybrid vehicle having a slip element on which a slip control is performable between a motor and a transmission, the launch control method comprising:determining, by a hybrid control unit (HCU), an intent of a driver to execute a launch control mode in a state in which an engine is turned-off;
when the intent of the driver is to execute the launch control mode, starting, by an engine control unit (ECU) which has received a speed command from the hybrid control unit (HCU), the engine and controlling an engine speed;
performing, by a transmission control unit (TCU) working cooperatively with the HCU, the slip control on the slip element of a transmission input terminal;
when the engine speed is synchronized with a motor speed or a difference between the engine speed and the motor speed is less than a predetermined range, locking up, by the HCU, an engine clutch;
when the engine clutch is locked up, performing, by the ECU, an engine pre-boosting control to raise an engine torque to a torque at which battery charging is available due to the motor;
performing, by the TCU, a take-up control on the slip element; and
when the take-up control is terminated, locking up, by the TCU, the slip element.

US Pat. No. 11,027,730

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REGULATION OF AUTONOMOUS CRUISE CONTROL

TOYOTA MOTOR EUROPE, Bru...

1. A driver assistance system for a vehicle, comprising:an autonomous cruise control configured to autonomously control at least a vehicle speed;
position data obtaining module configured to obtain position data indicative of the vehicle's position;
ego-vehicle sensor data obtaining device configured to obtain ego-vehicle sensor data related to objects in proximity to the vehicle;
works data receiver configured to receive works data regarding current roadworks within a predetermined distance of the vehicle; and
a processor configured to:
determine, based on the ego-vehicle sensor data, the works data, and the position data, the vehicle's position and direction of travel relative to one or more roadworks; and
when the processor determines that the vehicle is approaching a roadwork of the one or more roadworks and that the vehicle distance to the roadwork is less than a threshold distance, or when the processor determines that the vehicle is already present within a roadwork and the autonomous cruise control is enabled, disable the autonomous cruise control; and
the processor configured to:
determine, based on the ego-vehicle sensor data, the works data, and the position data, when the vehicle is exiting the roadwork; and
when the processor determines that the vehicle is exiting the roadwork, the processor is configured to re-enable the autonomous cruise control.

US Pat. No. 11,027,729

USING WHEEL ORIENTATION TO DETERMINE FUTURE HEADING

Waymo LLC, Mountain View...

1. A method of determining a future behavior of an object, the method comprising:receiving, by one or more processors, sensor data including information identifying an object in a vehicle's environment and sensor data corresponding to the object;
identifying, by the one or more processors, a portion of the sensor data that is within an area corresponding to an expected location of a wheel of the object; and
determining, by the one or more processors, a future behavior of the object based on the portion of the sensor data.

US Pat. No. 11,027,728

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle control apparatus comprising one or more processors, wherein the one or more processors:recognize one or more objects based on a detection result obtained by an outside sensor configured to detect an outside state of a vehicle;
predict a possibility that the one or more objects recognized contact or approach the vehicle; and
form as an integrated item, a unified object, a boundary of which is determined from positional relationship between two or more objects that are present within a predetermined distance range among the one or more objects recognized,
in predicting the possibility that the one or more objects recognized contact or approach the vehicle, the one or more processors predict the possibility that the unified object formed contacts or approaches the vehicle, instead of respective objects that make up the unified object, and
in forming the unified object, the one or more processors extract representative objects from the two or more objects making up the unified object at predetermined angle intervals with respect to an angular direction centered at a position of the vehicle, and determine at least two vertices to form a polygon from positions of the representative objects.

US Pat. No. 11,027,727

APPARATUS FOR RESPONDING TO VEHICLE WATER SPLASHING, SYSTEM HAVING THE SAME AND METHOD THEREOF

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. An apparatus for responding to vehicle water splashing, the apparatus comprising:a processor, wherein the processor is configured to:
determine, based on image data of a nearby vehicle, whether vehicle water splashing occurs, and
determine dangerousness caused by the vehicle water splashing to perform vehicle control when the processor determines that the vehicle water splashing occurs; and
a storage configured to store information determined by the processor and the image data of the nearby vehicle,
wherein the processor is configured to:
accumulate image data of the vehicle water splashing of a front vehicle as the nearby vehicle;
extract a plurality of waveforms of the vehicle water splashing occurring when the front vehicle is driving, based on the accumulated image data of the front vehicle, each waveform of the plurality of waveforms of the vehicle water splashing representing a size or shape of splashing water caused by the front vehicle;
operate a learning network that learns the vehicle water splashing, based on the plurality of waveforms of the vehicle water splashing from the accumulated image data of the front vehicle, the operation of the learning network comprising generation and storage of dangerousness information for each waveform of the plurality of waveforms of the vehicle water splashing;
input a newly extracted waveform of the vehicle water splashing to the learning network;
output dangerousness information corresponding to the inputted newly extracted waveform as a learning result based on the stored dangerousness information;
determine whether the vehicle water splashing occurs based on the outputted dangerousness information; and
determine the dangerousness.

US Pat. No. 11,027,726

AUTOMOTIVE AUXILIARY LADAR SENSOR

Continental Advanced Lida...

1. A vehicular imaging system for a vehicle having a body panel defining an opening, a digital processor connected to a wiring harness, and a first connector disposed at a terminus of said wiring harness, said system comprising:at least one ladar sensor comprising
a laser transmitter configured to produce a modulated laser light output,
a diffusing optic for receiving the modulated laser light output and illuminate a scene in a field of view through the opening of the body panel,
a time zero indication circuit having a zero range reference output,
a receiving lens adapted to receive a reflected optical signal through the opening of the body panel,
a two dimensional array of light sensitive detectors positioned at a focal plane of said receiving lens, each of said light sensitive detectors with an output adapted to produce an electrical response signal from a reflected portion of the modulated laser light output,
a readout integrated circuit with a plurality of unit cell electrical circuits, each of the unit cell electrical circuits having an input connected to one of the light sensitive detector outputs, each unit cell electrical circuit having an electrical response signal demodulator and a range measuring circuit connected to an output of said electrical response signal demodulator, said range measuring circuit further connected to the zero range reference output,
a detector bias circuit connected to at least one voltage distribution grid of said array of light sensitive detectors,
a connector adapted to mate with the first connector of the wiring harness such that the digital processor of the vehicle may receive three-dimensional data from said ladar sensor through the wiring harness, said connector of the ladar sensor comprising the physical connection point of a data communications port of the ladar sensor, and said data communications port adapted to transmit therethrough at least one signal comprising a three dimensional image signal; and
a temperature stabilized frequency reference connected to the digital processor.

US Pat. No. 11,027,725

SELF POSITION ESTIMATION METHOD AND SELF POSITION ESTIMATION DEVICE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A self position estimation method of a parking assistance device that stores surrounding situation of a parking target position in a storage device and executes automatic parking using the stored surrounding situation during parking to the parking target position, the method comprising:presenting the stored surrounding situation;
receiving from an occupant an operation of setting a positional relationship between the stored surrounding situation, and a host vehicle and an object existing around the host vehicle before starting the automatic parking; and
setting a position of the host vehicle or a position of the object in the stored surrounding situation based on the operation received from the occupant.

US Pat. No. 11,027,724

PARKING ASSISTANCE SYSTEM AND PARKING ASSISTANCE METHOD

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. A parking assistance system of a vehicle, the system comprising:a processor configured to:
determine whether or not the vehicle is in a stopped state based on information detected by a sensor included in the vehicle,
calculate current inclination information, which is an inclination of a road surface on which the vehicle is located, using an inclination sensor included in the vehicle, and identify the stopped state as a current stopped state, wherein the current inclination information is calculated based on sensor values measured at the current stopped state, wherein a current stopped time is a time duration for which the vehicle in the current stopped state remains stopped;
a memory configured to:
store the current inclination information as current traveling information when the current inclination information is less than predetermined threshold inclination information and previous traveling information is not stored in the memory, and
maintain previous inclination information as the current traveling information or update the previous traveling information by changing the previous inclination information to the current inclination information, depending on whether or not the current stopped time is greater than or equal to a first threshold time, wherein the previous inclination information is calculated based on sensor values measured at a previous stopped state, wherein a previous stopped time is a time duration for which the vehicle in the previous stopped state remains stopped, wherein the vehicle does not remain stopped between the previous and current stopped states; and
a controller configured to control the vehicle to move toward the parking space based on the current traveling information stored in the memory,
herein the controller controls the vehicle to move toward the parking space based on an engine driving torque, the engine driving torque being calculated by adding a compensating driving torque to a basic driving torque corresponding to an even road,
wherein the compensating driving torque is calculated based on the current traveling information, and changes as the current traveling information is updated, and
wherein when the current stopped time is less than the first threshold time, the memory is further configured to:
maintain the previous inclination information included in the previous traveling information when signs of the previous inclination information and the current inclination information are different from each other; and
update the previous traveling information by changing the previous inclination information included in the previous traveling information into the current inclination information when the signs of the previous inclination information and the current inclination information are the same as each other.

US Pat. No. 11,027,723

PARKING SUPPORT METHOD AND PARKING SUPPORT DEVICE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A parking assist method comprising a method of displaying parking assist information, the method being used in a parking assist apparatus comprising a control device, the control device being configured to:execute a detection process for a parking space that satisfies a predefined parking condition;
when the parking space satisfying the parking condition is detected, detect the parking space as a first parking space; and
when information of selecting a second parking space other than the first parking space is input, change the predefined parking condition, re-execute the detection process for the parking space, and detect the parking space satisfying the changed parking condition as the first parking space.

US Pat. No. 11,027,722

YEILDING ACTION ASSISTANCE SYSTEM

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A yielding action assistance system that assists a vehicle to yield to a passing emergency vehicle, comprising:a detector that detects a proximity of the emergency vehicle to the vehicle;
an information collector that collects information about a road on which the vehicle travels, and information about the emergency vehicle and other vehicle travelling on the same road with the vehicle;
a target zone determiner that sets a target zone to pull over the vehicle to clear the way for the emergency vehicle based on the information about the other vehicle and the road, and that updates the target zone continuously based at least on the information about the other vehicle; and
a notifier that informs a driver about the target zone,
wherein the information collector is configured to collect information about the emergency vehicle and the vehicle, and
wherein the target zone determiner is configured to update the target zone until the emergency vehicle overtakes the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 11,027,721

DRIVE FORCE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A drive force control system for a vehicle, comprising:an engine;
a rotary machine; and
a differential mechanism that is configured to perform a differential rotation among a first rotary member connected to the engine, a second rotary member connected the rotary machine, and a third rotary member connected to an output member, the differential mechanism comprises a plurality of rotary elements;
a first engagement device that connects a first rotary element and a second rotary element;
a second engagement device that connects a third rotary element and a fourth rotary element; and
a controller that controls the first engagement device and the second engagement device,
wherein at least one of the first engagement device and the second engagement device is a normally stay clutch, and
the normally stay clutch is configured to be engaged upon reception of an engagement command signal and disengaged upon reception of a disengagement command signal, and to maintain a current engagement state when a signal transmission to the normally stay clutch is stopped,
wherein the differential mechanism is configured to operate in:
a first operating mode in which a torque of the engine is delivered to the output member with a first predetermined ratio by engaging any one of the first engagement device and the second engagement device; and
a second operating mode in which the torque of the engine is delivered to the output member with a second predetermined ratio that is smaller than the first predetermined ratio by engaging other one of the first engagement device and the second engagement device,
wherein the engine is on during the first operating mode and the second operating mode, and
wherein the controller is configured to:
determine an engagement device in which a failure occurs out of the first engagement device and the second engagement device;
determine the engagement device in which the failure occurs is engaged or disengaged;
disengage an engagement device working properly if the engagement device in which the failure occurs is engaged; and
engage the engagement device working properly if the engagement device in which the failure occurs is disengaged.

US Pat. No. 11,027,720

HYBRID VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A hybrid vehicle comprising:an engine;
a motor generator; and
an electronic control unit configure to control the engine and the motor generator,
wherein, when an engine speed thereof is increased, the electronic control unit calculates an engine torque by adding an engine inertia torque to a request engine torque and cause the engine to output the calculated engine torque, and cause the motor generator to output a reaction torque in response to the request engine torque, and the electronic control unit performs control so that a torque assistance amount exerted by the motor generator is changeable while the engine speed is increased, wherein the electronic control performs control so that the motor generator outputs a torque in a positive direction which is a same as that of a torque output from the engine in a period from when an engine speed increasing assistance starts to when the engine speed increasing assistance ends by the motor generator while the engine speed increases, and after the engine speed increasing assistance by the motor generator ends, the motor generator outputs a torque in a negative direction which is opposite to that of the torque output from the engine.

US Pat. No. 11,027,719

DISTRIBUTED POWER GENERATION FOR A VEHICLE SYSTEM

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for distributed power generation in a system, the method comprising:determining an operational cycle for the system comprising
determining a first operational cycle relative to a first load device and determining
a second operational cycle relative to a second load device;
determining an average energy requirement of the system based on the operational cycle;
configuring a plurality of energy sources corresponding to each of the first load device and the second load device to produce a peak efficiency corresponding to the average energy requirement of the system; and
coupling the plurality of energy sources to provide energy to the first and second load devices.

US Pat. No. 11,027,718

BRAKE WEAR REDUCTION APPARATUS

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED...

1. An apparatus for reducing brake wear, the apparatus comprising:wheels on an aircraft;
a brake associated with each of the wheels,
a controller configured to perform a brake de-selection function by, responsive to a braking request, selecting an operational state of a given brake of the brakes to be one of operational and disabled based on a total energy input to the given brake during and after a landing of the aircraft.

US Pat. No. 11,027,717

HYDRAULIC BICYCLE SYSTEM

SRAM, LLC, Chicago, IL (...

1. A hydraulic bicycle component comprising:a housing having a cylinder, the cylinder defining a hydraulic fluid chamber;
a hydraulic hose connection port fluidly connected to the hydraulic fluid chamber and adapted to be connected to a hydraulic hose assembly;
an attachment member configured to affix the housing to a handlebar;
a piston assembly including a piston slidably disposed within the cylinder, the piston configured to slide between a non-actuated position and an actuated position;
a port valve configured to move between an open position permitting fluid communication between the hydraulic hose assembly and the hydraulic fluid chamber and a closed position inhibiting fluid communication between the hydraulic hose assembly and the hydraulic fluid chamber, the port valve moving to the open position responsive to the connection of the hydraulic hose assembly to the hydraulic hose connection port; and
a spring disposed in the hydraulic fluid chamber configured to bias the port valve to the closed position.

US Pat. No. 11,027,716

INTEGRATED SOLENOID VALVE AND BRAKE SYSTEM USING THE SAME

MANDO CORPORATION, Gyeon...

1. An integrated solenoid valve comprising:an armature disposed in a sleeve, and configured to move upward and downward in an axial direction, and open or close an orifice of a seat disposed at a lower side thereof;
an elastic member configured to provide elastic force to the armature in a closing direction of the orifice;
a magnet core configured to provide drive force to the armature in a direction opposite to that of the elastic member;
an orifice unit coupled to a lower side of the seat, and configured to include not only a hollow hole communicating with the orifice of the seat but also a passage hole;
a filter member configured to prevent inflow of foreign materials;
a lip seal inserted between the orifice unit and the filter member, and configured to include an inclined protrusion, wherein the lip seal is positioned to directly contact the filter member;
a bidirectional passage opened or closed by the armature moving up and down;
a unidirectional passage formed to pass through the passage hole and an outer surface of the inclined protrusion.

US Pat. No. 11,027,715

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR VERIFYING NORMAL OPERATION OF NEGATIVE PRESSURE SENSOR OF BRAKE BOOSTER

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for verifying normal operation of a booster negative pressure sensor, comprising:identifying, by a controller, whether values of the booster negative pressure sensor, an intake-manifold pressure sensor, and an atmospheric pressure sensor are detected, respectively;
detecting, by the controller, whether a brake lamp switch (BLS) is turned on, a main cylinder pressure (MCP), an atmospheric pressure, an intake-manifold pressure, a booster negative pressure, and a booster vacuum pressure;
distinguishing, by the controller, compensation factors for compensating a malfunction of the booster negative pressure sensor based on any combination of whether the BLS is turned on, the MCP, the atmospheric pressure, the intake-manifold pressure, the booster negative pressure, and the booster vacuum pressure;
determining, by the controller, any one of a low stuck-at condition, a high stuck-at condition, and an offset error condition of the booster negative pressure sensor based on the compensation factors for compensating the malfunction of the booster negative pressure sensor; and
switching, by the controller, a low vacuum brake assist (LVBA) that has used values of the booster negative pressure sensor in the low stuck-at condition, the high stuck-at condition, or the offset error condition to a non-control state.

US Pat. No. 11,027,714

BRAKE APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd., ...

1. A brake apparatus for a vehicle, comprising:a cylinder comprising a supply flow path configured to supply working fluid of a reservoir and a hydraulic chamber connected to the supply flow path;
a piston movably installed in the cylinder, and connected to a brake pedal;
an elastic member installed in the hydraulic chamber so as to elastically support the piston;
a sealing member installed on the outer surface of the piston so as to be in contact with the inner surface of the hydraulic chamber; and
a communication flow path formed on the inner surface of the cylinder along the longitudinal direction of the cylinder, which guides the working fluid of the hydraulic chamber to the opposite side of the moving direction of the piston, when the piston is moved,
wherein:
the hydraulic chamber comprises:
a first hydraulic chamber accommodating an end portion of the piston, and having the communication flow path formed therein; and
a second hydraulic chamber having an inner diameter less than an inner diameter of the first hydraulic chamber, and connected to the supply flow path;
the sealing member has a larger size than the inner diameter of the first hydraulic chamber and the outer diameter of a division ring of the piston;
the sealing member divides the first hydraulic chamber into a first space and a second space when the piston is moved; and
the working fluid of the first hydraulic chamber flows to the first and second spaces through the communication flow path when the piston is pressurized and depressurized.

US Pat. No. 11,027,713

BRAKE NVH COUNTERMEASURE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A brake system for a vehicle comprising:a brake pedal position sensor configured to detect a displacement position of a brake pedal of the vehicle; and
an electronic controller configured to
determine a target deceleration based at least in part on the detected displacement position of the brake pedal,
access from a non-transitory, computer-readable memory a defined range of braking pressures corresponding to a noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) condition for at least one wheel of the vehicle;
preemptively determine an adjusted braking pressure to be applied to the at least one wheel of the vehicle based on the determined target deceleration and the defined range of braking pressures accessed from the memory, wherein the adjusted braking pressure is maintained outside of the defined range of braking pressures corresponding to the NVH condition for the at least one wheel, and
transmit an adjusted braking force control signal to a braking actuator configured to cause the braking actuator to apply the adjusted braking pressure to the at least one wheel of the vehicle, wherein the electronic controller is configured to not transmit a control signal to the braking actuator configured to cause the braking actuator to apply any braking pressure to the at least one wheel of the vehicle that is within the defined range of braking pressures accessed from the memory before transmitting the adjusted braking force control signal.

US Pat. No. 11,027,712

COEFFICIENT-OF-FRICTION ESTIMATOR

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

1. A method for determining a coefficient-of-friction, the method comprising:controlling, by at least one control unit, a braking system to brake a first wheel of a vehicle such that a slip between the first wheel and a roadway is less than a slip between a second wheel of the vehicle and the roadway; and
determining, by the at least one control unit, a coefficient-of-friction between the first wheel and the roadway based on the behavior of the first wheel during the braking.

US Pat. No. 11,027,711

ANTI-LOCK BRAKE CONTROL DEVICE

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. An anti-lock brake control device which controls a brake device including a brake rotor provided coaxially with a wheel, a friction material to contact with the brake rotor, and a friction material driving mechanism configured to drive the friction material, the anti-lock brake control device comprising:a wheel motion estimator configured to estimate one or more of an angle, an angular velocity, and an angular acceleration of the wheel;
a slip estimator configured to estimate a slip state of the wheel with respect to a ground contact surface, using an estimation result of the wheel motion estimator; and
an anti-lock controller configured to give a command for reducing a braking force to the friction material driving mechanism in accordance with the slip state of the wheel estimated by the slip estimator, wherein
the slip estimator includes two or more delay compensators having frequency characteristics different from each other configured to perform delay compensation for the estimation result of the wheel motion estimator, and is configured to output a plurality of estimation results different from each other for which delay compensation has been performed, as an estimation result for the slip state of the wheel, and
the anti-lock controller is configured to give the command for reducing the braking force, on the basis of a result of predetermined determination including comparison of the plurality of estimation results outputted from the slip estimator and perform the comparison of the plurality of estimation results by using a cumulative value of a difference between the estimation results obtained via the different delay compensators.

US Pat. No. 11,027,710

EMERGENCY BRAKING SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE EMERGENCY BRAKING SYSTEM

WABCO EUROPE BVBA, Bruss...

1. An emergency braking system for a vehicle, the emergency braking system comprising:a memory storing a plurality of parameter sets, each respective parameter set of the plurality of parameter sets corresponding to a different respective vehicle model series variant of a vehicle model series produced by a vehicle manufacturer, and
an emergency braking controller configured to:
select, based on a first vehicle model series variant of which the vehicle is an instance, a first parameter set from the plurality of parameter sets stored by the memory, the first parameter set corresponding to the first vehicle model series variant, and
generate, using the first parameter set as input, an emergency braking output signal for causing an emergency braking by service brakes of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 11,027,709

BICYCLE OPERATING DEVICE

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle operating device comprising:a base member including a pommel portion, the base member includes a first end portion configured to be coupled to a handlebar in a mounting state where the bicycle operating device is mounted to the handlebar;
a brake operating member pivotably coupled to the base member about a first pivot axis;
an electrical switch to provide an electric signal;
a wireless communication unit including an antenna, the wireless communication unit being connected to the electrical switch to transmit a wireless signal based on the electric signal, the wireless communication unit being disposed on the base member, a first distance from the wireless communication unit to the pommel portion is greater than a second distance from the wireless communication unit to the first pivot axis;
an informing unit disposed on the base member; and
a power supply electrically connected to at least one of the electrical switch and the wireless communication unit, at least part of the power supply is disposed closer to the first end portion than the first pivot axis when viewed from a direction parallel to the first pivot axis, wherein
the wireless communication unit including the antenna, the power supply, and the informing unit are provided as an electrical unit disposed on the base member between the first pivot axis and the first end portion of the base member when viewed from the direction parallel to the first pivot axis, and
the power supply and the informing unit are both provided on a same electrical substrate provided on the base member.

US Pat. No. 11,027,708

PEDAL ASSEMBLY WITH A RELEASE MECHANISM

KSR IP Holdings, LLC, Wi...

1. A pedal assembly comprising:a housing;
a pedal arm having an upper end pivotally coupled to the housing;
a retaining member slidably engaged within the housing, the retaining member having a first ramp portion relative to an upper surface of the retaining member, a portion of the retaining member in communication with the upper end of the pedal arm; and
a block slidably mounted within the housing and perpendicular to the first ramp portion of the retaining member, the block having a second ramp portion relative to a sidewall surface of the block, the second ramp portion is complimentary sloped to the first ramp portion,
wherein upon an impact, the second ramp portion of the block slidably engages with the first ramp portion which causes the retaining member to move and release the upper end of the pedal arm from the housing.

US Pat. No. 11,027,707

TIRE INFLATOR WITH INFLATION TIMER

Hopkins Manufacturing Cor...

1. A portable inflation device for inflating an object, the portable inflation device comprising:an air pump for delivering pressurized air and having
an elongated air hose, and
an inflation nozzle that is configured to connect to the object;
a user interface configured to receive a target pressure and a unit of pressure in which to display a current pressure and the target pressure;
a first inflation indicator configured to display
an estimated remaining time,
the target pressure,
the current pressure of the object,
a field that graphically represents the estimated remaining time, and
the unit of pressure in which the target pressure and the current pressure are displayed;
a second inflation indicator configured to display the estimated remaining time; and
a control device wirelessly coupled to the user interface and the second inflation indicator, the control device configured to
control operation of the air pump, the control device including a sensor that detects the current pressure,
receive, via wireless communication, the target pressure from the user interface,
convert the target pressure and the current pressure to the unit of pressure in which to display the current pressure and the target pressure,
calculate the estimated remaining time until the current pressure is within a predetermined margin of the target pressure,
send the estimated remaining time to the first inflation indicator; and
send, via wireless communication, the estimated remaining time to the second inflation indicator.

US Pat. No. 11,027,706

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR APPLYING WIPING WATER ONTO A VEHICLE WINDOW

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A wiper system configured to apply wiper fluid to a vehicle window, the wiper system comprising:at least one wiper arm;
at least one sensor system;
at least one control apparatus; and
at least one wiper fluid nozzle,
wherein the sensor system is configured to:
detect, during a wiping operation, the wiper arm in at least one defined position in a wiping area of the wiper arm, and
send a detection signal to the control apparatus, and
wherein the control apparatus is configured such that:
at a start of a wiping cycle, starting from a bottom starting position, at which none of the at least one wiper fluid nozzles are active, the at least one wiper arm begins with an upward wiping movement, wherein at least one of the at least one wiper fluid nozzles that provides a fluid application in front of a wiper blade of the at least one wiper arm in the upward wiping movement is supplied with wiper fluid, and
when or after a free end of the at least one wiper arm passes or has passed the defined position detected by the sensor system and a reversal point from the upward wiping movement into a downward wiping movement is reached, at least one of the at least one wiper fluid nozzles that provides a fluid application in front of the wiper blade of the at least one wiper arm in the downward wiping movement is supplied with wiper fluid until the at least one wiper arm has arrived in an end position corresponding to the bottom starting position.

US Pat. No. 11,027,705

WINDSCREEN WIPER DEVICE

Trico Products Corporatio...

1. A windscreen wiper device, comprising:a wiper element made of an elastomeric material;
at least one carrier element operably supporting said wiper element;
a connecting device including a base that is fixedly attached with said at least one carrier element and including a joint part that is attached with said base such that said joint part can pivot about a pivot axis;
said joint part having a top wall that extends in a lateral direction between a pair of side walls;
said joint part including a button configuration for lockingly attaching said connecting device with at least two different types of oscillating wiper arms;
said button configuration including a first button and a second button; and
each of said first and second buttons being attached with said side walls via resilient strips, each resilient strip extending directly from one of said side walls at a location which is spaced vertically below said top wall to one of said first and second buttons, said resilient strips biasing said first and second buttons into raised positions wherein said first and second buttons project above said top wall, and said resilient strips allowing said first and second buttons to move to a pressed button position wherein a top surface of said first or second button is generally flush with said top wall.

US Pat. No. 11,027,704

WIPER BLADE ASSEMBLY

CAP CORPORATION, Sangju-...

1. A wiper blade assembly comprising:a contact member;
an elastic member for supporting the contact member;
an elongated coupling cover to be fastened to the elastic in a height direction of the coupling cover; and
an elongated cover member for covering the elastic member and configured to receive the coupling cover therein in a height direction of the cover member;
wherein the cover member comprises: a spoiler; an extended plate extended from one end of the spoiler; a first coupling protrusion located in a first predetermined position of the extended plate; and a first coupling through-hole located in a second predetermined position of the extended plate adjacent to the first coupling protrusion,
wherein the coupling cover comprises: a second coupling through-hole located in an inner space thereunder; and a second coupling protrusion located adjacent to the second coupling through-hole,
wherein the second coupling through-hole receives the first coupling protrusion of the cover member and the second coupling protrusion is inserted into the first coupling through-hole of the cover member while the coupling cover is fastened to the cover member in the height direction of the cover member, such that the cover member is immovably fixed to the coupling cover in opposing longitudinal directions of the cover member, and
wherein the height direction is perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the cover member.

US Pat. No. 11,027,703

SUPPORT MOUNT FOR A WIPER BLADE, ASSOCIATED WIPER BLADE AND WIPING SYSTEM

1. A support mount for a wiper blade, the mount comprising:a body having a longitudinal extension main direction termed the main direction, the body comprising a first means that receives a bending spine and second means defining an open lower housing to receive an upper mounting stub of a wiper rubber of the wiper,
wherein the first means defines an upper housing that covers the spine along the main direction,
wherein the upper housing includes a plurality of recesses facilitating the bending of the mount, the plurality of recesses forming a pattern on the surface of the upper housing, termed the recess distribution pattern, defined by the distribution and/or the orientation of the plurality of recesses, and
wherein the plurality of recesses are separated with a pitch that varies along the main direction.

US Pat. No. 11,027,702

WIPER ARM DEVICE FOR MOTOR VEHICLES

Valeo Wischersysteme GmbH...

1. A wiper arm apparatus for motor vehicles, comprising:a wiper arm head which comprises a drive lever,
wherein the drive lever is connected to a drive shaft, whereby an intermediate lever pivotally supported on the drive lever cooperates with a control lever, wherein the control lever is arranged pivotably about a second shaft which the control lever pivots on a side facing away from the intermediate lever; and
a fastening device for at least one hose for supplying a cleaning fluid to a wiper arm,
wherein the fastening device is arranged in at least partial overlap with a longitudinal axis of the second shaft and arranged pivotably about the longitudinal axis together with the control lever,
wherein the fastening device comprises a support plate, from which two guide walls arranged at an angle relative to one another protrude, wherein the at least one hose is arranged in a receiving area limited by the guide walls and the support plate, and
wherein the angle between the guide walls corresponds to a pivot angle of the control lever.

US Pat. No. 11,027,701

LOCATION DETERMINATION SYSTEM

SOKEN, INC., Nisshin (JP...

1. A location determination system, comprising:a vehicle device mounted in a vehicle; and
a mobile terminal provided as a communication terminal to be carried by a user of the vehicle and set to transmit a radio signal including transmission source information at least once within a predetermined period of time, wherein
the vehicle device includes:
a reception portion configured to receive the radio signal transmitted from the mobile terminal via an antenna disposed in the vehicle and detect a reception strength of the received radio signal; and
a location determination portion configured to determine, based on the reception strength of the radio signal detected by the reception portion, whether the mobile terminal is present inside a target area set in advance based on a position at which the antenna is disposed, wherein,
as determination thresholds for the location determination portion to determine whether the mobile terminal is present inside the target area based on the reception strength of the radio signal detected by the reception portion, two parameters that are a high level threshold and a low level threshold lower than the high level threshold are set, wherein,
when the location determination portion has previously determined that the mobile terminal is present outside the target area, the location determination portion is configured to determine that the mobile terminal has moved from outside the target area to inside the target area in response to the reception strength of the radio signal detected by the reception portion becoming greater than or equal to the high level threshold, and wherein,
when the location determination portion has previously determined that the mobile terminal is present inside the target area, the location determination portion is configured to determine that the mobile terminal has moved from inside the target area to outside the target area in response to the reception strength of the radio signal detected by the reception portion becoming less than or equal to the low level threshold.

US Pat. No. 11,027,700

ACCESS CONTROLLER FOR VEHICLES, COMPRISING A SECURITY DEVICE

1. Access control equipment for vehicles, with an electronic remote key which is accommodated in a housing, said remote key being the key belonging to the vehicle, wherein said remote key is placed and left in the vehicle in order to allow for the utilization of conventional production vehicles for use as car-sharing or rental vehicles, and wherein because the remote key remains permanently in the vehicle and the presence of the remote key is expected by the vehicle system during operation, such operation is guaranteed at all times, the access control equipment comprising:a controller which is designed for temporary activation of the remote key, the controller having an interface for wireless communication and being designed to cause an activation of the remote key in dependence on a wireless communication,
wherein
a voltage supply is coupled to the controller and the remote key, wherein the voltage supply, under actuation from the controller, applies an electrical breakdown voltage via at least one contact of the remote key for at least a first predetermined duration, which is greater than a designated operating voltage of the remote key, in order to destroy the remote key by the resulting current flow.

US Pat. No. 11,027,699

BACKUP KEY WITH WIRELESS CAPABILITIES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A foldable keycard, comprising:first and second sections, each defining a base and a layer of a blade of a key extending therefrom;
a hinge connecting the bases of the first and second sections, wherein the first section is configured to fold over the second section about the hinge so that a top surface of the first section is against a bottom surface of the second section and each of the layers of the blades align to form the blade of the key, and the first and second sections are configured to fold about the hinge into a storage position to form a collective flat surface; and
an electronic vehicle access component arranged at the base of one of the sections opposite the blades, and configured to fold away from the blades to allow the keycard to be inserted into a lock.

US Pat. No. 11,027,698

LOADING DETERMINATION SYSTEM, LOADING DETERMINATION METHOD AND AUTHENTICATION INFORMATION CONTROL SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A loading determination system comprising:a storage unit configured to store dimension information for each of a plurality of loading regions which is present in a vehicle, the dimension information being relevant to an upper limit of a dimension of a parcel which is able to be loaded in each of the loading regions; and
a control unit configured to
determine, based on the dimension information, whether a first parcel, which is planned to be loaded, is able to be loaded in the vehicle,
output
a determination result of whether the first parcel is able to be loaded, and
when the first parcel is able to be loaded, first information relevant to a first loading region in which the first parcel is planned to be loaded, the first loading region being included in the plurality of loading regions,
determine, when another parcel has been loaded in the first loading region, whether a second loading region in which the other parcel is able to be loaded is present, the second loading region being included in the plurality of loading regions and being a region in which no parcel different from the other parcel has been loaded; and
output, when the second loading region is present, second information relevant to the second loading region, the second information including a notice that prompts movement of the other parcel to the second loading region.

US Pat. No. 11,027,697

SYSTEM, METHOD, AND APPARATUS TO MITIGATE AND OR PREVENT AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE MISUSE THROUGH THE USE OF SECURITY ENABLED SENSORS

ITSEC Analytics PTE. LTD....

1. A Lawful Stop and Search (LSS) Override Controller for an autonomous vehicle, the controller comprising:a first physical communication channel to receive commands from and respond to a LSS Manual Controller via a direct wired connection;
a second physical communication channel comprising:
a communications sensor system that detects and emits at least one of ultrasonic, optical, and radio frequency energy; and
a receiver/transmitter coupled to the communications sensor system to receive commands from and respond to a LSS Illuminator or the LSS Manual Controller;
a logical command communications link coupled to the first and second physical communication channels that employs a secure communication protocol configured to concurrently communicate to said LSS handheld Illuminator and said LSS Manual Controller;
an AV Computer interface to an automated driving system (ADS) controller that provides default control of said autonomous vehicle;
an Emergency Override Interface to a drive motor system, a braking system, and a steering system of said autonomous vehicle, bypassing the ADS, controller thereby providing direct control of said drive motor, brakes, and steering;
a dispatch interface configured to communicate with said autonomous vehicle's dispatch;
a global positioning system (GPS) receiver configured to determine the vehicle coordinates, velocity and precise time; and
a processor using said secure communication protocol to perform mutual authentication.

US Pat. No. 11,027,696

VEHICLE SEAT BELT SYSTEMS

1. A vehicle seat belt system, comprising:a retractable seat belt buckle movable between an extended position and a retracted position;
a buckle sensor positioned to sense a position of the retractable seat belt buckle and output a signal indicative of the position of the retractable seat belt buckle; and
a control unit communicatively coupled to the buckle sensor and a drive system of a vehicle, wherein the control unit:
receives the signal from the buckle sensor;
determines the position of the retractable seat belt buckle based on the signal from the buckle sensor; and
transmits a stop signal to the vehicle drive system to prevent motion of the vehicle when the retractable seat belt buckle is positioned in the extended position.

US Pat. No. 11,027,695

BELT RETRACTOR HAVING A SECOND FORCE LIMITER

TRW AUTOMOTIVE GMBH, Alf...

1. A belt retractor comprising a frame (10), a belt reel (12) rotatably arranged within the frame, a blocking mechanism (18) by which the belt reel (12) can be blocked within the frame (10), and a load limiter (14) being detachably coupled to the belt reel (12), wherein for coupling the load limiter (14) at least one load-transmitting bar (28) is used which is arranged at the belt reel (12) and is retained in a coupling position by a support ring (32), the at least one load-transmitting bar (28) engaging driving toothing (26) of the load limiter (14) when the at least one load-transmitting bar is in the coupling position, wherein the support ring (32) can be moved from a supporting position to a release position by means of an actor (70).

US Pat. No. 11,027,694

SEATBELT PRETENSIONER ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A seatbelt pretensioner assembly, comprising:a body;
a shaft rotatably supported by the body;
teeth extending from and surrounding the shaft;
a ratchet mechanism supported by the body and operatively engaged with the teeth;
a spring operatively engaged between the body and the shaft; and
a solenoid supported by the body and movable between a first position inhibiting rotation of the shaft relative to the body and a second position permitting rotation of the shaft relative to the body.

US Pat. No. 11,027,693

DEVICE COOPERATING WITH VEHICLE SAFETY BELT

1. A device cooperating with the vehicle safety belt, designed for passenger transport, especially children, consisting of a tensioning belt fixed releasably with a help of snap fasteners between the shoulder part and a lap part of the fastened safety belt characterized in that the tensioning belt (1) has tunnels (9) on both ends in which there are arms of the snap fasteners (4) fixed to the fastened safety belt in the shoulder (2) part and the lap (1) part, where the controller (R) has a staple (5) fixing the length of the tensioning belt (1), and the tensioning belt (1) consists of a fragment (7) connected permanently with the fixing staple (5) and a fragment (8) connected slidingly with the fixing staple (5) and a staple (6) blocking the position of the belt (1).

US Pat. No. 11,027,692

AIR BAG DEVICE

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

1. An air bag device comprising:an inflator; and
a bag unit configured to be deployed on a front part of a vehicle body with a gas supplied from the inflator,
wherein the bag unit comprises a first bag, a second bag, and a connector which are connected to one another to form an annular configuration,
wherein the bag unit is configured to be deployed on a hood of the vehicle body or on a right or left fender of the vehicle body through a gap defined between a front end portion of the hood and a grill of the vehicle body,
wherein the connector directly connects between a lower end portion of the first bag and a lower end portion of the second bag, and
wherein, when the bag unit is deployed, the first bag and the second bag are erected on the vehicle body such that the first bag, the second bag, and the connector of the bag unit form a substantially triangular shape as a whole and the connector serves as a bottom portion of the substantially triangular shape and is capable of coming into abutment with the hood or the right or left fender.

US Pat. No. 11,027,691

AIRBAG

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

5. An airbag adapted to be mounted on a vehicle, comprising:a body;
a redirecting cloth that is composed of a single sheet material having flexibility and disposed inside the body, the redirecting cloth including:
an inlet port for taking in an inflation gas;
one or more outlet ports that release the inflation gas as flown from the inlet port towards predetermined regions of the body; and
a sew region that sews first and second terminal edge regions of the sheet material together,
wherein each of the first and second terminal edge regions of the sheet material includes a turned-and-sewn region that has been turned inward and sewn, and at least a part of the sew region sews terminals of the turned-and-sewn regions together,
wherein each of the turned-and-sewn regions includes a crease that folds the terminal edge region of the sheet material inwardly toward the inlet port;
wherein the sew region is disposed between the creases and terminal edges of the sheet material.

US Pat. No. 11,027,690

INFLATABLE RESTRAINT DEVICE FOR A VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An assembly comprising:a seat;
an inflatable cushion supported by the seat, the inflatable cushion having an outer surface and a plurality of tethers;
each tether including a first end and a second end, the tethers being fastened at the first ends to the outer surface of the cushion and at the second ends to the seat;
the tethers are designed to be releasably fastened on at least one of the ends; and
a sidepiece rotatably fastened to the seat, at least some of the second ends of the tethers being fastened to the sidepiece.

US Pat. No. 11,027,689

AIRBAG DEVICE

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. An airbag device comprising:a movement obtaining unit that is configured to gauge movement of a sitting occupant in an automobile;
an airbag that is deployable with different thicknesses into a gap between the occupant and a side portion of the automobile; and
an airbag controller that, after a collision detection is received by the airbag controller, is configured to restrict a thickness of the airbag that deploys toward the gap so that the airbag is inserted into the gap, if the airbag controller determines that the gap is smaller than a predetermined value on a basis of a determination by the movement obtaining unit, which determination by the movement obtaining unit is received by the airbag controller after the collision detection is received by the airbag controller, and wherein the movement obtaining unit is configured to obtain a degree of steering of the automobile and calculate movement of the occupant based at least in part on the degree of steering.

US Pat. No. 11,027,688

SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO SUPPORT AN INFLATABLE AIRBAG CUSHION

Autoliv ASP, Inc., Ogden...

1. An inflatable airbag cushion comprising:a central panel comprising a substantially rectangular shape;
a pair of side panels that each couple to an edge of the central panel, each side panel of the pair of side panels including an edge that includes a portion that protrudes from the side panel in a forward direction,
a rearward-facing surface to be positioned forward of a vehicle seating position for receiving one or more of a head and a torso of an occupant in a forward direction during a collision event; and
a forward-facing surface and a protrusion that projects from the forward-facing surface, wherein the forward-facing surface is configured to engage an instrument panel and the protrusion is configured to at least partially conform to and partially fill a blind hole disposed on the instrument panel, and wherein the protrusion is configured to engage a blind end of the blind hole,
wherein opposing lateral edges of the central panel each at least partially couple to one of the pair of side panels,
wherein the edge of each of the pair of side panels that protrudes forward from the side panel forms the protrusion, and
wherein the central panel comprises a pair of cutouts that couple to edges that extend outward from the side panel.

US Pat. No. 11,027,687

STEERING WHEEL

AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB, ...

1. A steering wheel comprising:a steering wheel body having or being connected to a first force transmitting component,
a horn actuation element mounted to the steering wheel body, the horn actuation element having a horn actuation surface and the horn actuation element having or being connected to a second force transmitting component,
a load cell comprising a sensitive element that changes an electrical property in response to a compression force, the sensitive element being placed between the first force transmitting component and the second force transmitting component,
at least one elastically deformable element acting between the steering wheel body and the horn actuation element, such that when a pushing force is applied to the horn actuation surface, magnitude of the compression force changes,in a resting state of the steering wheel body the compression force is applied to the sensitive element by the first and second force transmitting components by a preload provide by the at least one elastically deformable element, and in that the magnitude of the compression force applied to the sensitive element is reduced when the pushing force is applied to the horn actuation surface.

US Pat. No. 11,027,686

VEHICLE-ASSOCIATED CONTROL SYSTEM TO SAFEGUARD AN OCCUPANT TO DEPART THE VEHICLE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method of safeguarding an occupant to depart a vehicle, the method comprising:associating a control system with the vehicle, the control system:
receiving an occupant-specified destination for the vehicle;
receiving situational data on an area outside the vehicle relevant to departure of the occupant from the vehicle, the area outside the vehicle comprising a destination area of the vehicle based on the occupant-specified destination, the situational data comprising situational information on the destination area of the vehicle, the situational data being data obtained by the control system prior to the vehicle reaching the specified destination, and the situational data including a plurality of data, the plurality of data including occupant-related data, time of day data, destination-location parameter data, instant social media data related to the destination area, and instant public domain data on the destination area, including any local assemblage data and official situation data on the occupant-specified destination;
determining a risk level for the occupant to depart the vehicle in the area, the determining being based on the situational data and being representative of a risk to the occupant in departing the vehicle in the area; and
triggering a safeguard action by the control system based on the determined risk level for the occupant to depart the vehicle in that area, the safeguard action comprising inhibiting by the control system opening of a vehicle door based on the risk level exceeding a defined threshold, and the safeguard action comprising providing, by the control system, the occupant with an alternate destination area to depart the vehicle based on the risk level exceeding the defined threshold for the occupant to depart the vehicle at the destination area, the providing occurring prior to the vehicle reaching the specified destination.

US Pat. No. 11,027,685

VEHICLE BODY STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body structure comprising:a front plate portion that faces in a vehicle front-rear direction;
an inclined portion that obliquely descends rearward from a lower end of the front plate portion and is coupled to a floor panel making up a floor surface of a cabin;
an arch-shaped portion that is located at outer end portions in a vehicle width direction of the front plate portion and the inclined portion and makes up a wheel arch-shaped rear portion of a tire house;
a front side frame that is located inward of the arch-shaped portion in the vehicle width direction and extends from the front plate portion to the inclined portion in the vehicle front-rear direction;
a reinforcement panel that is placed over the arch-shaped portion; and
a cross-member that is joined to an inner end portion of the reinforcement panel in the vehicle width direction, wherein
the reinforcement panel is disposed only in an area outward of an innermost portion of the arch-shaped portion in the vehicle width direction, and
the reinforcement panel is joined to the inclined portion with the cross-member via a ridge line joint portion that is set up along a ridge line between the arch-shaped portion and the inclined portion.

US Pat. No. 11,027,684

OCCUPANT PROTECTION DEVICE

Semiconductor Energy Labo...

1. An occupant protection device comprising:an imaging device;
a control device; and
an airbag device,
wherein the imaging device comprises:
a light-receiving element comprising selenium; and
a transistor comprising an oxide semiconductor including a channel formation region, the transistor being electrically connected to the light-receiving element, and
wherein the control device is configured to predict a collision with the use of an image taken by the imaging device and to activate the airbag device.

US Pat. No. 11,027,683

OCCUPANT RESTRAINT SYSTEM AND RELATED METHODS

Continental Automotive Sy...

1. An occupant restraint system comprising:a rotatable seat having a head rest, the rotatable seat coupled with a seat mount;
the rotatable seat including a seat belt anchor, a seat belt retractor and a seat coupling member each coupled with the rotatable seat, the seat belt anchor directly coupled with the rotatable seat;
a seat belt assembly including a first seat belt portion and a second seat belt portion;
the first seat belt portion extending from a belt anchor portion to a first coupling end portion, the belt anchor portion coupled with the seat belt anchor, the first coupling end portion configured to be coupled with the seat coupling member;
the second seat belt portion extending from a second extending portion to a second coupling end portion, the second extending portion extendably coupled with the seat belt retractor, the second coupling end portion configured to be coupled with the seat coupling member;
at least one deployable restraint stored within the head rest of the rotatable seat, the at least one deployable restraint has a deployed position and a retracted position that is deployed by a deployment member;
at least one hinge configured to fold open the at least one deployable restraint with the deployment member; and
a deployment guide, the deployment guide having a track and guide member associated therewith, the guide member coupled with the deployable restraint, the guide member configured to guide the deployable restraint along the track.

US Pat. No. 11,027,682

FRONT PORTION STRUCTURE OF VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A front portion structure of a vehicle, comprising:a front bumper reinforcement extending along a vehicle width direction;
a side member disposed rearward of the front bumper reinforcement in the vehicle so as to extend along a vehicle longitudinal direction; and
a crush box disposed between the front bumper reinforcement and the side member; wherein
the side member has a first region connected to the crush box and a second region extending from a rear end of the first region;
a vehicle-widthwise outer side surface of the side member in the first region is arranged at a position being bent with respect to a vehicle-widthwise outer side surface of the crush box so as to form a protrusion protruding outward in the vehicle width direction;
a vehicle-widthwise outer side surface of the side member in the second region is arranged at a position being bent with respect to the vehicle-widthwise outer side surface in the first region so as to form another protrusion protruding inward in the vehicle width direction, and
a reinforcement plate is attached to the vehicle-widthwise outer side surface in the first region.

US Pat. No. 11,027,681

IN-VEHICLE SYSTEM FOR COMPARING A STATE OF A VEHICLE CABIN BEFORE AND AFTER A RIDE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A system for monitoring a scene in an interior of a cabin of a vehicle, the system comprising:a plurality of sensors, each sensor in the plurality of sensors configured to output a respective sensor signal, at least one sensor in the plurality of sensors being configured measure an aspect of the interior of the cabin; and
a processing system operably connected to the plurality of sensors and having at least one processor, the processing system configured to:
receive each respective sensor signal from the plurality of sensors;
determine, during a first time period, (i) a reference value for a first attribute of the interior of the cabin based on a first sensor signal from a first sensor in the plurality of sensors, (ii) a reference value for a second attribute of the interior of the cabin based on a second sensor signal from a second sensor in the plurality of sensors, and (iii) a reference value for a third attribute of the interior of the cabin based on the reference value for the first attribute and the reference value for the second attribute;
determine, during a second time period that is subsequent to the first time period, (i) a current value for the first attribute of the interior of the cabin based on the first sensor signal from the first sensor in the plurality of sensors, (ii) a current value for the second attribute of the interior of the cabin based on the second sensor signal from the second sensor in the plurality of sensors, and (iii) a current value for the third attribute of the interior of the cabin based on the current value for the first attribute and the current value for the second attribute; and
determine a change in the interior of the cabin by comparing the current value for the third attribute with the reference value for the third attribute.

US Pat. No. 11,027,680

VEHICLE TRACKS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a track defining a guide channel, wherein the track comprises a first transceiver;
first and second transmitters positioned on first and second sides of the guide channel, respectively; and
an anchor that engages with the guide channel, wherein the anchor comprises first and second receivers positioned on first and second sides of the anchor, respectively, and wherein the anchor comprises a second transceiver, wherein the first transceiver communicates data to the second transceiver and the first transceiver receives data from the second transceiver, wherein the second transceiver is coupled to a control module such that a path of communication is established between the first transceiver and the control module, and wherein the control module is selected from the group consisting of a seat control module and a cargo control module.

US Pat. No. 11,027,679

ELECTRICAL DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An electrical device configured to be provided in a vehicle, the electrical device comprising:a first case; and
a second case that is fastened to the first case by a bolt, wherein
a side surface of the first case is provided with a columnar projection that extends along the side surface,
the columnar projection is provided with a bolt insertion hole through which the bolt is inserted, the bolt insertion hole extending along the side surface, and
a center line of the bolt insertion hole is located closer to a center of the first case than a center line of the columnar projection is.

US Pat. No. 11,027,678

ON-BOARD SYSTEM AND DETECTOR HUB

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. An on-board system comprising:a plurality of detectors provided to a vehicle;
a controller configured to control an on-board instrument mounted on the vehicle based on detection information indicating a result of detection by each of the detectors;
a detector hub interposed between each of the detectors and the controller in an intercommunicatable manner and configured to collect the detection information obtained by the detectors and transmit the collected detection information to the controller;
a first network connecting the on-board instrument and the controller in an intercommunicatable manner; and
a second network independent from the first network and connecting the detectors, the detector hub, and the controller in an intercommunicatable manner, wherein
the first network connects the on-board instrument and the controller through a protocol conversion unit configured to perform protocol conversion in an intercommunicatable manner by a plurality of protocols different from each other, and
the second network connects the detectors, the detector hub, and the controller in an intercommunicatable manner by a single protocol without the protocol conversion unit.

US Pat. No. 11,027,677

CAMERA BASED ACTIVATION OF HEATED WIPERS AND WINDSHIELD DEFROST

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method to automatically activate at least one cold weather feature of a vehicle, the method comprising:determining if the vehicle is in a state for activating at least one cold weather feature by determining if the vehicle has been remotely started;
activating a front camera configured to view through a vehicle windshield when the vehicle has been remotely started;
determining at least one cold weather condition exists for activating at least one cold weather feature by reading the front camera configured to view through the vehicle windshield; and
automatically activating at least one cold weather feature when it is determined that at least one cold weather condition exists, wherein automatically activating the at least one cold weather feature includes activating a wiper deicer when vehicle wipers are not visible by the front camera.

US Pat. No. 11,027,676

VEHICLE DATA COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK

JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED...

1. A method of configuring an automotive data communications network, the automotive data communications network comprising first and second controllers, the first controller being operatively connected to a first data bus, the second controller being operatively connected to a second data bus and the first and second controllers being operatively connected to each other via a high-speed data communications channel, each data bus being operatively connected to one or more electronic devices, the method comprising:receiving a first data message over the high-speed data communications channel at the first controller from the second controller;
determining a network address associated with the second controller in dependence on the received first data message; and
outputting a second data message from the first controller over the high-speed data communications channel, the second data message enabling the second controller to determine a network address associated with the first controller;
receiving a first service discovery message at the first controller over the high-speed data communications channel;
determining a first set of one or more services available to the first controller in dependence on the received first service discovery message; and
outputting a second service discovery message over the high-speed data communications channel enabling a second set of one or more services available to the first controller to be determined.

US Pat. No. 11,027,675

WIRE HARNESS

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A wire harness comprising:a harness main body including one or a plurality of conductive paths and an exterior member through which the one or a plurality of conductive paths is inserted;
a packing bent portion arranged in a middle of the harness main body and used as a bent portion at a position suitable for packing the wire harness; and
a routing path regulating portion arranged at the position suitable for packing the wire harness and configured to regulate the wire harness at a desired path when routing the wire harness,
wherein the exterior member includes a joint mechanism in accordance with the position suitable for packing the wire harness,
wherein the joint mechanism includes one divided portion and another divided portion that are arranged so as to be separated from each other in an axial direction of the exterior member, an integral base portion arranged so as to overlap the one divided portion and the other divided portion, one rotating shaft portion for making the one divided portion rotatable with respect to one end of the base portion, and another rotating shaft portion for making the other divided portion rotatable with respect to the other end of the base portion,
wherein the packing bent portion is formed when the one divided portion and the other divided portion are arranged in a folded state without being connected to each other by the joint mechanism,
wherein the routing path regulating portion is arranged at the position suitable for packing the wire harness when the one divided portion and the other divided portion are arranged in a substantially linear shape by the joint mechanism,
wherein the wire harness is further comprising a flexible pipe portion having a flexibility in a middle of the exterior member in an axial direction,
wherein the packing bent portion of the flexible pipe portion is formed when the flexible pipe portion is bent into the folded state, and
wherein the routing path regulating portion is arranged at the position suitable for packing the wire harness when a post-attaching member having a recess portion for the desired path is assembled to the flexible pipe portion released from the folded state.

US Pat. No. 11,027,674

CONSTRUCTION MACHINE

Hitachi Construction Mach...

1. A construction machine comprising:an electrical equipment installed in a vehicle body;
a communication terminal for transmitting information of the vehicle body to a server; and
a battery for supplying power to the electrical equipment and the communication terminal, characterized in that:
the construction machine further comprises:
a plus-side main connection line for connecting the electrical equipment and a plus terminal of the battery;
a plus-side isolating switch provided on the plus-side main connection line for connecting or disconnecting the electrical equipment to or from the plus terminal of the battery;
a key switch positioned at a downstream side of the plus-side isolating switch and is connected in series to the plus-side isolating switch for connecting or disconnecting the electrical equipment to or from the plus terminal of the battery;
a plus-side auxiliary connection line positioned at an upstream side of the plus-side isolating switch for connecting the communication terminal and the plus terminal of the battery;
a minus-side main connection line for connecting a minus terminal of the battery to ground; and
a minus-side isolating switch provided on the minus-side main connection line for connecting or disconnecting the minus terminal of the battery to or from the ground.

US Pat. No. 11,027,673

VEHICLE PARTITION DEVICES, ASSEMBLIES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME

PHANTOM INC., Claymont, ...

11. A vehicle partition comprising:a first partition portion, wherein the first partition portion includes:
a body portion comprising a first surface and a second surface, wherein: the body portion is constructed of a deformable material, a center portion of the body portion is substantially planar, sides of the body portion include a curvature that forms a pair of side walls, and a top portion of the body portion includes a curvature that forms a top wall; and
a plurality of periphery members located around a perimeter of the body portion, wherein the plurality of periphery members include a plurality of flexible rods; and
wherein the deformable material of the body portion and the flexible rods included in the plurality of periphery members enable the first partition portion to deform under pressure resulting from installation of the first partition portion within a cabin of a vehicle.

US Pat. No. 11,027,672

VEHICLE ACCESSORY BRACKET

1. A vehicle bracket comprising:a) a bracket having a first end and a second end, the second end of the bracket is configured as a tab portion, wherein the bracket is configured to be placed over and adjacent a vehicle panel of a vehicle, wherein the vehicle panel has a first end and a second end;
b) a body panel having a first end and a second end, the body panel positioned exterior the bracket and the vehicle panel, the body panel forms a curve portion between the body panel and the vehicle panel; and,
c) an accessory having a first end and a second end, the accessory positioned exterior and adjacent the body panel, the accessory has a curve portion similar with the curve portion of the body panel, the curve portion of the body panel positioned within the curve portion of the accessory.

US Pat. No. 11,027,671

DEVICE FOR HOLDING BLOWER EQUIPMENT IN TRUCK

1. A Device for Holding Blower Equipment in a Vehicle, comprising:a baseplate having at least one mounting feature;
at least one blower harness-side flange engaging device attached to the baseplate;
at least one engine-side flange recess or hole engaging device attached to the baseplate; and
an engine-side retaining device connected to the baseplate.

US Pat. No. 11,027,670

SEAT-MOUNTED WIRELESS RECHARGEABLE TOOL HOLDER

FAURECIA AUTOMOTIVE SEATI...

1. A rechargeable tool holder for mounting a wirelessly rechargeable tool into a recessed portion of a vehicle seat having a seat frame that attaches to a vehicle body and that supports a seat bottom and seat back, wherein the recessed portion of the vehicle seat is located in a side surface of the seat, the seat including a power supply connection providing electricity from a vehicle power source, the tool holder comprising:a trim piece configured to cover at least a part of the recessed portion of the vehicle seat, the trim piece including a decorative A-side surface and including an opposite B-side surface that faces inwardly towards the vehicle seat when the tool holder is mounted to the vehicle seat;
a tool retention member located adjacent the trim piece at the A-side of the trim piece and configured to be at least partially located in the recessed portion of the vehicle seat when the tool holder is mounted to the vehicle seat, the tool retention member defining a tool space sized to receive the rechargeable tool and positively support and retain the rechargeable tool at least partially within the recessed portion of the vehicle seat; and
a wireless charger located adjacent the trim piece and configured to provide inductively-coupled charging power to the rechargeable tool when the rechargeable tool is attached to the tool retention member, the wireless charger having an input power connection configured to electrically connect to the power supply connection of the vehicle seat and configured to receive operating power used to provide the charging power to the rechargeable tool.

US Pat. No. 11,027,669

CONTROL DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control device installed in a vehicle including an electrical storage device to which is connected a plurality of electrical paths,the vehicle including
an external signal recognition device configured to recognize a predetermined image or a predetermined signal based on an image outside of the vehicle or a signal from outside of the vehicle,
an external environment recognition device configured to recognize a predetermined environment based on a surrounding environment of the vehicle when the predetermined image or the predetermined signal is recognized by the external signal recognition device, regardless of whether a system of the vehicle is started, and
a relay connected to at least one object electrical path of the electrical paths,
the control device comprising
a processor configured to turn the relay off when a count of times of the external environment recognition device continuously recognizing the predetermined environment for no shorter than a predetermined time is no less than a predetermined count of times.

US Pat. No. 11,027,668

CAMERA MONITORING SYSTEM

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A camera monitoring system, comprising:a housing configured to rotate around a coupling shaft of a base part disposed in a vehicle;
a camera disposed on one end of the housing;
a rotating hinge part configured at a position facing the housing on the base part;
a cam plate disposed inside the housing, and positioned on the rotating hinge part;
a link including a first end configured to move along a guide part of the cam plate, and a second end configured to rotate the camera when the housing rotates;
a driving part configured to apply a driving force so that the housing rotates; and
a control part configured to:
determine a folded state of the housing by controlling the driving force applied from the driving part based on a vehicle speed, and
rotate the camera simultaneously with the housing based on the folded state of the housing so as to maintain a previously set angle of a camera view,
wherein the housing and the cam plate are rotatable in a reverse direction when the camera monitoring system is moved beyond a fully open state.

US Pat. No. 11,027,667

DISPLAY METHOD AND APPARATUS

JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED...

1. A controller for generating a composite image of a region behind a towing vehicle, the controller being configured to:receive towing vehicle image data from a towing vehicle camera, the towing vehicle image data corresponding to a vehicle image of a region behind the towing vehicle;
receive trailer image data from a trailer camera, the trailer image data corresponding to a trailer image of a region behind a trailer connected to the towing vehicle;
combine the towing vehicle image data and the trailer image data to generate composite image data corresponding to a composite image;
selectively enable and/or disable output of the composite image data;
monitor a status of a turn signal indicator that is selectively activated to provide an indication of an intended direction of movement of the towing vehicle;
disable the output of the composite image data when the turn signal indicator is activated such that the controller outputs only the trailer image data to a display to display an image of only a region behind the trailer when the turn signal is activated; and
enable the output of the composite image data when the turn signal indicator is de-activated such that the controller outputs the composite image data to the display to display the composite image when the turn signal indicator is de-activated.

US Pat. No. 11,027,666

VEHICLE MEDIA PLAYER

SHENZHEN JIEMEISI INDUSTR...

1. A vehicle media player comprising:a media player module;
a microphone module electrically connected to the media player module, the microphone module comprising a first casing, a second casing, a unidirectional microphone, a protective housing, and a microphone support, the unidirectional microphone is fixed to the microphone support, and one end of each of the first casing and the second casing being received in one end of the protective housing;
a cigarette lighter connector; and
a connection cable comprising two opposite ends that are electrically connected to the media player module and the cigarette lighter connector, respectively;
wherein the first casing and the second casing each define a plurality of first through holes, and the protective housing defines a plurality of second through holes communicating with the first through holes of the first casing and the second casing.

US Pat. No. 11,027,665

ELECTRONIC DEVICE HOLDER

Shenzhen Xinyuan Electron...

1. An electronic device holder for supporting an electronic device, comprising:A first housing configured to retain the electronic device thereon;
A connecting pillar mounted on the back of the first housing;
A second housing, wherein the first and second housing are slidable with respect to each other through the connecting pillar;
At least two clamping arms mounted in the back of the first housing, wherein the clamping arms clamp on the electronic device when the device is placed on the first housing;
An adjusting arm mounted in the back of first housing and connected to the clamping arms for extending the clamping arms in an opened position to release the electronic device from the first housing;
Wherein the clamping arms are in the open position, the electronic device is placed on the first housing and the first housing is slidable toward to the second housing to drive the clamping arms in closed position to clamp the electronic device.

US Pat. No. 11,027,664

REARVIEW MONITOR APPARATUS

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

1. A rearview monitor apparatus, comprising:a display provided on an instrument panel of a vehicle, arranged further outward in a vehicle width direction than a range in which a steering is projected in a front-to-rear direction of the vehicle, and that displays a captured external image to a driver; and
a housing formed to surround a periphery of the display,
wherein the housing includes
an upper surface arranged above the display,
a side surface arranged outside in the vehicle width direction of the display and that faces the outside, and
a visor that extends in a vehicle rearward direction beyond the display from vehicle rearward positions of the upper surface and the side surface and that forms an opening part in a vehicle rearward direction, and
a first recess part of which a depth gradually increases toward a vehicle frontward direction towards an inside in the vehicle width direction from an outer end in the vehicle width direction is formed on the upper surface side of the visor.

US Pat. No. 11,027,663

VEHICLE-MOUNTED BIKE RACK

1. A vehicle-mounted bike rack, comprising:a first rack arm having a post extending from a first end and an opening formed in a second end of the first rack arm;
a second rack arm having a slot formed in a first end and an opening formed in a second end of the second rack arm;
a cross bar extending substantially perpendicularly with the first and the second rack arms, and wherein the cross bar is received in the openings of the first and second rack arms, such that each of the first rack arm and second rack arm are pivotable about the cross bar;
wherein the first and second rack arms are configured to engage with and secure to at least one of a tail gate post and a tail gate latch of a vehicle;
wherein each of the first rack arm and the second rack arm includes a second opening formed in the first end; and
a second cross bar extending substantially perpendicularly from the first rack arm, wherein the second cross bar is received in the second opening of the first rack arm.

US Pat. No. 11,027,662

SUPPORT RACK

1. An apparatus for mounting to the spare tire mount of a vehicle comprising a spare tire retained to the exterior of the vehicle, comprising:a mounting boss configured to be engaged to retaining features of the particular spare tire mount of the particular vehicle without having to contact or be brought into contact with any other part of the vehicle or spare tire, such that it is mountable centrally thereto; and
an accessory bracket comprising plural parallel vertical rails,
the mounting boss comprising plural parallel vertical rail mounting tubes on horizontally opposite ends of the mounting boss configured to:
receive the plural parallel vertical rails,
the rails being alternately insertably translatable and selectably securable to a desired distance inside the rail mounting tubes;
such that;
alternately inserting the rails into the tubes of the mounting boss from above the mounting boss effects an embodiment configured to provide support for accessories to locate them at a height which is above the boss; and
alternately inserting the rails into the tubes of the mounting boss from below the mounting boss effects an embodiment providing support for accessories below the boss; and
alternately removing the rails from the mounting boss effects an embodiment which does not extend outwardly from the centrally mounted location of the mounting boss,
relative to the spare tire;
at least one rail hanger,
the rail hanger being one that is alternately translatable and selectably securable to a rail, at a desired distance from the mounting boss, along the length of the rail, and is also configured to be continuously translated along and continuously angularly swiveled about the respective rail; and
further comprising a vertical accessory support pin;
such that the accessory support pin is configured to be continuously translated along and continuously angularly swiveled about the respective rail to be alternately secured to and released from any position along the respective rail, and angularly swiveled about the length of the respective rail, between the face of the tire outboard of the horizontal position of the rail and the face of the tire inboard of the horizontal position of the rail, such that securing the rail hanger to the rail securely locates the accessory support pin at a desired distance from the mounting boss and angular offset with respect to the rail.

US Pat. No. 11,027,661

EXTENDABLE CROSSBAR FOR A VEHICLE

Rivian IP Holdings, LLC, ...

1. A roof rack system for affixing to a vehicle having a plurality of mounting locations, the roof rack system comprising:a crossbar assembly comprising:
an axis of motion;
an internal structure;
a first section configured to translate along the axis relative to the internal structure,
a second section configured to translate along the axis relative to the internal structure opposite the first section, and
a third section rigidly affixed to the internal structure and arranged between the first section and the second section, wherein the internal structure is configured to cause the third section to be centered between the first section and the second section as the first section and the second section translate;
a first end mount coupled to an outboard portion of the first section and configured to mount to a first mounting location; and
a second end mount coupled to an outboard portion of the section and configured to mount to a second mounting location.

US Pat. No. 11,027,660

VEHICLE ARTICLE CARRIER SYSTEM HAVING SWING-IN-PLACE CROSS BARS

JAC Products, Inc., Sali...

1. A vehicle article carrier system for supporting articles above an outer body surface of a vehicle, the system comprising:a front pair of first and second ones of support structures fixedly secured to the outer body surface of the vehicle;
a rear pair of first and second ones of support structures fixedly secured to the outer body surface of the vehicle;
a first modular cross bar assembly having a central portion, a latching module assembly secured at a first end of the central portion, and a pivot module secured at a second end of the central portion, the pivot module being coupled to one of the front pair of first and second support structures for enabling pivoting motion of the first modular cross bar assembly between:
an operative position, wherein the first modular cross bar assembly is secured at the first end to the first one of the front pair of support structures, spanning widthwise across a major portion of the outer body surface; and
a stowed position, wherein the first modular cross bar assembly is secured to a second one of the rear pair of support structures, to form a continuous span between the second ones of the pairs of front and rear support structures;
the latching module including a housing which is substantially fully inserted into the first end of the central portion, to form an appearance of a continuous surface with the central portion; and
wherein the housing of the latching module is shaped in accordance with a cross sectional shape of an interior wall portion of the central portion of the first modular cross bar assembly, to enable insertion into the central portion from one open end of the central portion, as a fully assembled subassembly.

US Pat. No. 11,027,659

VEHICLE INTERIOR COMPONENT

Shanghai Yanfeng Jinqiao ...

1. A vehicle interior component comprising:a base;
a cover coupled to the base at a pivot joint; and
a mechanism comprising a projection and a ramp;
wherein the cover is configured to be rotated between a closed position and an open position relative to the base;
wherein the pivot joint is configured to provide an axis of rotation for the cover relative to the base;
wherein the mechanism comprises a first surface and a second surface;
wherein the projection is configured to engage the first surface when the cover is in the closed position;
wherein the projection is configured to engage the second surface when the cover is in the open position.

US Pat. No. 11,027,658

LAMP FOR VEHICLE

SL Mirrortech Corporation...

1. A lamp for a vehicle provided in a side mirror of the vehicle, comprising:a light source unit including a light source and a light guide unit which emits light incident from the light source to form an image having a predetermined shape;
a lamp assembly including a lamp housing and a lens unit coupled to the lamp housing to form a space for accommodating the light source unit and a plurality of lamp components;
a position fixing unit formed on one side in the lamp assembly to fix a position of the light source unit, wherein the position fixing unit comprises:
a first contact portion that contacts at least a portion of a lower surface of the light guide unit; and
a second contact portion that contacts at least a portion of an upper surface of the light guide unit; and
a half mirror disposed in front of the light guide unit,
wherein the half mirror and a lamp component that faces the half mirror among the plurality of lamp components reflect the light emitted from the light guide unit to each other to form an original image of the light guide unit and at least one repetitive image formed by reflecting the original image.

US Pat. No. 11,027,657

SYSTEM FOR REARVIEW CAMERA AS A GLARE SENSOR

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A system comprising:a first imager comprising a pixel array, the imager configured to capture image data;
a first variable transmittance mirror having a first level of transmittance; and
a second variable transmittance mirror, having a third level of transmittance;
a controller configured to:
assign a first light intensity value to one or more pixels of the pixel array,
determine whether the first light intensity is present in a first region of the pixel array, and
change the first level of transmittance to a second level of transmittance and the third level of transmittance to a fourth level of transmittance based, at least in part, on:
the detected first light intensity, and
a determination of the presence of the first light intensity in the first region.

US Pat. No. 11,027,656

FLEXIBLE HUB FOR HANDLING MULTI-SENSOR DATA

Texas Instruments Incorpo...

1. A circuit for distributing sensor data streams to a plurality of recipients, the circuit comprising:a demultiplexer that includes:
an input for receiving demultiplexer input sensor data streams; and
a set of outputs each for providing a respective subset of the demultiplexer input sensor data streams;
a plurality of multiplexers coupled to the demultiplexer, each of the plurality of multiplexers including:
an input coupled to a respective output of the set of outputs of the demultiplexer for receiving the respective subset of the demultiplexer input sensor data streams;
and
an output for providing a multiplexer output sensor data stream; and
a plurality of output blocks, each of the plurality of output blocks including:
an input coupled to the output of a respective multiplexer of the plurality of multiplexers for receiving the multiplexer output sensor data stream from the respective multiplexer as an output block input sensor data stream; and
an output for providing an output block output sensor data stream formatted for a recipient.

US Pat. No. 11,027,655

METHOD FOR INSTALLING A GEOMETRIC REFERENCE MARKER ON A GROUND FOR CALIBRATING ELECTRICAL OR ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS OF A MOTOR VEHICLE AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT

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

1. A method for installing a geometric reference marker on a substantially flat horizontal ground for calibration of electrical and/or electronic components of a motor vehicle, said installation method comprising:positioning the vehicle on the ground with wheels of the vehicle parallel to a longitudinal axis of the vehicle; and
positioning geometric referencing equipment on the ground around the vehicle, said referencing equipment comprising a set of distinct elongate plates forming rulers, each ruler having a planar bottom face resting at least partially on the ground and being sufficiently rigid not to be deformed in a plane of said bottom face, the positioning being performed by placing the rulers of the adjustment equipment on the ground according to a predetermined pattern, at a predetermined distance from the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 11,027,654

VEHICLE VISION SYSTEM WITH COMPRESSED VIDEO TRANSFER VIA DSRC LINK

MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC., ...

1. A communication system for vehicles, said communication system comprising:a camera disposed at a first vehicle and having a field of view exterior of the first vehicle, said camera capturing image data;
a first communication device disposed at the first vehicle, said first communication device wirelessly transmitting image data captured by said camera;
a second communication device disposed at a second vehicle, said second communication device receiving the transmitted captured image data from said first communication device; and
wherein an image processor disposed at the second vehicle processes the received transmitted captured image data for a driver assistance system of the second vehicle.

US Pat. No. 11,027,653

APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREVENTING COLLISION

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. A collision avoidance apparatus, comprising:a camera module disposed in a vehicle so as to have a view to an outside of the vehicle, and configured to acquire image data;
at least one non-image sensor module disposed in the vehicle so as to have a sensing area with respect to the outside of the vehicle, and configured to acquire sensing data;
a vehicle interior sensor module configured to detect driving data of the vehicle; and
a controller configured to include at least one processor for processing the image data and the sensing data,
wherein the controller is configured to:
calculate a velocity vector of a following vehicle located behind the vehicle in a driving lane in which the vehicle is driving based on at least one of the image data or the sensing data,
determine whether the following vehicle has a horizontal movement when calculating the velocity vector,
upon determining that the horizontal movement is greater than zero, calculate a collision risk range between the vehicle with the following vehicle based on the driving data and the velocity vector,
calculate a time to collision (TTC) within the collision risk range, and
output a warning based on the TTC,
wherein the controller detects a stationary object on the left or right side of the vehicle based on the image data and the sensing data, determines an inclination between the moving direction of the vehicle and the stationary object based on the driving data, and outputs the warning when the inclination is greater than or equal to a predetermined angle.

US Pat. No. 11,027,652

VEHICLE COLLISION AVOIDANCE SYSTEM

1. A vehicle collision avoidance system comprising:a side-view camera positioned on a side portion of a vehicle, the side-view camera configured to present a driver with a rear side view exterior to the vehicle;
a display coupled to the side-view camera and disposed in view of the driver to output a video stream from the side-view camera;
a position sensor arranged to detect a deliberate movement of the driver indicative of the driver's intention to improve side view visibility;
a turn signal sensor configured to detect activation of a turn signal; and
a controller configured to receive signals from the position sensor and the turn signal sensor, and to adjust a field of view of the side-view camera based on the detection by the position sensor and activation of the turn signal.

US Pat. No. 11,027,651

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

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

1. A vehicle control device comprising:a recognizer configured to recognize a surrounding environment of a vehicle;
a driving controller configured to perform speed control and steering control of the vehicle based on a recognition result of the recognizer;
a communication unit configured to communicate with a terminal device of a user boarding the vehicle;
a vehicle exterior notification unit configured to notify information regarding vehicle identification to the vehicle exterior; and
a notification controller configured to cause the communication unit to transmit information for notifying the information regarding the vehicle identification to the terminal device and to cause the vehicle exterior notification unit to notify the information regarding the vehicle identification when the driving controller causes the vehicle to travel toward a position at which the user is located, wherein the notification controller is further configured to:
cause the communication unit to transmit the information for notifying the information regarding the vehicle identification to the terminal device, and
cause the vehicle exterior notification unit to notify the information regarding the vehicle identification, when a distance between the terminal device and the vehicle or a distance between a boarding area in which the user boards the vehicle to the vehicle, is within a predetermined distance.

US Pat. No. 11,027,650

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IMPROVING OPERATION OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

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

1. A method of improving vehicle operation by monitoring and adjusting an operation of a continuously moving vehicle, the method comprising:monitoring, by a processor disposed within said vehicle, a state of a battery;
obtaining, by the processor, from a plurality of sensors disposed within said vehicle, data related to conditions external to the vehicle;
determining, by the processor, based at least in part on the monitored state of the battery and the obtained data, a maximum distance that the vehicle may travel before refueling and/or recharging is required;
determining, by the processor, one or more possible improvements in driving conditions to increase the maximum distance;
determining, by the processor, a modified driving operation based on the determined one or more possible improvements in driving conditions;
constructing, by the processor, in real time, a message describing the determined modified driving operation;
determining, by the processor, based upon a set of predetermined conditions, whether to communicate the message to an operator of the vehicle; and
communicating, by the processor, the message to an operator of the vehicle via a travel context-adjusted display device if the determination of whether to communicate the message to an operator of the vehicle indicates that the message should be communicated.

US Pat. No. 11,027,649

VEHICLE WITH CONTROLLER CONFIGURED TO ACQUIRE IMAGES TO DETERMINE A NUMBER OF BOARDING PASSENGERS, AND METHOD THEREFOR

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A vehicle comprising:an image acquisition unit configured to acquire images around the vehicle;
an output device; and
a controller configured to:
control the image acquisition unit to acquire at least one image of a predetermined area based on a positional relationship between a smart key and the vehicle, and an opening of at least one rear door of rear doors of the vehicle,
process the at least one image to determine a number of boarding passengers based on the at least one image of the predetermined area,
determine a number of passengers included in the at least one image of the predetermined area when the at least one rear door of the rear doors of the vehicle is opened,
determine a number of non-boarding passengers included in the at least one image of the predetermined area when the rear doors are closed after the opening of the at least one rear door of the rear doors,
determine the number of the boarding passengers based on a difference between the number of the passengers included in the at least one image of the predetermined area and the number of the non-boarding passengers, and
output a confirmation message of whether a boarding passenger among the boarding passengers exits the vehicle to the output device when an engine of the vehicle is turned off.

US Pat. No. 11,027,648

DYNAMIC SOUND EMISSION FOR VEHICLES

Zoox, Inc., Foster City,...

1. A system comprising:a sensor coupled to a vehicle;
a speaker coupled to the vehicle;
one or more processors; and
one or more computer-readable media storing instructions that, when executed, configure the system to:
identify, based on sensor data from the sensor, a first object at a first location in an environment associated with the vehicle, wherein the first location is at a first distance from the vehicle;
identify, based on the sensor data, a second object at a second location in the environment, wherein the second location is a second distance from the first location associated with the first object;
determine that the second object is generating a noise event at a first volume based at least in part on a third distance between the vehicle and the second object;
determine that second distance is equal to or less than a threshold distance;
determine, based at least in part on a determination that the second distance is equal to or less than the threshold distance, a noise level proximate to the first location associated with the first object, wherein the noise level is determined based at least in part on the first volume and the second distance;
determine, based at least in part on the noise level, at least one of a second volume or a frequency of a sound to emit; and
emit, via the speaker, the sound at the at least one of the second volume or the frequency.

US Pat. No. 11,027,647

EMBOSSED SMART FUNCTIONAL PREMIUM NATURAL LEATHER

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

1. A functional leather assembly defining a first surface and a second surface opposite from the first surface, the functional leather assembly including:a leather substrate comprising a first side facing the first surface of the functional leather assembly, and a second side opposite from the first side and facing the second surface of the functional leather assembly;
an electrically conductive trace on the first side of the leather substrate;
a pigmented coating on the first side of the leather substrate and covering the trace; and
an embossed texture embossed into the first surface of the functional leather assembly.

US Pat. No. 11,027,646

MOTOR VEHICLE LOCK ARRANGEMENT

1. A motor vehicle lock arrangement for a motor vehicle door which is adjustably coupled to a motor vehicle body work,wherein the motor vehicle lock arrangement has a motor vehicle lock which in a mounted state is arranged on the motor vehicle door or on the motor vehicle body work,
wherein the motor vehicle lock arrangement, in particular the motor vehicle lock has a push-open arrangement for applying a drive force to the motor vehicle door in its opening direction, so that the motor vehicle door can be adjusted, in a motor-operated push-open process, from a closed door position, in particular a main closed door position or a pre-closed door position, into a push-open door position which is located further in the opening direction of said motor vehicle door, and as a result an engagement gap can be produced between the motor vehicle door and the motor vehicle body work,
wherein the motor vehicle lock arrangement has a light arrangement and a light controller for actuating the light arrangement,
wherein the light controller actuates the light arrangement into an illuminating state during the motor-operated push-open open process and/or in response to a conclusion of the motor-operated push-open process in a region within the engagement gap and the light arrangement is positioned between the motor vehicle door and motor vehicle body work,
wherein the light controller is arranged in the motor vehicle lock,
wherein the push-open arrangement is a component of the motor vehicle lock,
wherein the motor vehicle lock has an electric connection or an optical connection for actuating the light arrangement, and
wherein the light arrangement is connected electrically or optically to the electric connection.

US Pat. No. 11,027,645

TRAILER VISIBILITY SAFETY SYSTEM

IdeaTek Equity Group, LLC...

1. A lighting system of a trailer activating based on a pneumatic connection between the trailer and a vehicle, comprising:at least one light disposed on the trailer;
a power source supplying power to the at least one light;
a pressure sensor configured to detect a pressure from the pneumatic connection between the trailer and the vehicle; and
a controller configured to—
receive a first signal indicative of the pressure from the pressure sensor,
wherein at least one brake of the trailer is released based on the pressure;
upon receiving the first signal, illuminating the at least one light;
receive a second signal indicative of an electrical connection between the trailer and the vehicle; and
deactivating the at least one light when both the first signal and the second signal are received.

US Pat. No. 11,027,644

VEHICLE LAMP

KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., ...

1. A vehicle lamp, comprising:a variable light distribution lamp capable of generating a beam having a variable intensity distribution;
an infrared illumination device configured to irradiate a front;
an infrared camera configured to output an image of the front; and
a light distribution controller configured to detect a snow particle on the image, generate a light distribution pattern in which a portion corresponding to the snow particle is shaded, and control the variable light distribution lamp,
wherein the light distribution controller updates the light distribution pattern in which the shaded portion corresponding to the snow particle follows a movement of the snow particle.

US Pat. No. 11,027,643

MOBILE UNIT AND SYSTEM FOR MOBILE UNIT

Semiconductor Energy Labo...

1. A mobile unit comprising:a first sensor;
a second sensor; and
a window portion,
wherein the first sensor is configured to sense a position of eyes of a driver,
wherein the second sensor is configured to sense a region that is to be irradiated with a beam by an oncoming car, and
wherein a light transmittance of the window portion is configured to be decreased on the basis of outputs of the first sensor and the second sensor.

US Pat. No. 11,027,642

BEZEL APPARATUS FOR USE WITH VEHICLE LAMPS AND RELATED METHODS

Valeo North America, Inc....

1. A bezel of a motor vehicle lamp, comprising:a portion of the bezel, which is a skeleton configured to provide a structural integrity;
a film disposed on an exterior surface of the bezel and configured to cover said bezel, the film comprising a first side that is configured to contact the bezel and a second side opposing the first side that includes a visual design; and
a coupling mechanism configured to couple the film to the bezel to form a completed assembly, wherein the film conforms to an in-mold decoration (IMD) or an in-mold label (IML) manufacture, and
wherein the film is configured to transmit light therethrough to reveal the visual design when the light is received by the first side of the film.

US Pat. No. 11,027,641

FRONT GRILL WITH LED MODULE LIGHTING SYSTEM

AAC Enterprises LLC, Met...

1. A vehicle accessory grill comprising:a front surface,
a rear surface,
a plurality of air apertures originating at the front surface and passing through the rear surface, and
a plurality of lighting apertures originating at the front surface and passing uninterrupted through the rear surface, wherein at least one lamp of a total plurality of lamps is located at least partially within each lighting aperture, wherein the at least one lamp is directly attached to the rear surface of the vehicle accessory grill by at least one lighting fastener means wherein the total plurality of lamps includes at least one high beam lamp, at least one low beam lamp, at least one daytime running lamp, and at least one turn lamp, wherein the total plurality of lamps forms at least a portion of a lighting system, the lighting system further comprises a control module for controlling the total plurality of lamps, the control module being secured to a rear surface of the vehicle accessory grill by a plurality of control fasteners.

US Pat. No. 11,027,640

DELIVERY VEHICLE AND FACILITY LOADING AND UNLOADING SHELF SYSTEM

United States Postal Serv...

7. A method of loading a vehicle comprising:scanning a label on an item to be loaded into a vehicle, the vehicle comprising a plurality of shelves, each of the plurality of shelves having an indicator thereon, the indicator comprising a plurality of segments, each of the plurality of segments comprising a pair of indicating components spaced a fixed distance apart;
obtaining item information based on the scan of the label, the item information comprising an item dimension and an intended delivery point for the item;
determining an order of the intended delivery point along a fixed delivery route;
determining a proposed shelf for the item on one of the plurality of shelves based on the intended destination for the item and the determined order of the intended delivery point along the fixed route;
identifying a number of the plurality of segments on the identified shelf, the number of the plurality of segments being determined based on the order of the intended delivery point, the received dimension for the item, and the fixed distances between pairs of indicators of each of the plurality of segments;
actuating the indicating components in the number of identified plurality of segments; and
placing the item on the proposed shelf where the actuated indicating components are located.

US Pat. No. 11,027,639

AUTOMOBILE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

10. An automobile, comprising:a table stowed at a ceiling of a vehicle cabin;
a table raising and lowering apparatus configured to, resulting from a predetermined operation, raise and lower the table between a usage position at a seat front side of a vehicle occupant seated on a vehicle seat and a stowage position at which the table is stowed at the ceiling;
an operation apparatus that causes driving of the table raising and lowering apparatus; and
a seat movement apparatus that moves the vehicle seat in a seat front-rear direction,
wherein the table raising and lowering apparatus is configured to be driven and the table is raised or lowered in response to the operation apparatus being operated,
wherein, in response to the operation apparatus being operated, the seat movement apparatus is configured to move the vehicle seat toward a seat rear before the table raising and lowering apparatus lowers the table from the stowage position to the usage position.

US Pat. No. 11,027,638

LOCKING MECHANISMS FOR A FOLDABLE ARMREST FOR A SEAT OF A VEHICLE

Volvo Car Corporation, G...

1. An armrest assembly for use with a seat of a vehicle, the armrest assembly comprising:a pad portion adapted to support a forearm of a user when the armrest assembly is disposed in an upright use configuration adjacent to the seat;
an arm portion coupled to the pad portion at one end and a structure of the seat at an opposite end and adapted to pivot from the upright use configuration to a collapsed stowed configuration adjacent to the seat along a hinge with the structure of the seat; and
a locking mechanism coupled between the arm portion and the structure of the seat and adapted to selectively prevent pivoting of the arm portion and secure the arm portion in one or more of the upright use configuration and the collapsed stowed configuration adjacent to the seat;
wherein the locking mechanism comprises:
a tube structure coupled to the structure of the seat and defining one or more circumferential notches about an exterior surface thereof;
an elongate rod coupled to the opposite end of the arm portion and at least partially disposed rotatably within the tube structure; and
a tab structure adapted to selectively protrude from the opposite end of the arm portion and engage one of the one or more notches of the tube structure to selectively secure the arm portion in the one or more of the upright use configuration and the collapsed stowed configuration adjacent to the seat.

US Pat. No. 11,027,637

VEHICLE SEAT

TS Tech Co., Ltd., Saita...

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a seat back frame;
a seat back pad that is placed on the seat back frame; and
a pressure receiving member that supports the seat back pad and extends in a seat width direction,wherein:the seat back pad includes a first pad portion that is disposed at a position facing a lower end portion of the pressure receiving member, a second pad portion that is disposed at a position facing an upper end portion of the pressure receiving member, and a boundary portion that is a boundary between the first pad portion and the second pad portion;
a hardness of the first pad portion is greater than a hardness of the second pad portion;
the first pad portion is a lumbar support region that is configured to support a lumbar spine of an occupant;
the boundary portion is disposed above the lumbar support region; and
the boundary portion is formed in a wavy shape when the vehicle seat is viewed from a front side.

US Pat. No. 11,027,636

VEHICLE SEATING ASSEMBLY WITH AESTHETIC TRIM COVER ASSEMBLY

LEAR CORPORATION, Southf...

1. A vehicle seat assembly comprising:a cushion; and
a leather trim cover assembly disposed over the cushion, the leather trim cover assembly having a leather upper layer and a foundation layer secured to the leather upper layer at radio-frequency weld points, the leather trim assembly having a plurality of spaced apart raised and resilient pre-defined geometric shaped protrusions bonded to the leather upper layer, the radio-frequency weld points defining a plurality of design boundaries, each design boundary adjacent a corresponding geometric shaped protrusion in the leather trim cover assembly.

US Pat. No. 11,027,635

UPPER THORACIC SUPPORT FOR VEHICLE SEATING ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seating assembly, comprising:a seat; and
a seatback pivotably coupled to the seat, the seatback comprising:
a frame;
a sub-frame member comprising an arm portion, wherein the sub-frame member is pivotably coupled to an occupant-facing surface of the frame by a bracket;
a retention member that is coupled to the bracket and the arm portion of the sub-frame member to retain the sub-frame member to the frame, wherein the retention member that couples the bracket and the arm portion of the sub-frame member defines an aperture that receives a fastener, and wherein the fastener couples the carrier to the bracket such that the carrier is pivotable about the axis that is defined by the bracket;
a carrier coupled to the frame such that the sub-frame member is positioned between the frame and the carrier;
a cushion coupled to an occupant-facing surface of the carrier; and
an inflatable member positioned between the occupant-facing surface of the frame and an interior surface of the sub-frame member, the inflatable member being operable between a deflated state and an inflated state, and the inflatable member initiating pivotable motion of the sub-frame member about an axis defined by the bracket.

US Pat. No. 11,027,634

UPPER SEAT BACK ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seating assembly, comprising:a frame defining an upper seat back;
first and second brackets coupled with the upper seat back, the first and second brackets extending outwardly from the upper seat back and defining first and second recesses, respectively;
a cushion assembly extending across the upper seat back, the cushion assembly comprising first and second sides, the first and second sides disposed within the first and second recesses, respectively, wherein the first and second sides each define a groove configured to receive the first and second brackets, respectively;
an upper hood extending across the upper seat back, the upper hood comprising first and second ends coupled with the first and second brackets, respectively; and
wherein the first and second brackets further comprise wing portions configured to couple the grooves in the cushion assembly.

US Pat. No. 11,027,633

POWER HEAD RESTRAINT FLEXIBLE CLOSEOUT COVER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seat, comprising:a seatback having a seatback frame and an upper portion;
a headrest assembly having an adjustable headrest bun that is operable between extended and retracted positions relative to a support structure, wherein the support structure is operably coupled to the seatback frame, and further wherein the adjustable headrest bun is supported above the upper portion of the seatback by the support structure;
an actuator operably coupled to the support structure and the adjustable headrest bun for driving the adjustable headrest bun between the extended and retracted positions; and
a cover member positioned below the headrest assembly comprising a generally U-shaped support frame and a plate member pivotally coupled to a lower portion of the support frame through a flexible joint, wherein ends of the plate member are coupled to side members of the support frame through flexible connectors.

US Pat. No. 11,027,632

CONVEYANCE SEAT

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

1. A conveyance seat comprising:a seat body on which an occupant can sit;
a skin forming a part of the seat body facing the occupant; and
an air blower attached to the seat body, wherein
the skin is provided with a top layer provided on a side of the skin facing the occupant in a thickness direction and a fabric layer provided at a position on a side opposite to the top layer,
a plurality of pores allowing passage of a current of air generated by the air blower are formed in both the top layer and the fabric layer,
a part of the fabric layer positioned at an edge of the pore is made of a resin-impregnated fabric,
the fabric layer has a fabric layer bottom portion provided at a position farthest from the top layer in the thickness direction, and
a fiber constituting the fabric layer bottom portion of the fabric layer in the skin is in a raised state.

US Pat. No. 11,027,631

VEHICLE SEAT

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

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a seat frame including a plate portion;
a blower having an inlet opening; and
a bracket configured to attach the blower to the plate portion,
wherein one of the bracket and the plate portion is provided with a first engagement portion protruding toward the other one of the bracket or the plate portion,
wherein a first engagement hole in which the first engagement portion is engageable is provided at the other one of the bracket or the plate portion,
wherein the bracket comprises:
a base wall having a first through opening and two or more second through openings, the first through opening being formed in a position corresponding to the inlet opening of the blower, the second through openings being formed around the first through opening, and
wherein the first engagement portion is provided at a rear side of the first through opening, and at least one of the second through openings is located at a front side of the first through opening.

US Pat. No. 11,027,630

VEHICLE SEAT

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a seat cushion configured to support the buttocks of an occupant;
a pair of left and right side frames that each configure part of a framework of the seat cushion and that are spaced apart from each other in a seat width direction;
a webbing that includes a lap webbing portion configured to pass across the waist of the occupant seated on the seat cushion, in the seat width direction;
a buckle configured to engage with a tongue through which the webbing is inserted;
a first link bracket that is supported by one of the side frames so as to be tiltable about an axial direction running in the seat width direction and that is connected to one side end portion of the webbing;
a second link bracket that is supported by the other of the side frames so as to be tiltable about the same axis as the tilt axis of the first link bracket and that is connected to an opposite side of the buckle to the side with which the tongue engages, and that is tilted toward a seat upper side together with the first link bracket by the waist of the occupant pulling on the lap webbing portion during sudden vehicle deceleration; and
a restriction member that links the first link bracket and the second link bracket together in the seat width direction, that is moved toward the seat upper side by tilting of the first link bracket and the second link bracket toward the seat upper side, and that restricts movement of the occupant seated on the seat cushion toward a seat front side.

US Pat. No. 11,027,629

SLIDING DEVICE FOR A VEHICLE SEAT PROVIDED WITH AN IMPROVED LOCKING ARRANGEMENT

MARTUR ITALY S.R.L., Mil...

1. A sliding device for a vehicle seat, comprising:a pair of parallel tracks, each comprising a lower rail and an upper rail, each of the upper rail being constrained to a respective lower rail, but slidable relative to the lower rail,
wherein the upper rails and the lower ails have respective longitudinal axes,
wherein the lower rails are provided with a plurality of apertures arranged along the longitudinal axes of the lower rails,
wherein the sliding device is provided with a locking arrangement including two locking assemblies, one for each of the tracks,
wherein each locking assembly comprises one or more locking pins, which are configured to penetrate into corresponding apertures of the respective lower rail,
wherein the locking arrangement further comprises a releasing assembly for moving the locking pins from a locking configuration to an unlocking configuration,
wherein the releasing assembly comprises a releasing member and a pair of connecting members, one for each locking assembly, each connecting member being in a force transmission connection with the releasing member and with the locking pins of the respective locking assembly, such that, when a force is applied to the releasing member, the force is transmitted from the releasing member to the connecting members, and from the connecting members to the locking pins of the respective locking assembly,. thereby driving the locking pins from their locking configuration to their unlocking configuration,
wherein the connecting members are configured to drive the locking pins along a substantially linear path from the locking configuration to the unlocking configuration,
wherein each connecting member comprises an engaging plate, arranged between the respective upper and lower rails and provided with a window, through which the locking pins are configured to pass,
wherein each engaging plate is configured to slide along a substantially linear path to drive the locking pins of the respective locking assembly along a substantially linear path from the locking configuration to the unlocking configuration,
wherein each of the locking pins is provided with at least one transversely projecting peg,
wherein the width of the window is larger than the diameter of the locking pins, but smaller than the sum of the diameter of the locking pins and of the length of the at least one transversely projecting peg, and
wherein each of the at least one transversely projecting peg is arranged on a body of one of the locking pins so that the at least one transversely projecting peg is substantially in abutment against the respective engaging plate when the locking pin on which the at least one transversely peg is arranged is completely inserted into one of the apertures of the lower rails.

US Pat. No. 11,027,628

VEHICLE HAVING RAIL-MOUNTED COMPONENTS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a cabin; and
a track assembly coupled to a portion of the cabin, the track assembly comprising:
one or more retention structures;
one or more carriage structures, each of the one or more carriage structures extending through one of the one or more retention structures to create carriage assemblies; and
one or more rail assemblies that receive the carriage assemblies such that the carriage assemblies slidably couple with the rail assembly, wherein the rail assembly defines an interior aperture, the interior aperture being inaccessible from a top side, a first lateral side, and a second lateral side of the rail assembly.

US Pat. No. 11,027,627

ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM FOR A POWER SEAT

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. An adjustment mechanism for a motor vehicle seat, the adjustment mechanism comprising:an annular motor with an inner nut housed in a rotor;
a bracket attached to the seat, the annular motor being positioned in the bracket; and
a lead screw that is threaded through the inner nut;
a single main motor; and
a single gear box, the single main motor being directly coupled to the single gear box, the single gear box being coupled to the lead screw,
wherein when the annular motor is activated the rotor as well as the inner nut rotate about the lead screw resulting in relative translational motion of the bracket and hence the seat relative to the lead screw.

US Pat. No. 11,027,626

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ELECTRICAL POWER TRANSMISSION TO A VEHICLE

VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION, ...

1. A method for controlling electrical power transmission to a vehicle, the vehicle comprising a charging component receiving electrical charge current from individually controlled charge segments along a road for the vehicle, the charging component being configured to be positioned in an inactive position where no contact is present between the charging component and the charge segments, and an operative condition where the charging component and the charge segments are in physical contact with each other, the method being comprising: receiving a signal indicative of a charge current mode for the charge segments along the road; determining if at least one charge segment ahead of the vehicle is provided in a disabled charge mode and currently not being able to provide an electrical charge current when the vehicle arrives at the at least one disabled charge segment; calculating a time period until the vehicle arrives at the charge segment provided in the disabled charge mode; and shutting off the electrical power transmission to vehicle within a predetermined time period of the calculated time period by positioning the charging component in the inactive position.

US Pat. No. 11,027,625

BATTERY CHARGING CONTROL METHOD AND SYSTEM

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A system comprising:a battery;
a DC-DC converter configured to convert a voltage level to charge the battery;
a switch connected between the DC-DC converter and the battery;
a navigation device configured to receive a destination from a user so as to derive an estimated destination arrival time; and
a control unit, configured to:
turn on the switch to charge the battery when a vehicle is on;
when a State Of Charge (SOC) of the battery is larger than a preconfigured value, turn off the switch for a first time interval derived on the basis of an estimated destination arrival time transmitted from the navigation device; and
turn on the switch again at a time point at which the first time interval has passed, so as to charge the battery for a second time interval,
wherein the first time interval decreases as a discharging power increases;
wherein the discharging power corresponds to power loss for a predetermined time after the switch is turned off and an output power of the DC-DC converter is maintained;
wherein the power loss is measured through a sensor connected to the battery; and
wherein the discharging power is derived through an average value measured for the predetermined time from a time point at which the switch is turned off.

US Pat. No. 11,027,624

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING BY ADJUSTING CHARGER CURRENT BASED ON BATTERY CHEMISTRY

Proterra Inc., Burlingam...

1. A method for charging an electric vehicle battery system, comprising:receiving a chemistry of the battery system from the electric vehicle battery system as the electric vehicle approaches a charging station;
after receiving the chemistry of the battery system, electrically connecting the electric vehicle to the charging station;
after electrically connecting the electric vehicle to the charging station, determining a state of charge of the battery system and a passenger load of the electric vehicle;
determining a charge current based on at least the determined state of charge and the chemistry of the battery system from a database that identifies the charge current as a function of state of charge for multiple battery chemistries;
adjusting the determined charge current to a modified charge current based on the determined passenger load;
charging the electric vehicle by directing a value of current based on the modified charge current from the charging station to the battery system;
determining an updated state of charge of the battery system after initiation of charging;
determining a revised charge current based at least on the determined updated state of charge; and
adjusting the value of current directed to the vehicle based on the revised charge current.

US Pat. No. 11,027,623

INFORMATION PROCESSING SERVER AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

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

1. An information processing server, comprising:an information input unit configured to recognize a deviation of a present drivable distance determined according to a present actual remaining amount of energy at a present time point of a mobile body from a last drivable distance determined according to a last actual remaining amount of energy at a last time point of the mobile body, and a travel efficiency that is an amount of energy consumption per a unit travel distance of the mobile body or a travel distance per a unit energy consumption of the mobile body, the deviation and the travel efficiency being issued from a mobile terminal cooperating with the mobile body, the mobile terminal being separated from the mobile body;
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the deviation recognized by the information input unit is equal to or higher than a threshold that is a positive value;
an estimation unit configured to estimate a present amount of energy charge completed between the last time point and the present time point in the mobile body, by dividing the deviation by the travel efficiency of the mobile body recognized by the information input unit or by subtracting the travel distance between the last time point and the present time point from the deviation and dividing by the travel efficiency, in the case where the determination unit determines that the deviation is equal to or higher than the threshold; and
an information output unit configured to transmit the present amount of energy charge estimated by the estimation unit to the mobile terminal.

US Pat. No. 11,027,622

PERFORMING ACTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH A CONNECTED VEHICLE

Recargo, Inc., El Segund...

1. A method, comprising:monitoring charge states of multiple electric vehicles within a group of electric vehicles, by:
transmitting, via a device connected to a controller area network of an electric vehicle of the multiple electric vehicles, a request to the controller area network to send a response message that includes information identifying a state of charge of the electric vehicle;
receiving, at the device, a response message from the controller area network that includes information identifying the state of charge of the electric vehicle; and
transferring, from the device to a server, the identified state of charge;
determining an order via which to charge the group of electric vehicles based on the monitored charge states; and
causing the electric vehicles to be charged in the determined order.

US Pat. No. 11,027,621

VEHICLE AND CHARGING SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle configured to perform external charging in which a vehicle-mounted power storage device is charged by a charging facility provided outside of the vehicle, the vehicle comprising:a power receiving inlet connectable to a connector of the charging facility during the external charging;
a communication device configured to communicate with a server provided outside of the vehicle; and
a controller configured to perform a first process of transmitting first information to the server through the communication device, and perform a second process by acquiring second information from the server through the communication device,
the first information including temperature information about a temperature of the power receiving inlet during the external charging, and information for identifying the charging facility having the connector connected to the power receiving inlet,
the second process including a process of controlling the external charging based on the second information acquired before a start of the external charging,
the second information including abnormal overheat information about the charging facility connected to the power receiving inlet, the abnormal overheat information indicating a history of abnormal overheat at the power receiving inlet connected to the connector during past external charging, and
occurrence of the abnormal overheat being determined based on the temperature of the power receiving inlet during the external charging.

US Pat. No. 11,027,620

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MONITORING CHARGING STATIONS

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A method for determining a property of a charging station designed to provide electrical energy for charging a vehicle, the method comprising the acts of:determining, at a first vehicle, vehicle data based on a charging operation of the first vehicle by the charging station, wherein the vehicle data characterizes the charging operation of the first vehicle by the charging station;
determining a property of the charging station based on the vehicle data; and
providing data, which indicate the determined property of the charging station.

US Pat. No. 11,027,619

CHARGING STATION, MOTOR VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR INDUCTIVE CHARGING OF A BATTERY OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A charging station for the inductive charging of a battery of a motor vehicle, comprising:a primary resonant circuit for generating an electrical oscillation, wherein the primary resonant circuit has a rectifier, a primary capacitor, and a primary coil, wherein the charging station includes a measuring device designed to:
excite the primary resonant circuit up to a predefinable voltage amplitude;
then to interrupt the excitation of the primary resonant circuit; and
to evaluate a time function of the voltage amplitude of the primary resonant circuit after the interruption of the excitation of the primary resonant circuit,
wherein the measuring device is designed to determine whether the rectifier is blocking, and the measuring device is further designed to evaluate the time function of the voltage amplitude of the primary resonant circuit only when the rectifier is blocking.

US Pat. No. 11,027,618

VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle comprising:a body frame;
a suspension member fixed to the body frame;
an onboard device fixed to the suspension member;
a fixing member configured to fix the onboard device to the suspension member;
a power storage device disposed at a position adjacent to the onboard device in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle; and
a connecting member disposed closer to the power storage device than the fixing member and configured to connect the onboard device, the suspension member and the body frame,
the connecting member including:
a first fixture fixed to the suspension member;
a second fixture located closer to the power storage device than the first fixture and fixed to the body frame; and
a third fixture located between the first fixture and the second fixture and fixed to the onboard device,
a section of the connecting member located between the first fixture and the second fixture being configured to bend downward when an external force is applied to the connecting member.

US Pat. No. 11,027,617

CONTROL METHOD FOR ELECTRICALLY DRIVEN VEHICLE AND CONTROL DEVICE FOR ELECTRICALLY DRIVEN VEHICLE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A control method for an electrically driven vehicle including a motor configured to supply the vehicle with a braking force or a driving force corresponding to an accelerator operation amount, the control method being for controlling the braking force when the accelerator operation amount is less than a predetermined value and controlling the driving force when the accelerator operation amount is the predetermined value or more, the control method comprising:calculating a torque target value at which the motor is caused to output a braking torque or a driving torque corresponding to the accelerator operation amount;
estimating a disturbance torque acting on the motor as a resistance corresponding to a road surface gradient;
performing a correction to remove the disturbance torque from the torque target value;
controlling the motor in accordance with the torque target value subjected to the correction; and
reducing a correction amount in the correction on a downhill road only when the accelerator operation amount is less than the predetermined value and a vehicle speed is larger than a predetermined vehicle speed.

US Pat. No. 11,027,616

VEHICLE DRIVING DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle driving device comprising:a rotary electric machine that is a driving force source of a first wheel and a second wheel;
a speed reduction device that reduces a speed of a rotation of the rotary electric machine; and
a differential gear device that distributes to the first wheel and the second wheel, a driving force that is transmitted from the rotary electric machine via the speed reduction device, wherein
the speed reduction device and the differential gear device are disposed coaxially with the rotary electric machine,
the speed reduction device has a first planetary gear mechanism and a second planetary gear mechanism, the first planetary gear mechanism is disposed on a rotary electric machine side relative to the second planetary gear mechanism in an order of a power transmission path, and the first planetary gear mechanism is disposed on the rotary electric machine side relative to the second planetary gear mechanism along an axial direction,
a helix angle of a helical tooth of the first planetary gear mechanism and a helix angle of a helical tooth of the second planetary gear mechanism are formed so that a thrust force of the first planetary gear mechanism and a thrust force of the second planetary gear mechanism are in mutually opposite directions in the axial direction, and
the helix angle of the helical tooth of the first planetary gear mechanism is larger than the helix angle of the helical tooth of the second planetary gear mechanism.

US Pat. No. 11,027,615

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMPROVING TRAVEL ACROSS JOINTS IN A TRACK FOR A LINEAR MOTION SYSTEM

Rockwell Automation Techn...

1. A system for improving motion of movers across junctions in a linear drive system, the system comprising:a plurality of movers; and
a track along which the plurality of movers travel, the track including at least a first track segment and a second track segment, wherein:
the first track segment includes:
a first segment controller operative to control operation of each of the plurality of movers on the first track segment, and
at least one first position sensor operative to detect a location of each of the plurality of movers on the first track segment;
the second track segment includes:
a second segment controller operative to control operation of each of the plurality of movers on the second track segment, and
at least one second position sensor operative to detect a location of each of the plurality of movers on the second track segment;
the first segment controller is in communication with the second segment controller;
a junction is defined between the first track segment and the second track segment; and
when a first mover, selected from the plurality of movers, crosses the junction between the first track segment and the second track segment, the first segment controller is operative to determine a first measured position of the first mover with the location from the at least one first position sensor, transmit a first shared position to the second segment controller, receive a second shared position from the second segment controller, and determine a first compensated position of the first mover as a function of the first measured position and the second shared position and the second segment controller is operative to determine a second measured position of the first mover with the location from the at least one second position sensor, transmit the second shared position to the first segment controller, receive the first shared position from the first segment controller, and determine a second compensated position of the first mover as a function of the first shared position and the second measured position.

US Pat. No. 11,027,614

MANAGEMENT DEVICE, ELECTRIC STORAGE DEVICE, ELECTRIC STORAGE SYSTEM AND ELECTRIC APPARATUS FOR MANAGING CHARGING AND DISCHARGING OF A PLURALITY OF ELECTRIC STORAGE CELLS CONNECTED IN SERIES

NExT-e Solutions Inc., T...

1. An electric storage system comprising:a plurality of electric storage cells connected in series to each other;
a plurality of electric storage devices, each of the plurality of electric storage devices being connected in series to each other, each of the plurality of electric storage devices includes:
a corresponding plurality of electric storage cells from among the plurality of electric storage cells; and
a management device configured to manage charging and discharging of the corresponding plurality of electric storage cells;
an electric power line electrically connectable to each of a plurality of management devices; and
a controller;
wherein
the electric power line includes a low potential bus and a high potential bus, a first electric storage device among the plurality of electric storage devices further includes:
a first terminal equipotentially connected to the low potential bus and a negative pole end of the corresponding plurality of electric storage cells; and
a second terminal equipotentially connected to the high potential bus and a positive pole end of the corresponding plurality of electric storage cells;
each of one or more other electric storage devices except for the first electric storage device, among the plurality of electric storage devices further include:
an insulated bidirectional DC-DC converter,
wherein two terminals of a primary side of the insulated bidirectional DC-DC converter are connected to a positive pole end and a negative pole end of the corresponding plurality of electric storage cells, and two terminals of a secondary side of the insulated bidirectional DC-DC converter are connected to the low potential bus and the high potential bus; and
the controller is configured to control an operation of the DC-DC converter.

US Pat. No. 11,027,613

REGENERATIVE BRAKING CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A regenerative braking control system for an electric vehicle, comprising:at least one sensor configured to sense in response to a front tire impact event at least one of wheel slip and vehicle motion and transmit a sensor signal responsive to the front tire impact event during vehicle braking where regenerative braking torque is applied at a first level at rear wheels of the vehicle; and
a regenerative powertrain interfacing with the at least one sensor, the regenerative powertrain configured to reduce regenerative braking torque from the first level to a current level at the rear wheels of the vehicle by a determined magnitude of reduction responsive to receiving the sensor signal from the at least one sensor at front wheels of the vehicle, the magnitude of the reduction of the regenerative braking torque at the rear wheels is determined based on and correspondingly proportional to a magnitude of the at least one of sensed wheel slip at the front wheels and vehicle motion, the regenerative powertrain configured to reduce the regenerative braking torque responsive to a determination that the front tire impact event is occurring during vehicle braking, the determination of whether the front tire impact event is occurring and corresponding reduction of regenerative braking torque repeating continuously if it is determined that vehicle braking is currently being applied and the front tire impact event is occurring.

US Pat. No. 11,027,612

VEHICLE POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A vehicle power supply system for distributing power supplied from a power supply to a load, the vehicle power supply system comprising:a power supply path that supplies power supplied from the power supply to the load;
a control unit that detaches a fault occurrence portion occurring in a part of the power supply path from the power supply path based on a set value lower than a lowest operation voltage of the load and a voltage related to the power supply path,
wherein the set value is set within a normal range of the voltage related to the power supply path,
wherein the power supply path includes a plurality of electrical connection units connected to the load and a plurality of connection wirings that connect each of the electrical connection units in a loop shape,
wherein in a case that a part of voltages related to each of the connection wirings is equal to or less than the set value, the control unit supplies power to the load via another part of the voltages related to each of the connection wirings,
wherein each of the electrical connection units includes:
a first voltage sensor;
a first cut-off switch connected in series adjacent to the first voltage sensor;
a second cut-off switch connected in series with the first cut-off switch; and
a second voltage sensor connected in series adjacent to the second cut-off switch,
the connection wiring connects the first voltage sensor included in one of the electrical connection units adjacent to another of the electrical connection units and the second voltage sensor included in the other of the electrical connection units, and
the control unit opens the first cut-off switch adjacent to the first voltage sensor by which a lowest voltage is detected among voltages equal to or lower than the set value that are detected by the first voltage sensor in each of the electrical connection units, and opens the second cut-off switch adjacent to the second voltage sensor by which a lowest voltage is detected among voltages that are detected by the second voltage sensor in each of the electrical connection units.

US Pat. No. 11,027,611

SENSOR DEVICE FOR A VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING SUCH A SENSOR DEVICE

Valeo Schalter und Sensor...

1. A sensor device for an operating device for controlling safety-relevant functions for a vehicle,the sensor device being for capacitively detecting a presence of an input means in the region of a detection area of a sensor surface, and comprising:
a first electrically conductive sensor electrode, which is arranged in the region of the detection area; and
an evaluation unit which is electrically connected to an associated connection of the first sensor electrode via a first connection line and is designed to measure the capacitance with respect to earth at the connection of the first sensor electrode,
wherein the evaluation device is electrically connected to a second associated connection of the first sensor electrode via a second connection line, wherein the first connection and the second connection are arranged in mutually opposite end regions of the first sensor electrode, and
wherein the evaluation unit is configured to carry out a continuity check comprising:
applying a first voltage level to the first connection of the first sensor electrode;
measuring a second voltage level at the second connection of the first sensor electrode; and
determining a fault, separate from the input means, in the first sensor electrode by detecting a deviation between the first voltage level and the second voltage level.

US Pat. No. 11,027,610

PASSENGER VEHICLE WINDOW GLASS AND WARNING DISPLAY METHOD

SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD...

1. A window glass for a vehicle, the window glass comprising two transparent plates and an interlayer provided between the two transparent plates,wherein the two transparent plates are bonded together via the interlayer,
wherein the interlayer comprises a resin film as a light emitting layer,
wherein the resin film comprises a resin and a fluorescent material that is dispersed in the resin,
wherein the window glass emits visible light through incident radiation of excitation light irradiated from a light source,
wherein an end part of the window glass is allowed to emit the light through irradiation with the excitation light,
wherein the end part is allowed to emit light when it is detected that at least any one of a person and an object is approaching the vehicle,
wherein the mode of light emission is changed depending on detected contents, and
wherein at least one of emission intensity, light emitting area, and light emitting position is changed depending on a distance from an approaching object.

US Pat. No. 11,027,609

STEERING WHEEL

1. A steering wheel system for showing a plurality of pieces of driving information of a vehicle, the vehicle having an Electronic Control Unit (ECU) that includes an on-board diagnostics second generation (OBD-II) system, the steering wheel system comprising:an OBD-II Bluetooth module for connecting with the OBD-II system of the ECU; and
a steering wheel, comprising:
a display device, comprising a display screen for displaying a setting page and a plurality of indicators;
an operation device, used to output a first operation instruction and a second operation instruction;
a Bluetooth module for connecting with the OBD-II Bluetooth module to obtain the driving information from the Electronic Control Unit;
a host, electrically connected to the display device, the operation device and the Bluetooth module, wirelessly connected to the ECU of the vehicle to obtain the driving information via the Bluetooth module, and having an interface generating device and a brightness control unit, the brightness control unit being coupled with the display device and controlling a brightness change of the display device;
a storage unit, used to store an initial page, a custom page generated by the interface generating device and a key, the key being transmitted to the QBD-II Bluetooth module through the Bluetooth module for allowing the interface generating device to connect with the OBDII system of the vehicle;
a power controller, used to obtain, filter and transform power provided by an external power source, the power controller including a power protection filter and a transformer, such that external power is provided to the host after being processed by the power protection filter, and is subsequently provided to the interface generating device after being further stepped down by the transformer; and
an alarm device, operating according to a setting condition input by a user, to thereby generate an alert of a horn and alarm information of the displayer device when a value of the driving information exceeds a set alarm value in the setting condition, wherein
the interface generating device divides the driving information obtained from the Electronic Control Unit into a plurality of pieces of shown information and a plurality of pieces of hidden information, after the interface generating device receives the first operation instruction,
the shown information is added to the custom page transmitted to the display device,
the setting page which is displayed by the display device is replaced from the initial page to the custom page after the interface generating device receives the second operation instruction, so as to allow a user to choose a content of the setting page and to allow the display screen to show the driving information which is chosen by the user, and
the host generates indicator information applied to the indicators according to the driving information, the indicators being controlled to show light information for light change according to the indicator information.

US Pat. No. 11,027,608

DRIVING ASSISTANCE APPARATUS AND DRIVING ASSISTANCE METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

10. A driving assistance apparatus for a vehicle, comprising:one or more memories; and
a circuitry that performs, when the vehicle is traveling under an autonomous driving mode, operations including:
detecting, using at least a sensor, an activity in which a driver is engaging, and a psychological state that reflects a degree of concentration of the driver on the activity, and
determining, based on at least the activity and the psychological state, a method of presenting, in the vehicle, a take-over request that informs the driver that the autonomous driving mode is going to be cancelled, wherein
when the driver is watching a screen of a display in the activity, the takeover request is present on the screen.

US Pat. No. 11,027,607

DRIVE SYSTEM FOR AN ENGINE ARRANGEMENT

VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION, ...

1. A drive system for an engine arrangement, the drive system comprising an epicyclical gear reduction mechanism which has a main axis and which comprises: a first main gear arranged to rotate about the main axis, a second main gear arranged to rotate about the main axis in the same direction as the first main gear, a first set of planet gears with planet gears meshing with the first main gear, a second set of planet gears with planet gears meshing with the second main gear, a planet carrier, supporting both the first and second planet gears, the planet carrier being located, along the main axis, between the first main gear and the second main gear; wherein each planet gear of the first set of planet gears is coupled to a planet gear of the second set of planet gears such that no relative rotation is possible between them, wherein, in a mounted position: the first main gear is secured to an engine crankshaft, the planet carrier is secured to at least one accessory pulley which is drivingly connected to an electric machine and to at least one accessory; wherein the drive system further comprises a free wheel which is connected to a non-rotating part of the engine arrangement in the mounted position, wherein the second main gear is configured to be coupled, via an intermediate junction element of the drive system, to the free wheel in a first operating phase of the drive system, wherein, in the first operating phase, the free wheel is configured such that when the second main gear exerts torque on the free wheel in one direction, the free wheel is in an engaged state and stops the rotation of the second main gear, and when the second main gear exerts torque on the free wheel in the opposite direction, the free wheel is in a free state and allows rotation of the second main gear.

US Pat. No. 11,027,606

FUEL SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE

Oshkosh Corporation, Osh...

1. A vehicle comprising:an engine; and
a natural gas system including:
a tank configured to provide a supply flow of natural gas;
a regulator valve controllable to provide a regulated flow of natural gas to the engine by modulating the supply flow of natural gas;
a first conduit extending between the tank and the regulator valve such that the supply flow of natural gas is received by the regulator valve from the tank;
a second conduit extending between the regulator valve and the engine such that the regulated flow of natural gas is provided from the regulator valve to the engine, wherein the regulated flow of natural gas is not diverted from the second conduit at any point along a length of the second conduit;
a shutoff valve positioned along the second conduit, the shutoff valve controllable to selectively disengage the engine from the natural gas system; and
a controller having programmed instructions to control the shutoff valve; and
a user access panel located on an external surface of the vehicle, wherein the user access panel comprises a manual shutoff valve selectively engageable to block the supply flow of natural gas provided by the tank and a pressure gage corresponding to a pressure of the first conduit.

US Pat. No. 11,027,605

VIBRATION ATTENUATING ENGINE MOUNTING APPARATUS

1. A vibration attenuating engine mounting apparatus for a high-volume double diaphragm pump comprising a table shaped profile, the table shaped profile comprising:a. a front arched portal frame;
wherein the front arched portal frame extends from a first end of the vibration attenuating engine mounting apparatus to a second end of the vibration attenuating engine mounting apparatus;
wherein the front arched portal frame provides a first support leg located substantially near the first end of the vibration attenuating engine mounting apparatus;
wherein the front arched portal frame provides a second support leg located substantially near the second end of the vibration attenuating engine mounting apparatus;
wherein the first support leg provides a first support leg cutout;
wherein the first support leg and the second support leg are integrally attached to a structural frame of a trailer;
b. a rear arched portal frame;
wherein the rear arched portal frame extends from the first end of the vibration attenuating engine mounting apparatus to the second end of the vibration attenuating engine mounting apparatus;
wherein the rear arched portal frame provides a third support leg located substantially near the first end of the vibration attenuating engine mounting apparatus;
wherein the rear arched portal frame provides a fourth support leg located substantially near the second end of the vibration attenuating engine mounting apparatus;
wherein the third support leg provides a third support leg cutout;
wherein the fourth support leg provides a fourth support leg cutout;
wherein the third support leg and the fourth support leg are integrally attached to the structural frame of the trailer;
c. a top plate;
wherein the top plate extends from the first end of the vibration attenuating engine mounting apparatus to the second end of the vibration attenuating engine mounting apparatus;
wherein the top plate comprises a first top plate cutout, a second top plate cutout, and a third top plate cutout;
wherein the first top plate cutout is nearest the first end of the engine mounting apparatus relative to the second top plate cutout and the third top plate cutout;
wherein the second top plate cutout is nearest the second end of the vibration attenuating engine mounting apparatus relative to the first top plate cutout and the third top plate cutout;
wherein the third top plate cutout is located between the first top plate cutout and the second top plate cutout;
wherein a plurality of engine mounting holes is provided adjacent to the third top plate cutout;
d. a first side brace;
wherein the first side brace is provided substantially near the first end of the vibration attenuating engine mounting apparatus;
wherein the first side brace comprises a non-prismatic profile;
wherein the first side brace is integrally attached to the first support leg and the third support leg;
wherein the first side brace provides a first side brace cutout that is centered between the first support leg and the third support leg;
e. a second side brace;
wherein the second side brace is provided at the second end of the vibration attenuating engine mounting apparatus;
wherein the second side brace comprises a non-prismatic profile;
wherein the second side brace is integrally attached to the second support leg and the fourth support leg;
wherein the second side brace provides a second side brace cutout that is centered between the second support leg and the fourth support leg.

US Pat. No. 11,027,604

HYDROGEN DETECTION APPARATUS, FUEL CELL VEHICLE, HYDROGEN LEAK MONITORING SYSTEM, COMPOUND SENSOR MODULE, HYDROGEN DETECTION METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

PANASONIC SEMICONDUCTOR S...

1. A hydrogen detection apparatus, comprising:a hydrogen sensor in which a resistance value is configured to fluctuate in response to a presence of a hydrogen gas;
a sensor control circuit configured to sense the resistance value of the hydrogen sensor; and
a microcomputer configured to set an off time that differs depending on an operating environment, and intermittently drive the sensor control circuit,
wherein the hydrogen sensor includes:
a first electrode;
a metal-oxide layer that is disposed on the first electrode, and in which a resistance value is configured to change in response to contacting hydrogen atoms;
a second electrode disposed on the metal-oxide layer and the first electrode such that the metal-oxide layer is sandwiched in between the first electrode and the second electrode in a thickness direction of the hydrogen sensor; and
an insulating film that covers at least a portion of lateral surfaces of the first electrode, the metal-oxide layer, and the second electrode, and
wherein a portion of at least one of: (i) a first interface between the first electrode and the metal-oxide layer; and (ii) a second interface between the second electrode and the metal-oxide layer is uncovered by the insulating film and exposed to a detection space.

US Pat. No. 11,027,603

LATCHING STRUCTURE OF TONNEAU COVER

1. A truck cover system, comprising:a rail coupled to a wall of a truck, wherein the rail comprises a channel on a top portion of the rail and a latching slot at a side of the rail, wherein the channel extends along a longitudinal direction of the rail and is configured to couple to a cover, and the latching slot extends along the longitudinal direction of the rail;
a latching insert inserted in the latching slot, wherein the latching insert comprises a first through hole and a positioning hole;
a latching positioner fastened to the latching insert, wherein the latching positioner comprises a second through hole aligned with the first through hole and a positioning pin aligned with the positioning hole; and
a latching housing releasably latched to the latching positioner.

US Pat. No. 11,027,602

TRI-FOLD TONNEAU COVER USABLE OUTSIDE OF VEHICLE

1. A tonneau cover structured to cover a pickup truck cargo bed, the tonneau cover comprising:a first cover panel having an exterior surface along a first side of the first_cover panel;
a transition cover panel connected to the first cover panel so as to be rotatable with respect to the first cover panel about a first axis of rotation, to a first side of a first reference plane extending through the first cover panel parallel to the first cover panel exterior surface and through the first axis of rotation, and so as to enable the transition cover panel to be rotatable to a second side of the first reference plane opposite the first side of the first reference plane; and
a second cover panel rotatably connected to the transition cover panel so as to be rotatable with respect to the transition cover panel about a second axis of rotation, to a first side of a second reference plane extending through both the first axis of rotation and the second axis of rotation, and also to a second side of the second reference plane opposite the first side of the second reference plane.

US Pat. No. 11,027,601

SHADE ROLLER APPARATUS

WEBASTO SE, Stockdorf (D...

1. A shade roller apparatus comprising:a shading sheet;
a roller around which the shading sheet can be rolled and from which the shading sheet can be unrolled; and
a pull bar attached to a front edge of the shading sheet, the front edge located forward in a direction in which the shading sheet is unrolled,
the shade roller apparatus configured to open and close a window provided in a roof of a vehicle with the shade sheet,
wherein the pull bar includes a clip portion and a bottom wall below the clip portion,
the clip portion includes an upper clip part and a lower clip part which are opened and closed with an end of each of the upper and lower clip parts functioning as a living hinge pivot, such that the upper and lower clip parts clip the front edge of the shading sheet therebetween along an entire length of the pull bar, and
while having a front end retained by the clip portion, the shading sheet is wrapped around the pull bar such that the shading sheet continues along the upper clip part, the pivot, and the bottom wall, and then extends to the roller.

US Pat. No. 11,027,600

REINFORCEMENT ELEMENT FOR A VEHICLE, METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME AND DOOR ASSEMBLY

ARCELORMITTAL, Luxembour...

1. A reinforcement element for reinforcing a structure of a door of a vehicle, said reinforcement element extending along a main direction and comprising:at least a main portion having a reinforcing cross-section extending in a plane perpendicular to the main direction,
wherein the reinforcing cross-section comprises seven adjacent branches, each extending in different directions, two successive branches forming a non-zero angle, at least two of said non-zero angles being of opposite signs,
said adjacent branches comprising a first branch, a second branch, a third branch, a fourth branch, a fifth branch, a sixth branch and a seventh branch, said first branch forming with said second branch a first non-zero angle, said second branch forming with said third branch a second non-zero angle, the third branch forming with the fourth branch a third non-zero angle, the fourth branch forming with the fifth branch a fourth non-zero angle, the fifth branch forming with the sixth branch a fifth non-zero angle and the sixth branch forming with the seventh branch a sixth non-zero angle,the first non-zero angle and the second non-zero angle being of a same first sign, said third and fourth non-zero angles being of a second sign opposite to the first sign, and the fifth and sixth non-zero angles being of the first sign,the first branch and the second branch being joined together by a first arcuate junction, the second branch and the third branch being joined together by a second arcuate junction, the radiuses of curvature of said first arcuate junction and said second arcuate junction being comprised between 5 mm and d/2, wherein d is a distance between said first branch and said third branch,the third branch and the fourth branch being joined together by a third arcuate junction, the fourth branch and the fifth branch being joined together by a fourth arcuate junction, the fifth branch and the sixth branch being joined together by a fifth arcuate junction, and the sixth branch and the seventh branch being joined together by a sixth arcuate junction,the first, second and third branches together forming a concave curve oriented towards a first direction, the third, fourth and fifth branches together forming a concave curve oriented towards a second direction opposite the first direction, the fifth, sixth and seventh branches together forming a concave curve oriented towards the first direction,
the reinforcing cross-section further comprising two legs joined respectively to the first branch and to the seventh branch and forming with the first branch and the seventh branch respectively non-zero angles,
the legs having a structure comprising martensite, bainite and optionally ferrite, the rest of the main portion having a structure consisting of martensite.

US Pat. No. 11,027,599

SYSTEMS, APPARATUS, AND METHODS TO ADJUST DIMMING ASSOCIATED WITH DUAL PANEL SUNROOFS

AISIN TECHNICAL CENTER OF...

1. A sunroof dimming system for a vehicle, comprising:a first dimmable panel of a sunroof including first dimming bands;
a second dimmable panel of the sunroof including second dimming bands, the first dimmable panel moveable relative to the second dimmable panel to open or close the sunroof; and
a controller operatively coupled to the first dimmable panel and the second dimmable panel, the controller configured to
adjust dimming of the first dimmable panel and the second dimmable panel to maintain a light intensity of an external light of a vehicle cabin when the sunroof changes between a closed state and an open state,
determine a position of the first dimmable panel,
determine overlapping dimming bands of the first dimming bands and the second dimming bands based on the position, and
adjust an electrical parameter applied to the overlapping dimming bands maintain the light intensity.

US Pat. No. 11,027,598

AUTOMOBILE VISOR EXTENDER AND USES THEREOF

1. A visor extender comprising:an inner core comprising a plurality of slats affixed between a front support and a back support, said slats disposed parallel to a longitudinal axis of the visor extender and in an equidistant, non-contacting relationship with each other whereby a slot is formed between adjacent slats;
an outer cover comprising a front panel, a back panel and a plurality of edges on a perimeter of the front panel and the back panel, said front panel affixed to said back panel at the plurality of edges to form a cavity therewithin encompassing the inner core; and
a plurality of straps affixed on the outer cover.

US Pat. No. 11,027,597

DECORATIVE MEMBER AND DECORATION METHOD

KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., ...

1. A decorative member comprising:a light-transmitting substrate which is made of resin and is formed with a recessed portion on a back surface thereof;
a hot stamping foil layer which is formed on the back surface of the light-transmitting substrate except for the recessed portion; and
a metal vapor deposition film layer which is laminated inside the recessed portion on the back surface of the light-transmitting substrate and on the hot stamping foil layer, wherein
the light-transmitting substrate, the hot stamping foil layer, and the metal vapor deposition film layer are stacked in this order on a back surface side of the decorative member.

US Pat. No. 11,027,596

CABIN AIR FILTER AND FILTER ELEMENT FOR A CABIN AIR FILTER

1. A cabin air filter comprising:a filter element comprising a fold pack of a filter medium folded into a plurality of folds, the each fold extending from a first lateral side of the fold pack to an opposing second lateral side of the fold pack, the plurality of folds having a first set of fold end edges at the first lateral side, and a second set of fold end edges as the second lateral side of the fold pack;
a first lateral strip arranged on, covering and closing off the first set of end edges of the plurality of folds at the first lateral side, an inner side of the first lateral strip adhesively secured directly onto the first set of end edges of the plurality of folds;
a second lateral strip arranged on, covering and closing off the second set of end edges of the plurality of folds at the second lateral side, an inner side of the second lateral strip adhesively secured directly onto the second set of end edges of the plurality of folds;
wherein the filter element is configured to be inserted in an insertion direction into a filter element receptacle;
wherein the filter element comprises a sword that extends outwardly in the insertion direction away from the fold pack at an insertion side of the filter element,
wherein the sword is embodied as a plastic part formed of at least one plastic material, the sword having:
a base part arranged on an end fold of the fold pack; and
a sword projection arrange on and projecting outwardly away from the base part and the fold pack;
wherein the sword has an asymmetric shape that is matched to a contour of the filter element receptacle.

US Pat. No. 11,027,595

ROOF FAN ASSEMBLY

Dometic Sweden AB, Solna...

1. A roof fan assembly, comprising:a base clamp wherein a fan is positioned;
a first hinge portion integrally formed in said base clamp;
a shroud having a second hinge portion formed integrally with said shroud, said second hinge portion which engages said first hinge portion;
an actuator comprising a worm and a worm gear, said worm gear comprising an arm formed integrally with said worm gear and extending from said worm gear, and said arm movable through a substantially vertical plane;
said shroud pivoting through a first arc and said arm pivoting through a second arc; and,
said arm being a one-piece structure having a first arm portion having a first end extending from said worm gear and a second end extending from said first end further from said worm gear, and a second arm portion having a first end portion closer to said first arm portion and a second end portion and positioned closer to the shroud, said second end of said first arm portion and first end of said second arm portion joined by a bend portion that provides a lateral offset of said second arm portion from said first arm portion and wherein said first arm portion and said second arm portion are generally parallel;
said second end of said second arm portion extending into a sleeve, said sleeve being slidably movable relative to said arm, said sleeve pivotally connected to, and at a fixed location of said shroud, said shroud at an end of said sleeve opposite said worm and said worm gear for pivotal movement of said sleeve relative to said shroud.

US Pat. No. 11,027,594

HEATED PLASTIC FLUID LINES FOR THERMAL SYSTEMS IN A HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE (H/EV) AND USE THEREOF

TI Group Automotive Syste...

1. A method of heating a component in a hybrid/electric vehicle (H/EV) having a vehicle chassis thermal loop including a fluid, a circulation pump, and one or more lines through which the fluid flows, the method comprisingheating a fluid located in a plastic heated line present in a thermal management system of the hybrid/electric vehicle;
allowing the heated fluid to circulate through a component thermal loop; and
heating the component to a temperature that is at or above a cold operating temperature predetermined for the component;
wherein the thermal management system comprises:
the component thermal loop comprising the fluid and one or more lines in contact with the component through or around which the fluid flows; the component thermal loop being coupled to the vehicle chassis thermal loop; and
at least one of the vehicle chassis thermal loop and component thermal loop having at least a portion of the one or more lines being the plastic heated line.