US Pat. No. 11,110,953

LOCKING DEVICE FOR AN ADJUSTABLE STEERING COLUMN ASSEMBLY

ZF Automotive Germany Gmb...


1. A locking device for an adjustable steering column assembly for a motor vehicle, with an actuating element and a damping device,wherein the locking device comprises at least one open position and at least one closed position, wherein in the open position a steering column is released for a longitudinal adjustment and/or a tilt adjustment, and in the closed position the steering column is locked for the longitudinal adjustment and/or the tilt adjustment,
wherein the actuating element is adapted to move the locking device between the closed and the open positions, wherein the actuating element has a first position which corresponds to the closed position of the locking device, and a second position which corresponds to the open position of the locking device, movement of the actuating element from the first position toward the second position including a first partial section of movement, a middle partial section of movement, and a last partial section of movement,
wherein the damping device has a first damping element and a second damping element, wherein the first damping element is attached to the actuating element, and the second damping element is attached to a frame part, wherein the first or second damping element is rotatably mounted relative to the other of the first or second damping element,
wherein the first and second damping elements each have a coupling section, wherein the coupling sections are engaged with each other during the middle partial section of the movement of the actuating element from the first position to the second position, and
wherein a relative rotation of the first and the second damping elements is damped by deformation of at least one of the first and the second damping elements and by friction only during the middle partial section of the movement of the actuating element from the first position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 11,110,952

CONDITIONER FOR STEERING WHEEL

GENTHERM GMBH, Odelzhaus...


1. A conditioning system comprising:a. a plurality of conditioning modules, each including:i. one or more heat sinks and
ii. one or more thermoelectric devices in communication with the one or more heat sinks;

b. one or more air movers in fluid communication with the one or more heat sinks;
wherein the plurality of conditioning modules are located within a hollow portion of a rim of a steering wheel, the rim includes a first piece and a second piece that cooperate to define a hollow channel between the first piece and the second piece, the plurality of conditioning modules are in contact with only the first piece, the hollow channel having an interior surface defining a central cavity and the one or more thermoelectric devices are spaced apart along the central cavity, and the one or more thermoelectric devices are in direct thermal contact with the interior surface of the hollow channel so that when the plurality of conditioning modules are turned on, the plurality of conditioning modules change a temperature of the rim of the steering wheel,
wherein the one or more heat sinks are located on the one or more thermoelectric devices and separated from the rim by the one or more thermoelectric devices so that the one or more heat sinks are located within a stream of fluid created by the one or more air movers; and
wherein the one or more air movers move the fluid across the one or more heat sinks.

US Pat. No. 11,110,951

CONVERTIBLE WALKER AND STROLLER


1. A convertible walker and stroller device, comprising:a base having a plurality of wheels affixed thereto;
a platform movably connected to the base via a height adjustment mechanism;
a pair of openings adapted to receive a pair of legs of an occupant therethrough;
a seat portion that is removably securable to the platform, wherein the seat portion comprises a seat cushion and a seat back, wherein the seat cushion is removably disposed on the platform, wherein the seat cushion includes a forward portion in front of the seat back that covers the pair of openings and a rearward portion extending rearwardly toward a rear end of the platform such that the rearward portion extends underneath the seat back while contacting a rear portion of the platform, wherein the pair of openings are disposed on a lower portion of the seat portion beneath the seat cushion;
wherein the platform is configured to move between an extended position and a retracted position;
wherein the platform contacts an upper side of the base when the platform is in the retracted position, and wherein a gap is defined between the base and the platform when the platform is in the extended position.

US Pat. No. 11,110,948

FOUR-WHEELED FOLDING HANDCART


1. A four-wheeled folding handcart, comprising:a main body; and
a loading plate for loading an article thereon, said loading plate provided with at least one loading plate wheel unit at a lower portion thereof, connected to the main body via a hinge unit such that the loading plate is folded by the hinge unit while being rotated toward the main body,
wherein the loading plate wheel unit is connected to a wheel rod rotated by the rotation of the hinge unit in a direction perpendicular to a rotational direction of the hinge unit,
the loading plate wheel unit is configured such that, when the loading plate is rotated and folded toward the main body, the loading plate wheel unit is rotated and folded toward a bottom surface of the loading plate as the wheel rod rotates, and
the loading plate wheel unit is configured such that, when the loading plate is rotated and unfolded in the direction perpendicular to the main body, the loading plate wheel unit is rotated and unfolded in a direction perpendicular to the loading plate as the wheel rod rotates reversely.

US Pat. No. 11,110,947

CARTS WITH SHELVES

CANNON EQUIPMENT LLC, Ca...


1. A cart for transporting objects, the cart comprising:a base;
a first end wall, an opposite second end wall, and a sidewall vertically extending from the base, the sidewall longitudinally extending between the first end wall and the second end wall and the first end wall and the second end wall laterally extending from the sidewall, wherein the base, the first end wall, the second end wall, and the sidewall define an interior space and a cart opening; and
a shelf having a first end, an opposite second end, and a shelf bracket between the first end and the second end, wherein the shelf is laterally movable toward the sidewall into the interior space through the cart opening such that the first end is in a pocket of the first end wall, the second end is in a pocket in the second end wall, and the shelf bracket engages the sidewall, and wherein the first end wall, the second end wall, and the sidewall support the shelf.

US Pat. No. 11,110,946

HANDCART


1. A handcart, comprising:a platform having a rear portion, a forward portion, peripheral side edges, a left front corner, and a right front corner;
a superstructure extending upwardly from the platform;
a rear axle extending laterally across the superstructure and above at least the forward portion of the platform;
directionally fixed rear wheels extending from the rear axle, the rear wheels being disposed laterally outward from the platform, the rear wheels having a first diameter;
left and right straight lower portions extending from the left front and right frame members of the super structure, respectively, each of the lower portions having a distal end;
caster wheel depending from the distal end of each of the frame members, the caster wheels being of a second diameter, wherein the second diameter wheels are less than the first diameter wheels; and
left and right gusset plates, each of the gusset plates having a proximal end and a distal end, each proximal end being secured to a respective peripheral side edge of the platform and each distal end being secured to the lower portions of the left front and right frame members of the super structure, wherein each caster wheel is disposed longitudinally outward from the left front and right front corners of the platform.

US Pat. No. 11,110,945

INTERMODAL TRANSPORTATION TERMINAL CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

TRANSPORTATION IP HOLDING...


1. A system comprising:one or more processors configured to determine characteristics of cargo containers scheduled for one or more of receipt into or travel out of an intermodal terminal connected with different routes for different modes of transportation, determine characteristics of cargo handling equipment associated with the intermodal terminal, determine characteristics of first transportation mode vehicles scheduled for one or more of entry into or travel out of the intermodal terminal, and determine characteristics of different, second transportation mode vehicles scheduled for entry into or travel out of the intermodal terminal, the cargo handling equipment comprising one or more cranes,
the one or more processors also configured to determine constraints on cargo handling operations involving transferring the cargo containers between the different modes of transportation in the intermodal terminal, the constraints comprising avoiding physical conflict between the cargo handling equipment and avoiding exceeding a capacity of the cargo handling equipment,
the one or more processors also configured to determine a plan for the cargo handling equipment to transfer the cargo containers between the different modes of transportation within the intermodal terminal, the plan designating operations to be performed in moving the cargo containers with the cargo handling equipment, wherein the plan is determined based on the characteristics of the cargo containers, the characteristics of the cargo handling equipment, the characteristics of the first transportation mode vehicles, the characteristics of the different, second transportation mode vehicles, and the constraints on the cargo handling operations; and
a communication device configured to be operably coupled with the one or more processors and to communicate a control signal to one or more of the cargo handling equipment to one or more of:display the control signal on a display screen of the cargo handling equipment for directing an operator how to operate the cargo handling equipment according to the plan, or
automatically control the cargo handling equipment to move one or more of the cargo containers by causing motors of the one or more cranes to lift and translate the one or more of the cargo containers between locations according to the plan.


US Pat. No. 11,110,944

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM, TRAVEL MANAGEMENT DEVICE, RESOURCE MANAGEMENT DEVICE, VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...


1. A vehicle control system configured to control a vehicle to run along a track including a plurality of block sections including branching block sections and non-branching block sections, comprising:an onboard signaling device mounted on the vehicle and configured to control the vehicle to run according to track information for associating each of the plurality of block sections with a corresponding identification;
a travel management device configured to transmit a reservation request to indicate reserved block sections existing ahead of the vehicle to run along the track according to the track information, wherein when the reservation request includes a branching block section, the branching block section indicates whether a branch is positioned in either a normal position or a reverse position; and
a resource management device disposed outside of the vehicle and configured to record the reserved block section indicated by the reservation request with a reservation management table, wherein the reservation management table is configured to record an association between an identification of the vehicle and an identification of the reserved block section as well as a management state for each block section and a branched state for each branching block section, and wherein the reservation management table is configured to change the management state of the reserved block section from a non-reserved state to a reserved state when the reserved block section indicated by the reservation request is not reserved by another vehicle at a time of receiving the reservation request, thus sending reservation-completion information to the onboard signaling device, which is configured to calculate a limit speed pattern for reserved block sections reserved by the vehicle based on the reservation-completion information and to control the vehicle not to exceed the limit speed pattern.

US Pat. No. 11,110,943

LOCKING DEVICE ON TWO BODIES MOVABLE IN A SLIDING MANNER RELATIVE TO EACH OTHER ON A GUIDE TRACK

Wolber Antriebstechnik Gm...


1. A locking device on two bodies slidingly movable relative to each other on a sliding track of a guiding body, the two bodies comprising a sliding body and the guiding body,wherein the sliding body is movable in a sliding direction on the sliding track of the guiding body, and wherein the sliding body is lockable and form-fittingly connectable to the guiding body by the locking device in an end position,
wherein the locking device has a locking pin, which, in the sliding body, movable transversely to the sliding track via a straight guide, is form-fittingly guided transversely to a movement direction of the locking pin, between a neutral position, in which the locking pin retracts into a contour of the sliding body while being in a region of the sliding track, and a locking position, in which the locking pin cooperates with an engagement of the guiding body and form-fittingly locks a relative sliding movement of the sliding body in the sliding direction,
wherein a socket spanner in the sliding body is straightly guided in a sliding manner parallel to the sliding direction, with a relative movement in a closing direction and an unlocking direction,
wherein the locking pin with an operating end protrudes in a pocket of the socket spanner,
wherein the pocket cooperates with the locking pin:with an unlock-action pairing out of two edges and/or surfaces slidingly movable relatively to each other in a plane stretched by the movement direction of the locking pin and the sliding direction of the sliding body, and wherein the unlock-action pairing have a first operation direction for a straight guidance of the locking pin,
as well as with a push-action pairing with a pushing-edge, which is formed on the pocket transversely to the sliding direction of the sliding body and transversely to the closing direction, and which engages the straightly guided region of the locking pin in the closing direction,wherein by the movement of the socket spanner, in an unlocking direction, initially the locking pin is drivable into its neutral position and then the sliding body is movable in the sliding direction by a form-fitting engagement of the pushing edge simultaneously with the socket spanner, but independently of the guiding body;

with a drive-out-action pairing out of two edges and/or surfaces slidingly movable relatively on each other in a plane stretched by the movement direction of the locking pin and the sliding direction of the sliding body, and the drive out action pairing have a second operating direction for the straight guide of the locking pin, wherein one driving out surface of the drive out action pairing is inclined for the straight guide of the locking pin and wherein the one driving out surface on the side facing away from the pushing edge and the unlock-action pairing—in the closing direction—is formed, on the one hand, at the pocket and on the other hand, on the locking pin;
as well as with a lock-action pairing with a locking surface formed subsequently to the drive-out-action pairing on the pocket, transversely to the straight-guide of the locking pin, and which engages the operating end of the locking pin in its locking position,wherein by the movement of the socket spanner initially the locking pin in closing direction can be driven into its locking position and therein by the locking surface can be form-fittingly fixed.



US Pat. No. 11,110,942

RAILWAY VEHICLE STOPPER

SUMITOMO RIKO COMPANY LIM...


1. A railway vehicle stopper interposed between a vehicle body and a truck frame of a railway vehicle, the railway vehicle stopper comprising:a first rigid member having an annular supporting portion and a securing portion positioned at an outer peripheral side of the supporting portion, the securing portion being secured to the vehicle body or the truck frame;
a second rigid member arranged opposed to the truck frame or the vehicle body with an interval, wherein the first rigid member and the second rigid member are superposed in an axial direction of the railway vehicle stopper;
a rubber elastic body that extends between the first rigid member and the second rigid member in the axial direction of the railway vehicle stopper, wherein a first axial end of the rubber elastic body is connected to the supporting portion of the first rigid member and a second axial end of rubber elastic body is connected to the second rigid member so as to elastically couple the first rigid member to the second rigid member;
a third rigid member mounted inside the supporting portion of the first rigid member to form an air chamber with the second rigid member;
an abutting member coupled to at least one of mutually opposed surfaces of the second rigid member and the third rigid member;
a communication passage provided on one or both of the first rigid member and the third rigid member to communicate the air chamber with an outside, and
wherein the first axial end and the second axial end are both ends of the rubber elastic body in the axial direction of the railway vehicle stopper.

US Pat. No. 11,110,941

CENTRALIZED SHARED AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE OPERATIONAL MANAGEMENT

Renault S.A.S., Boulogne...


1. A method for use in centralized shared scenario-specific operational control management, the method comprising:performing centralized shared scenario-specific operational control management by a centralized shared scenario-specific operational control management device, wherein centralized shared scenario-specific operational control management includes:receiving shared scenario-specific operational control management input data, from an autonomous vehicle;
validating the shared scenario-specific operational control management input data;
identifying a current distinct vehicle operational scenario based on the shared scenario-specific operational control management input data;
generating shared scenario-specific operational control management output data based on the current distinct vehicle operational scenario, wherein generating the shared scenario-specific operational control management output data includes, in response to a determination that a current policy for the current distinct vehicle operational scenario is available, including the current policy in the shared scenario-specific operational control management output data; and
transmitting the shared scenario-specific operational control management output data.


US Pat. No. 11,110,940

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR GENERATING TOUCH-BASED ALERTS TO A DRIVER IN A VEHICLE

Wipro Limited, Bangalore...


1. A method for generating touch-based alerts to a driver in a vehicle, the method comprising:receiving, by a driver assistance system, a plurality of frames including the driver in the vehicle from an image capturing device configured in the vehicle;
detecting, by the driver assistance system, a position of face of the driver in each of the plurality of frames using a pretrained position detection model;
identifying, by the driver assistance system, one or more facial attributes of the driver based on the position of the face using a pretrained feature extraction model;
determining, by the driver assistance system, one or more eye attributes of the driver based on the identified one or more facial attributes using a pretrained attribute determination model;
estimating, by the driver assistance system, sensory information from a plurality of sensory data based on the one or more facial attributes and the one or more eye attributes using a pretrained event model;
computing, by the driver assistance system, information regarding haptic sensation for the driver based on the estimated sensory information and a position of hands of the driver received from a hand tracking device configured in the vehicle; and
generating, using signals relating to the haptic sensation received from a haptic device, by the driver assistance system, an alert to the driver for taking one or more corrective measure, wherein the haptic device generates the signals based on the computed information regarding the haptic sensation.

US Pat. No. 11,110,939

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING ACTIVE DRIVER FEEDBACK DURING ELECTRIFIED VEHICLE OPERATION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...


1. A method, comprising:during a braking or acceleration event of an electrified vehicle, providing haptic feedback of a driving behavior through a smart device worn by a driver of the electrified vehicle,
wherein providing the haptic feedback includes instructing the smart device to provide a first haptic feedback of a first intensity in response to a first braking event in which a first amount of regenerative braking energy is recaptured and to provide a second haptic feedback of a second, different intensity in response to a second braking event in which a second, different amount of braking energy is recaptured.

US Pat. No. 11,110,938

STEERING-ANGLE DISPLAY DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...


1. A steering angle display device, comprising:a display part disposed along a ring portion of a steering wheel of a vehicle;
a grip sensor configured to detect whether the steering wheel is gripped by a driver; and
a controller configured, during automated driving control in which a steering angle of the vehicle is controlled in accordance with road situations without rotating the steering wheel, to cause a steering angle indication indicating the controlled steering angle to be displayed at a position of the display part in accordance with the controlled steering angle, wherein
the controller is configured to output a canceling signal for canceling the automated driving control in response tothe grip sensor detecting that the steering wheel is gripped by the driver, and
the steering angle of the steering wheel controlled by the driver matching the steering angle indication controlled by the automated driving control.


US Pat. No. 11,110,937

DRIVING ASSISTANCE SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...


7. A driving assistance method using an electronic control unit (ECU) including a processor, comprising:providing information to a driver of a vehicle via a human-machine interface (HMI);
acquiring information on surroundings of the vehicle from at least one of a camera, a milliwave radar, LIDAR (laser imaging detection and ranging) or sonar,
calculating a target path of the vehicle based on the information on the surroundings;
controlling the vehicle to move along the target path;
calculating a driving path of a preceding vehicle running in the same lane as the vehicle based on the information on the surroundings;
calculating a difference between the target path and the driving path; and
issuing an alarm to the driver through the HMI, wherein
the alarm prompts the driver to pay attention or prompts the driver to perform at least one of steering and braking of the vehicle if the difference between the target path and the driving path is equal to or larger than a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 11,110,936

METHOD FOR DIAGNOSING STICKING OF LUBRICATION CONTROL VALVE OF HYBRID VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...


1. A method of diagnosing sticking of a lubrication control valve of a hybrid vehicle, the method comprising:by a transmission control unit (TCU), determining driving intention of a driver;
when determined that there is the driver's driving intention, requesting a hybrid control unit (HCU) to diagnose sticking of an independent type lubrication control valve;
determining, by the HCU, whether or not to permit a sticking diagnosis request of the TCU;
ordering, by the HCU, pressure to the TCU for operating clutch engagement to an engine clutch, after permitting the sticking diagnosis;
by the TCU, turning on an electric oil pump which supplies fluid pressure for the engine clutch engagement and controlling an operating speed of the electric oil pump in accordance with pressure order for the engine clutch engagement of the HCU;
measuring, by an engine clutch pressure sensor, engine clutch engagement pressure in a state in which the engine clutch is engaged by the fluid pressure supplied from the electric oil pump, by measuring first engine clutch engagement pressure in an off-state of the independent type lubrication control valve and second engine clutch engagement pressure in an on-state thereof; and
determining, by the TCU, whether or not the independent type lubrication control valve is stuck, on the basis of a pressure difference between the first engine clutch engagement pressure and the second engine clutch engagement pressure.

US Pat. No. 11,110,935

CURVE GUIDANCE METHOD, CURVE GUIDANCE APPARATUS, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND PROGRAM STORED IN THE COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

THINKWARE CORPORATION, S...


10. A curve guidance apparatus comprising:a display;
a degree of risk judging unit comprising at least one processor configured to judge a degree of risk of a curve section in which a vehicle is to be driven after a predetermined time by comparing a first value with a predetermined threshold value; and
a controller controlling the display to display a curve section guidance object corresponding to the judged degree of risk of the curve section on an augmented reality image,
wherein the display is configured to:
display a first curve section guide object when the judged degree of risk of the curve section is a first risk level;
display a second curve section guide object when the judged degree of risk of the curve section is a second risk level; and
not to display the curve section guide object when the judged degree of risk of the curve section is lower than the first risk level,
wherein the first risk level is an attention level and the second risk level is a warning level, and
wherein the first curve section guide object and the second curve section guide object are displayed to be distinguished from each other.

US Pat. No. 11,110,934

VEHICLE TRAVEL CONTROL APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...


1. A vehicle travel control apparatus for a vehicle, comprising:an abnormal state determination module configured to repeatedly determine whether or not a driver of the vehicle is in an abnormal state in which the driver loses an ability to drive the vehicle;
a driver alert module configured to, when determining that the driver is in the abnormal state, start alert processing for the driver;
a first travel stop module configured to, when determining that the abnormal state is not resolved at a time point at which a first set time has elapsed since the start of the alert processing, start deceleration control to stop the vehicle;
a specific scene determination module configured to acquire peripheral information of the vehicle in a situation in which the abnormal state is not resolved, and determine whether or not a travel scene of the vehicle is a predetermined specific scene based on the peripheral information; and
a second travel stop module configured to, when determining that the travel scene of the vehicle is the specific scene, start the deceleration control before the first set time has elapsed since the start of the alert processing to stop the vehicle, wherein the second travel stop module is configured to, when determining that the travel scene of the vehicle is the specific scene after a second set time has elapsed since the start of the alert processing, start the deceleration control to stop the vehicle, the second set time being longer than zero and shorter than the first set time.

US Pat. No. 11,110,933

DRIVING SUPPORT DEVICE, WEARABLE DEVICE, DRIVING SUPPORT SYSTEM, DRIVING SUPPORT METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...


1. A driving support device comprising:a memory; and
a processor including hardware, the processor being configured to
acquire line-of-sight information about a line of sight of a driver seated in a driver's seat of a vehicle, and
output driving support information for supporting driving of the vehicle on a steering wheel of the vehicle in a visual field of the driver based on the line-of-sight information, and
output the driving support information onto a region, in the visual field, the region being immediately above an operation member provided in the vehicle and being in an orthogonal direction orthogonal to the operation member.

US Pat. No. 11,110,932

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PREDICTING OBJECT ACTION

Toyota Research Institute...


1. An object monitoring system for predicting object actions in an environment, comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory communicably coupled to the one or more processors and storing instructions that when executed by the one or more processors cause the one or more processors to:obtain, using at least one image capture device having a fixed position within a traffic environment, one or more images of the traffic environment;
monitor for a discrete mobile object in the traffic environment, the monitoring including analyzing the one or more images of the traffic environment to detect the discrete mobile object;
uniquely identify the discrete mobile object by analyzing the one or more images of the traffic environment to detect patterns or markings of the discrete mobile object, whereby the discrete mobile object can be differentiated from other discrete mobile objects of the same class or type;
create current action information for the discrete mobile object, wherein the current action information comprises information about pose and movement of the discrete mobile object during its current movement through the traffic environment;
predict a future action of the discrete mobile object using the current action information and historical action information, wherein the historical action information comprises previously acquired information about the discrete mobile object during previous movements through the traffic environment collected over time, wherein the historical action information does not include the current action information, the historical action information being at least partially acquired from one or more databases of historical action information, the discrete mobile object being a single object, the current action information and the historical action information being for the single object; and
remotely control a vehicle in the traffic environment using the future action, whereby the one or more processors and the memory are located remote from the vehicle.


US Pat. No. 11,110,931

RANGE EXTENDER CONTROL

TEVVA MOTORS LIMITED


1. A method of controlling a range extender of an electric vehicle, the method comprising:using actual measured or modelled pollution levels dynamically to set a target state of charge level for a range extender of an electric vehicle at a current location of the electric vehicle,
wherein using actual measured pollution levels comprises measuring a dynamic level of pollution at the current location of the electric vehicle using one or more sensors arranged on the electric vehicle, and
wherein using modelled pollution levels comprises:generating a dynamic model of pollution; and
using the generated dynamic model to calculate the modelled pollution level at the current location of the electric vehicle at a current or future point in time;

monitoring a state of charge of an on-board battery powering the electric vehicle; and
activating the range extender in response to the state of charge being lower than the target state of charge level.

US Pat. No. 11,110,930

CONTROL DEVICE FOR AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

Jatco Ltd., Fuji (JP) NI...


7. A control method of an automatic transmission having a plurality of gear levels and a plurality of friction elements, the control method comprising:when executing auto-upshift that shifts a gear level of the automatic transmission from a low gear to a high gear by changeover of the friction elements in conjunction with an increase in a vehicle speed, and when an inertia phase is started with the auto-upshift,
raising an upper limit torque of a traveling drive source, to which the automatic transmission is connected, using a prescribed gradient from a low gear upper limit torque to a high gear upper limit torque set to a higher torque than the low gear upper limit torque during the inertia phase.

US Pat. No. 11,110,929

ANTI-SKID CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

ADVICS CO., LTD., Kariya...


1. An anti-skid control device for a vehicle applied to a four wheel drive vehicle in which a driving force from a driving source of the vehicle is transmitted to four wheels, the anti-skid control device comprising:a wheel speed sensor that detects wheel speeds of four wheels of the vehicle; and
a controller that calculates a vehicle body speed of the vehicle based on at least one of the four wheel speeds and executes an anti-skid control for suppressing lock tendency of the four wheels by selectively switching between a reduction mode of reducing a braking torque applied to the four wheels and an increase mode of increasing the braking torque based on a comparison result between the four wheel speeds and the vehicle body speed; wherein
the controller calculates accelerations of the four wheels based on the four wheel speeds, and is configured to include a control mode condition of selecting the reduction mode in all of the four wheels and a wheel acceleration condition in which the accelerations of all of the four wheels are within a range of a predetermined wheel acceleration;
the controller determines as a residual state when a state in which the control mode condition and the wheel acceleration condition are satisfied at the same time is continued for a predetermined time, calculates the vehicle body speed based on a maximum speed value, which is a maximum value of the four wheel speeds, when determined as not the residual state, and calculates the vehicle body speed based on a minimum speed value, which is a minimum value of the four wheel speeds, when determined as the residual state.

US Pat. No. 11,110,928

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, VEHICLE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...


1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:processing circuitry configured toacquire a dynamic state related to traveling of a moving object entering an intersection, the dynamic state including observation data of a speed of the moving object at least at one point in time;
acquire intersection information indicating a configuration of the intersection;
specify a reference route along which the moving object is predicted to travel at the intersection, based on the dynamic state and the intersection information;
detect a speed control point that is a position included in the specified reference route;
generate, based on the dynamic state and the intersection information, a first speed model representing a temporal change in a predicted speed of the moving object up to the speed control point and having the speed at the speed control point being locally minimized, and a second speed model representing a temporal change in the predicted speed of the moving object after the speed control point and having the speed at the speed control point being locally minimized; and
generate and display, on a display of a vehicle, a predicted trajectory of the moving object, based on the first speed model and the second speed model,

wherein in the generating of the first speed model, the processing circuitry is further configured toestimate an initial estimated speed of the moving object at the speed control point; and
optimize the first speed model to reduce an error with respect to the initial estimated speed of the moving object at the speed control point and the observation data of the speed of the moving object at least at the one point in time.


US Pat. No. 11,110,927

SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING BRAKING ENERGY REGENERATION STEP VARIABLE AND METHOD THEREOF

Hyundai Motor Company, S...


1. A system for variably controlling braking energy regeneration in a vehicle, comprising:a longitudinal acceleration sensor configured to measure a road gradient of a road on which the vehicle is traveling;
an operation condition controller determines whether the vehicle is coasting and receives the measured road gradient from the longitudinal acceleration sensor, compares the measured road gradient with a predetermined specific grade to determine whether the measured road gradient is greater than or equal to the specific grade, wherein when the measured road gradient is greater than or equal to the specific grade, the operation condition controller outputs gradient information based on the measured road gradient to a grade resistance feed forward (FF) controller;
the FF controller receives the gradient information from the operation condition controller and calculates a grade resistance torque as a FF control value;
a deceleration based feedback (FB) controller outputs a FB control value based on a difference between deceleration manually set by a driver of the vehicle using a paddle shift and an actual vehicle deceleration; and
a coasting torque controller, wherein the coasting torque controller applies a coasting torque to a regenerative torque depending on a regeneration step set manually by the driver, the coasting torque including a compensation torque calculated as a sum of the FF control value and the FB control value.

US Pat. No. 11,110,926

BRAKING FORCE CONTROLLER

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...


1. A braking force controller mounted on a vehicle including a first actuator unit and a second actuator unit, which includes a brake, configured to generate braking force, the braking force controller being configured to control the braking force to be generated by the second actuator unit, when an operation amount of an accelerator pedal shifts to zero from other than zero, and the vehicle is put in a coasting state due to an operation amount of a brake pedal being zero, the braking force controller comprising a processor programmed to:calculate a target jerk that is a generation target value of jerk when the braking force is generated in the vehicle, the jerk being negative when a vehicle travel direction is defined as a positive direction;
determine whether or not a prescribed factor that increases the braking force generated by the first actuator unit currently occurs, and estimate, when determining that the prescribed factor occurs, a first increment of the braking force due to the prescribed factor;
determine whether or not the prescribed factor occurs within a prescribed period of time from present time even when the prescribed factor does not currently occur in the vehicle, and estimate, when determining that the prescribed factor occurs, a second increment of the braking force due to the prescribed factor;
determine, based on the calculated target jerk, that a sum of (i) the negative jerk generated when the second actuator unit generates the braking force, and (ii) the jerk generated by the first actuator unit when the prescribed factor does not increase the braking force, becomes the target jerk; and
when the prescribed factor currently occurs or occurs within the prescribed period, and the increment of the braking force due to the prescribed factor is larger than a prescribed value, correct the determined negative jerk such that an absolute value of the negative jerk becomes smaller based on the estimated first increment of braking force or the estimated second increment of braking force.

US Pat. No. 11,110,925

VEHICLE CONTROLLING DEVICE AND VEHICLE HAVING THE SAME

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


1. A vehicle controlling device comprising:a deceleration controller that performs deceleration control of a host vehicle using an inter-vehicle distance between the host vehicle and another vehicle traveling in front of the host vehicle; and
an engine controller that performs idling stop control of stopping drive of an engine as a driving source of the host vehicle upon satisfying stop conditions including a condition that vehicle speed of the host vehicle enters a predetermined low vehicle speed range and performs restart control of restarting the engine upon satisfying a predetermined restart condition, wherein
a power supply mounted on the host vehicle is used for executing the deceleration control and the restart control,
the engine controller prohibits execution of the idling stop control during execution of the deceleration control,
the deceleration controller performs the deceleration control of the host vehicle using a difference between a preset demanded inter-vehicle distance and an actual inter-vehicle distance between the host vehicle and another vehicle traveling in front of the host vehicle,
the engine controller further performs acceleration control of the host vehicle using the difference between the demanded inter-vehicle distance and the actual inter-vehicle distance, and
the engine controller prohibits execution of the idling stop control during execution of following control including the deceleration control and the acceleration control.

US Pat. No. 11,110,924

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DYNAMIC ADJUSTMENT OF VEHICLE MOTION PROFILES


1. An apparatus comprising:a sensor operative to detect a first distance between a host vehicle and a target vehicle at a first time, a second distance between the host vehicle and the target vehicle at a second time, and a third distance between the host vehicle and the target vehicle at a third time;
a user interface operative to receive a user selection of a selected offset distance having an initial hysteresis window;
a processor operative to determine a first acceleration of the target vehicle in response to the first distance and the second distance, and a second acceleration of the target vehicle in response to the second distance and the third distance, the processor further operative to calculate a calculated offset distance in response to the first acceleration and the second acceleration exceeding a threshold acceleration value and for generating a control signal in response to the calculated offset distance being greater than the selected offset distance; and
a vehicle controller operative to maintain the calculated offset distance between the host vehicle and the target vehicle in response to the control signal, wherein the calculated offset distance further includes a wider hysteresis window than the initial hysteresis window.

US Pat. No. 11,110,923

ADAPTIVE CRUISE CONTROL DEVICE

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


1. An adaptive cruise control device, comprising:an object measurement unit configured to detect objects located ahead of an own vehicle, assign an identification (ID) to each of the detected objects, and measure a direction and a distance to each of the detected objects;
a user interface configured to accept an input to designate a preceding vehicle to be followed from the objects detected by the object measurement unit;
an image capturing unit configured to capture an image of each of at least some of the objects detected by the object measurement unit:
a license plate recognition unit configured to extract a license plate area from each image captured by the image capturing unit, and recognize alphanumeric characters from each license plate area by using an image recognition technique;
a storage unit configured to store information on the designated preceding vehicle, the information including the ID and alphanumeric characters of a license plate of the designated preceding vehicle;
an alphanumeric character matching unit configured to compare the alphanumeric characters recognized from the image of the license plate area captured by the image capturing unit with the alphanumeric characters stored in the storage unit;
a preceding vehicle determination unit configured to determine the designated preceding vehicle from an output from the object measurement unit, and correct or authenticate the determined preceding vehicle according an output from the alphanumeric character matching unit; and
a drive control unit configured to control driving of the own vehicle so as to follow the determined preceding vehicle.

US Pat. No. 11,110,922

VEHICLE TRAJECTORY MODIFICATION FOR FOLLOWING

Zoox, Inc., Foster City,...


1. A method comprising:determining a drivable area through an environment for a vehicle, wherein the drivable area represents a region in the environment on which the vehicle is permitted to traverse;
determining a trajectory within the drivable area for the vehicle to follow;
receiving sensor data from a sensor on the vehicle;
detecting, based at least in part on the sensor data, an object in the environment;
determining, based at least in part on the sensor data, object parameters associated with the object, wherein the object parameters comprise one or more of a velocity, a position, a classification, or an extent;
determining, as a modified drivable area, based at least in part on the object parameters, and independent of the trajectory, a portion of the drivable area that excludes a space that the object is predicted to occupy based on the object parameters;
determining, based at least in part on the modified drivable area, that the trajectory is invalid;
determining, based at least in part on determining the trajectory is invalid, a modified trajectory; and
controlling the vehicle according to the modified trajectory.

US Pat. No. 11,110,921

DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM IN A MOTOR VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...


1. A driver assistance system in a motor vehicle, comprising:a sensing system that detects events which lie ahead and which permit an increase in a current speed of the motor vehicle owing to cancelation of a currently valid speed limitation; and
a functional unit that determines an at least two-stage acceleration strategy to increase the speed of the motor vehicle, whereina first stage of the acceleration strategy is implementable at maximum up to a location of the event lying ahead, and
a second stage of the acceleration strategy is implementable at earliest starting from the location of the event lying ahead, whereinimplementation is started at a defined time and/or location before the event lying ahead is reached if the implementation of the acceleration strategy is permitted, and
in the first stage of the two-stage acceleration strategy to increase the speed of the motor vehicle, an acceleration profile to be implemented is determined and/or brought about as a function of a detected defined acceleration behavior of a relevant target object traveling ahead.



US Pat. No. 11,110,920

VEHICLE TRAVEL CONTROL APPARATUS

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


1. A vehicle travel control apparatus configured to control an actuator for driving a vehicle with a self-driving capability so that the vehicle follows a forward vehicle in front of the vehicle, the vehicle travel control apparatus comprising:an electric control unit having a microprocessor and a memory, wherein
the microprocessor is configured to perform:
calculating a follow-evaluation value expressing a degree of difference between a travel pattern of the vehicle and a travel pattern of the forward vehicle;
setting a travel mode as one of a plurality of predetermined travel modes with an acceleration performance in accordance with the follow-evaluation value calculated in the calculating, wherein the plurality of predetermined travel modes includes a first, second, and third travel mode each corresponding to a respective range of follow-evaluation value where power is prioritized over fuel economy for mode with higher follow-evaluation value; and
controlling the actuator so that the vehicle follows the forward vehicle in the travel mode set in the setting, wherein
the microprocessor is configured to further perform acquiring road data around the vehicle, wherein
the calculating including correcting, when data on a curve is included in the road data acquired in the acquiring, the follow-evaluation value by multiplying the follow-evaluation value by a predetermined coefficient.

US Pat. No. 11,110,919

CRUISE CONTROL SYSTEM AND CRUISE CONTROL METHOD FOR MILD HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...


1. A cruise control system for a mild hybrid electric vehicle, the cruise control system comprising:a controller;
a mild hybrid starter & generator (MHSG) connected to the controller and starting an engine or generated by an output of the engine;
a user interface device connected to the controller and executing an interface with a user; and
a vehicle speed detecting device connected to the controller and detecting a speed of the mild hybrid electric vehicle,
wherein the controller is configured for controlling an operation of the engine, setting a target speed during a cruise mode operation according to signals input from the user interface device, and determining a compensation torque of the MHSG based on the speed of the mild hybrid electric vehicle and the target speed to control an operation of the MHSG,
wherein, when the speed of the mild hybrid electric vehicle is greater than the target speed determined according to the signals input from the user interface device executing the interface with the user, the controller is configured to control the operation of the MHSG to output a regenerative braking torque corresponding to a difference of the speed of the mild hybrid electric vehicle and the target speed and after controlling the operation of the MHSG, controlling of the operation of the engine by supplying an amount of fuel determined according to the regenerative braking torque, to the engine,
wherein the controller is configured for realizing immediate decreasing of the speed of the mild hybrid electric vehicle while the MHSG outputs the regenerative braking torque in a state that an auto cruise function of the mild hybrid electric vehicle is enabled.

US Pat. No. 11,110,917

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INTERACTION AWARE TRAFFIC SCENE PREDICTION

Great Wall Motor Company ...


1. A vehicle control system for an autonomous vehicle (AV), the vehicle control system comprising:a perception unit; and
a behavioral planning unit comprising:an intent estimator configured to receive a first set of perception information from the perception unit;
a motion predictor configured to receive the first set of perception information from the perception unit;
a function approximator configured to receive a second set of perception information from the perception unit, wherein the second set of perception information is smaller than the first set of perception information, wherein the function approximator is further configured to determine whether an output of the motion predictor is correct, and on a condition that the function approximator determines that the output of the motion predictor is not correct, the function approximator is further configured to discredit the motion predictor, the function approximator further configured to determine a prediction; and
a control unit configured to use the prediction to control an operation of the AV.


US Pat. No. 11,110,916

IMPACT-ABSORBING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR VEHICLE

MANDO CORPORATION, Gyeon...


4. An impact-absorbing apparatus for a vehicle, comprising:a path generation unit configured to generate an own vehicle travel path of an own vehicle, based on a speed and travel direction of the own vehicle, and a preceding vehicle travel path of a preceding vehicle, based on a speed and travel direction of the preceding vehicle;
a passenger detection unit configured to detect whether or not a passenger is seated on a front passenger seat of the own vehicle;
a collision determination unit configured to determine whether or not a collision between the own vehicle and the preceding vehicle is expected, based on the own vehicle travel path and the preceding vehicle travel path; and
a controller configured to control at least one of braking and steering systems of the own vehicle to control the own vehicle such that the own vehicle travels in the new travel path, wherein the controller is further configured to, when the collision determination unit determines that it is impossible to avoid the collision between the own vehicle and the preceding vehicle and the passenger is seat on the front passenger seat of the own vehicle, control a braking amount of a first wheel of the own vehicle, positioned further from the preceding vehicle than a second wheel of the own vehicle, to be greater than a braking amount of the second wheel of the own vehicle, positioned closer to the preceding vehicle than the first wheel of the own vehicle, and then change the braking amount of the first wheel of the own vehicle, positioned farther from the preceding vehicle then the second wheel of the own vehicle, to be less than the braking amount of the second wheel of the own vehicle, positioned closer to the preceding vehicle than the wheel of the own vehicle, so that,when it is impossible to avoid the collision between the own vehicle and the preceding vehicle, the own vehicle is controlled to travel in a direction different from the travel direction of the preceding vehicle first and then change the travel direction of the own vehicle toward the preceding vehicle.

US Pat. No. 11,110,915

AUTO PARK HUMAN MACHINE INTERFACE DISPLAY BASED CONTROL

Panasonic Automotive Syst...


1. An autonomous parking arrangement for a motor vehicle, the arrangement comprising:at least one camera associated with the vehicle and configured to capture images of parking spaces surrounding the vehicle;
an electronic processor communicatively coupled to the at least one camera and configured to process the captured images; and
a touch-sensitive display screen communicatively coupled to the electronic processor and configured to:display the processed images;
enable a user of the motor vehicle to select a parking space in the processed images by touching the display screen;
indicate to the electronic processor which of the parking spaces has been selected by the user;
display a plurality of arrows each pointing in a different, respective direction; and
enable the user of the motor vehicle to select the parking space in the processed images by touching one of the arrows that points in a direction of the selected parking space, wherein the processed images are presented on a side of the display screen opposite from the direction in which the touched arrow points.


US Pat. No. 11,110,914

AUTOMATIC PARKING FOLLOWING AN ABORTED MANUAL PARKING PROCEDURE

Valeo Schalter und Sensor...


12. A vehicle with a driver, comprising:a parking assistant which facilitates an initial execution of a completely manual attempt by the driver to park in a parking space and activates the parking assistant; and
a sensor device for recording data relating to a surrounding area of the vehicle,
wherein the parking assistant is configured to, when the completely manual attempt is unsuccessful:determine a starting region outside the parking space for automatically parking the vehicle in the parking space on the basis of the data relating to the surrounding area,
automatically driving the vehicle out of the parking space into the starting region, and
automatically parking the vehicle from the starting region into the parking space.


US Pat. No. 11,110,913

VEHICLE HAVING ADJUSTABLE SUSPENSION

Polaris Industries Inc., ...


1. A recreational vehicle, comprisinga plurality of ground engaging members;
a frame supported by the plurality of ground engaging members;
at least one suspension coupling the plurality of ground engaging members to the frame, the at least one suspension including at least one adjustable shock absorber configurable in a plurality of ride modes each having an associated damping profile, the plurality of the ride modes including a first ride mode and a second ride mode;
a plurality of vehicle condition sensors supported by the plurality of ground engaging members; and
at least one controller operatively coupled to the at least one adjustable shock absorber and the plurality of vehicle condition sensors, the at least one controller receives a plurality of inputs from the plurality of vehicle condition sensors, wherein in each of the first ride mode and the second ride mode the at least one controller adjusts a damping characteristic of the least one adjustable shock absorber based on a plurality of inputs from the plurality of vehicle condition sensors, further wherein the at least one controller determines if the at least one adjustable shock absorber may be reconfigured from the first ride mode of the plurality of ride modes to the second ride mode of the plurality of ride modes by determining if a first condition is satisfied, if the first condition is satisfied then configuring the at least one adjustable shock absorber in the second ride mode, if the first condition is not satisfied then determining if a second condition is satisfied, if the second condition is satisfied then configuring the at least one adjustable shock absorber in the second ride mode, if both the first condition and the second condition are not satisfied remaining in the first ride mode, wherein only one of the first condition and the second condition is based on at least one of the plurality of inputs from the plurality of vehicle condition sensors.

US Pat. No. 11,110,912

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE, AND VEHICLE

SHOWA CORPORATION, Saita...


1. A vehicle control device for controlling a vehicle, comprising:a first control section configured to control a magnitude of an assist torque or reaction torque to be applied to a steering device for steering the vehicle, with reference to at least a steering torque applied to a steering member; and
a second control section configured to control a damping force of a suspension of the vehicle,
the first control section controlling the magnitude of the assist torque or reaction torque, additionally with reference to information which has been obtained or calculated by the second control section and is supplied from the second control section,
the second control section controlling the damping force of the suspension of the vehicle, with reference to the steering torque or information obtained or calculated by the first control section,
the second control section predicting a roll rate of the vehicle, and controlling the damping force of the suspension of the vehicle, with reference to at least the roll rate predicted, and
the information which has been obtained or calculated by the second control section being the roll rate predicted.

US Pat. No. 11,110,911

MEASUREMENT DEVICE, MEASUREMENT SYSTEM, AND MEASUREMENT METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...


1. A measurement device comprising:a data acquisition unit that acquires first data, second data, and third data, the first data being data output from a first sensor provided on a structure and representing an impact due to one of an entry of a moving object to the structure and an exit of the moving object from the structure, the second data being data output from a second sensor provided on the structure and representing an impact due to the other of the entry of the moving object to the structure and the exit of the moving object from the structure, and the third data being data output from a third sensor provided on the structure and representing a bending of the structure due to the moving object;
an abnormality determination unit that determines whether or not each of the first sensor, the second sensor, and the third sensor is abnormal;
a moving object detection unit that detects the moving object moving on the structure based on at least one of the first data and the second data; and
a displacement amount calculation unit that calculates a displacement amount of the structure based on the third data, wherein
for an integer m equal to or larger than 1 and an integer n equal to or larger than 1, the structure includes first to m-th lanes and n main girders,
for an integer k equal to or larger than 1 and equal to or smaller than n, k first sensors are respectively provided on the k main girders of the structure, and
for an integer i equal to or larger than 1 and equal to or smaller than m, when the abnormality determination unit determines that one of the first sensor provided on a main girder closest to an i-th lane of the structure and a main girder second closest to the i-th lane is not abnormal among the k first sensors, the moving object detection unit detects the moving object moving on the i-th lane based on the first data output from the first sensor that is not abnormal.

US Pat. No. 11,110,910

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR STARTING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE OF A HYBRID VEHICLE

Volvo Car Corporation, G...


1. A method for starting an internal combustion engine of a hybrid vehicle when the hybrid vehicle is powered by an electric machine, where the internal combustion engine is adapted to rotate a drive shaft providing torque to at least one driving wheel of the hybrid vehicle via a transmission unit, where the transmission unit comprises a first clutch connecting the internal combustion engine to an input shaft of a gearbox, where the input shaft is connected to a torque converter provided with a lock-up clutch, where the torque converter is connected to a second clutch connecting the torque converter to the at least one driving wheel through a transmission, where the input shaft further is connected to the electric machine and where the first clutch is open, the method comprising the steps of:disengaging the second clutch to a predetermined torque level such that there is a slip in the second clutch;
engaging the lock-up clutch;
engaging the first clutch to bring the internal combustion engine to a first rotational speed;
disengaging the first clutch when the internal combustion engine has reached the first rotational speed;
starting the internal combustion engine by injecting fuel and igniting the fuel, and
engaging the first clutch when the internal combustion engine has started and rotates with a second rotational speed.

US Pat. No. 11,110,909

CONTROL DEVICE OF HYBRID VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...


1. A control device of a hybrid vehicle for controlling a hybrid vehicle comprising an internal combustion engine in which a catalyst is provided in an exhaust passage, a motor, and a battery supplying electric power to the motor and being configured to be charged by output of the internal combustion engine,the control device of a hybrid vehicle comprising:
an electronic control unit (ECU) configured to:set in advance a driving mode when the hybrid vehicle is being driven;
control outputs of the internal combustion engine and the motor based on the driving mode; and
set a lower limit value of a state of charge of the battery, wherein

in response to the hybrid vehicle being driven from a departure point through at least one via point to a final destination, the ECU is configured to divide a plurality of routes each having a via point as at least one of a starting point and an end point into pluralities of sections, and set driving modes of all sections of at least one route to an EV mode in which the internal combustion engine is stopped and drive use power is output by only the motor, and the at least one via point is a point where the hybrid vehicle stops and the internal combustion engine is stopped,
in response to an actual state of charge of the battery becoming lower than the lower limit value, the ECU is configured to change the driving mode set by the driving plan generating part so that the actual state of charge is maintained or becomes higher, and
the ECU is configured to lower the lower limit value at an EV route where the driving modes of all of the sections are set to the EV mode, compared with a non-EV route other than the EV route.

US Pat. No. 11,110,908

HYBRID VEHICLE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING MODE TRANSITION THEREOF

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...


1. A method of performing a mode transition in a hybrid vehicle, the method comprising steps of:determining, by a hybrid control unit (HCU), a transition from a first mode to a second mode;
comparing, by the HCU, a required torque with a maximum torque of an electric motor;
determining, by the HCU, a compensation torque when the required torque is greater than the maximum torque; and
determining, by the HCU, a first torque to be output from an engine and a second torque to be output from a hybrid starter generator, which is connected to the engine, in consideration of the compensation torque and a system efficiency,
wherein the compensation torque includes the first torque to be output from the engine and the second torque to be output from the hybrid starter generator,
wherein a first duration during which the compensation torque is output from the hybrid starter generator, a second duration during which the electric motor is outputting the maximum torque, and a third duration during which a transmissive torque of an engine clutch is formed due to an engagement of the engine clutch are at least partly overlapped during the transition, and
wherein the hybrid starter generator, the electric motor, and the engine drive a same driving axle of the hybrid vehicle.

US Pat. No. 11,110,907

OPERATING VEHICLE DRIVE TRAIN WITH CLUTCH ASSEMBLY FOR TRANSMITTING TORQUE

GKN Automotive Ltd., Red...


1. A method for operating a drive train of a vehicle having a clutch assembly, wherein the clutch assembly is actuatable via an actuating device for switchable transmission of a torque; wherein the actuating device is settable via a position of a drive unit of the actuating device; wherein the method comprises:a) determining that a first torque request to the clutch assembly is constant within at least one interval of at most 100 milliseconds or has a maximum torque deviation of at most 100 newton meters within the at least one interval;
b) determining that a first position of the drive unit is constant within the at least one interval or has a maximum position deviation that corresponds to the maximum torque deviation;
c) controlling the drive unit with a dither function, wherein the position of the drive unit is continuously varied about the first position; and
d) ending the dither function when the conditions stated in steps a) and b) are no longer met.

US Pat. No. 11,110,906

PARKING BRAKE APPARATUS FOR A VEHICLE

Bendix Commercial Vehicle...


1. A parking brake apparatus for a vehicle having components of a parking brake system and a number of devices providing a plurality of output signals indicative of a plurality of vehicle factors, the parking brake apparatus comprising:an electronic controller arranged to (i) monitor the output signals indicative of a plurality of vehicle factors, (ii) provide one or more control signals to be applied to components of the parking brake system to temporarily apply parking brakes to activate an anti-rollaway feature based upon a predefined sequence of the plurality of vehicle factors having been met, (iii) infer that the vehicle is stationary when vehicle speed is determined to be below a predefined threshold speed and a vehicle shutdown sequence is determined to be valid, (iv) provide a post-warning to the driver of the vehicle after the vehicle fails to park in response to a predefined maximum number of tries in attempt to park the vehicle being unsuccessful and (iv) discontinue the post-warning after a predefined time delay.

US Pat. No. 11,110,905

SOLENOID VALVE FOR BRAKE SYSTEM

Mando Corporation, Pyeon...


1. A solenoid valve for a brake system comprising:a valve housing disposed in a modulator block, and having an oil flow path;
a valve seat disposed in an inside of the valve housing, and having an orifice;
an armature configured to move up and down in the valve housing by a magnet core to open or close the orifice;
a sleeve coupled with the valve housing, and accommodating the armature therein;
a restoring spring configured to provide an elastic restoring force to the armature to close the orifice normally; and
a damper member interposed between the magnet core and the armature and spaced apart from the restoring spring, the damper member being a separate member from the armature,
wherein the armature having a large diameter portion and a small diameter portion to form a dent portion, the dent portion having a first surface on which the damper member is disposed,
an inner circumferential surface of the damper member is disposed outwardly of an outer circumferential surface of the small diameter portion in a radial direction,
a thickness of the damper member in a first direction is greater than a depth of the dent portion, the first direction being defined as a direction from a top edge of the armature to the first surface of the dent portion and the depth of the dent portion being defined as a distance from the top edge of the armature to the first surface of the dent portion, and
the first surface of the dent portion extends to an outer circumferential surface of the large diameter portion of the armature to be opened in the radial direction.

US Pat. No. 11,110,904

SOLENOID VALVE HAVING ADJUSTABLE SPRING FORCE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...


1. A solenoid valve for controlling a brake pressure of a wheel brake of a motor vehicle, comprising:a pole core;
an axially moveably mounted armature including an axial passage, a first end of the armature proximate the pole core;
a valve sealing element arranged proximate a second end of the armature, the second end opposite the first end;
a closure element configured as a three-dimensionally convex body and retained in one of a plurality of selectable positions in the axial passage by at least one of a force fit and a form fit;
a plunger axially moveably mounted in the axial passage and providing a connection to the pole core in an installation position; and
a compression spring positioned in the axial passage and held under preload between the plunger and the closure element.

US Pat. No. 11,110,903

CONTROL VALVE, ELECTRONICALLY CONTROLLABLE BRAKE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE ELECTRONICALLY CONTROLLABLE BRAKE SYSTEM

WABCO Europe BVBA, Bruss...


1. A control valve (12) for applying a spring-loaded brake pressure (p3b) to spring-loaded parts (3b) of a rear-axle wheel brake (3), the control valve comprising a first control input and a second control input and a first control chamber, a second control chamber, and a third control chamber,wherein the control valve (12) is configured to be pneumatically actuated via the second control input (12b) with a parking-brake control pressure (p5), wherein the parking-brake control pressure (p5) is configured to act in such a manner on control arrangement (14b, 15b, 17c, 22, 23, 24) arranged in a valve housing (12f) of the control valve (12) that a spring-loaded brake pressure (p3b) arises at a working output (12c) of the control valve (12) as a function of the parking-brake control pressure (p5) for implementing a parking-brake braking demand (VP) with the spring-loaded parts (3b) of the rear-axle wheel brakes (3),
wherein the control valve (12) is further configured to receive, via the first control input (12a), a service-brake control pressure (pV; pR) which depends on a service-brake braking demand (VB), wherein the first control input (12a) is connectable to the first control chamber (14a), wherein the first control chamber (14a) is adjustable and operatively connected, via a first control piston (15a), to the control arrangement (14b, 15b, 17c, 22, 23, 24) in the control valve (12) and, during an adjustment of the first control chamber (14a) as a result of pressurization with the service-brake control pressure (pV; pR), the spring-loaded brake pressure (p3b) at the working output (12c) is configured to be set as a function of the service-brake control pressure (pV; pR) and of the parking-brake control pressure (p5), wherein the first control piston (15a) is furthermore operatively connected to the third control chamber (14c),
wherein a first compressive force (X1) acts on the first control piston (15a) in a first direction (R1) when the first control chamber (14a) is pressurized with the service-brake control pressure (pV; pR), and a second compressive force (X2) in a second direction (R2) opposite to the first direction (R1) acts on the first control piston (15a) when the third control chamber (14c) is pressurized with the same service-brake control pressure (pV; pR),
wherein the control valve further comprises a switchable bypass valve (27) and the first control chamber (14a) is selectively connectable to the third control chamber (14c) depending on a switching position (B1, B2) of the switchable bypass valve (27) for selectively charging the first and third control chambers (14a, 14c) with the same service-brake control pressure (pV; pR).

US Pat. No. 11,110,902

SETTING A TORQUE DISTRIBUTION BETWEEN WHEELS OF AN AXLE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE BY ACTUATION OF AN OPERATOR CONTROL UNIT

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...


17. A control unit for controlling a drive train of a motor vehicle, by which an active manipulation of the yaw angle of the motor vehicle can be performed,wherein the control unit is designed to set an uneven torque distribution on a left wheel and on a right wheel of at least one axle of the motor vehicle,
wherein the control unit is configured to detect an actuation of an operator control unit of the motor vehicle, to set the uneven torque distribution in a manner dependent on the detected actuation, and to maintain the uneven torque distribution only as long as the actuation of the operator control unit is detected, and
wherein the control unit is configured to superimpose the uneven torque distribution over a separate, automated torque distribution set by the control unit.

US Pat. No. 11,110,901

VEHICLE WHEEL CLEANING APPARATUS


8. A vehicle wheel cleaning apparatus that is configured to be operably coupled to a water source wherein the vehicle wheel cleaning apparatus is configured to provide cleaning of the interior surface of the wheels comprising:a clamping member, said clamping member having a first portion and a second portion, said clamping member configured to sealably secure the vehicle wheel cleaning apparatus to a water source, said first portion of said clamping member is configured to operably couple to the water source, said second portion of said clamping member is configured to operably couple with said first portion of said clamping member and provide a watertight connection therebetween;
a tube member, said tube member being hollow, said tube member having a first end and a second end, said tube member being operably coupled to said clamping member proximate said first end thereof;
a rotatable coupling, said rotatable coupling being secured to said second end of said tube member, said rotatable coupling configured to provide rotational movement of a ball assembly;
a ball assembly, said ball assembly having a stem member, said stem member being tubular and hollow, said stem member having a first end and a second end, said stem member being sealably secured to said rotatable coupling, said ball assembly further including a ball, said ball being a solid silicon ball that is spherical in shape, said ball having a channel formed therein, said channel being fluidly coupled to said stem member, said channel having two divergent portions, said two divergent portions being contiguous with said channel, said two divergent portions having discharge ports configured to provide egression of water therefrom, wherein the two divergent portions are angular to the stem member having an angle therebetween of approximately five to one hundred and seventy five degrees; and
wherein discharge of water from the discharge ports provides rotation of the ball.

US Pat. No. 11,110,900

VEHICLE SENSING AND GUIDANCE SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE WASH, AND A VEHICLE WASH

Stephenson Technologies I...


1. A vehicle sensing and guidance system for a vehicle wash, comprising:a vehicle sensing system having at least one sensor positioned to detect a position of a vehicle approaching the vehicle wash at least partially based on a distance between the at least one sensor and the vehicle and generate sensor data;
a storage storing computer readable instructions;
at least one processor that, when executing the computer readable instructions, determines the position of the vehicle using the sensor data; and
at least one display connected to the at least one processor to present an image of the vehicle and a vehicle positioning marker, wherein the vehicle positioning marker indicates at least one of a target position and a target position range along a lateral axis perpendicular to a vehicle travel direction through the vehicle wash for loading the vehicle onto a conveyor system.

US Pat. No. 11,110,899

VEHICLE AND CLEANING METHOD OF DETECTION SENSOR MOUNTED ON VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...


1. A vehicle, comprising:a detection sensor used to detect a surrounding condition of the vehicle;
a vehicle controller configured to perform drive control of the vehicle by using a signal output from the detection sensor;
a fuel cell configured to generate electric power while generating water;
an accumulating portion configured to accumulate the generated water discharged from the fuel cell therein as liquid water;
a cleaning portion connected with the accumulating portion, provided with a nozzle that is open to the detection sensor, and configured to eject the liquid water accumulated in the accumulating portion through the nozzle and thereby clean the detection sensor under control of the vehicle controller;
a compressor configured to feed a compressed gas that is supplied to the fuel cell and that is used for power generation;
a gas piping connected with the fuel cell and arranged such that the compressed gas flows in; and
a pressure piping connected with the gas piping, wherein
the cleaning portion causes the liquid water to be ejected from the nozzle by a pressure of the compressed gas that is transmitted from the gas piping through the pressure piping.

US Pat. No. 11,110,898

DEVICE FOR DETACHABLY LINKING A WIPER BLADE TO A DRIVEN WIPER ARM

Valeo North America, Inc....


1. A wiper blade assembly, comprising:a wiper blade;
an element connected to the wiper blade; and
a connector to be coupled to said wiper blade via the element such that at least a pivotable portion of said connector and said wiper blade pivot relative to each other about a pivot, said pivot having a pivot axis extending through lateral side walls of said connector in a direction transverse to a longitudinal axis of said wiper blade;
wherein said connector has a region through which the pivot axis extends, a head section on a front side of the connector relative to the region, and at least one flexible tab extending to a rear side of the connector relative to said region, said at least one flexible tab being positioned on a lateral side of said connector, the at least one flexible tab having a receiving member extending laterally from the at least one flexible tab, and the receiving member including a first edge that faces toward the head section, and the first edge is angled such that a top of the first edge is closer to the head section of the connector in a direction of the longitudinal axis than a bottom of the first edge.

US Pat. No. 11,110,897

ASSEMBLY FOR CONNECTING A WINDSCREEN WIPER DRIVE ARM TO A VEHICLE DRIVE SHAFT


1. A connection assembly for connecting a windscreen wiper drive arm to a vehicle drive shaft, the connection assembly comprising:at least one fixing device configured to rotatably connect the windscreen wiper drive arm to the vehicle drive shaft;
at least one cover mounted pivotably on the at least one fixing device by a pivoting connection, the at least one cover being configured to adopt a closed position in which the at least one cover prohibits access to a fixing zone between the at least one fixing device and the vehicle drive shaft or an open position in which the at least one cover permits access to the fixing zone between the at least one fixing device and the vehicle drive shaft,
the pivoting connection comprising at least one bore and at least one trunnion received in the at least one bore; and
at least one locking device for locking the open position of the at least one cover, the at least one locking device being arranged on an inner perimeter of the at least one bore and on an outer perimeter of the at least one trunnion,
wherein the at least one trunnion comprises at least two deformable prongs connected to each other by a bridge of material.

US Pat. No. 11,110,896

PULSED LASER CLEANING OF DEBRIS ACCUMULATED ON GLASS ARTICLES IN VEHICLES AND PHOTOVOLTAIC ASSEMBLIES

Tesla, Inc., Palo Alto, ...


1. A cleaning apparatus for a vehicle, comprising:a beam optics assembly configured to emit a laser beam to irradiate a region on a glass article that is installed in the vehicle;
a debris detection circuitry configured to:detect a plurality of accumulations at associated positions over the region on the glass article, and
identify a subset of the accumulations as being debris removable by the laser beam, wherein a remaining subset of the accumulations are identified as being non-removable; and

control circuitry configured to:calibrate a set of parameters associated with the laser beam emitted from the beam optics assembly based on detection of the debris accumulated over the region on the glass article;
control an exposure level of the laser beam on the debris accumulated over the region on the glass article based on calibration of the set of parameters associated with the laser beam, wherein the exposure level is controlled based on pulsing the laser beam at a calibrated rate that limits penetration of the laser beam to a depth that is less than a thickness of the glass article; and
remove the debris at the associated positions over the region on the glass article by the laser beam, wherein the laser beam is directed on the debris accumulated over the region on the glass article at the exposure level during an exposure period to mitigate a risk of damage to different in-vehicle components beneath the region on the glass article, wherein the laser beam is not directed on the remaining subset of the accumulations.


US Pat. No. 11,110,895

VEHICLE NETWORK INTRUSION DETECTION SYSTEM (IDS) USING VEHICLE STATE PREDICTIONS

Cisco Technology, Inc., ...


1. A method, comprising:predicting, by a processor of a vehicle, a state of the vehicle using a behavioral model comprising a Kalman filter, wherein the model is configured to predict the state of the vehicle based in part on one or more state variables that are available from one or more sub-systems of the vehicle and indicative of one or more physical characteristics of the vehicle, wherein the one or more sub-systems update the one or more state variables at different rates, further wherein the predicting is based on only portions of the model being updated at a given time;
computing, by the processor, a representation of a difference between the predicted state of the vehicle and a measured state of the vehicle indicated by one or more state variables available from the one or more sub-systems of the vehicle by computing a Kalman gain for the behavioral model, wherein the Kalman gain is: a covariance associated with the predicted state divided by a sum of a) the covariance associated with the predicted state and b) a covariance associated with the measured state;
detecting, by the processor, a malicious intrusion of the vehicle based on the computed representation of the difference between the predicted state of the vehicle and the measured state of the vehicle exceeding a defined threshold; and
initiating, by the processor, performance of a mitigation action for the detected intrusion, in response to detecting the malicious intrusion of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 11,110,894

CAR SHARING SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...


1. A car sharing system comprising:a car sharing device that actuates an onboard device by performing communication with an onboard electronic key system through ID verification when a user operates the onboard device in an authentication completion state in which key information, registered to a portable terminal so that the portable terminal can be actuated as a vehicle key of a shared vehicle, has been authenticated through wireless communication with the portable terminal;
a radio wave checker that checks radio waves transmitted from the electronic key system in accordance with a state of a vehicle power supply when the onboard device is operated with the portable terminal and a key control request corresponding to the operation with the portable terminal is transmitted from the portable terminal to the car sharing device so that the car sharing device actuates the electronic key system; and
a warning controller that issues a warning indicating that one has forgotten to stop the vehicle power supply in accordance with a checking result of the radio wave checker.

US Pat. No. 11,110,893

IN-VEHICLE APPARATUS, AUTHENTICATION METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...


1. An in-vehicle apparatus mounted on a vehicle, the in-vehicle apparatus comprising:processing circuitry to:if a signal from a radio communication device is received, cause a lighting device to light up an area around feet of a person who is close to the vehicle, the lighting device being installed in the vehicle so as to light up the area, and prompt a user who uses the radio communication device to perform a specific action;
determine whether or not the user has performed the specific action; and
if it is determined that the user has performed the specific action, authenticate that the radio communication device is an authorized device,

wherein the processing circuitry selects as the specific action, an action associated with an identifier (ID) of the user from among a plurality of actions associated with IDs of a plurality of users, and prompts the user to perform the selected action as the specific action.

US Pat. No. 11,110,892

METHOD OF BICYCLE PARKING MANAGEMENT AND A SYSTEM OF BICYCLE PARKING MANAGEMENT

NEUTRON HOLDINGS, INC., ...


1. A bicycle parking management method, comprising:receiving, by a user terminal, a temporary parking instruction triggered by a user,
wherein the temporary parking instruction includes a user ID and a bicycle ID;
sending, by the user terminal, the temporary parking instruction to a cloud management platform;
sending, by the cloud management platform, a first temporary locking instruction to a bicycle terminal, located on a bicycle, after receiving the temporary parking instruction sent by the user terminal;
locking, by the bicycle terminal, a locking device on the bicycle, after receiving the first temporary locking instruction sent by the cloud management platform,
wherein the first temporary locking instruction includes a bicycle ID; and
generating an alarm message when the bicycle ID of the first temporary locking instruction does not match the bicycle ID of the temporary parking instruction.

US Pat. No. 11,110,891

ONBOARD AUTHENTICATION DEVICE, AUTHENTICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

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


1. An onboard authentication device comprising:a processor; and
a memory that stores instructions that, when executed by the processor, facilitates performance of operations, comprising:
connecting to a diagnostic device;
determining whether a first execution key entered from the diagnostic device matches a second execution key registered already in association with a vehicle;
communicating with an electronic key;
receiving key information sent from the electronic key in response to an operation of the electronic key;
determining whether the key information matches key information of the first electronic key registered already in association with a vehicle; and
executing a registration process of storing key information of a second electronic key, which is different from the first electronic key in a storage device of the onboard authentication device and an invalidation process of deleting key information of the first electronic key registered in the onboard authentication device from the storage device at a first time in a case of determining that the first execution key matches the second execution key and determining that the received key information matches the key information of the first electronic key; and
executing the registration process or the invalidation process at a second time later than the first time in a case of determining that the first execution key matches the second execution key and determining that the received key information does not match the key information of the first electronic key.

US Pat. No. 11,110,890

METHOD FOR LOCKING AND/OR UNLOCKING A VEHICLE

DAIMLER AG, Stuttgart (D...


1. A method for locking or unlocking a vehicle, the method comprising:requesting, via a mobile device having a mobile number registered to the vehicle, a code from a data server, wherein the requesting of the code includes parameters related the locking or unlocking the vehicle, and wherein the parameters include at least a number of times the code is valid for locking or unlocking the vehicle and which doors are locked or unlocked by the code, and wherein the mobile device is outside of the vehicle;
generating, by the data server, a current code;
sending, by the data server, the current code to the mobile device and the vehicle, wherein the current code is sent to the vehicle along with the parameters;
inputting, via an input device of the vehicle, the current code;
comparing, by the vehicle, the inputted current code with the current code sent by the data server to the vehicle;
determining, by the vehicle, whether the code is valid for locking and unlocking the vehicle based on at least the parameters and a number of previous times the code has been input via the input device of the vehicle; and
locking or unlocking the vehicle responsive to a match between the inputted current code and the current code sent by the data server to the vehicle and responsive to the determination that the code is valid for locking or unlocking the vehicle,
wherein the current code has a one-time validity and expires after the current code is input via the input device of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 11,110,889

PARKING ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM


1. A parking enforcement system configured to impair the view of a driver through a windshield of a vehicle, comprising:a plurality of covering assemblies, each of the covering assemblies having one or more suction assemblies configured for placement against a windshield of a vehicle;
a pump assembly configured for pneumatic communication with the one or more suction assemblies, the pump assembly configured to develop a partial vacuum between the suction assemblies and the windshield; and
a release assembly configured for pneumatic communication with the one or more suction assemblies, the release assembly having a servo motor configured to actuate release of the suction assemblies from the windshield, the release assembly having a rotatable servo cam attached to a shaft of the servo motor and configured to move a release slide, the release slide includes an end wall configured to actuate release valves.

US Pat. No. 11,110,888

BELT BUCKLE ASSEMBLY HAVING A BELT FORCE LIMITER AND METHOD FOR INSTALLING THE BELT BUCKLE ASSEMBLY

Volkswagen Aktiengesellsc...


1. A seat belt buckle assembly for a motor vehicle, the seat belt buckle assembly comprising:at least one seat belt buckle;
a linear seat belt force limiter in operative connection with the at least one seat belt buckle; and
a fitting via which at least the seat belt force limiter is mounted on a vehicle body of the motor vehicle,
wherein the seat belt force limiter is pivotally connected to the fitting, such that the seat belt force limiter is pivotable, with respect to the fitting, at least between an installation position and an operating position, and
wherein the installation position is a position of the seat belt force limiter during mounting of the fitting on the vehicle body.

US Pat. No. 11,110,887

VEHICLE SEAT BELT ANCHORAGE LOCATION DEPENDENT ON SEAT BACK RECLINE ANGLE

Volvo Car Corporation, G...


1. A seat belt anchorage assembly adapted to be coupled to an interior structure of a vehicle, the seat belt anchorage assembly comprising:a seat belt attachment point adapted to receive one of a seat belt retention assembly and a seat belt buckle assembly;
a translation mechanism coupled to the seat belt attachment point and adapted to translate the seat belt attachment point one or more of forwards and downwards with respect to the interior structure of the vehicle responsive to a seat back of the vehicle being reclined; and
a locking mechanism adapted to secure the seat belt attachment point in place when the seat belt attachment point is translated one or more of forwards and downwards with respect to the interior structure of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 11,110,886

VEHICULAR PASSENGER RESTRAINT DEVICE

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...


1. A vehicular passenger restraint device including a seatbelt capable of restraining a passenger seated in a rear seat that includes a seat cushion and a seat back, the vehicular passenger restraint device comprising:a belt guide disposed on an outer side, in a vehicle width direction, of an upper portion of the seat back, the belt guide holding the seatbelt inserted thereinto in a longitudinal direction of a vehicle body,
the belt guide including a guide portion supporting the seatbelt from a lower side of the vehicle body and guiding the seatbelt, and an inner longitudinal surface portion provided on an inner side, in the vehicle width direction, of the guide portion and extending upward of the vehicle body, the inner longitudinal surface portion being configured to be tiltable toward the inner side in the vehicle width direction by a load directed toward the inner side in the vehicle width direction, applied from the seatbelt at the time of collision, wherein
a lock release switch for releasing a lock keeping the seat back in an upright state is disposed on the inner side, in the vehicle width direction, of the upper portion of the seat back relative to the belt guide; and
a regulation member regulating the inner longitudinal surface portion between the belt guide and the lock release switch not to be inclined toward the inner side in the vehicle width direction by a predetermined angle or more.

US Pat. No. 11,110,885

GAS GENERATOR

NIPPON KAYAKU KABUSHIKI K...


1. A gas generator comprising:a housing including a cylindrical circumferential wall portion provided with a gas discharge opening and a top plate portion and a bottom plate portion which close one and the other axial ends of the circumferential wall portion, the housing containing a combustion chamber which accommodates a gas generating agent;
an igniter assembled to the bottom plate portion, the igniter including an ignition portion which accommodates an ignition agent ignited at time of activation;
a cup-shaped member containing an enhancer chamber which accommodates an enhancer agent, the cup-shaped member being arranged to protrude toward the combustion chamber such that the enhancer chamber faces the ignition portion, a whole portion of the cup-shaped member which defines the enhancer chamber bursting or melting by combustion of the enhancer agent with activation of the igniter;
a cylindrical filter located in the housing and arranged along an inner circumferential surface of the circumferential wall portion to surround the combustion chamber; and
a fixing member which fixes the filter to the housing, the fixing member not bursting or melting even by combustion of the enhancer agent with activation of the igniter,
the cup-shaped member including a cylindrical sidewall portion which defines the enhancer chamber and a top wall portion which defines the enhancer chamber and closes an axial end portion of the sidewall portion located on a side of the top plate portion,
the fixing member including a base portion applied to the bottom plate portion along an inner bottom surface of the bottom plate portion, an abutment portion which abuts on an inner circumferential surface of the filter close to the bottom plate portion, and a cylindrical partition wall portion erected from the base portion toward the top plate portion,
Ra and Ha satisfying a condition of Ra/Ha?1.00 where Ra represents an inner diameter of the sidewall portion and Ha represents a distance between the top wall portion and the ignition portion along an axial direction of the circumferential wall portion,
the sidewall portion including a first region located on a side of the bottom plate portion and surrounded by the partition wall portion and a second region located on a side of the top plate portion and not surrounded by the partition wall portion, by arranging the partition wall portion to reach a position in the combustion chamber intermediate along the axial direction of the circumferential wall portion,
an end portion of the partition wall portion on the side of the top plate portion being arranged closer to the top plate portion than the ignition portion in the axial direction of the circumferential wall portion,
the gas generating agent being arranged to face at least the top wall portion, the second region of the sidewall portion, and an outer circumferential surface of the partition wall portion, and wherein
the partition wall portion includes a tapered portion tapered toward the top plate portion.

US Pat. No. 11,110,884

SIDE AIRBAG APPARATUS

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...


1. A side airbag apparatus comprising:a side airbag housed in a seat back of a seat of a vehicle in a state such that the side airbag is folded to have a reduced width in a front-rear direction of the vehicle, the side airbag configured to, when supplied with gas, be deployed and inflated toward a front side of the vehicle between an occupant seated on the seat and a body side portion of the vehicle,
wherein the side airbag includes:a lower protection portion configured to protect a portion below a head portion of the occupant when the side airbag is deployed and inflated; and
an upper protection portion positioned above the lower protection portion, protruding toward the front side of the vehicle than the lower protection portion, and configured to protect the head portion of the occupant, when the side airbag is deployed and inflated, and

wherein the side airbag is folded so as to have the reduced width in the front-rear direction of the vehicle and housed in the seat back, in a state in which the upper protection portion is folded toward a lower side so as to be positioned on an outer side in a width direction of the vehicle with respect to the lower protection portion, and a portion, that protrudes toward the front side of the vehicle with respect to the lower protection portion, of the upper protection portion folded toward the lower side, is folded toward a rear side of the vehicle so as to be positioned on an inner side in the width direction of the vehicle with respect to the lower protection portion.

US Pat. No. 11,110,883

AIRBAG ASSEMBLY INCLUDING A VENT COVER

Ford Global Technologies,...


1. An assembly comprising:an airbag including a fold releasable to a released position;
the airbag including a vent;
a vent cover slidably supported by the airbag and slidable relative to the vent;
a first tether having an end connected to the fold and another end releasably anchored to the airbag; and
a second tether connected to the fold and to the vent cover.

US Pat. No. 11,110,882

AIRBAG FOR A STEERING WHEEL

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...


1. An airbag for a steering wheel that is configured to substantially cover an upper surface of the steering wheel when inflated and deployed, the airbag as inflated comprising:a driver-protection portion that is configured to be deployed towards a driver's seat and restrain a driver;
a central protruding portion that is disposed in a vicinity of a center of the driver-protection portion and protrudes towards the driver's seat;
a circumferential protruding portion that is disposed in a vicinity of an outer circumferential edge of the driver-protection portion and protrudes towards the driver's seat; and
a small protruding portion that is disposed between the central protruding portion and circumferential protruding portion and protrudes towards the driver's seat, wherein the small protruding portion is smaller in protruding amount than the central protruding portion and the circumferential protruding portion.

US Pat. No. 11,110,881

SIDE AIRBAG ASSEMBLY

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...


1. A restraint system comprising:a seat defining a lateral axis;
an airbag housing supported by the seat, the airbag housing including a first arm and a second arm;
the first arm being rotatable relative to the seat about a rotational axis generally parallel to the lateral axis and the second arm being fixed relative to the seat; and
an airbag disposed between the first arm and the second arm, the airbag being attached to one of the first arm or the second arm.

US Pat. No. 11,110,880

TRIM COVER FOR SEAT WITH AIRBAG MODULE

LEAR CORPORATION, Southf...


1. A vehicle seat assembly comprising:a seat frame;
a foam cushion supported on the seat frame;
an airbag module positioned in an opening formed in the foam cushion; and
a trim cover assembly covering the foam cushion and airbag module and having an interlay material sewn to a trim panel at an interlay seam,
wherein the interlay material extends from the interlay seam to entirely cover an outboard surface of the airbag module inside the trim panel to ensure the airbag module is not visible through the trim panel.

US Pat. No. 11,110,879

AIRBAG INFLATABLE ALONG A SEATBELT WEBBING

Ford Global Technologies,...


1. An assembly, comprising:a seatbelt latch having a first slot;
a seatbelt webbing extending through the first slot;
an airbag mounted to the seatbelt latch and being inflatable from an uninflated position to an inflated position, the airbag extending in a continuous loop around the first slot in the uninflated position to define a second slot, the seatbelt webbing extending through the second slot.

US Pat. No. 11,110,878

VEHICULAR TIP OR ROLLOVER PROTECTION MECHANISMS

Arizona Board of Regents ...


1. A vehicle for traversing a surface in an operational orientation, comprising:a vehicle frame;
at least two protection mechanisms secured to the vehicle frame, each of the at least two protection mechanisms comprising a structural member extending between front and rear portions of the vehicle frame and curving over the vehicle frame, wherein the structural members comprise actuated protection mechanisms configured to react to surroundings during tip or rollover of the vehicle from the operational orientation, where the reaction aids in restoration of orientation of the vehicle to the operational orientation, wherein the actuated protection mechanisms flex in response to obstacles encountered during tip or rollover of the vehicle, and provide a force aiding in restoration of the operational orientation of the vehicle as the actuated protection mechanisms flex back.

US Pat. No. 11,110,877

AMUSEMENT DEVICE SEAT ASSEMBLY INCLUDING LEG LOCKING DEVICE

VEKOMA RIDES ENGINEERING ...


1. An amusement device seat assembly comprising:a seat having a seat base providing a seating surface at an upper side to allow a passenger to sit on the seat, wherein the seat has a leg space under the seat base for holding a left and right lower leg of the passenger;
a leg locking device for locking a lower leg of the passenger introduced in the leg space, wherein the locking device has an open configuration to provide an initial opening for introducing the lower leg of the passenger into the leg space and a closed configuration for retaining the introduced lower leg, wherein the locking device comprises:a central mount including:a main mount centrally positioned under the seat base, wherein the main mount divides the leg space into a left and right leg subspace for respectively receiving a left and right lower leg of a passenger, said main mount extending downwardly away from the seat base; and
a lateral mount connected to the main mount, the lateral mount extending in a lateral outward direction away from the main mount to prevent a forward movement of a lower leg,


wherein the locking device further comprises a bracket for enclosing a leg of the passenger, wherein the bracket is arranged cooperatively with the lateral mount, wherein the bracket is movable relative to the lateral mount to and from an open position and a closed position to obtain respectively the open and closed configuration of the locking device,
wherein the bracket comprises:a main bracket movably connected with respect to the main mount; and
an outer bracket extension connected to the main bracket and positioned at a lateral outside position of the bracket,

wherein, in the open position of the bracket, the outer bracket extension is spaced from the lateral mount to provide the initial opening to allow an introduction of the lower leg into the leg subspace, and
wherein, in the closed position, the outer bracket extension is placed closer to the lateral mount to reduce the initial opening and to enclose a lower leg introduced in the leg subspace to prevent a lateral outwardly directed movement of the lower leg.

US Pat. No. 11,110,876

CARSEAT ADJUSTMENT STRAP SENSOR


1. A seatbelt strap sensor for attachment to a strap of a seatbelt in an automobile, comprises:a housing comprises a front surface and a rear surface;
a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) disposed within the housing, wherein the housing allows the LEDs to project outwards via one or more apertures on the front surface;
a bracket mounted on the rear surface of the housing, and
a pressure sensor mounted on the surface of the bracket, wherein the pressure sensor is configured to measure the tightness or tension of the strap of the seatbelt.

US Pat. No. 11,110,875

VEHICLE FRAME TIE BAR

A.G. Simpson (USA), Inc, ...


1. A tie bar assembly for distributing loads to a support frame of an automotive vehicle, said tie bar assembly comprising:a pair of spaced apart reinforcement bars extending longitudinally between opposing ends; and
a tie bar shell supported by said reinforcement bars and extending between opposite first and second distal ends, said tie bar shell having a first support plate extending between said reinforcement bars adjacent said first distal end and a second support plate extending between said reinforcement bars adjacent said second distal end, wherein each of said support plates includes a base portion extending laterally between said reinforcement bars and a plurality of intersecting structural ribs projecting outwardly from said base portion of each of said support plates and formed integral therewith forming a grid pattern extending between said reinforcement bars for distributing loads from said reinforcement bars to the support frame of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 11,110,874

METHOD FOR JOINING MEMBERS AND JOINED BODY

Kobe Steel, Ltd., Hyogo ...


1. A method for joining members, the method comprising:providinga first member including at least two pipe portions extending in an identical direction and integrated, the first member including a recess provided between two adjacent pipe portions of the at least two pipe portions, the recess extending in a longitudinal direction of the at least two pipe portions from end surfaces of the at least two pipe portions, a part of the recess serving as a locking portion, and
a second member including a locking wall formed with at least two hole portions into which the at least two pipe portions of the first member are insertable respectively;

inserting the at least two pipe portions of the first member into the at least two hole portions of the second member until the locking portion abuts on the locking wall; and
pipe-expanding an insertion portion of the at least two pipe portions of the first member inserted into the second member to join the insertion portion to the second member by press-fitting.

US Pat. No. 11,110,873

BATTERY ELIMINATOR CIRCUIT APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR A MODEL VEHICLE

TRAXXAS LP, McKinney, TX...


1. A radio-controlled vehicle comprising:a receiver plug-in port comprising a low voltage power and ground connection and a receiver communication connection;
an auxiliary battery eliminator circuit electrically coupled to both an electronic speed control plug-in port comprising a low voltage power and ground connection and an electronic speed control communication connection;
wherein the electronic speed control further comprises a battery pre-wire connection for electrically coupling the auxiliary battery eliminator circuit to a high voltage positive terminal of a high voltage battery;
wherein the auxiliary battery eliminator circuit passes communication signals between the receiver and the electronic speed control via the receiver communication connection and the electronic speed control communication connection;
wherein the auxiliary battery eliminator circuit provides converted high voltage power from the high voltage battery for the receiver; and
wherein the auxiliary battery eliminator circuit powers on and off corresponding to input from the low voltage power connection and the ground connection of the electronic speed control.

US Pat. No. 11,110,872

POWER CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

Mazda Motor Corporation, ...


1. A power control device for a power supply mounted on a vehicle, the power control device comprising:a generator mounted on the vehicle and configured to regenerate power from kinetic energy of the vehicle;
a high-voltage battery configured to accumulate the power regenerated by the generator;
a low-voltage battery of which a nominal voltage is lower than the high-voltage battery;
a voltage converter configured to lower an output voltage from the high-voltage battery and charge the low-voltage battery at the lowered voltage;
a controller configured to control the voltage converter, the controller operating the voltage converter to start the charging of the low-voltage battery after the vehicle is powered ON and before an engine mounted on the vehicle is started;
a relay device configured to switch between a connected state and a disconnected state of the high-voltage battery and the voltage converter; and
a hood sensor configured to detect an open state and a closed state of a hood of the vehicle,
wherein the controller switches the relay device to the disconnected state or maintains the relay device in the disconnected state, when the open state of the hood is detected by the hood sensor after the vehicle is powered ON.

US Pat. No. 11,110,871

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

AutoNetworks Technologies...


1. A communication apparatus that receives data that includes identification information, comprising:a comparison unit that compares a plurality of pieces of data that include the same identification information if they are received within a preset time range;
a range change unit that changes the time range based on a time point at which data that includes the same identification information was received; and
a selection unit that selects the data included in the largest data group if it is determined, as a result of the comparison unit comparing the plurality of pieces of data, that there are one or more data groups each consisting of data having the same content, and the number of largest data groups with the largest number of pieces of data among the one or more data groups is one,
wherein, if it is determined, as a result of the comparison unit comparing the plurality of pieces of data, that there is no such data group or the number of largest data groups is greater than one, contents of the plurality of pieces of data are ignored.

US Pat. No. 11,110,870

KNIT SPACER FABRIC FOR USE AS INTERIOR VEHICLE TRIM

MUELLER TEXTIL GMBH, Wie...


1. Use of a spacer fabric that comprises a first and a second textile layer as well as spacer yarns that join the textile layers to form an interior trim, whereinthe first textile layer is visible from outside on a surface of the interior trim,
the first textile layer and the spacer yarns are made entirely of polymeric multifilament yarns, and
at least the polymeric multifilament yarns of the first textile layer and of the spacer yarns are dyed.

US Pat. No. 11,110,869

VEHICLE LOAD CARRIER

Thule Sweden AB, Hillers...


1. A vehicle load carrier comprising:a load carrying bar, said load carrying bar having a height, a width, and a length, said load carrying bar comprising:a channel having a width, a height, and a length, said channel having a floor portion, first and second channel walls, an opening, and a cover arranged to seal a portion of said opening, said channel further comprising an entrance for introducing a fastening member of a load carrying bar accessory; and

an end piece arranged to seal said entrance of said channel,
wherein said vehicle load carrier has a tapered lead-in portion at said entrance to facilitate entry of said fastening member into said channel, and
wherein said tapered lead-in portion narrows in width, in height, or both in a direction toward said channel.

US Pat. No. 11,110,868

DEVICE FOR SUPPORT OF LOADS

HPG AS, Trondheim (NO)


1. A raising and lowering device for support of a load, comprising:a first beam;
a second beam; and
at least one profile element,
wherein each of the first and the second beam is connected to the at least one profile element through at least one strut, where one end of the at least one strut is a slide and pivot connection and an opposite end of the at least one strut is a pivot connection,
wherein the raising and lowering device further comprises at least one synchronizing element rotatably supported at each end of the at least one profile element, and
wherein the at least one synchronizing element extends in a loop substantially around the entire length of the at least one profile element, wherein the at least one synchronizing element is connected to each of the first and second beams, via a bracket, such that the first and second beams are movable relative to each other between a retracted position and an extended position of the raising and lowering device.

US Pat. No. 11,110,867

GUN RACK


1. A rack for supporting a gun, the rack consisting essentially of:a gun butt support including a bottom surface and upstanding sidewalls vertically extending therefrom and including an inner surface defining an oval shape which is sized to receive a butt of the gun therebetween;
an elongated telescopic rod including an inner tube inserted into an outer tube, wherein the inner tube comprises a spring button and the outer tube comprises a plurality of openings, such that the inner tube can be adjusted with respect to the outer tube to obtain a desired length defining a first position wherein the spring button is inserted into one the plurality of openings,
the elongated telescopic rod further comprising a plurality of mount openings on a front and rear surface of each of the inner and outer tubes, wherein the mount openings of the inner tube align with the mount openings of the outer tube when in the first position such that a bolt is adapted to be placed in the aligned mount openings, and the bolt is adapted to extend into a first surface of a vehicle,
a bottom end of the outer tube comprises a base horizontally extending therefrom which is coupled to the bottom surface of the gun butt support and the elongated telescopic rod extending vertically from the gun butt support;
at least one coupler extending through at least one opening in the bottom surface of the gun butt support and at least one opening in the base which is aligned with the at least one opening of the gun butt support, whereby the at least one coupler is configured to extend into a second surface of the vehicle;
a barrel support bracket coupled to a top end of the inner tube of the elongated telescopic rod by a horizontally extending extension bracket so that the barrel support bracket is spaced away from the elongated telescopic rod thereby allowing the gun to be supported in an upright position, whereby the barrel support bracket comprises a bracket base coupled to the extension bracket and a pair of extensions horizontally extending from the bracket base forming a U-shaped receptacle therebetween sized to receive a barrel of the gun, the barrel support bracket comprising a magnetic material for magnetic attraction to the barrel of a gun;
a pair of straps coupled to the pair of extensions of the barrel support bracket which can be secured together to retain the barrel of the gun therein.

US Pat. No. 11,110,866

ADAPTABLE VEHICLE CARGO SYSTEM

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


1. A vehicle cargo retaining apparatus, comprising:a first enclosure having an outer surface and an inner surface, wherein the first enclosure is capable of containing a fluid;
a first jamming member comprising a plurality of sheets forming layers within the first enclosure; and
an opening for receiving or removing the fluid, wherein the first jamming member is moveable relative to the first enclosure when fluid is received via the opening so as to allow the outer surface of the first enclosure to be deformable; and
wherein the first jamming member is impeded from movement relative to the first enclosure when fluid is removed via the opening so as to cause the outer surface of the first enclosure to maintain a semi-rigid or rigid state.

US Pat. No. 11,110,865

VEHICLE DISPLAY DEVICE AND VEHICLE DISPLAY SYSTEM

JVCKENWOOD Corporation, ...


1. A vehicle display device comprising:a display configured to display a video;
a first concave mirror having a reflecting surface formed in a concave shape configured to reflect the video displayed in the display; and
a second concave mirror having a reflecting surface formed in a concave shape configured to reflect the video reflected on the first concave mirror, wherein
a display surface of the display is positioned within a composite focal length of the first concave mirror and the second concave mirror;
a distance from eye point of occupant of vehicle to a reflecting image formed by the second concave mirror is optically extended such that it becomes longer than a distance from the eye point of the occupant to a display surface of the display; and
R1 and R2 satisfy 1.1 at least one of conditions:
i1 and i2 satisfy 30°?i1+i2?70° wherein i1 represents an incidence angle of central ray from the display onto the first concave mirror and i2 represents an incidence angle of central ray from the first concave mirror onto the second concave mirror;
R1 satisfies 300 mm?R1?=600 mm; and
Yv and Yp satisfy 1 is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 11,110,864

INTERIOR REARVIEW MIRROR ASSEMBLY WITH FULL SCREEN VIDEO DISPLAY

MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA,...


1. An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle, said interior rearview mirror assembly comprising:a mirror head pivotable about a mirror support;
wherein said mirror support is configured to attach at an interior portion of a vehicle equipped with said interior rearview mirror assembly;
wherein said mirror head comprises a mirror casing and a mirror reflective element having a transflective mirror reflector that at least partially reflects light incident thereon and at least partially transmits incident light therethrough;
wherein said mirror reflective element comprises a reflective region defined by said transflective mirror reflector;
a video display device disposed behind said mirror reflective element, wherein said video display device comprises a display screen that occupies at least 75 percent of said reflective region of said mirror reflective element;
wherein said display screen is backlit by a backlighting device, and wherein said backlighting device comprises a plurality of micro-LEDs disposed at a flexible circuit element;
wherein a width dimension of each micro-LED of said plurality of micro-LEDs is less than 500 microns, and wherein a length dimension of each micro-LED of said plurality of micro-LEDs is less than 500 microns;
wherein said display screen and said backlighting device are disposed within said mirror casing and are at least partially retained at a chassis within said mirror casing;
wherein said chassis comprises a rear wall and side walls extending from the rear wall, and wherein said backlighting device is disposed at the rear wall of said chassis and said display screen is disposed in front of said backlighting device and spaced from said backlighting device by an air gap defined in part by the side walls of said chassis, and wherein depth of the air gap between said backlighting device and said display screen is no more than 3 mm;
wherein said display screen comprises a film stack having a plurality of layers of diffuser film, and wherein at least one of the plurality of layers of diffuser film comprises a phosphor conversion film;
wherein, with said mirror support attached at the interior portion of the equipped vehicle, said video display device is operable to display video images captured by a camera of the equipped vehicle; and
wherein, when said video display device is operated to display video images, light emitted by said video display device passes through said mirror reflective element for viewing of displayed video images by a driver of the equipped vehicle viewing said mirror reflective element.

US Pat. No. 11,110,862

VEHICLE ELECTRONIC MIRROR SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...


1. A vehicle electronic mirror system comprising:rearward view imaging means for imaging a rearward view of a vehicle;
lateral rearward view imaging means for imaging each of rearward views of right and left lateral sides of the vehicle;
compression process control means for compressing at least one of a rearward view picture resulting from the imaging by the rearward view imaging means and right and left lateral rearward view pictures resulting from the imaging by the lateral rearward view imaging means, at least in a vehicle-width direction, and displaying the compressed picture on display means; and
compression ratio change control means for changing a compression ratio of the picture in the compression process control means, from a compression ratio at a normal time, depending on at least one of information indicating the direction of vehicle movement and detection information of a periphery of the vehicle,
wherein when the compression ratio change control means acquires information indicating that the vehicle moves to one side in the vehicle-width direction, the compression ratio change control means changes the compression ratio of the lateral rearward view picture of a side corresponding to the one side, to a smaller compression ratio than a compression ratio before the acquisition of the information, or to non-compression, and changes the compression ratio of the lateral rearward view picture of a side corresponding to the other side in the vehicle-width direction, to a larger compression ratio than a compression ratio before the acquisition of the information.

US Pat. No. 11,110,861

DISPLAY SYSTEM AND ELECTRONIC MIRROR SYSTEM INCLUDING THE DISPLAY SYSTEM

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...


1. A display system, comprising:a display device including a display surface that displays a first image;
a first mirror on which light emitted by the display device is directly or indirectly incident and which reflects the light incident;
a second mirror on which the light reflected by the first mirror is directly or indirectly incident and which reflects the light incident toward an eye-box;
a polarizing member on a light path of the light reflected by the second mirror and reaching the eye-box; and
a first ?/4 retarder on a surface of the polarizing member facing the second mirror, wherein
the light reflected by the second mirror enters an eye of an observer present within the eye-box to display, on the eye of the observer, a second image based on the first image, and
the first mirror is a Fresnel mirror,
a transmission axis of the polarizing member is set to a direction in which a linear bright line, that is generated by a reflection of the Fresnel mirror in a direction other than a regular reflection of the Fresnel mirror, is reduced, and
a slow axis of the first ?/4 retarder is inclined 45 degrees with respect to the transmission axis of the polarizing member.

US Pat. No. 11,110,860

PREDICTION OF INTENTION OF PATH DEVIANCE FOR VEHICLES

FUJITSU LIMITED, Kawasak...


1. An apparatus to estimate a location of a vehicle, the apparatus comprising:a processor to couple to a memory and to implement,a data input to receive data indicating position and velocity of the vehicle at a plurality of time points during a time window, the position and velocity of the vehicle having been measured independently of one another;
a path calculator to calculate a path of movement by the vehicle during the time window, using the received position and velocity data;
a path assessor to determine whether the calculated path indicates a change in a direction of the movement of the vehicle during the time window; and
a location estimator to estimate the location of the vehicle at a determined future time relative to the time window, using at least the received position and velocity data at end of the time window;

wherein when the calculated path indicates a change in the direction of movement of the vehicle,the path assessorclassifies the calculated path by determining a similarity of the calculated path to at least one vehicle path corresponding to a vehicle preparing to turn and at least one vehicle path corresponding to a vehicle not preparing to turn, and
assigns a classification to the calculated path in accordance with a result of the similarity determination such that the calculated path is classified as that of a vehicle which path indicates a change in the direction as preparing to turn, or a vehicle which path indicates not a change in the direction as not preparing to turn; and

the location estimator estimates the location of the vehicle at the determined future time using the classification of the calculated path in addition to the received position and velocity data at the end of the time window.


US Pat. No. 11,110,859

VEHICLE NOTIFICATION APPARATUS

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...


1. A vehicle notification apparatus comprising:an operation element operated by a driver of a vehicle in order for said driver to activate a turn signal indicator so as to indicate a turn direction of said vehicle;
an information obtaining device configured to obtain surrounding information including information on an object present around said vehicle;
an auditory notification device configured to be able to perform an auditory notification to said driver;
a visual notification device configured to be able to perform a visual notification to said driver; and
a control unit configured to:determine, based on said surrounding information, whether or not an obstacle that has a likelihood of colliding with said vehicle is present every time a predetermined time elapses, in a period in which said turn signal indicator are being activated;
perform a both-notification to let both of said auditory notification device and said visual notification device perform said auditory notification and said visual notification, respectively, until a predetermined both-notification completion condition becomes satisfied from a time point at which it is determined for the first time that said obstacle is present after said turn signal indicator starts to be activated in said period in which said turn signal indicator is being activated; and
perform a single-notification to let said visual notification device perform said visual notification without letting said auditory notification device perform said auditory notification, when it is again determined that said obstacle is present after said both-notification completion condition becomes satisfied, in said period in which said turn signal indicator is being activated.


US Pat. No. 11,110,858

VEHICLE INTERIOR MEMBER

TS TECH CO., LTD., Asaka...


1. An interior member for a vehicle, comprising:an interior member main body forming an inner wall of a cabin;
a linear light guide member extending linearly and configured to conduct light from a light source in a lengthwise direction and to irradiate the light from a side surface thereof; and
a lens that transmits the light irradiated from the light guide member, the lens including a first wall extending along the light guide member, the lens further including a second wall and a third wall extending from either side edge of the first wall toward the light guide member;
wherein the lens extends along the light guide member and is provided with a groove receiving the light guide member therein, the groove being defined by the first wall, the second wall, and the third wall, the lens being further provided with a first engaging portion and a second engaging portion, the interior member main body being provided with a first engaged portion engaged by the first engaging portion and a second engaged portion engaged by the second engaging portion, the lens being resiliently deformable so as to bring the second wall and the third wall toward each other,
wherein the interior member main body is provided with an interior member recess receiving the light guide member and the lens therein,
wherein the first engaging portion projects from a surface of the second wall facing away from the light guide member and the first engaged portion comprises a hole extending through a wall part of the interior member main body defining the interior member recess to receive the first engaging portion therein, and
wherein the second engaging portion projects from a surface of the third wall facing away from the light guide member and the second engaged portion comprises a hole extending through in the wall part of the interior member main body defining the interior member recess to receive the second engaging portion therein.

US Pat. No. 11,110,857

LUMINOUS LAMINATED AUTOMOTIVE GLAZING COMPRISING INORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DIODES AND MANUFACTURE THEREOF

SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE...


1. A luminous automotive glazing, said glazing comprising:a laminated glazing including a first transparent sheet of glass or plastic forming an interior glazing, a second transparent sheet of glass or plastic forming an exterior glazing and a lamination interlayer made of plastic located between the exterior and interior glazingsthe interior glazing having a main face that is oriented toward the lamination interlayer, first edge face and an interior main face,
the exterior glazing having an exterior face, a second edge face on the side of the first edge face and a main face that is oriented toward the lamination interlayer,


under a peripheral edge of said main face of the exterior glazing, a plurality of inorganic light-emitting diodes that are spaced apart from one another and that each include an emitting surface that is located facing said first edge face, the plurality of inorganic light-emitting diodes being in a common recess of the first edge face,
the plurality of inorganic light-emitting diodes being on a front main face of a diode carrier, the front main face of the diode carrier provided with conductive circuits that supply the plurality of inorganic light-emitting diodes, the front main face of the diode carrier including bearing zones that bear the plurality of inorganic light-emitting diodes, the diode carrier having a fastening portion that is adhesively bonded to a peripheral edge of the interior main face of the interior glazing by an adhesive,
a profiled bead, including:
an exterior lip on said peripheral edge of said main face of said exterior glazing or said second edge face, or both,an interior lip on the peripheral edge of said interior main face of the interior glazing, said interior lip not lying against said first edge face
a body that is located between said exterior lip and said interior lip, said body being located a distance away from said emitting surface of the light-emitting diodes, and furthermore being located a distance away from said first edge face, the emitting surfaces of the diodes making contact with or being spaced apart by air and by at most 1 mm from said first edge face,

a protective adhesive strip, including a base and at least one front main adhesive face, with a first end adhesively bonded to a peripheral edge or to a border of the main face of the interior glazing and a second end adhesively bonded toward the interior main face of the interior glazing, the protective adhesive strip forming a seal-tight barrier between the profiled bead and the plurality of inorganic light-emitting diodes, and between the profiled bead and the first edge face, the front main adhesive face being on a back main face of the diode carrier,
wherein the plurality of inorganic light-emitting diodes are configured to emit one or more visible light rays that are guided in the interior glazing, before light extraction with a light-extracting system, the visible light rays being visible from a side of the interior main face of the interior glazing, or are configured to emit one or more ultraviolet light rays that are guided in the interior glazing, before conversion into visible light and light extraction, the light rays being visible from a side of the interior main face of the interior glazing, the light-extracting system being within the interior glazing or on main face of the interior glazing or on the interior main face of the interior glazing.

US Pat. No. 11,110,856

VEHICLE LAMP SYSTEM FOR INDICATING AUTONOMOUS DRIVING AND CHARGE LEVEL OF BATTERY

Koito Manufacturing Co., ...


1. A vehicle lamp system comprising:a lamp for indicating an autonomous driving state of a vehicle while the vehicle is driving, and
a control unit for performing control to cause the lamp to indicate a charge level of a battery while the vehicle is stationary,
wherein the lamp includes an elongated light guide body that continuously extends along a straight line or a curve and a plurality of light emitting devices arranged at an interval in a longitudinal direction of the light guide body,
wherein the light guide body includes a trunk portion for indicating the autonomous driving state and the charge level to an outside of the vehicle, and a plurality of branch portions branching out from the trunk portion toward respective light emitting devices, and
wherein the control unit controls the output of light from each of the light emitting devices to change an illuminated range of the light guide body according to the charge level of the battery.

US Pat. No. 11,110,855

WHISKER ILLUMINATION APPARATUS


1. An apparatus for marking the location of an object and that comprises an elongated and translucent or transparent tubular member having top and bottom ends, a mounting piece secured to the bottom end of the elongated and translucent or transparent tubular member, said mounting piece constructed and arranged for mounting from a mounting surface of the object so that the elongated and translucent or transparent tubular member is disposed in a substantially vertical position, said object being a snow plow blade attached to a plow vehicle that also has auxiliary lighting, said mounting surface of the snow plow blade being a horizontal flange of the snow plow blade having a hole therein, an elongated light string that extends within the elongated and translucent or transparent tubular member between the top and bottom ends of the elongated and translucent or transparent tubular member, wherein the elongated light string is comprised of an elongated support strip and a plurality of LED's that are spaced along the elongated support strip, a source of electrical energy for the elongated light string in the form of the auxiliary lighting, and conductor wiring for connecting the source of electrical energy to the elongated light string, wherein the mounting piece comprises a mounting coupling that includes a top collar for engagement with the bottom end of the elongated and translucent or transparent tubular member, a base that is integral with the top collar and that extends through the hole in the horizontal flange of the snow plow blade and a securing nut for holding the base to the horizontal flange of the snow plow blade, said base also including an upper portion that engages over the hole in the horizontal flange of the snow plow blade, said nut for threaded engagement with the base and for securing the horizontal flange of the snow plow blade between the nut and the upper portion of the base, wherein said mounting piece also has a center passage for receiving the wiring, and further including a length of shrink wrap that extends about the wiring and at least partially into the center passage.

US Pat. No. 11,110,854

VEHICLE DOOR HANDLE ASSEMBLY WITH LIGHT SENSING MODULE

MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA,...


1. A method for determining presence of a person's hand at an exterior door handle assembly for a vehicular door, the method comprising:providing an exterior door handle assembly comprising a base portion, a handle portion and a pocket lighting and sensing module, wherein the pocket lighting and sensing module comprises at least one light emitting diode and at least one light sensor;
mounting the base portion of the exterior door handle assembly at an exterior door handle region of the vehicular door;
wherein the handle portion, with the base portion mounted at the exterior door handle region of the vehicular door, is movable relative to the base portion by a user to actuate a latch mechanism for opening the vehicular door;
with the base portion mounted at the exterior door handle region of the vehicular door, energizing the at least one light emitting diode to emit light to illuminate a pocket surface at the base portion;
with the base portion mounted at the exterior door handle region of the vehicular door, and with the at least one light emitting diode energized, sensing via the at least one light sensor light emitted by the at least one light emitting diode that is reflected off the pocket surface at the base portion; and
with the base portion mounted at the exterior door handle region of the vehicular door, and with the at least one light emitting diode energized, and responsive to light sensed by the at least one light sensor being below a threshold level, determining via the pocket lighting and sensing module a presence of a person's hand at the handle portion.

US Pat. No. 11,110,853

VEHICLE HEADLIGHT SYSTEM

STANLEY ELECTRIC CO., LTD...


1. A vehicle headlight system for selectively irradiating light in front of an own vehicle comprising:a light source;
a liquid crystal element for forming an image using light from the light source where the liquid crystal element is a normally closed liquid crystal element having a relatively low transmittance or reflectance when no voltage is applied thereto;
a driving circuit for driving the liquid crystal element; and
a control part that determines whether or not the light source is in a light-off state and controls the driving circuit to set the liquid crystal element to either a transmission state or a reflection state when the light source is in the light-off state.

US Pat. No. 11,110,852

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING AN OUTPUT LIGHT EMISSION, AND HEADLIGHT

VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSC...


1. A device for generating an output light emission, the device comprising:a light source for emitting light;
a first polarizing beam splitter element arranged such that at least one part of the emitted light impinges thereon, whereby a first reflected light beam of a first polarization state and a second transmitted light beam of a second polarization state are produced;
first and second projection optical units;
a control unit; and
a first liquid crystal element having at least two states which are addressable by the control unit,
wherein the first liquid crystal element at least partly reflects the first light beam, wherein the first polarization state of the first light beam is alterable based on the state of the first liquid crystal element,
wherein the first polarizing beam splitter element is furthermore arranged such that the first reflected light beam impinges thereon after reflection at the first liquid crystal element, and
wherein the first reflected light beam is at least partly coupled out by the first projection optical unit to generate the output light emission, and the second transmitted light beam is at least partly coupled out by the second projection optical unit to generate the output light emission, and
wherein the first reflected light beam is only coupled out by the first projection optical unit and the second transmitted light beam is only coupled out by the second projection optical unit.

US Pat. No. 11,110,851

CARGO DECKING BEAM END

B2B Casuals, Inc., Dalla...


1. A decking beam end assembly, comprising:a beam end body configured to be slidably disposed within an end of a hollow beam member;
a U-shaped foot pivotally coupled to the beam end body, wherein the foot further comprises a flanged head configured to be slidably captured within a capture area of an L-track; and
a latch pivotally coupled to the foot, wherein the latch comprises a retaining lug configured to concurrently fit into two successive circular openings of the L-track and a straight rail opening in the L-track connecting the two circular openings.

US Pat. No. 11,110,850

SECURITY PANEL FOR BULKHEAD

ANCRA INTERNATIONAL LLC, ...


1. A bulkhead, comprising:a first panel with a first side and a second side, wherein the first panel extends to parallel first and second primary edges and parallel first and second secondary edges, opposite ends of the first and second primary edges each meet an end of one of the first and second secondary edges, and each of the first and second primary edges is disposed perpendicular to each of the first and second secondary edges;
wherein the second primary edge includes at least one finger, and
wherein the at least one finger of the second primary edge is configured to be disposed at least partially within a cutout of a second panel, when the first panel is disposed in an adjacent relationship relative to the second panel.

US Pat. No. 11,110,849

LOAD SECURING DEVICE


1. A load securing device, comprising:a handle;
a ratchet device incrementally operably retracting a first draw bolt and a second draw bolt towards each other, the ratchet device is also engaged by the handle;
an enclosed bearing housing the ratchet device;
a first grease fitting located on the first draw bolt, the first grease fitting provides enablement of introducing a first grease to the bearing to encourage friction-free movement thereof;
a second grease fitting located on the second draw bolt, the second grease fitting provides enablement of introducing a second grease to the bearing to encourage friction-free movement thereof;
a yoke attached to the bearing, the yoke oriented perpendicular to the first draw bolt and the second draw bolt;
a handle pivot affixing a pair of plates together, the handle pivot is located at an opposing side of the yoke to the bearing;
a first eye bolt attached to the second side of the first draw bolt opposite the bearing;
an articulating first cover disposed between the first end of the bearing and the first eyebolt;
an articulating second cover disposed between the second end of the bearing and the second eyebolt;
a locking lever providing a more positive lock on the bearing that positively locks the handle to set the draw bolts relative to the bearing;
a first buckle removably attaching a first hook to the first eyebolt, the first hook and the first eyebolt travels with the first draw bolt; and
a second buckle removably attaching a second hook to the second eyebolt, the second hook and the second eyebolt travels with the second draw bolt;
wherein the handle is operably connected to a first end of the ratchet device and incrementally actuates the ratchet device so as to simultaneously retract the first draw bolt towards the bearing and to retract the second draw bolt towards the bearing;
wherein the handle extends outward from in between the pair of plates of the yoke and is operably attached to the handle pivot;
wherein the handle pivot is operably attached to the ratchet device in between the pair of plates of the yoke adjacent the bearing;
wherein the yoke is generally two coextensive planar elements with a gap in the middle;
wherein the first draw bolt is extended away from the bearing to a position that the first hook is secured into a link of a chain;
wherein the load securing device is securely connected to the chain that securely wraps around the load secured at the first side or the second side of the bearing;
wherein the handle is motionable about the handle pivot to operate the ratchet device and is available to be motioned towards either side, relative to the yoke, due to how the load securing device is installed;
wherein the first draw bolt having a first end operably connected to a first end of the ratchet device within the bearing;
wherein the second draw bolt has a first end operably connected to a second end of the ratchet device within the bearing;
wherein the first draw bolt and the second draw bolt extend away from opposing sides of the bearing and are linearly arranged with respect to each other;
wherein the articulating first cover extends out of the first end of the bearing and prevent debris from entering the bearing; and
wherein the articulating second cover extends out of the second end of the bearing and prevent debris from entering the bearing; and
wherein the articulating first cover and the articulating second cover are made of a resilient synthetic material.

US Pat. No. 11,110,848

TRAILER AND HOUSING SYSTEM


1. A transportable housing system comprising:a lower housing comprising an upright support element;
an upper housing vertically shiftable relative to said lower housing between a lowered position and a raised position, said upper housing comprising a support structure,
wherein said upright support element of said lower housing guides said support structure of said upper housing as said upper housing shifts relative to said lower housing,
a lifting device comprising a cylinder at least partially housed in said upright support element of said lower housing and configured to shift said upper housing relative to said lower housing.

US Pat. No. 11,110,847

EXPANDABLE VEHICLE SHELTER SYSTEM AND METHOD

Strato Gear Corp., Edmon...


1. An aftermarket truck shelter system configured to removably couple with a bed of a truck, the aftermarket truck shelter system comprising:a top portion that includes:a first and second hatch on opposing lateral sides of the top portion, the first and second hatches configured to open outward to define respective first and second compartments on opposing lateral sides of aftermarket the truck shelter system that are defined at least in part by the first and second hatches and a respective first and second curtain that extends from the hatches;

a bottom portion that includes:a first and second foldable platform on opposing lateral sides of the bottom portion and respectively defining a portion of the first and second compartments; and

wherein the top and bottom portions are slidably coupled such that the top and bottom portions are operable to:assume a collapsed configuration with the top and bottom portions nested together with defining a shelter cabin having a first volume, and
assume an extended configuration having the top portion extending upward with the shelter cabin having a second volume that is greater than the first volume; and

a powered expansion assembly configured to actuate the shelter system from the collapsed configuration to the extended configuration.

US Pat. No. 11,110,846

CAMPER EXPANSION SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE


1. A removable camper expansion system comprising:at least two sidewalls, the at least two sidewalls are configured to fit on a structure, the at least two sidewalls including:
at least one end wall;
at least one front wall;
at least one top; and
a plurality of expandable articulated rigid panels, the plurality of expandable articulated rigid panels comprising:a first side panel having a first side section and a second side section both pivotally attached to a center section, the center section is trapezoidal in shape and the first side section and the second side section are triangular in shape;
a second side panel;
a front panel; and
a back panel;

wherein the first side panel, the second side panel, the front panel, and the back panel open and displace the top upwards;
wherein during opening the first side section and the second side section pivot away from the center section to open the first side panel into a rectangle while the front panel and the back panel unfold outwardly;
wherein when the top is displaced upwards at least one of the expandable articulated rigid panels move upwards and away from the center thereof; and
wherein the said walls and rigid panels articulate in position to enclose a space below the top.

US Pat. No. 11,110,845

WING BODY-TYPE TRUCK VEHICLE


1. A wing body-type truck vehicle to which a removable residential facility is installed,the wing body-type truck vehicle comprising:a load bed having a load bed frame; and
a cargo compartment defined at least in part by the load bed and wings above the load bed configured to be selectively raised and lowered;

the residential facility being removably positioned inside Hall the cargo compartment of the wing body-type truck vehicle and comprising:outer walls;
fixing mechanisms configured to be selectively attached to the load bed frame to prevent relative movement of the residential facility and the load bed of the wing body-type truck vehicle and selectively removed from the load bed frame to allow the residential facility to move relative to the load bed and be removed from the cargo compartment; and
at least one window in an outer wall that is positioned so as to be selectively covered when an adjacent wing of the wing body-type truck vehicle is selectively lowered and uncovered when the adjacent wing is selectively raised so as to let in outside light.


US Pat. No. 11,110,844

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ANALYZING CORE USING X-RAY FLUORESCENCE

BLY IP INC., Salt Lake C...


1. A system comprising:an analysis assembly, wherein the analysis assembly comprises:an X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) detection subassembly defining a sample analysis area, wherein the XRF detection subassembly comprises;an X-ray source configured to deliver radiation to a core or rock sample positioned within the sample analysis area; and
an XRF sensor configured to detect X-ray fluorescence in response to the radiation delivered to the core or rock sample by the X-ray source;

a first actuator coupled to the XRF detection subassembly and configured to effect vertical movement of the X-ray source and the XRF sensor to modify vertical spacing of the X-ray source and the XRF sensor from the core or rock sample; and
a processor communicatively coupled to the XRF detection subassembly and the first actuator, wherein for each delivery of radiation to a core or rock sample positioned within the sample analysis area, the processor is configured to receive at least one output from the XRF sensor, wherein the at least one output is indicative of the measured XRF of the core or rock sample positioned within the sample analysis area;

a conveyor configured to receive, from a sample loading location, a sample container containing the core or rock sample; and
a second actuator configured to couple to the sample container and effect movement of the sample container from the conveyor to the sample analysis area of the XRF detection subassembly to position the core or rock sample within the sample analysis area.

US Pat. No. 11,110,843

ANTI-TORSION STRUCTURE FOR AN A-FRAME HAULING TRAILER


1. A trailer for hauling payload positioned on opposite sides of the trailer which experiences minimized twisting, said trailer comprising:a trailer body having at least two main beams that support an elevated front deck and a drop deck, said drop deck having a rear portion positioned over a wheel system, said drop deck comprising side rails on each side thereof;
a plurality of A-frames transversely positioned on said drop deck and configured for holding the payload thereagainst, each one of said plurality of A-frames having lower ends that extend onto said side rails and are fixedly-secured to said drop deck; and
an anti-torsion structure comprising:a first member that is connected to said at least two main beams at said elevated front deck on one end and is connected to a top of a forward-most A-frame on the other end of said first member;
a second member that is connected to said at least two main beams at said rear portion on one end and is connected to a top of a rear-most A-frame on the other end of said second member; and
at least one bar that couples the tops of said plurality of A-frames together; and
wherein said anti-torsion structure minimizes twisting of said drop deck, and without increasing the weight of said at least two main beams, when the payload is positioned on said drop deck and against sides of said plurality of A-frames.


US Pat. No. 11,110,842

UNLOADING APPARATUS HAVING RAMP ASSEMBLIES WITH ACTIVELY- AND PASSIVELY-DEPLOYING ELEMENTS

Masaba, Inc., Vermillion...


1. A system for unloading and conveying material, the system comprising:a drive over dump conveyor apparatus including an elongated main frame for supporting a conveyor assembly, the main frame having opposite lateral sides, a conveyor assembly mounted on the main frame, and a grate mounted on the main frame; and
at least one ramp assembly mounted on one of the lateral sides of the main frame, the ramp assembly being extendable to a utilization condition of the ramp assembly and retractable to a transport condition of the ramp assembly, the ramp assembly comprising:an inboard ramp portion and an outboard ramp portion, the inboard and outboard ramp portions being accordion foldable inwardly to the transport condition of the ramp assembly and foldable outwardly to the utilization condition of the ramp assembly;
a movement assembly configured to move the at least one ramp assembly between the transport and utilization conditions, the movement assembly being configured to actively extend the inboard ramp portion and passively extend the outboard ramp portion to a utilization position of the at least one ramp assembly corresponding to the utilization condition of the at least one ramp assembly, the movement assembly being configured to actively retract the inboard ramp portion and passively retract the outboard ramp portion to a transport position of the at least one ramp assembly corresponding to the transport condition of the at least one ramp assembly, the movement assembly comprising:at least one actuating member passively acting on the outboard ramp portion with respect to the main frame to pivot the outboard ramp portion upwardly and downwardly, the at least one actuating member having opposite ends with a length between the opposite ends which remains fixed as the at least one ramp assembly moves between the utilization and transport conditions, a first one of the ends of the at least one actuating member being attached to a fixed location on the main frame and a second one of the ends of the at least one actuating member being fixed to a location on the outboard ramp portion, the at least one actuating member extending from the main frame past the inboard ramp portion to the outboard ramp portion without interaction between the at least one actuating member and elements of the inboard ramp portion.



US Pat. No. 11,110,841

RETRACTABLE TABLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...


1. A retractable table, comprising:a housing, wherein a retraction mechanism is mounted in the housing and wherein the housing includes an accommodation hole formed in a lateral direction of the housing;
a table body engaged to and selectively woundable around the retraction mechanism through the accommodation hole of the housing, wherein the table body is wound around the retraction mechanism in the housing when accommodated in the housing and drawn out and unfolded to an outside of the housing through the accommodation hole when drawn out of the housing; and
a support mechanism mounted at a side end portion of the table body,
wherein the support mechanism includes:a plurality of pieces, each of which is selectively foldable to the table body so that the plurality of pieces is folded to overlap the table body or unfolded from the table body, and
magnetic bodies mounted on the plurality of pieces so that the plurality of pieces is connected to each other through the magnetic bodies,
wherein, when the table body is deployed, the plurality of pieces and the magnetic bodies maintain a deployed state of the table body while the plurality of pieces is connected to each other through the magnetic bodies.


US Pat. No. 11,110,840

LATCHING DEVICE FOR MOTOR VEHICLE APPLICATIONS

Kiekert AG, Heiligenhaus...


1. A latching device for motor vehicle applications the latching device comprising:a locking mechanism having a catch and pawl,
a locking pin that interacts with the locking mechanism, and
a cam element which acts upon the locking mechanism in a direction of an open position, and
a blocking element, wherein the cam element acts on the blocking element which engages over the locking pin;
wherein the cam element is rotatably connected to the blocking element on a head side of the blocking element.

US Pat. No. 11,110,839

LOUDSPEAKERS WITH 3D PRINTED LATTICE GRILLES

Bose Corporation, Framin...


1. A vehicle headrest comprising:an electro-acoustic transducer;
an acoustic enclosure defining an acoustic chamber, the acoustic enclosure including a baffle member that supports the electro-acoustic transducer such that a rear radiating surface of the electro-acoustic transducer radiates acoustic energy into the acoustic chamber, wherein the baffle member includes a plurality of recesses;
a cushion member coupled to the acoustic enclosure for supporting a user's head, wherein the cushion member includes a mounting member comprising a plurality of features for engaging the plurality of recesses in the baffle member, thereby to couple the cushion member to the baffle;
a grille member overlying a front radiating surface of the electro-acoustic transducer, the grille member comprising a 3D printed lattice; and
a first coupling member supported by the grille member for coupling the grille member to the acoustic enclosure, wherein at least one of (a) the 3D printed lattice defines a recess for receiving the coupling member or (b) the first coupling member is formed integrally with the 3D printed lattice.

US Pat. No. 11,110,838

ARMREST FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Kiekert AG, Heiligenhaus...


1. An armrest for a motor vehicle, the armrest comprising:a stationary base part
a supporting part that is movable relative to the stationary base part;
a motor-driven adjusting device for the supporting part, the adjusting device comprising an electric motor and an eccentric that is acted upon by the motor, wherein the electric motor is configured as a component of a linear actuator connected to the eccentric, wherein linear movement of the linear actuator is translated to rotational movement of the eccentric; and
an adjusting lever connected between the eccentric and the supporting part for translating the rotational movement of the eccentric to a lifting movement of the supporting part that occurs subsequently to an initial range of rotation of the eccentric.

US Pat. No. 11,110,837

VEHICLE SEAT AND ADJUSTMENT METHOD FOR PAD VIBRATION CHARACTERISTIC

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...


1. A vehicle seat comprising:a pad including a foam; and
a volume adjustment mechanism that allows adjustment of a volume of the foam,
the pad comprising:a main pad member including a foam; and
a side pad member including a foam and disposed adjacent to each of both sides of the main pad member;

wherein the foam of the side pad member has a thickness in a vertical direction larger than a thickness of the foam of the main pad member and protrudes above in the vertical direction relative to the foam of the main pad member;
the volume adjustment mechanism comprises a pressing member being movable in a horizontal direction, and the pressing member moves and presses the foam of the main pad member to thereby be capable of compressing the foam of the main pad member in the horizontal direction;
the pressing member is arranged between the foam of the main pad member and the foam of the side pad member; and
the foam of the side pad member includes a coating portion protruding toward the main pad member so as to cover an upper side of the pressing member and vertically overlapping with an end portion on an upper surface of the foam of the main pad member.

US Pat. No. 11,110,836

VEHICLE SEAT STRUCTURAL COMPONENT AND VEHICLE SEAT

Faurecia Autositze GmbH, ...


1. A vehicle seat structural component for a vehicle seat, comprising:a structural element, the structural element including an opening;
a transverse tube, the transverse tube including an outwardly extending first protrusion, the transverse tube being designed and arranged to extend through the opening; and
an intermediate body, the intermediate body being designed and arranged to connect the structural element and the transverse tube, the intermediate body including a transverse tube supporting section including an inwardly extending first recess, the transverse tube supporting section being designed and arranged to be supported at the transverse tube such that the first protrusion extends into the first recess and the transverse tube supporting section surrounds the first protrusion.

US Pat. No. 11,110,835

HYGIENIC HEADREST COVER AND KIT


1. A stretchable antimicrobial hygienic cover, for utilization with an existing variable geometry vehicle headrest, having an ability to conform itself to dimensions of the existing variable geometry vehicle headrest underlying the stretchable hygienic cover when engaged, the stretchable hygienic cover comprising:a stretchable, antimicrobial, breathable moisture-absorbent non-mesh fabric;
said breathable moisture-absorbent fabric comprising a form-fitting fabric, wherein said stretchable form-fitting fabric allows for configurability to geometries of various headrests larger than that of the dimensions of an unstretched hygienic cover;
said form-fitting fabric including elastic materials providing the ability to cling to said existing variable geometry vehicle headrest, wherein said elastic materials allow said headrest cover to fit said existing variable geometry headrest without the use of straps and clips;
said form-fitting fabric defining a front side, back side, top side, bottom side, left side, and right side, and thereby creating an interior surface surrounding a cavity, wherein an existing variable geometry vehicle headrest may occupy the space therein;
an elastic opening in said back surface allowing said fabric to stretchily fit over an existing variable geometry vehicle headrest, wherein said elastic opening may stretch and retract in size to grip on to an existing variable geometry vehicle headrest; and
an internal lining on the interior surface of the antimicrobial headrest cover to form an impermeable physical barrier between the headrest of a vehicle and the breathable fabric.

US Pat. No. 11,110,834

OCCUPANT SUPPORT CUSHION

Faurecia Automotive Seati...


1. An occupant support comprisinga seat bottom,
a seat back coupled to the seat bottom to provide a seat bite region between the seat bottom and the seat back, and
a removable occupant-support cushion separate from both the seat bottom and the seat back,
wherein the removable occupant-support cushion includes a cushion body having a forward surface configured to engage a lumbar region of an occupant to increase support for the occupant and a rearward surface facing away from the forward surface and configured to engage at least one of the seat bottom and the seat back, a cushion foundation that extends away from the rearward surface of the cushion body into the seat bite region between the seat bottom and the seat back to couple the removable occupant-support cushion to the seat bottom and the seat back, and an electronics system including at least one comfort device arranged within the cushion body and configured to provide one or more functions to increase comfort for the occupant supported by the removable occupant-support cushion, and
wherein the electronics system further comprises a control unit that is configured to output control signals to operate at least one of the comfort devices in response to user inputs into a control device, the user inputs including a user identifier processed by the control unit to validate that the occupant is authorized to use the at least one comfort device.

US Pat. No. 11,110,833

THERMAL-TRANSFER COMPONENT FOR A VEHICLE SEAT

Faurecia Automotive Seati...


1. An occupant support comprisinga vehicle seat including a cushion and trim positioned around at least a portion of the cushion,
an occupant-comfort system including a plurality of heat transfer stations positioned in the cushion in spaced-apart relation to the trim and configured to selectively move heat to an occupant in a heating mode and away from the occupant in a cooling mode, a heat conductor coupled to each heat transfer station and configured to communicate heat between each heat transfer station and the occupant and a single heat sink located in spaced-apart relation to the cushion and each heat transfer station and configured to remove heat from each heat transfer station while the occupant-comfort system is in the cooling mode, each heat transfer station including a plurality of heat movers coupled to the conductor and a plurality of heat exchangers arranged to interconnect the plurality of heat movers and the single heat sink, and
at least one controller configured to transmit commands to each heat mover in order to control execution of the heating mode and the cooling mode,
wherein each heat mover comprises a thermo-electric device configured to move heat toward the occupant in the heating mode and heat away from the occupant in the cooling mode, the heat exchanger is configured to remove heat from the heat transfer station, the heat exchanger comprising a working fluid preselected to operate over a range of environmental temperatures including environmental freezing temperatures, and
wherein each heat transfer station is configured to be controlled individually.

US Pat. No. 11,110,832

AUTOMOBILE SEAT AND METHOD FOR MANAGEMENT OF THE COMFORT OF AN OCCUPANT OF SUCH A SEAT


1. A seat for a vehicle, comprising at least a climate controller and a massager suited for acting on a part of a body of an occupant of the seat,wherein at least the climate controller and the massager are operated based on at least one measurement of at least one biomarker contained in sweat from the occupant by at least one sensor of sweat,
wherein the at least one sensor of sweat is configured for independently measuring at least one first biomarker among said at least one biomarker and at least one second biomarker among said at least one biomarker, said at least one first biomarker and said at least one second biomarker being contained in the sweat from the occupant, wherein the at least one first biomarker is characteristic of an excess of body heat from the occupant, and the at least one second biomarker is characteristic of a stress of the occupant, and
wherein the climate controller is operated when said at least one first biomarker is detected and wherein the massager is operated when said at least one second biomarker is detected.

US Pat. No. 11,110,831

FORCE ABSORBING VEHICLE SEAT MOUNTING SYSTEM


1. A vehicle seat mounting system for mounting a vehicle seat to a vehicle chassis, the arrangement comprising:a first mounting arrangement comprising:a first chassis attachment portion configured to fixedly connect to the vehicle chassis;
a first seat attachment portion configured to fixedly connect to the vehicle seat, the first seat attachment portion being movable relative to the first chassis portion in at least one direction; and
a compressible member interposed between the first chassis attachment portion and the first seat attachment portion, the compressible member configured to absorb impact forces between the vehicle chassis and the vehicle seat, wherein:

one of the first chassis attachment portion and the first seat attachment portion includes a main body that defines a chamber in which the compressible member is arranged,
the other of the first chassis attachment portion and the first seat attachment portion includes an attachment member at least partially arranged in the chamber, and
the compressible member is formed of a compressible foam material.

US Pat. No. 11,110,830

VEHICULAR SEAT

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...


1. A vehicle seat, comprising:a gap concealing member positioned between a lower part of a back lining of a seatback and a deck board located behind the seatback; and
a support plate configured to support the gap concealing member from underneath when the seatback is collapsed forward, the support plate comprisinga fixing plate part fixed on a back lining surface of the seatback and abutted to a rear side of the gap concealing member when the seatback is collapsed forward; and
a movable plate part aligned with the fixing plate part in a seat width direction when the seatback is collapsed forward and joined to the rear surface of the gap concealing member, wherein:the movable plate part covers a seat side shield when the seatback is collapsed forward,
the seat side shield is configured to cover a side of a seatback main body,
the movable plate part abuts the seat side shield from behind when the seatback is reclined rearward, and
the movable plate part is configured to shift away from the fixing plate part when the seatback is reclined rearward.



US Pat. No. 11,110,829

PIVOTING SYSTEM, PIVOTING ASSEMBLY, PIVOTING MODULE AND SEAT COMPRISING THE PIVOTING SYSTEM


1. A pivoting system comprising:a first hinge mechanism comprising a first frame and a second frame mounted so as to rotate relative to one another and connected together by a first hypocycloidal gear, the first gear comprising a first eccentric cam, a first set of teeth and a second set of teeth, the first set of teeth of the first hinge mechanism and the second set of teeth of the first hinge mechanism being circular and in mutual engagement, the first set of teeth of the first hinge mechanism being mechanically linked to the first frame of the first hinge mechanism and the second set of teeth of the first hinge mechanism being mechanically linked to the second frame of the first hinge mechanism, the first set of teeth of the first hinge mechanism being centered on a first axis and the second set of teeth of the first hinge mechanism being centered on a second axis, the first eccentric cam having a first eccentricity corresponding to the distance between the first axis and the second axis,
a control shaft comprising a first drive portion configured to drive the first eccentric cam in rotation,
a second hinge mechanism comprising a first frame and a second frame mounted so as to rotate relative to one another and connected together by a second hypocycloidal gear, the second gear comprising a second eccentric cam, a first set of teeth and a second set of teeth, the first set of teeth of the second hinge mechanism and the second set of teeth of the second hinge mechanism being circular and in mutual engagement, the first set of teeth of the second hinge mechanism being mechanically linked to the first frame of the second hinge mechanism and the second set of teeth of the second hinge mechanism being mechanically linked to the second frame of the second hinge mechanism, the first set of teeth of the second hinge mechanism being centered on a third axis and the second set of teeth of the second hinge mechanism being centered on a fourth axis, the second eccentric cam having a second eccentricity corresponding to the distance between the third axis and the fourth axis,
wherein the second frame of the first hinge mechanism is rigidly fixed to the first frame of the second hinge mechanism and the third axis is coaxial with the second axis,
wherein the first eccentricity is equal to the second eccentricity, such that the fourth axis is substantially coaxial with the first axis, and
wherein the control shaft comprises a second drive portion configured to drive the second eccentric cam in rotation.

US Pat. No. 11,110,828

VEHICLE SEAT ASSEMBLY AND RETURN SPRING MECHANISM

Lear Corporation, Southf...


1. A vehicle seat assembly comprising:a seat back with a seat back bracket for connection to a fixed bracket mount, the seat back bracket and fixed bracket mount cooperating to support the seat back for rotational movement about a transverse axis from a first, use position to a second, folded position relative to a seat base;
a torsion spring with a first end region, a second opposed end region, and an intermediate region positioned therebetween, the first end region adjacent to the seat back bracket and for fixed connection to the fixed bracket mount such that the seat back rotates relative to the first end region of the spring about the transverse axis, the second end region offset from the transverse axis;
a support bracket connected to the seat back, the intermediate region of the torsion spring supported for rotation by the support bracket; and
a block supported by the support bracket and offset from the transverse axis, the block contacting the second end region of the torsion spring to bias the spring when the seat back is in the first position.

US Pat. No. 11,110,827

VEHICLE SEAT OPERATING DEVICE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...


1. A vehicle seat operating device for operating movable parts of a vehicle seat, comprising:a device body provided on a side portion of the vehicle seat;
a first operating lever pivotably provided on the device body to move its front end vertically and provided with a first lever operation surface facing downward to be accessible from a side of the vehicle seat; and
a second operating lever pivotably provided on the device body to move its front end vertically and provided with a second lever operation surface facing downward to be accessible from the front end, the second lever operation surface being blocked by an adjacent blocking wall from being accessed from a side of the vehicle seat, the blocking wall provided on a side of the second operating lever opposite a side of the device body to which the second operating lever is pivotally provided, the second lever operation surface being blocked from a side opposite the second lever operation surface by a bottom surface extending in a front-back direction of the vehicle seat and opposite the second lever operation surface.

US Pat. No. 11,110,826

SLIDING DEVICE FOR A VEHICLE SEAT

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


1. A sliding device for a vehicle seat, which sliding device comprises a pair of parallel slideways, each comprising a lower rail, an upper rail, that is slidably mounted to the lower rail, and a latch, which is arranged between the lower rail and the upper rail and selectively allows/prevents movement of the upper rail relative to the lower rail, wherein in a rest condition the latches of both parallel slideways are in a locking position, in which they prevent movement of the upper rails relative to the lower rails, and wherein the sliding device comprises a releasing member for driving the latches to an unlocking position in which they allow movement of the upper rails relative to the lower rails, wherein the releasing member is made as a “U”-shaped releasing handle comprising a middle gripping portion and two substantially parallel arms, wherein each of the latches comprises a front portion and a rear portion joined by an intermediate portion, wherein the front portion of each latch is fixed to a respective one of the upper rails and the rear portion of each latch is bent into a “U” shape comprising a lower leg and un upper leg, joined by a curved, vertically oriented section, wherein latching elements configured to cooperate with corresponding latching elements provided in the lower rails are provided in the lower legs of the rear portions of the latches, and wherein the upper legs of the rear portions of the latches are configured to engage the releasing member and are provided with engaging elements configured to cooperate with engaging elements provided at end portions of the arms of the releasing handle.

US Pat. No. 11,110,825

SLIDING DEVICE

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...


1. A sliding device that slidably supports a seat, the sliding device comprising:a fixed rail;
a movable rail to which a seat body of the seat is fixed, the movable rail being slidable relative to the fixed rail;
a lock plate held by the movable rail, the lock plate being displaceable in a direction substantially orthogonal to a sliding direction, the lock plate being displaced between a locking position where the lock plate engages with the fixed rail and restricts slide of the movable rail and a non-locking position where the restriction of slide is released, and the lock plate having a plate surface that crosses a displacement direction of the lock plate;
a spring member that applies to the plate surface an elastic force to maintain the lock plate in the locking position, the spring member comprising a spring portion that extends in the sliding direction from the lock plate and has a leading end part fixed to the movable rail; and
a fixing structure for fixing the leading end part in an extending direction of the spring portion to the movable rail, the fixing structure comprising:a tapered portion provided in the spring member and formed into an acute angle shape, the tapered portion being fitted into a hole provided in the movable rail; and
a press spring portion that exerts an elastic force to press the tapered portion toward the hole,

wherein a comb portion is provided in the fixed rail, the comb portion having protrusions and recesses alternately provided in series, and
wherein the tapered portion is positioned below the comb portion.

US Pat. No. 11,110,824

GUIDE DEVICE FOR GUIDING AN ADJUSTMENT MOVEMENT OF A VEHICLE SEAT

GRAMMER AG, Ursensollen ...


1. A guide device for guiding an adjustment movement of a vehicle seat, comprising:a guide rail device and a slide rail device arranged displaceably thereto in a longitudinal adjustment direction of the guide device, the slide rail device having a first stop element and a second stop element, wherein a one-piece component is disposed between the slide rail device and the guide rail device, wherein the component is divided in the longitudinal direction of the guide device into a first section and a second section, wherein at least one connection element disposed in the first section fixedly connects the component to the guide rail device, and wherein the second section of the component at a first end forms a first stop element for one of the stop elements of the slide rail device and at a second end forms a second stop element for the other of the stop elements of the slide rail device to respectively stop the slide rail device from moving in a first direction and a second direction.

US Pat. No. 11,110,823

SEAT TRACK MECHANISM FOR VEHICLE

HYUNDAI TRANSYS INC., Se...


1. A seat track mechanism for a vehicle comprising: a lower rail fixed to a body of the vehicle; an upper rail mounted to a seat of the vehicle, and movable forward and rearward along the lower rail; a driver for providing an actuating force to move the upper rail forward and rearward along the lower rail; and a locking mechanism mounted to the upper rail and adapted to control a rail gap between the locking mechanism and the lower rail, to restrain movement of the upper rail, wherein the locking mechanism reduces the rail gap when the vehicle seat is in a stopped state, to restrain the movement of the upper rail, and increases the rail gap when the vehicle seat is moved by the driver, to release movement restraint of the upper rail,wherein the locking mechanism comprises: a center case fixed mounted on the upper rail; and a center plate received in the center case in such a manner that the center plate moves alone or together with the center case, wherein the center plate is mounted to the driver,
wherein: the center plate comprises a pressing head having two actuating surfaces each formed with a pressing protrusion and receiving grooves; and the center case comprises a pair of fingers for pressing the lower rail while operating together with the pressing head.

US Pat. No. 11,110,822

SLIDING DEVICE

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...


1. A sliding device configured to support a seat body of a vehicle seat in a slidable manner, the sliding device comprising:a fixed rail configured to be fixed to a vehicle;
a movable rail to which the seat body is attachable, the movable rail being slidable with respect to the fixed rail;
a fixed-side hook configured to be fixed to the fixed rail;
an engagement hook provided to the movable rail so as to be engageable with the fixed-side hook, the engagement hook including a first plate material curved approximately into a letter J shape or approximately into a letter U shape;
a reinforcing hook overlapping with the engagement hook in a thickness direction of the first plate material, the reinforcing hook including a second plate material curved approximately into a letter J shape or approximately into a letter U shape, and
a coupling member configured to penetrate the movable rail or the engagement hook, penetrate the reinforcing hook, and couple the movable rail or the engagement hook with the reinforcing hook; and a clamp provided to the movable rail and configured to fasten and secure the seat body, wherein the coupling member is disposed in a position closer to the clamp than to a distal end of the engagement hook.

US Pat. No. 11,110,821

SLIDING CENTER MODULE SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE


1. A vehicle comprising:a chassis;
a driver seat movably coupled to the chassis, the driver seat movable laterally along a first row of an interior of the vehicle between three positions in the first row, the three positions including a left position, a right position, and a center position, wherein there is no passenger seat in the first row;
a driver control assembly movably coupled to the chassis, the driver control assembly including a steering wheel, a brake pedal, and an accelerator pedal, the driver control assembly movable laterally along a dashboard that is in front of the first row, the driver control assembly being laterally movable between the three positions, and the driver seat and the driver control assembly positionable in each of the three positions to allow a driver to drive the vehicle in any one of the three positions.

US Pat. No. 11,110,820

SEAT ADJUSTMENT LIMITER AND METHOD OF CONTROL

LEAR CORPORATION, Southf...


1. A vehicle seating assembly comprising:a front seat assembly adapted to be mounted to a vehicle;
a rear seat assembly directly behind the front seat assembly;
a vehicle seat controller in electrical communication with and to control a front seat assembly and a rear seat assembly positioned directly behind of the front seat assembly, the vehicle seat controller programmed to:
receive a user input indicating a request to move the front seat assembly in a rearward direction;
receive a first input indicating whether the rear seat assembly is occupied;
if the rear seat assembly is occupied, receive rear occupant data;
receive a second input indicating a position of the front seat assembly;
provide a signal to an actuator to move the front seat assembly forward if the first input indicates the rear seat assembly is occupied and the second input indicates the position exceeds a rearward travel threshold, wherein the rear travel threshold is based on the rear occupant; and
inhibit the request to move the front seat assembly in the rearward direction if the first input indicates the rear seat assembly is occupied and the second input indicates the position is at the rearward travel threshold.

US Pat. No. 11,110,819

SEAT LATCH ASSEMBLY

Lear Corporation, Southf...


14. A seat latch assembly comprising:a mounting plate with a pair of mounting apertures spaced apart a distance of up to forty millimeters and a receptacle sized for receipt of a striker with a position tolerance of at least plus or minus one half of a width of the striker;
a pair of bushings, each received within one of the pair of mounting apertures;
a pawl pivotally connected to a first bushing of the pair of bushings, with a latch hook to retain the striker in a latched position;
an input member operably connected to the pawl and oriented and sized relative to the receptacle to extend into the receptacle in an unlatched position to engage the striker and actuate the pawl to a latched position while moving relative to the pawl, wherein a latch load application upon the latched striker is perpendicular to the pair of mounting apertures; and
a cover plate mounted to the mounting plate and spaced apart from the mounting plate to enclose the pawl and the input member therebetween, wherein a guide is formed into at least one of the mounting plate and the cover plate;
wherein the input member cooperates with the guide to pivot and slide relative to the mounting plate and toward the first bushing during movement from the unlatched position to the latched position;
wherein the input member is contoured to provide clearance for the first bushing for compactness of the seat latch assembly in the latched position; and
wherein the pawl lacks a driving contour so that the pawl is not actuated by contact with the striker.

US Pat. No. 11,110,818

VEHICLE STRUCTURE

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


1. A vehicle structure comprising:seats provided away from each other in a vehicle width direction,
a support provided on a vehicle floor, and attached between the seats,
a vehicle structural part provided between the seats, and
an armrest detachably attached to the support,
wherein each of the seats comprises a seat cushion and a seat back, and is configured to be foldable to a storage position,
a height position of a back face upper part of the seat back in a state where the seat is in the storage position, a height position of an upper surface of the support, and a height position of an upper surface of the vehicle structural part are equal, and
the armrest is detachable in a condition which the seats are in the storage position.

US Pat. No. 11,110,817

EQUALIZATION CONTROL DEVICE AND IN-VEHICLE POWER SUPPLY DEVICE

AutoNetworks Technologies...


1. An equalization control device for equalizing a cell voltage of an in-vehicle power storage unit that includes a plurality of cells, comprising:a voltage detection unit configured to individually detect the cell voltage of each of the cells;
an individual discharge unit configured to individually discharge each of the cells;
a setting unit configured to set, in an updatable manner, a first threshold serving as a reference value for comparing with the cell voltage detected by the voltage detection unit;
a charge circuit unit configured to charge the in-vehicle power storage unit;
a current detection unit configured to detect an output current of the charge circuit unit;
a control unit configured to control the individual discharge unit; and
a temperature detection unit configured to detect a temperature of the in-vehicle power storage unit,
wherein the control unit:
controls a charge operation of the charge circuit unit such that an output voltage of the in-vehicle power storage unit achieves a charge target voltage,
after the current detected by the current detection unit becomes less than or equal to a predetermined value during control of the charge operation, compares the cell voltage of each of the cells detected by the voltage detection unit with the first threshold set by the setting unit and controls the individual discharge unit to selectively discharge a discharge target cell whose cell voltage is higher than the first threshold among the plurality of cells,
compares the cell voltage of the discharge target cell with a second threshold that is smaller than the first threshold during discharging of the discharge target cell, while continuing the charge operation of the charge circuit unit, and, in a case where the cell voltage of the discharge target cell reaches the second threshold, causes the individual discharge unit to stop discharging the discharge target cell, and
ends the charge operation of the charge circuit unit in a case where discharging is no longer being performed in any of the cells, after discharging of one of the discharge target cells was started, and
the setting unit performs setting so as to reduce the first threshold and the second threshold and such that the second threshold decreases more than the first threshold, as the temperature detected by the temperature detection unit increases.

US Pat. No. 11,110,816

CONDITION BASED MAINTENANCE (CBM) OF A VEHICLE PRIMARY ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Guy Thomas Rini, Shepher...


1. A condition-based maintenance method for a primary electrical system of a vehicle having an engine, comprising:obtaining a plurality of expected parametric values representing a state-of-health (SOH) of the primary electrical system of the vehicle;
starting a series of operations to exercise a plurality of operating modes of the vehicle;
continuously reading a plurality of voltage values from a battery voltage output of a diagnostic connector of the vehicle, wherein the voltage values represent battery voltages during the plurality of operating modes, and the primary electrical system includes at least a battery, a starter, a key, an alternator, and a cable connecting battery terminals to a battery voltage output of a diagnostic connector;
performing analysis on the plurality of voltages values to generate current parametric values of SOH of the primary electrical system, wherein the performing analysis includes at least performing temperature compensation for the battery and the cable;
based on comparison between the expected parametric values and the current parametric values, determining whether a condition-based maintenance is required; and
after determining that a condition-based maintenance is required, present a maintenance alert to an operator of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 11,110,815

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING POWER OF MILD HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...


1. A method for controlling a mild hybrid electric vehicle, the method comprising:detecting degradation state of a first battery;
determining, by a controller, whether the detected degradation state of the first battery exceeds a degradation reference value;
stopping, by the controller, normal operation of a mild hybrid starter & generator (MHSG) when the detected degradation state of the first battery exceeds the degradation reference value;
warning a driver, by the controller, of the degradation state of the first battery after the stopping of the normal operation of the MHSG when the degradation state of the first battery exceeds the degradation reference value;
after warning the driver of the degradation state of the first battery, determining, by the controller, whether an SOC value of a second battery is below a charge reference value; and
operating, by the controller, the MHSG restrictively and inducing electric power conversion to the second battery when the SOC value of the second battery is below the charge reference value,
wherein at the operating the MHSG restrictively and inducing electric power conversion to the second battery, an electric power generated from the MHSG is converted by a low voltage DC-DC converter (LDC) and sent to the second battery so that the second battery is charged,
wherein at the operating the MHSG restrictively and inducing electric power conversion to the second battery, the MHSG generates the electric power during a first predetermined time period, and the electric power is sent to the second battery during a second predetermined time period, and
wherein at the operating the MHSG restrictively and inducing electric power conversion to the second battery, the controller sends a signal so that the MHSG and the LDC operate simultaneously, and a high voltage generated from the MHSG during the first predetermined time period is temporarily stored, and the LDC converts the high voltage stored during the second predetermined time period.

US Pat. No. 11,110,814

CHARGING DEVICE FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...


1. A charging device for electric vehicles, comprising:multiple charging points, to each of which an electric vehicle can be connected; multiple power electronics units each providing a maximum charging power; and control unit which is configured to connect a respective power electronics unit to a charging point and disconnect the respective power electronics unit from the charging point,
wherein the control unit is configured to connect to and disconnect from each charging point one or more of the multiple power electronics units depending on a necessary charging power of an electric vehicle connected to one of the multiple charging points,
wherein the maximum charging power of at least one of the multiple power electronics units differs from another of the multiple power electronics units,
wherein, in a case in which multiple electric vehicles are connected to the charging device with a collective power draw exceeding an available power of the charging device, the control unit successively cycles connection of the multiple power electronics units to the multiple charging points such that each electric vehicle is charged at a maximum rate only temporarily.

US Pat. No. 11,110,813

CHARGING SYSTEM AND METHOD

STATE GRID CHONGQING ELEC...


1. A charging method comprising:using a master control device, after receiving a charging request, to allocate a parking space for an electric vehicle to be charged and send to a traction device a movement instruction generated from the charging request;
using the traction device to drive, according to the movement instruction, a charging controller to move along a guide rail to a place above the electric vehicle to be charged;
using the master control device to send a cable transferring instruction to a cable transferring device and using the cable transferring device to start to lower a cable;
using the master control device, after lowering the cable to a preset position, to send a stop instruction to the cable transferring device to stop lowering the cable by the cable transferring device; and
using the cable to charge the electric vehicle to be charged;
wherein the using the cable to charge the electric vehicle to be charged comprises:
inserting a charging plug on the cable into a charging socket of the electric vehicle and using the charging controller to detect whether the charging plug is successfully connected to the charging socket of the electric vehicle;
charging the electric vehicle to be charged if it is detected that the connection is successful; and
using the charging controller to prompt the charging user for a reconnection if it is detected that the connection is not successful;
wherein the using the charging controller to prompt the charging user for the reconnection comprises:
detecting whether the charging user makes the reconnection for a preset time;
using, if no connection is made, the master control device to stop responding to a current charging request and turn to respond to a next charging request; and
using, if the connection is made, the charging controller to detect whether the charging plug is successfully connected to the charging socket of the electric vehicle; and
wherein the using, if the connection is made, the charging controller to detect whether the charging plug is successfully connected to the charging socket of the electric vehicle comprises:
determining whether the number of reconnections exceeds the preset number of times;
using, if the number of reconnections exceeds the preset number of times, the master control device to turn to respond to the next charging request; and
if the number of reconnections does not exceed the preset number of times, using the charging controller to detect whether the charging plug is successfully connected to the charging socket of the electric vehicle.

US Pat. No. 11,110,812

MOBILE CHARGING FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Ford Global Technologies,...


1. An electric vehicle comprising:a battery; and
a first charge interface for the battery disposed on an exterior surface of the electric vehicle, the first charge interface configured to be engaged with a second charge interface on an articulating arm of a mobile charge vehicle to transfer energy from an energy source of the mobile charge vehicle to the battery while the electric vehicle is in motion,
wherein the first charge interface includes an inductive receiver plate to receive the energy from an inductive transmitter plate of the second charge interface, and
wherein the inductive receiver plate is angled downward.

US Pat. No. 11,110,811

THIN HAUL HYBRID ELECTRIC PROPULSION SYSTEM

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...


1. A hybrid electric propulsion system comprising:an independent speed variable frequency (ISVF) generator coupled to an alternating current (AC) bus via a first switch, wherein the ISVF generator is capable of generating an AC signal having a frequency that is independent from a rotor speed of the ISVF generator without performing a full-power rated power conversion;
a variable frequency independent speed (VFIS) motor coupled to the AC bus via a second switch, the system omitting circuitry to perform the full-power rated power conversion between the ISVF generator and the VFIS motor;
an alternating current direct current (AC/DC) converter coupled to the AC bus via a third switch;
a battery coupled to the AC/DC converter;
a second ISVF generator coupled to a second AC bus via a first additional switch, the AC bus coupled to the second AC bus via a central switch;
a second VFIS motor coupled to the second AC bus via a second additional switch, the system omitting circuitry to perform a full-power rated power conversion between the second ISVF generator and the second VFIS motor;
a second AC/DC converter coupled to the second AC bus via a third additional switch; and
a second battery coupled to the second AC/DC converter.

US Pat. No. 11,110,810

INDUCTIVE COUPLING GAP COMPENSATION

Plugless Power, Inc., Ho...


1. A vehicle wireless power charging system, comprising:a controller; configured to execute instructions on a non-transitory computer-readable data storage medium;
a transfer coil apparatus, wherein the coil apparatus has minimal coupling and
minimal variation over a wide variation of a gap due to the combination of the coupling of a plurality of subcoils without adjusting current settings in an electric inverter supplying AC power;
wherein the transfer coil apparatus comprises;
a first inductive element and a second inductive element magnetically coupled together in a wireless power arrangement;
wherein each of the first inductive element and the second inductive element are comprised of a plurality of first subcoils, each first subcoil characterized by a geometry comprising a winding direction, a number of turns, and a physical size;
wherein:
the plurality of first subcoils are in electrical communication with each other, at least one first subcoil is wound in a first direction (clockwise); at least one first subcoils is wound in a second direction that is opposite to the first direction (counter-clockwise); the locations of the plurality of first subcoils are fixed relative to each other; the physical sizes of the plurality of first subcoils are fixed; the physical sizes of the plurality of first subcoils are substantially different; and the geometries of the first subcoils of the first inductive element are selected to reduce the variation in coupling between the first inductive element and the second inductive element as a function of the gap between the first inductive element and the second inductive element,
the coupling defined as k(G,?)=Cak?a(G,?)+Cbk?b(G,?); where Ca and Cb are constants whose values depend on intrinsic properties of each of the subcoils, k is a coupling coefficient, and ? is a value of an angle between the axes of the first inductive element and the second inductive element when planes on which the first and second inductive elements lie are substantially parallel; the centers of the first and second inductive element in the X and Y directions are at a fixed distance smaller than the largest physical size of either inductive element; a Z direction gap between the first and second inductive elements varies over a large distance; and
wherein the controller is in communication with the first inductive element and with the second inductive element.

US Pat. No. 11,110,809

VEHICLE ENERGY CONSUMPTION DURING CHARGING

Ford Global Technologies,...


1. A vehicle system comprising:a battery; and
a charge controller configured to,for a first charge cycle, initiate charging of the battery at a first start time identified from a defined charge complete time and a first energy estimate of non-charging loads, and,
for a next charge cycle and same defined charge complete time, initiate charging of the battery at a next start time, later than the first start time, identified from the same defined charge complete time and actual energy consumed by the non-charging loads during the first charge cycle, wherein the non-charging loads include loads created by parameters external to the battery during the first charge cycle.


US Pat. No. 11,110,808

THERMAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon (...


1. A thermal management system for a vehicle comprising a refrigerant cycle for carrying out air-conditioning of the interior of the vehicle, wherein a compressor for inhaling and compressing refrigerant and discharging the refrigerant in a gaseous state of high temperature and high pressure, a condenser for condensing the refrigerant by exchanging heat with the air, a first expansion valve for expanding the refrigerant, and an evaporator disposed inside an air-conditioning case to exchange heat between the refrigerant and the air discharged to the interior of the vehicle are disposed along a refrigerant line, which is a flow passage of the refrigerant; andwherein a cooling system of electronic components required for autonomous driving of the vehicle is connected to a first coolant line;
wherein the electronic components are located along the first coolant line, and wherein a chiller is located along the first coolant line and along a refrigerant branch line branching off from the refrigerant line for exchanging heat between coolant in the first coolant line and refrigerant in the refrigerant branch line;
wherein a coolant branch line is branched from the first coolant line at upstream and downstream sides of the electronic components such that the coolant branch line bypasses the electronic components, and wherein a battery is located along the coolant branch line;
wherein a heater for heating the coolant is provided along the first coolant line downstream of the chiller, and a branch point of the first coolant line and the coolant branch line is formed on the downstream side of the heater such that the heater is located between the chiller and the branch point, and
wherein a first valve is located at the branch point for selectively flowing the coolant toward the electronic components along the first coolant line and the battery along the coolant branch line to selectively pass coolant heated by the heater to the electronic components and the battery.

US Pat. No. 11,110,807

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR BALANCING STATE OF CHARGE IN A PROPULSION SYSTEM FOR AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Volvo Car Corporation, G...


1. A propulsion system for an electric vehicle, the system comprising:a high voltage battery unit having a first high voltage battery connected in series with a second high voltage battery such that a nominal operating voltage of the high voltage battery unit is the sum of a voltage of the first high voltage battery and a voltage of the second high voltage battery; and
at least one power inverter arranged to connect the high voltage battery unit and the first high voltage battery to at least one electrical machine; wherein the power inverter is configured to distribute energy generated by the at least one electrical machine to the first and second high voltage battery to balance a state of charge of the first and second high voltage battery.

US Pat. No. 11,110,806

VEHICLE MANEUVER PLANNING BASED ON PREDICTED BATTERY POWER

Ford Global Technologies,...


1. A vehicle comprising:a traction battery; and
a controller programmed to, responsive to (i) a command to enter a highway, (ii) confirmation the traction battery can output power to accelerate the vehicle to enter the highway via an entrance at a same speed as traffic on the highway in a vicinity of the entrance, and (iii) an increase in temperature beyond a threshold of the traction battery predicted to occur on the highway due to expected commands to maintain the same speed on the highway with power from the traction battery, increase cooling of the traction battery prior to entering the highway.

US Pat. No. 11,110,805

CONTROL DEVICE FOR LEFT AND RIGHT WHEEL DRIVE DEVICE

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...


1. A control device for a left and right wheel drive device, whereinthe left and right wheel drive device includestwo independently controllable drive sources installed in a vehicle and
a gearing system disposed between the two drive sources and left and right drive wheels for transferring torques supplied from the two drive sources to the respective left and right drive wheels while amplifying a difference between the supplied torques, the gearing system including first and second planetary gear mechanisms, each including a plurality of constituent members, a set of the first and second planetary gear mechanisms including:
a first connection member that connects a first constituent member among the plurality of constituent members of the first planetary gear mechanism and a second constituent member among the plurality of constituent members of the second planetary gear mechanism;
a second connection member that connects a second constituent member among the plurality of constituent members of the first planetary gear mechanism and a first constituent member among the plurality of constituent members of the second planetary gear mechanism;
a first rotational member that rotates as a unit with the first connection member, the first rotational member being at least one of the plurality of constituent members of the first planetary gear mechanism;
a second rotational member that rotates as a unit with the second connection member, the second rotational member being at least one of the plurality of constituent members of the second planetary gear mechanism; and
a bearing arranged between the first connection member or the first rotational member, on one hand, and the second connection member or the second rotational member, on the other hand, wherein the control device comprises:

a rotational speed calculation module configured to calculate rotational speeds of the respective first and second connection members;
a bearing torque estimation module configured to:when a difference between the two rotational speeds calculated by the rotational speed calculation module is equal to or more than a threshold value, estimate a bearing torque generated by the bearing, from the two rotational speeds calculated by the rotational speed calculation module, and
when a difference between the two rotational speeds calculated by the rotational speed calculation module is less than the threshold value, to estimate the bearing torque as zero;

a torque difference calculation module configured to calculate a target torque difference between torques to be generated by the two respective drive sources, using a difference between left and right drive wheel torque command values for the respective left and right drive wheels, the bearing torque estimated by the bearing torque estimation module, and a torque difference amplification factor of the gearing system; and
a drive source torque calculation module configured to calculate drive source torque command values, which are torques to be generated by the two respective drive sources, using the target torque difference calculated by the torque difference calculation module and the left and right drive wheel torque command values.

US Pat. No. 11,110,804

DEVICE FOR A VEHICLE TRAILER, A SYSTEM WITH SAID DEVICE AND A METHOD FOR SAID DEVICE

ZF CV SYSTEMS EUROPE BV, ...


1. A system for a vehicle trailer, in particular a semi-trailer, comprising:a function block having a data input configured to receive gear shift signals of a vehicle, in particular a utility vehicle, towing the vehicle trailer, the function block comprising:a controller configured to generate a torque increase request signal depending on a received gear shift signal of the gear shift signals, and
a data output configured to output the torque increase request signal to an electric motor controller of at least one electric drive of the vehicle trailer.


US Pat. No. 11,110,803

COMPENSATION OF HIGH VOLTAGE LOADS DURING PEDAL LIFT OPERATION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...


1. A method of operating a vehicle, comprising:responsive to accelerator pedal lift off during propulsion of the vehicle at a speed in an absence of an accessory load demand, controlling an a motor/generator providing driving torque to the drive wheels of the vehicle to provide a first level of negative torque output; and
responsive to accelerator pedal lift off during propulsion of the vehicle at the speed in a presence of the accessory load demand, controlling the motor/generator providing driving torque to the drive wheels of the vehicle to provide a second level of negative torque output that is greater than the first level and that depends on a magnitude of the accessory load demand, wherein the accessory load demand includes an air conditioning compressor and a DC/DC inverter and the second level of negative torque output is calculated by a controller as follows:




where PAC is the power required by air conditioning compressor, PDCDC is the DC/DC inverter load, ?mtr is the present motor speed, flossmtr is the motor loss at given torque and speed, and ?mtrcoast is the additional torque required to compensate for HV load during lift pedal, where, ?mtrmax, ?mtrmin are the max and min motor torque limits based on motor mechanical considerations, and where ?lift is the original lift-pedal torque, ?lift is the final modified total lift-pedal torque.

US Pat. No. 11,110,802

METHOD FOR OPERATING A REGENERATIVE BRAKING SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE AND CONTROL UNIT FOR A REGENERATIVE BRAKING SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...


1. A method for operating a regenerative braking system of a vehicle, comprising:activating at least one motor, having a generator mode, of the regenerative braking system taking into consideration a first information with regard to a setpoint total braking torque requested by a driver or an automatic speed control of the vehicle, and a second information with regard to an available generator braking torque which is maximally executable without overcharging a battery of the vehicle using the at least one motor employable in generator mode in such a way that if the setpoint total braking torque is executable at least partially by the maximally executable available generator braking torque, a generator braking torque which is less than or equal to the setpoint total braking torque and less than or equal to maximally executable available generator braking torque is applied to at least one of at least one wheel and at least one axle of the vehicle, with the aid of the at least one motor employable in the generator mode;
wherein the application of the generator torque is performed such that, when the setpoint total braking torque is less than or equal to the maximally executable available generator braking torque:
prior to at least one of (a) the setpoint total braking torque exceeding a fixedly predefined or establishable threshold value and (b) presence of warning information regarding a transition to a backup level of the regenerative braking system that is potentially imminent or has occurred, the generator torque is applied with approximately zero application of hydraulic torque; and
subsequently, in response to the at least one of (a) the setpoint total braking torque exceeding the fixedly predefined or establishable threshold value and (b) the presence of the warning information, the generator torque is applied in combination with application of the hydraulic torque, so that the generator torque and the hydraulic torque in combination provide the setpoint total braking torque, wherein the application of the hydraulic torque includes transfer of sufficient brake fluid via at least one hydraulic actuator to at least one wheel brake cylinder of the regenerative braking system to close at least one air gap of the at least one wheel brake cylinder.

US Pat. No. 11,110,801

FAULT DIAGNOSIS SYSTEM OF POWER CONVERTER FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...


1. A fault diagnosis system of a power converter for an electric vehicle, the system comprising:a power supply supplied with power and converting the supplied power to provide the power to at least one of a motor, a battery, or an electronic device of a vehicle;
a controller connected to the power supply by a connector and controlling charging and discharging of the battery, and operations of the motor and the electronic device of the vehicle by using the power provided from the power supply; and
a fault diagnosis circuit connected between the power supply and the controller and diagnosing whether the connector, which connects the power supply with the controller, malfunctions,
wherein the fault diagnosis circuit includes:a current transformer connected to the power supply and converting a current supplied from the power supply;
a rectifier rectifying a current supplied from the current transformer; and
a fault determination circuit connected to the rectifier by the connector and connected to the controller, and determining whether the connector, which connects the power supply with the controller, malfunctions,

wherein the fault determination circuit includes:a reference voltage source supplying a reference voltage for determining a fault; and
a comparator supplied with the reference voltage from the reference voltage source and an output voltage of the rectifier and comparing the voltages to each other,

wherein the fault determination circuit determines whether the connector, which connects the power supply with the controller, malfunctions, according to an output value of the comparator, and
wherein a magnitude of the reference voltage is determined in a range between a magnitude of a voltage output from an output terminal of the rectifier by the reference voltage source when the connector which connects the power supply with the controller is in a normal state and a magnitude of a voltage output from the output terminal of the rectifier by the reference voltage source when the connector which connects the power supply with the controller is in an abnormal state.

US Pat. No. 11,110,800

METHOD FOR AUXILIARY LOAD CONTROL

Ford Global Technologies,...


1. A method for operating a vehicle system with an internal combustion engine, comprising:at a controller, establishing a communication link between the controller and an auxiliary device electrically coupled to a power interface of a vehicle;
receiving a signal from the auxiliary device indicative of a present and/or anticipated power consumption of the auxiliary device; and
regulating power supplied to the auxiliary device through the power interface based on the signal indicative of the present and/or anticipated power consumption,
wherein power is regulated by increasing a fuel injection quantity in the internal combustion engine.

US Pat. No. 11,110,799

OPTICAL-EFFECT TOUCHPAD ON A STEERING WHEEL FOR FINGER DETECTION

CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FR...


1. A system for detecting command gestures made by at least one finger (P, F) of a driver of a motor vehicle, the system comprising:at least one interface pad (3) located in proximity to the rim of the steering wheel (8),
at least one light source (4) that emits an optical beam (L1) mainly in the near-infrared band toward the interface pad (3),
an imaging sensor (5), for capturing at least images steered (L2) by the interface pad (3) away from the driver,

wherein the interface pad (3) comprises a base frame (1) and a movable plate (2) that is movable between a rest position (P0) and at least one activation position (P1, P2) obtained by pressing one of the fingers (P, F) on the movable plate (2), the base frame (1) and the movable plate (2) lying generally in a reference plane XY and having a small thickness in the direction Z perpendicular to said reference plane XY, an optical zone of interest seen from the imaging sensor being defined at the interface between the base frame (1) and the movable plate (2), wherein the interface pad (3) comprises at least one elastic deformable seal (6; 61, 62; 7) interposed between the base frame (1) and the movable plate (2), the elastic deformable seal (6; 61, 62; 7) being generally absorbent at the optical wavelengths of interest, the interface pad (3) comprising a reflective strip (17) behind the elastic deformable seal (6; 61, 62; 7) from the point of view of the imaging sensor (5), so that the elastic deformable seal (6; 61, 62; 7) forms a dim zone (ZF) on the optical path (L1, L2) in the optical zone of interest seen by the imaging sensor (5), the size of the dim zone (ZF) depending on the pressure exerted on the movable plate (2).

US Pat. No. 11,110,798

MULTI-FUNCTION VEHICLE INPUT APPARATUSES WITH OPERATIONAL BUTTONS FOR VEHICLE SYSTEMS CONTROL AND METHODS INCORPORATING THE SAME


1. A multi-function input apparatus of a steering wheel, the multi-function input apparatus comprising:a plurality of outer buttons, the plurality of outer buttons correspond to a plurality of vehicle systems such that actuation of at least one of the plurality of outer buttons selects a corresponding vehicle system from the plurality of vehicle systems;
a touch pad having a capacitive touch surface, the touch pad is position adjacent the plurality of outer buttons such that the plurality of outer buttons border a first edge of the touch pad, in response to actuation of the capacitive surface the touch pad is configured to navigate through and select a setting of a plurality of settings of the selected vehicle system; and
a confirmation button positioned to border a second edge of the touch pad, the second edge being adjacent to and different from the first edge of the touch pad, the confirmation button corresponds to a confirmation input such that actuation of the confirmation button actuates the selected setting of the selected vehicle system.

US Pat. No. 11,110,797

FLUID DEMARCATION INSTRUMENT CLUSTER

Continental Automotive Sy...


1. A vehicle instrument cluster comprising:a gauge including a dial face defining a scale indicative of a vehicle operating parameter; and
a conduit containing a first fluid and a second fluid that are immiscible at normal operating conditions, the first fluid and the second fluid disposed relative to the scale, the first fluid and the second fluid in the conduit including a visible demarcation that is adjusted to correspond with the current vehicle operating parameter indicated on the scale, wherein the first fluid and the second fluid are of different densities to prevent mixing.

US Pat. No. 11,110,796

METER DEVICE AND METER UNIT PROVIDED WITH METER DEVICE REFLECTING VISIBLE RAYS TO POINTER AND OUTPUTTING INFRARED RAYS FROM POINTER

Yazaki Corporation, Toky...


1. A meter device comprising:a rotation shaft;
a pointer provided in an end part of the rotation shaft and rotating integrally with the rotation shaft;
an illumination light source which outputs visible rays to the pointer;
a light source of infrared rays which is arranged in parallel to the illumination light source and outputs the infrared rays to the pointer; and
a reflection part to which the visible rays outputted from the illumination light source and the infrared rays outputted from the light source of infrared rays are simultaneously guided through the rotation shaft and which is provided in the pointer to substantially reflect the visible rays into the pointer and to substantially pass and output the infrared rays from a central part of rotation of the pointer.

US Pat. No. 11,110,795

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS

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


1. A vehicle control apparatus capable of executing control to cause a vehicle to automatically follow a preceding vehicle, comprising:a controller including at least one processor and at least one storage device and configured to performdetermining, based on internal information of the vehicle, whether to request an increase of a cruising speed of the preceding vehicle during automatic following to the preceding vehicle; and
transmitting an increase request for requesting to increase the cruising speed of the preceding vehicle in a case in which it is determined in the determining to request the increase of the cruising speed,
wherein in the determining, it is determined to request the increase of the cruising speed on condition that a difference between the cruising speed of the preceding vehicle and a desired vehicle speed of the vehicle, which is higher than a current vehicle speed of the vehicle, is not more than a predetermined value.


US Pat. No. 11,110,794

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...


1. A vehicle control apparatus that executes braking assist control to decelerate a vehicle by automatic operation of a braking device, whereinwhen the vehicle control apparatus obtains a deceleration request from a driver during execution of the braking assist control, while a driver request deceleration requested to the braking device by the driver is constant or in an increasing trend, the vehicle control apparatus executes first arithmetic processing to suppress a system request deceleration requested to the braking device by the braking assist control from being decreased by the braking assist control.

US Pat. No. 11,110,793

WHEEL DRIVING APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...


1. A wheel driving apparatus comprising:a pair of axles that rotate left and right wheels of a vehicle;
a differential apparatus that is provided so as to be coupled with the axles; and
a rotating electrical machine that rotates the axles, wherein:
the rotating electrical machine includesa cylindrical rotor that includes a magnet portion that includes a plurality of magnetic poles of which polarities alternate in a circumferential direction, and
a cylindrical stator that includes a multiple-phase stator winding, in which
the rotor and the stator are arranged in a state in which the magnet portion and the stator winding oppose each other inward and outward in a radial direction;

the differential apparatus includesa differential case that rotates in accompaniment with a rotation of the rotor,
side gears that are housed in the differential case and respectively connected to the pair of axles, and
a pinion gear that is housed in the differential case and mutually meshes with the side gears;

the differential apparatus is concentrically arranged with the rotor in a hollow portion that is provided on an inner side in a radial direction of a magnetic circuit portion that is configured by the rotor and the stator in the rotating electrical machine;
the stator winding has conductor portions that are arranged in a position that opposes the rotor at a predetermined interval in the circumferential direction;
in the stator,an inter-conductor member is provided between the conductor portions in the circumferential direction and a magnetic material or a non-magnetic material is used as the inter-conductor member, the magnetic material meeting a relation of Wt×Bs?Wm×Br where Wt is a width dimension in the circumferential direction of the inter-conductor member for a single magnetic pole, Bs is a saturation magnetic flux density of the inter-conductor member, Wm is a width dimension in the circumferential direction of the magnet portion for a single magnetic pole, and Br is a remanent flux density of the magnet portion, or
an inter-conductor member is not provided between the conductor portions in the circumferential direction; and

the conductor portion has a thickness dimension in a radial direction thereof that is less than a width dimension in a circumferential direction thereof for a single phase within a single magnetic pole.

US Pat. No. 11,110,792

PLASTIC VEHICLE TANK WITH CONNECTING ELEMENT HAVING AN IMPROVED BREAKING EFFECT

Plastic Omnium Advanced I...


1. A plastic vehicle tank defining an interior volume provided to contain a liquid and comprising:an upper wall;
a lower wall;
at least one connecting element joining the upper wall to the lower wall of the plastic vehicle tank, said at least one connecting element being located inside the interior volume provided to contain a liquid, and comprising a structure made of continuous fibers embedded in a matrix, and
wherein the structure of the at least one connecting element has a tensile Young and/or a flexural modulus in at least a first direction that is 1.1 to 5 times higher than the tensile Young and/or flexural modulus of the structure in at least a second direction.

US Pat. No. 11,110,791

HYBRID MODULE FOR A DRIVE TRAIN OF A HYBRID VEHICLE AND SUCH A DRIVE TRAIN


1. A hybrid module for a drive train of a vehicle, comprising: an intermediate shaft configured for torque transmission from an internal combustion engine and/or an electric machine to a transmission, the shaft being mounted on a dividing wall by two bearings, wherein a securing element provided on a transmission side of the dividing wall fixes an axial position of a flywheel mounted on the intermediate shaft, wherein the flywheel includes a flange section arranged between the intermediate shaft and a flange section of the dividing wall.

US Pat. No. 11,110,790

CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR VEHICLE

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...


1. A vehicle comprising:a drive motor;
an engine; and
a processor configured to switch an electrically-operated driving mode in which the drive motor is used and a hybrid driving mode in which the drive motor and the engine are used, the processor configured to:set the electrically-operated driving mode when a target driving force is lower than or equal to a continuous line of a mode switching threshold set in accordance with a vehicle speed, and set the hybrid driving mode when the target driving force exceeds the continuous line of the mode switching threshold;
calculate a driving force difference that is a difference between the target driving force and the mode switching threshold; and
set a delay time from the target driving force crossing the continuous line of the mode switching threshold to a driving mode being switched on a basis of the driving force difference and the vehicle speed.


US Pat. No. 11,110,789

DRIVE DEVICE FOR A VEHICLE AXLE OF A TWO-TRACK VEHICLE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...


1. A drive device for a vehicle axle, wherein the vehicle axle comprises:an axle differential, which is connectable on a differential input side to a primary drive machine and is connectable on a differential output side to vehicle wheels of the vehicle axle via flanged shafts arranged on both sides of the axle differential,
wherein an additional drive machine and a shiftable superimposed transmission are associated with the vehicle axle,
wherein the superimposed transmission is shiftable into a torque distribution gear mode and a hybrid gear mode,
wherein, in the torque distribution gear mode, a torque distribution of the vehicle wheels of the vehicle axle is changeable based on a magnitude and rotational direction of a drive torque generated by the additional drive machine,
wherein, in the hybrid gear mode, torque generated by the additional drive machine is distributed uniformly among the vehicle wheels of the vehicle axle,
wherein the superimposed transmission comprises precisely two planetary gear trains, an input planetary gear train and an output planetary gear train, which are connectable on a superimposing input side to the additional drive machine,
wherein the input planetary gear train is designed as a Ravigneaux gear set and the output planetary gear train is designed as a simple planetary gear train gear set,
wherein the output planetary gear train has precisely one input element, a reaction element, and an output element, of which the input element is connected to the input planetary gear train and the output element is connected to the differential input side,
wherein the hybrid gear mode comprises a first hybrid gear step and a second hybrid gear step,
wherein, in both the hybrid gear mode and the torque distribution gear mode, a load path is formed through the input planetary gear train and the output planetary gear train.

US Pat. No. 11,110,788

CONTROL STRUCTURE FOR A MOBILE WORK MACHINE, METHOD, AND WORK MACHINE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...


1. A control structure for a mobile work machine, comprising:at least one output converter;
at least one output provider;
at least one rotatable shaft configured to operatively connect the at least one output provider to the at least one output converter, the at least one rotatable shaft configured as an energy accumulator; and
a control unit configured to determine a kinetic energy of the at least one rotatable shaft.

US Pat. No. 11,110,787

STRUCTURAL ENHANCEMENTS OF AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...


1. An electric vehicle comprising:a body structure including opposite first and second side rails;
a forward sub-frame including opposite first and second side supports each including and extending longitudinally between forward and rearward end portions, wherein the first and second side supports are located forward of and substantially parallel to the first and second side rails; and
a battery pack including a support structure disposed beneath and engaged to the body structure between the first and second side rails, the support structure having a plurality of longitudinal components spaced laterally apart from one-another and disposed parallel to the opposite first and second side rails, wherein the rearward end portions of the first and second side supports are proximate to respective first and second longitudinal components of the plurality of longitudinal components.

US Pat. No. 11,110,786

ELECTRIC TRUCK AND BATTERY PACK

DESIGNWERK PRODUCTS AG, ...


1. An electric truck (1) comprising:a battery pack assembly (2) including a battery pack mounting structure (3) and at least one battery pack (4), wherein the battery pack (4) includes a box shaped outer housing (5) having a certain length (L) in a longitudinal direction (x) of the truck (1), a certain width (W) in a transversal direction (y) of the truck (1) and a certain height (H) in a vertical direction (z) of the truck (1) and a battery unit (6) arranged inside and supported by the outer housing (5);
the battery pack mounting structure (3) per battery pack (4) including a first and a second cantilever (7, 8) attached to a chassis (9) of the electric truck (1), the first and second cantilever (7, 8) extending in transversal direction (y) and being in the longitudinal direction (x) spaced a distance apart from each other; and wherein
the battery pack (4) during operation is interconnected to the first and the second cantilever (7, 8) in a floating manner allowing a torsional movement of the chassis (9) around the longitudinal direction (x).

US Pat. No. 11,110,785

VEHICLE REAR PORTION STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...


1. A vehicle rear portion structure comprising:a left and right pair of rear side members that structure portions of a vehicle body at a vehicle rear portion, the rear side members extending in the vehicle front-and-rear direction and being disposed apart in the vehicle width direction;
a hydrogen tank that is disposed between the left and right pair of rear side members and is fixed to the vehicle body;
a floor panel that is disposed at a vehicle width direction outer side of the vehicle rear portion, a vehicle width direction inner end portion of the floor panel being fixed to one of the rear side members and the floor panel extending to the vehicle width direction outer side relative to one of the rear side members;
a battery that is disposed on the floor panel at the vehicle width direction outer side of one of the rear side members; and
a battery clamp, a vehicle width direction inner end portion of which is fixed to one of the rear side members, the battery clamp extending toward the vehicle width direction outer side to an upper portion of the battery, and the battery clamp and the floor panel sandwiching and retaining the battery from above and below,
wherein each rear side member includes a curved portion that is curved into an upper side protrusion in an arch shape in a vehicle side view, each rear side member extends in the vehicle front-and-rear direction to the vehicle front-and-rear direction rear relative to the curved portion, and the battery is disposed on the floor panel at the vehicle width direction outer side of one of the rear side members at the vehicle front-and-rear direction rear side relative to the curved portion.

US Pat. No. 11,110,784

DRIVE CONFIGURATION

QINETIQ LIMITED, Hampshi...


1. A drive configuration, comprising:a pair of traction motors for rotationally driving opposite, first and second outputs of the drive configuration, the traction motors being operatively connected to the outputs via respective gearing arrangements for selectively varying gear reduction between each of the traction motors and the corresponding output;
a steer differential in a torque connection with the first and second outputs of the drive configuration; and
a steer motor operatively connected to the steer differential for selectively varying rotational speed of the first and second outputs in use,
wherein the pair of traction motors and the steer motor are aligned co-axially to define a volume there-within in which the respective gearing arrangements and steering differential are at least partially located; and
the drive configuration further including a pair of brake assemblies aligned co-axially with the traction and steer motors; and
wherein the pair of brake assemblies are sized so as to be at least partially located within the volume.

US Pat. No. 11,110,783

OUTER WAIST SEAL ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE

Volvo Car Corporation, G...


1. An outer waist seal assembly for a vehicle including an exterior body panel, the outer waist seal assembly comprising:an elongate body structure adapted to be disposed about an edge of the exterior body panel and comprising an interior arm adapted to be disposed on an interior side of the exterior body panel and an exterior arm adapted to be disposed on an exterior side of the exterior body panel, wherein the interior arm comprises one or more of a friction structure, a lip, a rail, and a channel disposed on or through an interior surface thereof; and
a clip structure adapted to be secured in one or more of a slot and a hole defined adjacent to the edge of the exterior body panel and engage the one or more of the friction structure, the lip, the rail, and the channel disposed on or through the interior surface of the interior arm of the elongate body structure, thereby securing the elongate body structure to the exterior body panel, wherein the clip structure is adapted to be disposed on the interior side of the exterior body panel below the edge thereof, and wherein the clip structure comprises a base structure secured in the one or more of the slot and the hole defined adjacent to the edge of the exterior body panel, the base structure comprising one or more exterior flanges which passes through the hole and contacts an exterior surface of the exterior body panel.

US Pat. No. 11,110,782

AUTOMOTIVE DOOR SEALING STRUCTURE

Nishikawa Rubber Co., Ltd...


1. An automotive door sealing structure, comprising:a glass run assembled to a window frame of an automotive door to extend vertically in sliding contact with an edge of a window glass, the window frame supporting the window glass that moves up and down; and
a belt line sealing member assembled closer to an inside of a vehicle cabin than to the window glass at an inner peripheral flange of a belt line of the automotive door to extend in a longitudinal direction of a vehicle, wherein
the belt line sealing member includes an upper sealing lip and a lower seal lip, which extend in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle in sliding contact with an interior surface of the window glass, and are vertically spaced apart from each other,
at one end of the belt line sealing member in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle, a die-molded part that operates to open and close and coming into contact with the glass run in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle is continuously provided from the upper sealing lip through an inner wall to the lower sealing lip,
the die-molded part includes a lower projection projecting upward from one end of the lower sealing lip in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle, and coming into contact with the glass run in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle, and
a cutout extending downward from a connector provided between the lower protrusion and an intermediate part.

US Pat. No. 11,110,781

OPENING STRUCTURE OF TAIL GATE AND ROOF AND MOUNTING METHOD THEREOF

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...


1. An opening structure of a tail gate and a roof, comprising:a cross member mounted at the roof of a vehicle;
a hinge mounted at the cross member and a tail gate body in white (BIW);
a hinge drive motor operating the hinge; and
a spindle drive expandably and contractibly mounted to move the roof;
wherein the tail gate is opened by the hinge drive motor, or a rear of the roof is moved upward by the expansion of the spindle drive after the tail gate is opened;
wherein a sealing member is interposed between a roof support panel which is fastened to the cross member to support the roof and a portion where an outside panel extension panel and a quarter panel are joined;
wherein a cross section of the panel extension panel is formed in a U shape so a middle part of the cross section of the panel extension panel is low; and
wherein the sealing member is located higher than the middle part of the cross section of the panel extension panel.

US Pat. No. 11,110,780

ASSEMBLY HAVING TWO ROOF FRAME ELEMENTS, ROOF FRAME AND A VEHICLE ROOF OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

WEBASTO SE, Stockdorf (D...


1. An assembly for two roof frame elements for a vehicle roof of a motor vehicle comprising:the two roof frame elements are arranged relative to one another that a region of overlap is formed at offset end regions, in which the two roof frame elements overlap one another, and a plastic jacket, which covers the region of overlap and seals off the region of overlap,
wherein the following are formed along the region of overlap in a manner offset with respect to one another:
a joining location, at which the two roof frame elements are connected to one another and which is covered by the plastic jacket in order to seal off the joining location, an adhesive bonding location, which is formed on an inner side of the plastic jacket, for the application of an adhesive, and
in an adjoining region of the first roof frame element which immediately adjoins the region of overlap, a surface of the adjoining region is formed in the same plane as a surface of the adhesive bonding location in the Z direction.

US Pat. No. 11,110,779

ROLLER BLIND ARRANGEMENT HAVING A GROUNDING ELEMENT

WEBASTO SE, Stockdorf (D...


1. A roller blind arrangement for a motor vehicle, comprising:a roller blind web and a winding shaft on which the roller blind web can be wound up to form a roller blind coil and which is mounted on bearing elements on either side of a longitudinal center plane of the roller blind, each bearing element being fixed relative to a vehicle body,
wherein at least one of the bearing elements is connected to a metallic component via a grounding element made of electrically conductive polymer,
the metallic component being electrically connected to the vehicle body, and
wherein the grounding element comprises a contact tip which extends into a hole of the bearing element; and
wherein the contact tip is conical and protrudes at a right angle in the direction of the longitudinal center plane of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 11,110,778

HEAT PUMP SECONDARY COOLANT LOOP HEAT EXCHANGER DEFROST SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...


1. A cooling and heating system for a motor vehicle comprising:a refrigerant-based heat pump having a first side heat exchanger and a second side heat exchanger, wherein the heat pump is adapted to operate in a cooling mode and a heating mode;
a controller for controlling operation of the cooling and heating system;
a first secondary coolant loop comprising a low temperature radiator, the low temperature radiator being in thermal communication with the first side heat exchanger of the heat pump when the heat pump is in the cooling mode and the low temperature radiator being in thermal communication with the second side heat exchanger of the heat pump when the heat pump is in the heating mode;
a second secondary coolant loop comprising a passenger cabin heat exchanger, the passenger cabin heat exchanger being in thermal communication with the second side heat exchanger of the heat pump when the heat pump is in the cooling mode and the passenger cabin heat exchanger being in thermal communication with the first side heat exchanger of the heat pump when the heat pump is in the heating mode; and
a defrost system comprising a bypass coolant loop in selective fluid communication with the first secondary coolant loop, a coolant heater, and a solenoid valve;
wherein, in the heating mode, the controller opens or confirms open the solenoid valve in the bypass coolant loop and activates the coolant heater upon detecting that the low temperature radiator is covered in frost and/or ice and upon detecting an ambient temperature below a predetermined temperature, and wherein the controller de-activates the coolant heater upon detecting that the low temperature radiator is not covered in frost and/or ice.

US Pat. No. 11,110,777

VEHICLE HVAC SYSTEM WITH AUXILIARY COOLANT LOOP FOR HEATING AND COOLING VEHICLE INTERIOR

Ford Global Technologies,...


1. A vehicle, comprising:a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system for heating and cooling a passenger compartment, said HVAC system including a refrigerant loop and a coolant loop; and
an auxiliary coolant loop for heating and cooling at least a portion of said passenger compartment, said auxiliary coolant loop including a pump for moving a coolant, within said auxiliary coolant loop, through a first heat exchanger coupled to said refrigerant loop, a second heat exchanger positioned within said passenger compartment, and a third heat exchanger coupled to said coolant loop;
a flow control valve for controlling a flow of coolant to said third heat exchanger; and
an expansion device for controlling a flow of refrigerant to said first heat exchanger,
wherein a temperature of said coolant within said auxiliary coolant loop is controlled utilizing said flow control valve and said pump; and
wherein said first heat exchanger and said third heat exchanger are connected in parallel, said auxiliary coolant loop includes a two way flow control valve for controlling movement of coolant to said first heat exchanger and said third heat exchanger, and said pump is connected between said second heat exchanger and said two way flow control valve.

US Pat. No. 11,110,776

REMOTELY CONTROLLING COMFORT COMPONENTS IN AN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE

TOYOTA RESEARCH INSTITUTE...


1. A method for selecting an autonomous mobility-as-a-service (MAAS) vehicle performed by a MAAS vehicle control system, comprising:monitoring a location of each autonomous MAAS vehicle of a plurality of autonomous MAAS vehicles based on first location information transmitted from each respective autonomous MAAS vehicle;
receiving, from a user equipment (UE) of a customer, second location information identifying a location of the customer, the location of the customer being remote from the location of each respective autonomous MAAS vehicle of the plurality of autonomous MAAS vehicles;
receiving, from each autonomous MAAS vehicle of the plurality of autonomous MAAS vehicles, a current compartment climate value based on a triggering event;
transmitting, to the UE of the customer based on receiving the second location information, the first location information and the current compartment climate value of each respective autonomous MAAS vehicle of a set of autonomous MAAS vehicles within a range of the location, the set of autonomous MAAS vehicles selected from the plurality of autonomous MAAS vehicles, and the current compartment climate value intended to be displayed at the UE;
receiving, from the UE of the customer, a message identifying an autonomous MAAS vehicle selected by the customer from the set of autonomous MAAS vehicles based on one or both of the current compartment climate value and the first location information; and
transmitting, to the identified autonomous MAAS vehicle, a message dispatching the identified autonomous MAAS vehicle to the location, such that the identified autonomous MAAS vehicle autonomously navigates to the location of the customer.

US Pat. No. 11,110,775

AIRFLOW TURNING DEVICE FOR HVAC SYSTEM

DENSO International Ameri...


8. A heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) case comprising:a single case outlet that directs airflow to a plurality of different vehicle airflow outlets; and
a plurality of channels at the single case outlet, the plurality of channels extending lengthwise from an inner upstream side to an outer downstream side;
wherein across the single case outlet different ones of the plurality of channels have different lengths relative to a direction of airflow through the HVAC case to generate a varied pressure drop at the outer downstream side in response to airflow blown into the plurality of channels from the inner upstream side;
wherein the plurality of channels include first channels having a first length and second channels having a second length; and
wherein the varied pressure drop includes a first pressure drop on the outer downstream side opposite to the first channels having the first length, and a second pressure drop on the outer downstream side opposite to the second channels having the second length, the first pressure drop is higher than the second pressure drop and the first channels are longer than the second channels.