US Pat. No. 10,167,013

DRIVING SUPPORT DEVICE FOR VEHICLE INCLUDING AN ELECTRIC POWER STEERING CONTROL THAT GENERATES A STEERING ASSIST TORQUE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A driving support device for a vehicle, comprising:a steering angle detection device configured to detect a steering angle (?);
a steering torque detection device configured to detect a steering torque (T);
a driving support control device configured to calculate a target steering angle (?t) corresponding to target steering angles of steered wheels of the vehicle for allowing the vehicle to travel along a target course;
an electric power steering device configured to generate a steering assist torque (Ta); and
an electric power steering control device for controlling the electric power steering device, the electric power steering control device configured to calculate a target driving support torque (Tdt) for causing the steering angle (?) to attain the target steering angle (?t), to thereby control the electric power steering device so that a driving support torque (Td) attains the target driving support torque (Tdt),
wherein the electric power steering control device is configured to:
set, as a reference steering angle (?s), one of the target steering angle (?t) and the steering angle (?) acquired when a magnitude of a difference (???t) between the steering angle (?) and the target steering angle (?t) is estimated to be less than a reference value (?0);
calculate a corrected steering angle (???s) by subtracting the reference steering angle (?s) from the steering angle (?);
calculate an indication value (Idsi) indicating an intention of a driver's steering operation, which is correlated to at least one of a first product ((???s)*T) of the corrected steering angle (???s) and the steering torque (T), a second product (d?*T) of a time derivative (d?) of the corrected steering angle (???s) and the steering torque (T), and a third product ((???s)*dT) of the corrected steering angle (???s) and a time derivative (dT) of the steering torque (T); and
correct the target steering angle (?t) based on the indication value (Idsi) so that the target driving support torque (Tdt) is corrected in accordance with the intention of the driver's steering operation.

US Pat. No. 10,167,012

ELECTRIC POWER STEERING DEVICE

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An electric power steering device, comprising:a motor that has a stator including two independent coil windings with respect to a single rotor and causes a vehicle steering mechanism to rotate; and
a first control unit and a second control unit that are integrally connected to the motor,
wherein each of the first control unit and the second control circuit comprises:
a power supply circuit that generates a fixed voltage;
an input circuit that inputs operation information from a plurality of circuits;
a central processing unit that calculates a control amount based on information from the input circuit, detects an abnormality of the plurality of circuits or the coil windings, and performs communication with the other central processing unit;
an inverter circuit that controls power supply to the motor based on the control signal; and
a drive circuit that transmits the control signal of the central processing unit to the inverter circuit;
when the abnormality is detected in one of the first control unit and the second control unit, control of the motor is continued by the other control unit, and
wherein a first set of the central processing unit and the driver circuit of the first control unit and a second set of the central processing unit and the driver circuit of the second control unit are disposed in parallel to each other on a same substrate that is spaced apart from the inverter circuit of the first control unit and the inverter circuit of the second control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,167,011

SYSTEM FOR COMPENSATING FOR DISTURBANCE OF MOTOR FOR MOTOR DRIVEN POWER STEERING

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A system for compensating for disturbance of a motor for motor driven power steering, the system comprising:a feedback controller configured to output a voltage value obtained by compensating for an error between a current command value and a current output value;
a closed-loop based input prediction model unit configured to separately predict an input voltage value for the motor based on the current command value separately from the feedback controller; and
a disturbance compensating unit configured to, when there is a difference between the input voltage value predicted by the closed-loop based input prediction model unit and the voltage value output from the feedback controller, determine that the disturbance exists and perform a disturbance compensation control for the output voltage of the feedback controller,
wherein the closed loop based input prediction model unit is configured to predict the input voltage value for the motor based on the current command value, and is a combination of a motor model (Pn) and the feedback controller (C), and expressed by Equation:

wherein C represents the feedback controller and Pn represents the motor model,
wherein the disturbance compensating unit outputs a disturbance compensation value calculated by the Equation
andwherein d represents disturbance, d represents a disturbance compensation value, Pn represents a motor nominal model, C represents the feedback controller, and ? represents a disturbance compensating unit function, and
wherein the error-compensated voltage value output from the feedback controller by the disturbance compensation control by the disturbance compensating unit is input into the motor.

US Pat. No. 10,167,010

DRIVING DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A driving device used as a power source of an electric power steering apparatus, the driving device comprising:a motor portion including a stator, a rotor rotatably provided inside the stator, and a shaft rotating integrally with the rotor;
a control portion provided on one side of the motor portion in an axial direction of the shaft and controlling an energization of the motor portion;
a casing having a cylindrical shape and housing the motor portion;
a first frame end located between the motor portion and the control portion and holding the control portion, the first frame end supporting the shaft;
a second frame end located on an opposite side of the motor portion from the control portion, the second frame end supporting the shaft; and
a fixation member fixing the first frame end or the second frame end to the casing,
wherein:
the first frame end or the second frame end, which is fixed to the casing, includes a plurality of first flange portions protruding outward in a radial direction of the motor portion,
the casing includes a plurality of second flange portions corresponding to the plurality of first flange portions, the plurality of second flange portions being fixed to the first flange portions by the fixation member,
the plurality of first flange portions and the plurality of second flange portions are located inside an imaginary square circumscribing the casing in cross-section perpendicular to the axial direction of the shaft,
a number of the plurality of the first flange portions is two,
the first frame end or the second frame end includes third flange portions protruding outward in the radial direction and being configured to be fixed to an external attachment object,
a number of the third flange portions is two,
at least a part of the plurality of first flange portions and at least a part of the plurality of second flange portions overlap the third flange portions in the axial direction,
each of the plurality of first flange portions includes a hole that extends in the axial direction,
the fixation member extends through the hole, and
the hole entirely overlaps one of the third flange portions in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,167,009

ELECTRIC POWER STEERING SYSTEM

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. An electric power steering system comprising:a rack shaft connected to steered wheels;
a rack housing configured to accommodate the rack shaft;
a pinion shaft provided with a pinion gear meshed with a rack gear of the rack shaft;
a speed-reducer including a worm wheel and a worm shaft, the worm wheel being connected to a portion of the pinion shaft such that the worm wheel is rotatable together with the pinion shaft in an integrated manner, the portion of the pinion shaft protruding from the rack housing, and the worm shaft being meshed with the worm wheel;
an electric motor configured to rotationally drive the worm shaft;
a speed-reducer housing configured to accommodate the speed-reducer;
a bearing disposed in the speed-reducer housing, the bearing being configured to support the pinion shaft such that the pinion shaft is rotatable; and
a seal member having an annular shape, the seal member disposed in the speed-reducer housing between the worm wheel and the pinion gear, and the seal member being configured to seal a clearance between the pinion shaft and the speed-reducer housing.

US Pat. No. 10,167,008

STROLLER FRAME

SUNNYLOVE BABY PRODUCTS Z...

1. A stroller frame comprising:a body having
a front end having two sides;
a rear side;
a front wheel bracket having
a front;
a rear;
a top; and
two top portions disposed at a spaced interval and inclined toward the top of the front wheel bracket from the front of the front wheel bracket to the rear of the front wheel bracket;
two first joint assemblies respectively disposed on the two top portions of the front wheel bracket;
a seat supporting bracket disposed on the two first joint assemblies;
a seat plate disposed on the seat supporting bracket and having a middle section and a rear section;
two inclined rods respectively disposed on the two first joint assemblies;
two second joint assemblies respectively disposed on the two inclined rods;
a handle disposed across the two second joint assemblies and having
two longitudinal portions respectively disposed on the two second joint assemblies; and
a transverse portion disposed across the two longitudinal portions and having an operating assembly disposed on the transverse portion, wherein the operating assembly controls the two first joint assemblies and the two second joint assemblies;
a first transverse rod disposed across the two first joint assemblies below the seat supporting bracket;
a second transverse rod disposed across the two top portions of the front wheel bracket below the seat supporting bracket, parallel with the first transverse rod, located ahead and below the first transverse rod, and having two ends; and
a linkage shaft disposed below the rear section of the seat plate, and linkingly connected between the two first joint assemblies;
two front wheel assemblies respectively and pivotally disposed on the two sides of the front end of the body, and each front wheel assembly having
a front wheel seat pivotally disposed on the body; and
a front wheel pivotally disposed on the front wheel seat;
a seat supporting mechanism moveably disposed below the seat plate of the body, and having a first arc-shaped plate, a second arc-shaped plate, and a supporting plate, a top end of the first arc-shaped plate pivotally disposed on the middle section of the seat plate, a bottom end of the second arc-shaped plate pivotally disposed on the second transverse rod, a top end of the supporting plate connected to the linkage shaft, and a bottom end of the first arc-shaped plate, a top end of the second arc-shaped plate, and a bottom end of the supporting plate connected with each other by a pivoting shaft; and
a rear wheel folding mechanism disposed on the rear side of the body, and having
two rear wheel assemblies moveably disposed on the first transverse rod of the body, and each rear wheel assembly having
a rear wheel seat having a top portion and a side;
a rear wheel having a wheel shaft pivotally disposed on the side of the rear wheel seat, and the wheel shaft having a longitudinal direction and a central line defined along the longitudinal direction of the wheel shaft;
a connecting rod securely disposed on the top portion of the rear wheel seat and having a longitudinal direction, a central line defined along the longitudinal direction of the connecting rod, and a top end, wherein an angle is defined between the central line of the connecting rod and the central line of the wheel shaft and is an acute angle; and
a connecting seat pivotally disposed on the top end of the connecting rod, obliquely and securely mounted on the first transverse rod, and having
a pivoting portion pivotally disposed on the top end of the connecting rod by a pivoting pin and having a top end and a bottom end;
a fixing portion formed on the top end of the pivoting portion, and the connecting seat securely mounted on the first transverse rod by the fixing portion; and
a stopping portion formed on the bottom end of the pivoting portion and located behind the top end of the connecting rod for limiting a backward rotating angle between the connecting rod and the connecting seat;
wherein the connecting seats of the two rear wheel assemblies are inclined outwardly from top to bottom of the body, and the two connecting rods are symmetrical and are splayed from top to bottom of the body, when the two rear wheel assemblies are expanded, a distance between the two rear wheels is larger than a distance between the two front wheels, and when the two rear wheel assemblies are folded, the two rear wheels move between the two front wheels by the connecting seats inclined and the two connecting rods splayed; and
two linkage assemblies respectively disposed on the two ends of the second transverse rod, and respectively located at outer sides of the connecting rods and connected to the connecting rods of the two rear wheel assemblies, and each linkage assembly having
a first linkage rod, a second linkage rod, a first multi-directional connector, and a second multi-directional connector, an end of the first linkage rod connected to the second transverse rod, the other end of the first linkage rod combined to the first multi-directional connector to connect to an end of the second linkage rod, and the other end of the second linkage rod combined to the second multi-directional connector to connect to a middle section of a corresponding one of the connecting rods.

US Pat. No. 10,167,007

GAME CART APPARATUS AND METHODS

Mainstream Holdings, Inc....

1. A cart configured to traverse uneven terrain, the cart comprising:a frame, the frame comprising a wheel support portion and an axle extending through the wheel support portion, the wheel support portion having a proximal end portion extending in a first direction from the axle and a distal end portion extending in a second direction from the axle, the proximal and distal end portions forming an angle, the angle having a vertex through which the axle extends, a handle structure extending from the proximal end portion and aligned with the first direction, and at least one cargo support section extending from the distal end portion of the wheel support portion and aligned with the second direction;
at least one wheel support assembly configured to pivot around the axle;
a first wheel and a second wheel, the first and second wheels being positioned directly opposite each other on the at least one wheel support assembly, the first and second wheels each being pivotable relative to the at least one wheel support assembly, the first wheel having a first axis of rotation offset from and parallel to the axle, the second wheel having a second axis of rotation offset from and parallel to the axle.

US Pat. No. 10,167,006

DOCK CART COVER

Boates LLC, Port Jeffers...

1. A dock cart cover, comprising:a lower portion;
an upper portion disposed above the lower portion;
a tensioning device coupled to the lower portion; and
a plurality of tension straps, each tension strap including:
a female fastener coupled to either the upper portion or the lower portion, and
a male fastener coupled to either the upper portion or the lower portion,
wherein the lower portion is dimensioned to fit about sides of a dock cart and the tensioning device is configured to apply tension inward about sides of the dock cart, and
wherein the plurality of tension straps in combination with the tensioning device apply a flattening tension along the upper portion located at a plane different from a plane formed by sides of the dock cart cover when in a collapsed state.

US Pat. No. 10,167,005

ROUTE EXAMINING SYSTEM AND METHOD

General Electric Company,...

1. A system comprising:first and second detection units configured to be disposed onboard a vehicle system traveling along a route having first and second conductive tracks;
first and second detection devices coupled with the first and second detection units and disposed at spaced apart locations along a length of the vehicle system, the first detection device including a first conductive body configured to be at least one of conductively or inductively coupled with the first conductive track, the second detection device including a second conductive body configured to be at least one of conductively or inductively coupled with the second conductive track,
wherein the first and second detection units are configured to monitor one or more electrical characteristics of the first and second conductive tracks as detected by the first and second detection devices in response to a first examination signal being electrically injected into the first conductive track and in response to a second examination signal being electrically injected into the second conductive track,
wherein, the first and second detection devices are positioned onboard the vehicle system such that, while an electrical short exists between the first and second conductive tracks in a location between the first and second detection devices, the first detection device receives the first examination signal at a signal-to-noise ratio that is greater than a threshold signal-to-noise ratio but does not receive the second examination signal at the signal-to-noise ratio that is greater than the threshold signal-to-noise ratio, and the second detection device receives the second examination signal at the signal-to-noise ratio that is greater than the threshold signal-to-noise ratio but does not receive the first examination signal at the signal-to-noise ratio that is greater than the threshold signal-to-noise ratio,
wherein, the first and second detection devices are positioned onboard the vehicle system such that, while the electrical short does not exist between the first and second conductive tracks in the location between the first and second detection devices, the first detection device and the second detection device receive each of the first examination signal and the second examination signal at the signal-to-noise ratio that exceeds the threshold signal-to-noise ratio; and
an identification unit including one or more processors configured to determine that a section of the route includes the electrical short responsive to the one or more electrical characteristics monitored by the first and second detection units indicating that the first examination signal is received by only the first detection device at the signal-to-noise ratio that exceeds the threshold signal-to-noise ratio and the second examination signal is received by only the second detection device at the signal-to-noise ratio that exceeds the threshold signal-to-noise ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,167,004

SENSOR SYSTEM

General Electric Company,...

1. A system comprising:sensors configured to be disposed onboard vehicles in a vehicle system and to sense one or more characteristics of the vehicles; and
one or more of a controller or a control system configured to receive data representative of the one or more characteristics from the sensors,
wherein the sensors are configured to synchronously communicate the data from the sensors disposed onboard the same vehicle with respect to the sensors disposed onboard the same vehicle, and
wherein the sensors are configured to asynchronously communicate the data from the sensors disposed onboard different vehicles of the vehicles in the vehicle system.

US Pat. No. 10,167,003

AUTOMATED RAIL INSPECTION SYSTEM

voestalpine SIGNALING USA...

1. A method of mitigating long term effects of strain gage drift, the method comprising:a) receiving a plurality of strain measurements from a strain gage positioned on a rail at a data acquisition module of a field sensor system, the data acquisition module electrically connected to the strain gage, the plurality of strain measurements being sampled at a sampling rate and including a strain spike experienced when the rail transitions from tension to compression or compression to tension in a longitudinal direction due to thermal deformation;
b) identifying, via a microprocessor of the field sensor system, a particular strain measurement from the plurality of strain measurements corresponding to the strain spike, the microprocessor in communication with the data acquisition module;
c) comparing, via the microprocessor, the strain spike to other spikes in the plurality of strain measurements to ensure the strain spike corresponds with the rail transitioning from tension to compression or compression to tension in a longitudinal direction due to thermal deformation;
d) calibrating, via the microprocessor, the strain gage based on the particular strain measurement; and
e) re-calibrating the strain gage based on a subsequent performance of steps a), b), c), and d).

US Pat. No. 10,167,002

METER GAUGE POWER BOGIE AND METER GAUGE VEHICLE

CRRC Tangshan Co., Ltd., ...

1. A meter gauge power bogie, comprising two wheelsets arranged in a longitudinal direction of a vehicle body, a framework arranged on the wheelsets, wherein the wheelset comprises an axle extending along a width of the vehicle body and wheels press-fitted with the axle and located at both ends of the axle, wherein the meter gauge power bogie further comprises:a driving device, comprising a rolling axial suspension box enclosing the axle between the two wheels, wherein the rolling axial suspension box is mounted on the axle via a rolling bearing; a traction motor is arranged on a front side or a rear side of the rolling axial suspension box, and a gearbox is arranged between ends of the traction motor and the rolling axial suspension box at the same side and the corresponding wheel; the rolling axial suspension box is fixedly connected with a housing of the traction motor, the rolling axial suspension box and the housing of the traction motor are respectively fixedly connected with a box body of the gearbox; the housing of the traction motor is connected with the framework via a motor derrick; a first gear and a second gear are at least provided within the gearbox, the first gear is press-fitted with a motor shaft of the traction motor, and the second gear is press-fitted with the axle, wherein, every two of the gearbox box body, the traction motor and the rolling axial suspension box are connected with a bolt; and a dynamic sealing structure is arranged between the gearbox box body and the axle, the dynamic sealing structure is a rotatable dynamic seal.

US Pat. No. 10,167,001

GAP FILLER HAVING A REDUCED BULK

Alstom Transport Technolo...

1. A gap filling device designed to be fitted on to a rail vehicle, the gap filling device comprising:a movable ramp that is movable in a horizontal direction between a retracted position within a housing arranged under a floor of the rail vehicle, and a deployed position extending out of the housing over a length, the movable ramp comprising:
an upper surface that is accessible in the deployed position, and
lateral flanged edges extending over at least a portion of the length of the movable ramp, with each being movable between a first position, in which this lateral flanged edge extends vertically projecting outwards in relation to the upper surface of the movable ramp up to a first height, and a second position, in which the lateral flanged edge extends up to a second height that is lower than the first height, and
a movable hatch, formed by a unique plain element extending from a top end connected to the rail vehicle by a pivot link arranged above the housing, to a bottom end that is free, the movable hatch being movable between a closed position and an open position, such that:
the movable hatch is in the closed position for closing off the housing when the movable ramp is in retracted position, and, in the closed position, the bottom end is under the housing, and
in the open position, the movable hatch extends between the floor and the movable ramp in the deployed position, and the bottom end rests on the upper surface of the ramp.

US Pat. No. 10,167,000

FUEL SUPPLY SYSTEM FOR A LOCOMOTIVE

Progress Rail Lovomotive ...

1. A locomotive comprising:an undercarriage;
an engine rigidly supported on the undercarriage; and
a fuel supply system for supplying fuel to the engine, the fuel supply system comprising:
a first enclosure disposed on an underside of the undercarriage and configured to extend partway along a length of the undercarriage, the first enclosure designated to store a first type of fuel therein; and
a second enclosure located adjacent to the first enclosure and configured to extend parallelly with respect to the undercarriage, the second enclosure designated for enclosing components configured for supplying a second type of fuel to the engine of the locomotive, wherein the components for supplying the second type of fuel include at least:
an electric motor;
a first pump coupled to the electric motor, the first pump configured to:
receive the second type of fuel from a fuel tender located adjacent to the locomotive; and
pressurize the second type of fuel for supplying to the engine; and
at least one vaporizer system disposed downstream of the first pump for vaporizing the second type of fuel before being supplied to the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,166,999

SURROUND SOUND BASED WARNING SYSTEM

Ambarella, Inc., Santa C...

1. An apparatus comprising:an interface configured to receive data readings generated by a plurality of sensors; and
a processor configured to (a) perform a fusion operation on said data readings from said plurality of sensors to detect an event, (b) determine a location of said event with respect to a vehicle based on said data readings, (c) convert said location to spatial audio data and (d) generate an audio warning signal based on said spatial audio data, wherein (i) at least one of said sensors generates video data as one of said data readings, (ii) said processor performs video analysis on said video data to calculate measurements using a number of pixels to said event with respect to said vehicle to calculate said location, (iii) said spatial audio data is in a format compatible with a surround sound speaker system of said vehicle, (iv) said audio warning signal indicates said location of said event using said surround sound speaker system, (v) said fusion operation makes inferences from said plurality of sensors not possible from one of the sensors alone, (vi) said spatial audio data is configured to correlate said location of said event to a user location within said vehicle, (vii) one of said sensors comprises an interior camera and (viii) said processor is further configured to analyze video data from said interior camera to determine said user location.

US Pat. No. 10,166,998

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An image processing device that generates a display image and is applied to a driving assistance system, which includes:a driving assistance device that detects a relative position of a lane marking arranged on a traveling road with respect to a vehicle and assists a driving of the vehicle based on a detected positional information; and
a head-up display device that projects a display image on a projection area arranged on the vehicle to visually recognize a virtual image of the display image,
the image processing device comprising:
an acquisition device that acquires the positional information; and
a generation device that generates the display image including a predetermined display element, wherein:
the generation device generates the display image to visually recognize the display element at a position associated with the positional information acquired by the acquisition device and to visually recognize the display element as a shape inclined toward the vehicle from the lane marking; and
the generation device generates the display image to vary a shape of the display element according to a detection accuracy of the relative position detected by the driving assistance device.

US Pat. No. 10,166,997

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE, VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A method for decelerating a vehicle, the method comprising:monitoring a state of a driver of the vehicle;
causing a notification that indicates the state of the driver to be output based on the monitored state of the driver, the notification being presented to a person inside the vehicle that is not the driver;
determining, by circuitry of an information processing apparatus and when operating in a manual operation mode, whether to cause the vehicle to decelerate based on whether a first instruction to stop the vehicle is received in response to the notification that is output to the person inside the vehicle; and
causing, by the circuitry, the vehicle to decelerate based on the determination of whether to cause the vehicle to decelerate, wherein
the notification is presented by a light that emits a predetermined color based on the monitored state of the driver.

US Pat. No. 10,166,996

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ADAPTIVELY COMMUNICATING NOTICES IN A VEHICLE

1. An indication system of a vehicle, comprising:one or more processors;
a memory communicably coupled to the one or more processors and storing:
an orientation module including instructions that when executed by the one or more processors cause the one or more processors to, in response to receiving a notice about an occurrence of an event when the vehicle is opertating according to an automomous mode, determine a viewing orientation of a passenger in the vehicle according to at least one electronic input that indicates information about a physical position of the passenger within the vehicle including determining whether a line-of-sight of the passenger is directed to a secondary display panel which is positioned in relation to the passenger to shift the line-of-sight away from a primary direction of travel of the vehicle, and wherein the event is associated with at least one of a current location of the vehicle or operation of the vehicle,
wherein the orientation module further includes instructions to select at least one alerting device from available communication devices in the vehicle according to the viewing orientation by determining which of the available communication devices correspond with the viewing orientation of the passenger; and
a notice module including instructions that when executed by the one or more processors cause the one or more processors to control the at least one alerting device to communicate the notice to the passenger about the occurrence of the event.

US Pat. No. 10,166,995

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FEATURE ACTIVATION VIA GESTURE RECOGNITION AND VOICE COMMAND

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a wireless communication module to obtain a gesture command and a voice command from a user located outside of the vehicle;
a vehicle control system configured to:
receive the gesture command representative of motion of the user recorded by a mobile device from the mobile device communicatively coupled to the wireless communication module;
determine a vehicle feature associated with the gesture command;
activate the determined associated vehicle feature;
subsequently receive the voice command from a microphone; and
supplement the activated vehicle feature based on the voice command.

US Pat. No. 10,166,994

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE OPERATING STATUS ASSESSMENT

STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOB...

1. A computer-implemented method for real-time determination of the status of autonomous operation features of an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle, comprising:monitoring, by one or more processors, the operation of the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle to obtain operating data from one or more autonomous operation features;
determining, by one or more processors, an operating status of the one or more autonomous operation features of the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle based upon the operating data;
determining, by one or more processors, a change in the operating status of the one or more autonomous operation features based upon the determined operating status by comparing the operating status with a previous operating status of the one or more autonomous operation features, wherein the change in operating status indicates an impairment of operation of the one or more autonomous operation features;
determining, by one or more processors, a risk level associated with operation of the one or more autonomous operation features based upon the impairment;
when the risk level exceeds a threshold, implementing, by one or more processors, an action to reduce a risk associated with operation of the vehicle;
generating, by one or more processors, a report containing information regarding the change in the operating status of the one or more autonomous operation features;
storing, in a computer-readable non-transitory memory, the report for subsequent use
determining, by one or more processors, an adjustment to a cost associated with an insurance policy associated with the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle based upon the determined change in the operating status of the one or more autonomous operation features; and
causing, by one or more processors, the adjustment to the cost associated with the insurance policy to be implemented.

US Pat. No. 10,166,993

CUSTOMER DRIVING MODE FOR VEHICLES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:memory to store restricted information including a default cabin temperature;
a vehicle module;
a gateway interface to receive a diagnostic tool; and
a processor to:
receive, from the diagnostic tool, a request including security credentials for the restricted information;
determine whether to enable the diagnostic tool to modify the default cabin temperature based on the security credentials of the request; and
control the vehicle module based on the default cabin temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,166,992

IMPAIRMENT EVALUATION SYSTEM

1. A system for use in a motor vehicle, the system configured to administer an impairment evaluation, the system comprising:a database;
a plurality of impairment events stored in the database, wherein each of the plurality of impairment events includes a geographic location of a place and a time period;
an electronic control unit, the electronic control unit having a processor configured to process and read a computer executable instruction that, when executed, cause the electronic control unit to determine a sober driver profile, wherein the sober driver profile is determined during a predetermined period of time when any one of the plurality of impairment events is not detected, wherein a braking habit, speed and turning characteristic of the driver are recorded over the predetermined period of time to determine the sober driver profile; and
a sensor assembly, the sensor assembly detecting a location and a current driving operation of the motor vehicle after a motor vehicle stop, the sensor assembly including a speedometer, an accelerometer, a steering wheel angle sensor and a brake pad sensor detecting speed, turning and braking force of the motor vehicle;
wherein the electronic control unit also receives the current driving operation of the vehicle from the sensor assembly, compares the current driving operation of the vehicle with the sober driver profile after the motor vehicle stop, and identifies the location of the motor vehicle stop as a new impairment event and permanently stores the new impairment event in the database as one of the plurality of impairment events when the current driving operation of the vehicle deviates from the sober driver profile a predetermined amount, wherein the electronic control unit further associates the location of the motor vehicle stop within the new impairment event, and wherein every time the motor vehicle subsequently makes a stop at the location associated with the new impairment event, the electronic control unit administers a challenge to the driver after the impairment event so as to determine if the driver is impaired, wherein the electronic control unit renders the vehicle inoperable when the driver fails the challenge.

US Pat. No. 10,166,991

METHOD AND APPARATUS OF SELECTIVE SENSING MECHANISM IN VEHICULAR CROWD-SENSING SYSTEM

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A processor-implemented method for obtaining data from vehicles in a geographical area, the method comprising:calculating, by a processor using a greedy algorithm, a greedy parameter value for each of a plurality of vehicles in the geographical area during a first time period, wherein the greedy parameter values calculated for the plurality of vehicles are configured for use as a selection metric useful for determining which of a subset of the plurality of vehicles to select to report event information observed by the vehicle;
selecting, by the processor, less than all and no more than a predetermined number of the plurality of vehicles having a greedy parameter value in a greedy parameter threshold range;
instructing, by the processor, only the selected vehicles to transmit observed event information while in the geographical area; and
receiving the observed event information from the selected vehicles and not receiving observed event information from the non-selected vehicles.

US Pat. No. 10,166,990

VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle comprising:an engine configured to generate a hydraulic pressure while the engine is driven;
a continuously variable transmission including a pulley and a belt, the pulley configured to rotate along with rotation of a wheel of the vehicle, the pulley configured to clamp the belt by the hydraulic pressure that is generated while the engine is driven;
an engine stop system configured to perform control to stop driving of the engine when a predetermined engine stop condition is satisfied during travel of the vehicle; and
a brake system configured to control a braking force of the wheel based on an operation state of a brake operating portion that is operated by a driver, the brake system including a braking force adjusting device, the braking force adjusting device including an actuator and an electronic control unit, the actuator configured to adjust a braking force of the wheel, the electronic control unit configured to, when the engine stop system stops the driving of the engine, control the actuator such that slip of the belt relative to the pulley becomes less than or equal to a predetermined allowable limit.

US Pat. No. 10,166,989

CLUTCH TORQUE TRAJECTORY CORRECTION TO PROVIDE TORQUE HOLE FILLING DURING A RATIO UPSHIFT

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A powertrain comprising:a multiple-ratio transmission with oncoming and off-going clutches for effecting a ratio-upshift;
a torque sensor for measuring a clutch torque one of the off-going and oncoming clutches during a torque phase; and
a shift controller programmed to: release the off-going clutch if the measured clutch torque indicative of an off-going clutch torque is less than a threshold to effectuate the ratio-upshift.

US Pat. No. 10,166,988

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

GM Global Technology Oper...

15. A powertrain system including an internal combustion engine and an electric machine that are disposed to generate torque that is transferable to a vehicle driveline via a geartrain, the powertrain system comprising:a first controller disposed to control the powertrain system, the first controller including an instruction set, the instruction set executable to:
determine a desired output torque;
determine an engine torque command and an electric machine torque command based upon the desired output torque; and
operate the electric machine in response to the electric machine torque command; and
a second controller disposed to control the internal combustion engine, the second controller including an instruction set, the instruction set executable to:
determine an engine-out NOx setpoint associated with operating the engine at the desired output torque; and
operate the engine to generate torque in response to the engine torque command and control engine operation to achieve the engine-out NOx setpoint that is associated with operating the engine at the desired output torque.

US Pat. No. 10,166,987

CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

Jaguar Land Rover Limited...

1. A system comprising:a first controller operable to assume one of a plurality of respective states, in a first state the first controller being configured automatically to cause a powertrain to develop drive torque and cause a vehicle to operate in accordance with a target speed value,the first controller being configured to receivea door state indicator signal indicative of whether a door is in an open or closed state, and
an occupant presence indicator signal indicative of whether an occupant is present in a given seat of a vehicle,
the system being configured not to permit operation of the first controller in the first state in dependence on the door state indicator signal and the occupant presence indicator signal;
wherein the system is further operational in a second state in which the controller is operable automatically to cause application of a brake to one or more wheels thereby to prevent the vehicle from exceeding the target speed value and in which the first controller is not permitted automatically to cause a powertrain to develop drive torque; and
wherein when the first controller is in the first state and the controller determines that the door state indicator signal indicates the door is not in the closed state or that the occupant presence indicator signal indicates an occupant is not present, the first controller assumes operation in the second state.

US Pat. No. 10,166,986

METHOD FOR OPERATING A DRIVE DEVICE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE AND CORRESPONDING DRIVE DEVICE

Audi AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for operating a drive device for a motor vehicle, said method comprising:during a coasting operation of the motor vehicle in which a shifting clutch is open and the internal combustion engine stands still starting the internal combustion engine in a first operating mode with the electric machine and in a second operating mode by at least partially closing the shifting clutch with a coupling torque set at the shifting clutch, thereby operatively connecting the internal combustion engine with at least one wheel,
wherein the internal combustion engine is started in the first operating mode when a predictively determined wheel slip predictive value exceeds a wheel slip setpoint value, and
wherein when the internal combustion engine is started in the second operating mode the electric machine is used for starting the internal combustion engine and for driving the at least one wheel when a wheel slip actual value exceeds the wheel slip setpoint value.

US Pat. No. 10,166,985

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE PERFORMANCE CAPABILITY

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method of controlling a vehicle, comprising:receiving, by a processor, performance information associated with at least one vehicle actuator of at least one of a brake system, a steering system, and a propulsion system, wherein the performance information includes a maximum possible authority and a maximum rate of change of the authority given a current operational status of the at least one vehicle actuator;
converting, by the processor, the performance information to an acceleration capability value based on a vehicle model;
limiting, by the processor, the acceleration capability value based on at least one of a surface mu value, tire pressure data, active suspension data, aerodynamic controls data, and electronic stability control data;
constructing, by the processor, a capability diamond based on the acceleration capability value; and
controlling, by the processor, the vehicle based on the capability diamond.

US Pat. No. 10,166,984

METHOD FOR DRIVER INFORMATION AND MOTOR VEHICLE

Audi AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method to provide driver information in a motor vehicle, the method comprising:determining a route section predicted to be driven at a future time by the motor vehicle;
determining a reference speed as a function of at least one specified maximum speed through a speed limit in the predicted route section or in a partial section of the predicted route section;
determining a current actual driving speed of the motor vehicle; and
providing a target acceleration notification to notify a driver of the motor vehicle of a potential acceleration of the motor vehicle if the reference speed is greater than the current actual driving speed at least by a specified differential value.

US Pat. No. 10,166,983

PEDAL CRUISE CONTROL (PCC)

Continental Automotive Gm...

1. A method for cruise control of a vehicle, comprising:determining whether the vehicle is in a cruise control mode; and
when the vehicle is in the cruise control mode, maintaining the vehicle in the cruise control mode until an exit signal is detected;
when the vehicle is not in the cruise control mode, checking for cruise conditions, which comprises detecting a throttle pedal position signal that indicates a position of a throttle pedal of the vehicle and a vehicle speed signal that indicates a vehicle speed of the vehicle, checking a throttle deviation in the throttle pedal position signal to determine a throttle stability as a first cruise condition, checking a stability of the vehicle speed of the vehicle in the vehicle speed signal as a second cruise condition, and setting a cruising speed; when both the first and second cruise conditions have been met, issuing a cruising prompt message to be perceivable by a driver of the vehicle and detecting actions of the driver including detecting whether the driver has released the throttle pedal of the vehicle after the cruising prompt message has been issued; and
in response to detecting that the driver has released the throttle pedal after the cruising prompt message has been issued, automatically entering the vehicle into the cruise control mode, and in the cruise control mode automatically controlling the vehicle speed of the vehicle to the cruising speed that was set.

US Pat. No. 10,166,982

AUTOMOBILE-SPEED CONTROL USING TERRAIN-BASED SPEED PROFILE

1. An apparatus comprising:a selection circuit configured and arranged to select at least one of a desired speed or mode for operation of a vehicle by using circuitry in the vehicle, which circuitry includes one of programmable logic circuit, discrete logic circuit, computer circuit, and a combination thereof;
the circuitry configured and arranged to respond to the selection, to terrain-based data, and to a terrain-based work function for the vehicle, wherein the terrain-based data and the terrain-based work function correspond to a selected speed range for the desired speed or mode and for a current driving type that accounts for an amount of offset in adjusting the speed of the vehicle relative to the desired speed; and
the circuitry configured and arranged to access a circuit configured to provide a status of expected energy-efficiency obstacles associated with a roadway corresponding to the terrain-based data, and in response, causing the vehicle to automatically adjust the speed of the vehicle relative to the desired speed to facilitate fuel economy based on the terrain-based data and the terrain-based work function.

US Pat. No. 10,166,981

TRAVELING CONTROL DEVICE, ON-VEHICLE DISPLAY DEVICE, AND TRAVELING CONTROL SYSTEM

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A system for automatic control of a vehicle, the system comprising:a communication interface that is communicatively coupled to a plurality of sensors and actuators, wherein motion of the vehicle is controlled by the actuators;
a display; and
a processor communicatively coupled to the communication interface and the display, wherein the processor:
receives, using the communication interface, externality recognition information from the plurality of sensors, wherein the externality recognition information includes an obstacle and another vehicle on a route,
receives, using the communication interface, self-vehicle information from the plurality of sensors, wherein the self-vehicle information includes a position and a traveling speed of the vehicle,
determines, a driving behavior to be taken by the vehicle based on the externality recognition information and the self-vehicle information,
determines traveling control content based on the driving behavior,
determines whether the driving behavior is likely to cause discomfort to an occupant of the vehicle based upon control discomfort pattern information,
determines a cause of the driving behavior based on the externality recognition information and the self-vehicle information,
outputs, using the display, display information that includes the driving behavior and the cause of the driving behavior based on whether the driving behavior is likely to cause discomfort, and
controls, using the communication interface, the actuators based on the driving behavior and the traveling control content, wherein the display information is output on the display prior to controlling the actuators.

US Pat. No. 10,166,980

VEHICLE MASS COMPUTATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a drivetrain;
a collision avoidance system; and
a controller programmed to adjust activation of the collision avoidance system according to a mass of the vehicle computed from a value of torque transmitted by the drivetrain measured at a first instant when the vehicle has constant speed greater than a threshold and no acceleration, and the value of torque transmitted by, the drivetrain measured at a second instant when the vehicle is accelerating.

US Pat. No. 10,166,979

PARKING ASSIST SYSTEM AND METHOD

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. A parking assist system, comprising:a rear object recognizer configured to recognize a rear object existing behind a vehicle through rear sensors;
a reversing controller configured to control the vehicle to reverse until an occupied parking space area in the parking space becomes a first reference value or more, and to end reversing control when the occupied parking space area becomes the first reference value and a distance between the vehicle and the rear object becomes less than a second reference value;
a rear object position storage configured to store position information of the rear object and increase a count, which is a number of times of ending of the reversing control, when the distance between the vehicle and the rear object is less than the second reference value and the reversing control is ended; and
a system terminator configured to end parking control when the distance between the vehicle and the rear object before increasing the count is same as a distance between the vehicle and the rear object after the count is increased.

US Pat. No. 10,166,978

METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY PARKING A VEHICLE AND ASSOCIATED CONTROL DEVICE

Audi AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for automatically parking a vehicle on a parking area having a plurality of parking spaces, said method comprising:assigning a designated parking space for the vehicle by a control device, which serves as a central control point, includes sensors for detecting environmental impacts and receives environmental information via an Internet connection;
automatically driving or controlling by the control device driving of the vehicle to the designated parking space;
providing at least one environmental information for the control device;
rating the parking spaces repeatedly at specified time intervals on the basis of the at least one environmental information, with a parking space being rated suboptimal, when sunlight is intense enough to cause heat-up which exceeds a specified limit value for a vehicle interior temperature; and
re-parking by the control device a vehicle located in a parking space rated as suboptimal to a parking space rated as optimal.

US Pat. No. 10,166,977

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE-MOUNTED APPARATUS AND POWER STEERING APPARATUS

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A power steering apparatus comprising:a steering mechanism configured to turn a turning target wheel according to a steering operation performed on a steering wheel;
a torque sensor provided at the steering mechanism and including a torsion bar, the torque sensor being configured to detect a steering torque generated at the steering mechanism based on a torsional amount of the torsion bar;
a steering angle sensor provided on the steering wheel side of the steering mechanism with respect to the torsion bar, the steering angle sensor being configured to detect a steering angle that is a steering amount of the steering wheel;
an electric motor provided on the turning target wheel side of the steering mechanism with respect to the torsion bar, the electric motor being configured to provide a steering force to the steering mechanism;
an electronic control unit configured to control driving of the electric motor;
a motor rotational angle sensor provided at the electric motor and configured to detect a rotational angle of a rotor of the electric motor;
a torque signal reception portion provided at the electronic control unit and configured to receive a torque sensor output signal, which is a detection signal output from the torque sensor;
a steering signal reception portion provided at the electronic control unit and configured to receive a steering angle sensor output signal, which is a detection signal output from the steering angle sensor, according to a first sampling cycle;
a motor rotational angle signal reception portion provided at the electronic control unit and configured to receive a motor rotational angle signal, which is a detection signal output from the motor rotational angle sensor, according to a second sampling cycle different from the first sampling cycle;
an abnormality detection circuit provided at the electronic control unit and configured to detect an abnormality in the torque sensor output signal;
an amplitude adjustment circuit provided at the electronic control unit and configured to increase or reduce an amplitude or amplitudes of the steering angle sensor output signal and/or the motor rotational angle signal;
a substitute signal calculation circuit provided at the electronic control unit and configured to calculate a substitute signal for the torque sensor output signal based on at least one of the steering angle sensor output signal and the motor rotational angle signal that is subjected to the adjustment of the amplitude thereof by the amplitude adjustment circuit, and the other of these signals; and
a motor control circuit provided at the electronic control unit and configured to output a motor instruction signal for driving the electric motor based on the torque sensor output signal at normal times when no abnormality is detected in the torque sensor output signal by the abnormality detection circuit, and also output the motor instruction signal based on the substitute signal when an abnormality is detected in the torque sensor output signal by the abnormality detection circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,166,976

CONNECTION OF AN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE WITH A SECOND VEHICLE TO RECEIVE GOODS

International Business Ma...

1. A method of connecting a first autonomous vehicle with a second vehicle to control the second vehicle during the transfer of goods to the first autonomous vehicle while moving comprising the steps of:the first autonomous vehicle receiving a request from the second vehicle to connect to the second vehicle;
the first autonomous vehicle initiating control over the second vehicle, such that the first autonomous vehicle synchronizes driving control with the second vehicle;
the first autonomous vehicle initiating physical connection of the first autonomous vehicle with the second vehicle for transfer of the goods when the first and the second vehicles are in motion;
after the physical connection between the first autonomous vehicle and the second vehicle is established, the first autonomous vehicle initiating transfer of the goods from the second vehicle to the first autonomous vehicle; and
when the transfer of goods between the first autonomous vehicle and the second vehicle is complete, the first autonomous vehicle breaking the connection with the second vehicle and relinquishing control of the second vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,166,975

TRANSMISSION WITH TORQUE CONVERTER DISCONNECT CLUTCH AND ENGINE BRAKING FRICTION CLUTCH

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A transmission comprising:a housing;
a transmission input member rotatably supported by the housing;
a torque converter having a pump and a turbine, wherein the turbine is connected to the transmission input member for transferring torque therebetween;
a cover connected to and rotatable with the pump and at least partially defining an interior of the torque converter;
a torque converter input member passing through the cover and configured for attachment to a crankshaft of an engine;
a one way clutch selectively interconnecting the torque converter input member and the cover; and
an engine brake friction clutch disposed within the interior of the torque converter, and selectively interconnecting the torque converter input member and the cover in torque communication.

US Pat. No. 10,166,974

CONTROL SYSTEM OF POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM OF VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control system of a power transmission system of a vehicle, the power transmission system including an electric motor for running the vehicle, and a mechanical speed change mechanism, the mechanical speed change mechanism providing a part of a power transmission path between the electric motor and drive wheels, the control system comprising:an electronic controller including a central processing unit (CPU) and a memory;
the electronic controller being configured to:
perform regeneration control of the electric motor during a coasting of the vehicle, such that regenerative torque of the electric motor provides regenerative torque produced according to a braking operation;
perform shift control of the mechanical speed change mechanism according to a predetermined shift map;
determine whether a rate of change of the regenerative torque is within predetermined range;
execute a downshift under a condition that the downshift of the mechanical speed change mechanism is determined by the electronic controller during the coasting and the electronic controller determines that the rate of change of the regenerative torque is within the predetermined range; and
when the electronic controller determines that the rate of change of the regenerative torque is not within the predetermined range and when the downshift of the mechanical speed change mechanism is determined by the electronic controller during the coasting, the electronic controller does not execute the downshift until the electronic controller determines that the rate of change of the regenerative torque is within the predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 10,166,973

VEHICLE AND SHIFTING CONTROL METHOD AND POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM THEREOF

BYD Company Limited, She...

1. A shifting control method for a vehicle comprising:detecting operating parameters of the vehicle, wherein the operating parameters of the vehicle comprises vehicle speed, vehicle acceleration as reflected from an accelerator-pedal signal, and a current gear of the vehicle;
determining a work mode of the vehicle; and
performing speed adjustment and shifting control to a first motor-generator of the vehicle configured to rotate together with a motor shaft of the vehicle according to the operating parameters of the vehicle and work modes to implement shifting control of the vehicle, wherein the motor shaft of the vehicle is configured to rotate together with one of input shafts, wherein the work modes comprises an electric-vehicle mode and a hybrid-electric-vehicle mode, and wherein when the work mode of the vehicle is the electric-vehicle mode, performing speed adjustment and shifting control to the first motor-generator comprises:
controlling, by an electromotor controller, to perform a first unloading of torque to the first motor-generator, after determining that a request gear sent by the electromotor controller is the same as a target gear sent by a transmission control unit;
after the first unloading of torque of the first motor-generator is finished, controlling, by the transmission control unit, a motor shaft synchronizer of the power transmission system to disconnect according to a motor speed adjustment request sent by the electromotor controller, and when the first motor-generator is at neutral, calculating, by the electromotor controller, a target shifting rotational speed of the first motor-generator and controlling, by the electromotor controller, to perform loading of torque to the first motor-generator to perform speed adjustment until a rotational speed of the first motor-generator reaches a preset rotational speed range;
controlling, by the electromotor controller, to perform a second unloading of torque to the first motor-generator until the second unloading of torque of the first motor-generator is finished, controlling, by the transmission control unit, the motor shaft synchronizer to start connecting according to the request gear sent by the electromotor controller and feeding back, by the transmission control unit, whether the request gear of the electromotor controller is shifted successfully; and
determining, by the electromotor controller, that the current gear of the first motor-generator sent by the transmission control unit is the request gear, and determining, by the electromotor controller, that the first motor-generator is shifted successfully.

US Pat. No. 10,166,972

HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE CONTROLLER AND METHOD

Jaguar Land Rover Limited...

1. A controller for a parallel hybrid electric vehicle having a powertrain comprising an engine, an electric propulsion motor powered by an energy storage device, and an electric generator operable to be driven by the engine to recharge the energy storage device, the controller configured to:receive one or more signals indicative of one or more operating modes in which the vehicle is to be operated at a given moment in time, the one or more operating modes being selected from a plurality of operating modes including a first operating mode being a user-selectable EV operating mode (SEV operating mode) and a second operating mode being a default hybrid operating mode (HEV operating mode) and wherein the one or more operating modes further include at least one of: one or more transmission operating modes and one or more driving operating modes, wherein in each driving operating mode each of a plurality of selected vehicle sub-systems are caused to operate in a respective one of a plurality of sub-system operating modes;
receive a signal indicative of demanded powertrain drive torque;
cause the engine and electric propulsion motor to deliver drive torque to one or more wheels to drive the vehicle in dependence on the signal indicative of demanded powertrain drive torque;
cause the powertrain to operate in a parallel powertrain mode in which, when the vehicle is operating with the engine delivering drive torque to the one or more wheels;
cause the electric propulsion motor to apply drive torque to the one or more wheels in addition to the engine, the amount of torque delivered by the electric propulsion motor being determined by the controller in dependence on the signal indicative of demanded powertrain drive torque and the one or more signals indicative of the one or more operating modes in which the vehicle is to be operated; and
cause the powertrain to operate in a parallel torque filling mode in which the powertrain causes the electric propulsion motor to apply drive torque to the one or more wheels in addition to the engine in order to meet powertrain torque demand more quickly when an amount of powertrain demanded torque is less than the maximum steady state engine torque but exceeds the instant amount of torque developed by the engine, wherein the drive torque applied by the electric propulsion motor when the powertrain is operated in the parallel torque filling mode is restricted when the vehicle is in the SEV operating mode compared to the HEV operating mode.

US Pat. No. 10,166,971

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENERGY RATE BALANCING IN HYBRID AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS

Allison Transmission, Inc...

1. A method, comprising:controlling a power source output power of a vehicle using a controller, wherein the vehicle has a drive train and a power source, and wherein the controller controls the power source and the drive train;
determining a target drive train output power using the controller, wherein the target drive train output power is determined using a command input; and
determining the power source output power using the controller, wherein the target drive train output power is derived from the power source output power; and wherein the controller determines the power source output power using one or more loss parameters and the target drive train output power;
wherein the loss parameters include a kinetic power loss, and wherein the kinetic power loss is calculated as a function of rotational inertia loss parameters within the drive train; and
wherein the loss parameters include a clutch power loss for a clutch, wherein the drive train has at least one clutch, wherein the clutch has a plurality of clutch plates, and wherein the clutch power loss is calculated as a function of clutch loss parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,166,970

CONTROL OF TORQUE TRANSMITTED TO THE DRIVING WHEEL OF A HYBRID MOTOR VEHICLE

RENAULT S.A.S., Boulogne...

1. A method for controlling a mechanical torque transmitted to at least one driving wheel of a hybrid motor vehicle by a powertrain including at least one heat engine, at least one electric motor, and a connection device allowing a coupling and a decoupling of at least the electric motor to said at least one driving wheel, the control method comprising:dividing a stroke of an acceleration pedal of the vehicle at a variable neutral point position into a first braking-adjustment stroke and a second acceleration-adjustment stroke;
determining, within the first braking-adjustment stroke in which the electric motor operates as a generator, a regenerative braking torque setpoint for the electric motor based on a depression of the accelerator pedal by a driver and based on a value of maximum energy recovery torque established based on a first function stored in a memory; and
providing the value of maximum energy recovery torque based on a speed of the vehicle,
wherein the first function assumes a value of substantially zero for an upper limit speed of the vehicle corresponding to the speed of the vehicle at the moment of coupling and decoupling of the electric motor by the connection device.

US Pat. No. 10,166,969

METHOD AND CONTROL APPARATUS FOR RECUPERATING ENERGY IN A HYBRID VEHICLE

1. A method for recuperating energy in a hybrid vehicle having an internal combustion engine, an electrical machine, an automatic stop/start apparatus configured to be automatically turned off and start the internal combustion engine under predetermined conditions, and an on-board electrical system with an energy store configured to be charged with electrical energy by the electrical machine during a recuperation operation, comprising:(a) setting a recuperation power (P_act) for the recuperation operation of the electrical machine to a first value (P_max) which allows the recuperation operation with a maximum generator capacity of the electrical machine if an actual energy level (E_act) of the energy store is lower than or equal to a threshold value (E_3);
(b) setting the recuperation power (P_act) for the recuperation operation of the electrical machine to a second value (P_lim) which is lower than the first value (P_max) and allows the recuperation operation with a reduced generator capacity of the electrical machine if the actual energy level (E_act) of the energy store is greater than the threshold value (E_3); and
(c) predicting a predicted recuperation energy (E_rec) for an actual operating state of the hybrid vehicle, the predicted recuperation energy indicating how much energy would be able to be recuperated if the hybrid vehicle were to be braked starting from a current driving state at least to a speed threshold value (v_min).

US Pat. No. 10,166,968

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COASTING DRIVE OF ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for controlling a coasting drive of an environmentally friendly vehicle, the method comprising:calculating, by a control unit, a coasting velocity of the environmentally friendly vehicle at a deceleration event point based on a target coasting distance up to the deceleration event point and a gradient at the deceleration event point;
calculating, by the control unit, a control target velocity of the environmentally friendly vehicle based on a target velocity of the environmentally friendly vehicle at the deceleration event point and the calculated coasting velocity; and
determining, by the control unit, control torque to adjust a velocity of the environmentally friendly vehicle to the target velocity to be output to a powertrain of the environmentally friendly vehicle based on the calculated control target velocity.

US Pat. No. 10,166,967

SHIFTING CONTROL METHOD FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A shifting control method for a hybrid vehicle, comprising:a motor torque determination step, of determining the condition of a motor torque, by a controller, in a power-off downshift shifting process;
a gear mesh step, by the controller, of releasing a clutch of a releasing side and meshing a target shifting stage gear connected to a clutch of engaging side when the motor torque is positive (+) torque;
an assist control step, of controlling, by the controller, the motor torque to 0 Newton meter;
a rising step, by the controller, of controlling the motor speed to rise and follow a target motor speed predetermined higher than at least an input shaft speed of an engaging side after releasing the assist control; and
an engaging step, by the controller, of engaging the clutch of the engaging side by a clutch torque of the engaging side when the motor speed exceeds the input shaft speed of the engaging side.

US Pat. No. 10,166,966

HYBRID VEHICLES AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING ELECTRICAL ENERGY TO MOTOR-GENERATORS

1. A hybrid vehicle comprising:one or more processors;
one or more memory modules communicatively coupled to the one or more processors;
an internal combustion engine comprising a crankshaft;
a plurality of drive wheels;
a first motor-generator comprising an output shaft, wherein the output shaft of the first motor-generator is mechanically coupled to the crankshaft of the internal combustion engine;
a second motor-generator comprising an output shaft, wherein the output shaft of the second motor-generator is mechanically coupled to the plurality of drive wheels;
a primary electrical energy storage device electrically coupled to the first motor-generator and the second motor-generator such that the primary electrical energy storage device can provide electrical energy to the first motor-generator and the second motor-generator;
a secondary electrical energy storage device electrically coupled to the first motor-generator and the second motor-generator such that the secondary electrical energy storage device can provide electrical energy to the first motor-generator and the second motor-generator;
a first inverter electrically coupled to the first motor-generator, wherein the first inverter is communicatively coupled to the one or more processors; and
a second inverter electrically coupled to the second motor-generator, wherein the second inverter is communicatively coupled to the one or more processors,
machine readable instructions stored in the one or more memory modules that cause the hybrid vehicle to perform at least the following when executed by the one or more processors:
provide a first amount of electrical energy from the primary electrical energy storage device and the secondary electrical energy storage device to the first motor-generator in order to increase an engine speed of the internal combustion engine; and
provide a second amount of electrical energy from the primary electrical energy storage device and the secondary electrical energy storage device to the second motor-generator in order to increase a rotational speed of the plurality of drive wheels, wherein the first amount of electrical energy is provided to the first motor-generator at the same time as the second amount of electrical energy is provided to the second motor-generator;
provide a first inverter command signal to the first inverter in order to provide the first amount of electrical energy from the primary electrical energy storage device and the secondary electrical energy storage device to the first motor-generator; and
provide a second inverter command signal to the second inverter in order to provide the second amount of electrical energy from the primary electrical energy storage device and the secondary electrical energy storage device to the second motor-generator,
wherein the first inverter command signal is determined based on current sensed by a first inverter current sensor coupled to the first inverter, and the second inverter command signal is determined based on current sensed by a second inverter current sensor coupled to the second inverter,
wherein the first amount of electrical energy is determined based on a predetermined acceleration rate of the engine speed.

US Pat. No. 10,166,965

METHOD FOR SELECTING A MODE OF OPERATION OF A HYBRID VEHICLE

1. A method for selecting a mode of operation of a hybrid vehicle for current operation with respect to a predetermined target criteria with a corresponding ideal power distribution in a drivetrain selected from a predetermined set of possible modes of operation of a hybridized drivetrain, comprising:determining at least one evaluation variable for each predetermined target criteria for a quantitative description of each respective target criterion;
determining possible power distributions in the drivetrain for each mode of operation of a first selection of possible modes of operation;
determining values of the evaluation variables for each one of the determined possible power distributions for each mode of operation of the first selection;
determining an ideal power distribution in the drivetrain by the determined values of the evaluation variables for the respective mode of operation;
selecting an ideal mode of operation based at least in part on the determined evaluation variables for the modes of operation of the first selection, at a respective operating point of the determined ideal power distribution; and
operating the hybrid vehicle at the selected ideal mode of operation at the respective operating point of the determined ideal power distribution.

US Pat. No. 10,166,963

SERVICE BRAKE CHAMBER MANUFACTURED WITH COMPOSITE PRESSURE HOUSING AND NON-PRESSURE HOUSING AND A CONNECTION METHOD OF THIS CHAMBER

ARFESAN ARKAN FREN ELEMAN...

1. A method for realizing a service brake chamber used in an air brake system of heavy vehicles, in which the chamber is formed by connecting a pressure housing and a non-pressure housing,wherein the method connects the pressure housing and the non-pressure housing of the service brake chamber, wherein the pressure housing and the non-pressure housing are made by composite material composed of non-metallic polymeric matrices, reinforced with glass fibers or carbon fibers and produced by a plastic injection molding process, wherein the method comprises the following steps:
compressing the pressure housing, the non-pressure housing and a diaphragm by means of a press machine;
forming keyways by aligning halves of recesses of the pressure housing with other halves of the respective recesses of the non-pressure housing by compressing the diaphragm to provide sealing;
forming at least six wedge mounting spaces during the step of compressing, wherein the wedge mounting spaces are required for an insertion of wedges in the keyways in a radial direction, wherein the wedge mounting spaces are formed simultaneously with the keyways;
placing the wedges into the wedge mounting spaces and driving the wedges to into the keyways in the radial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,166,962

NOISE REDUCTION DEVICE FOR NEGATIVE PRESSURE LINE OF BRAKE BOOSTER

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A noise reduction device for a negative pressure line of a brake booster, comprising:a housing having a main flow path through which air passes, a closing unit disposed in the main flow path, a main flow path inlet connected to a brake booster side via a first side of a vacuum hose, and a main flow path outlet connected to an engine side via a second side of the vacuum hose;
a choke valve having a flow tube coupled to the closing unit and has a choke valve aperture penetratively formed at a first side of the flow tube to have an interior flow path of the flow tube to communicate with the main flow path, and a first valve body integrally formed with the flow tube and has a choke flow path inlet formed to allow the interior flow path of the flow tube to communicate with an interior of the first side of the vacuum hose; and
a main spring which elastically supports the choke valve configured to be elastically movable forward and rearward in the housing,
wherein the choke valve is configured to move forward and rearward based on pressure at the brake booster side exerted on a front surface of the first valve body through the main flow path inlet and pressure at the engine side exerted on a rear surface of the first valve body through the main flow path outlet and the main flow path, the first valve body is configured to open and close the main flow path inlet based on a position of the choke valve in front and rear directions, and the choke valve aperture is configured to be opened and closed via the closing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,166,961

VACUUM SCAVENGING IN HYBRID VEHICLES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for a hybrid-electric vehicle, comprising:responsive to a non tip-out condition with a throttle at least partially open, when an engine intake manifold vacuum is greater than a threshold intake manifold vacuum, opening an ejector control valve and directing engine intake air through an ejector to generate vacuum by the ejector and draw air from a brake booster independent of a brake booster vacuum; and
during other conditions, when the engine intake manifold vacuum is greater than the threshold intake manifold vacuum, closing the ejector control valve.

US Pat. No. 10,166,960

VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEM WHEN THE PARKING BRAKE FUNCTION IS ACTIVATED

Lucas Automotive GmbH, K...

1. A vehicle brake system with a hydraulically controllable disk brake device, which has an actuating piston confining an inner space and an electromechanical actuating device with a thrust piece for activating a parking brake function, wherein the vehicle brake system has a hydraulic circuit having a hydraulic pressure source and controllable hydraulic functional elements in order to hydraulically control the disk brake device for a service brake action, including according to a driver service brake activation or according to an automatic activation, wherein the vehicle brake system further comprises a control device in order to control the electromechanical actuating device for actuating the parking brake function initiated by the driver or by an automatic activation of the parking brake function,wherein the control device is designed to control at least one of the hydraulic functional elements in such a way that, before the parking brake function is activated by controlling the electromechanical actuating device, a hydraulic volume, which is currently acting on the disk brake device in order to produce a hydraulic pressure that causes the service brake action, is hydraulically isolated, wherein a volume of the inner space receiving the hydraulic volume increases by moving the actuating piston by means of the thrust piece which further acts on the disk brake device upon activating the parking brake function, wherein, corresponding to the increase of the volume of the inner space, the hydraulic pressure is reduced when the volume of the inner space increases as a function of the thrust piece further acting on the disk brake device upon activating the parking brake function, such that a hydraulic force from the hydraulic pressure and an electromechanical force from the electromechanical actuating device each provide a respective load on the disc brake device, and wherein if there is no hydraulic pressure being applied to the disk brake device, then in order to activate the parking brake function only the electromechanical actuating device is triggered.

US Pat. No. 10,166,959

METHOD FOR DIAGNOSING ELECTRIC BRAKE SYSTEM

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. A method for diagnosing an electric brake system, which includes a reservoir configured to store oil, a master cylinder at which first and second hydraulic ports are formed, connected to the reservoir, and having one or more pistons to discharge oil according to a pedal effort of a brake pedal, a first backup flow path configured to connect the first hydraulic port to a wheel cylinder, a second backup flow path configured to connect to the second hydraulic port to a wheel cylinder, a first cut valve provided at the first backup flow path and configured to control an oil flow, a second cut valve provided at the second backup flow path and configured to control an oil flow, a simulation device provided at a flow path branching from the first backup flow path, provided with a simulator valve provided at a flow path connecting a simulation chamber in which oil is accommodated to the reservoir, and configured to provide a reaction force according to the pedal effort of the brake pedal, a hydraulic pressure supply device configured to operate in response to an electrical signal output from a pedal displacement sensor sensing a displacement of the brake pedal and generate hydraulic pressure by means of an operation of a hydraulic piston, a first hydraulic flow path connected to the hydraulic pressure supply device and to the first backup flow path, a second hydraulic flow path connected to the hydraulic pressure supply device and to the second backup flow path, a hydraulic control unit connected to the first and second hydraulic flow paths, configured to deliver the hydraulic pressure discharged from the hydraulic pressure supply device to a wheel cylinder provided at each of wheels, and including first and second hydraulic circuits connected to different wheel cylinders, a first inlet valve, a second inlet valve, a third inlet valve, and a fourth inlet valves provided at an upstream side of the wheel cylinder to control hydraulic pressure flowing to the wheel cylinder installed at each of the wheels, first to fourth outlet valves configured to control opening and blocking of a flow path branching from a flow path between the first to fourth inlet valves and the wheel cylinder to be connected to the reservoir, and an electronic control unit configured to control the hydraulic pressure supply device and a plurality of valves on the basis of hydraulic pressure information and displacement information of the brake pedal, comprising a first diagnosis mode of:closing the first cut valve and the second cut valve when the pedal effort is not provided to the brake pedal;
operating the hydraulic pressure supply device to generate hydraulic pressure at the hydraulic control unit;
measuring the hydraulic pressure in the first or second hydraulic circuit; and
comparing the measured hydraulic pressure with a first reference pressure to diagnose abnormality of the first and second cut valves, the first to fourth inlet valves, and the first to fourth outlet valves,
wherein the method further includes a second diagnosis mode of:
opening the first cut valve and the second cut valve when the pedal effort is not provided to the brake pedal.

US Pat. No. 10,166,958

SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING AUTO VEHICLE HOLD FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A system for controlling an auto vehicle hold (AVH) for a vehicle, the system comprising:valves mounted in a brake hydraulic circuit, the valves including a cut valve, which blocks a hydraulic pressure flowing from a master cylinder to a wheel cylinder during an operation of the AVH, an in-valve and an out-valve, which are connected to an outlet of a high-pressure accumulator adjusting a hydraulic pressure within a reservoir at a high pressure, a normal open valve, which is mounted in a brake hydraulic line extended from an outlet of the in-valve and an outlet of the cut-valve to the wheel cylinder, and a normal close valve, which is mounted on a branched line branched from the brake hydraulic line extended from the normal open valve to the wheel cylinder and includes an outlet connected to a hydraulic return line,
wherein an AVH valve for securing a long-term maintenance of an AVH function is mounted in the brake hydraulic line between the outlet of the in-valve and the outlet of the cut valve, and an inlet of the normal open valve.

US Pat. No. 10,166,957

HYDRAULIC BRAKING SYSTEM FOR A LAND CRAFT

Lucas Automotive GmbH, K...

1. A hydraulic brake system for a land vehicle, comprising:a master cylinder, which is actuable by the driver by means of a pedal by one of directly and via a brake booster disposed downstream of the pedal, for generating brake pressures in a first brake circuit and in a second brake circuit, each of which first and second brake circuits comprises at least two wheel brakes and contains hydraulic brake fluid,
an electronic control unit,
a hydraulic connection between the master cylinder and the wheel brakes that includes valve arrangements, the valve arrangements connected to the electronic control unit and operable to control one of the establishment and blocking of the hydraulic connection in dependence upon trigger signals from the electronic control unit in order to implement one of normal braking operations brought about directly by the driver and braking operations influenced by the electronic control unit in dependence upon measured variables, which are supplied to the electronic control unit and reflect the vehicle behaviour and the driver request, in that the brake pressure characteristic in the wheel brakes is varied by activating the valve arrangements associated therewith, characterized in that
the electronic control unit is devised and programmed to set a brake pressure characteristic required for a specific vehicle behaviour by supplying trigger signals, by means of which:
starting from an initial brake pressure value at an initial point of time, a pressure increase phase is implemented in the first brake unit, during which the brake pressure in the first brake circuit rises during a first time increment by a pressure increment to a first increased brake pressure value,
after attainment of the first increased brake pressure value, a pressure keeping phase is implemented in the first brake unit, during which the brake pressure in the first brake circuit is held substantially constant for the duration of a second time increment,
in parallel to the raising of the brake pressure in the first brake circuit by a pressure increment to the first increased brake pressure value, a pressure keeping phase is implemented in the second brake unit, during which the brake pressure in the second brake circuit from the initial point of time for the duration of the first time increment remains substantially constant at the initial brake pressure value,
then, beginning at the end of the first time increment, a pressure increase phase is implemented in the second brake unit, during which the brake pressure in the second brake circuit rises during the second time increment by a pressure increment to a second increased brake pressure value, and
the electronic control unit is devised and programmed to alternatingly implement the pressure increase and pressure keeping phases between the two brake circuits continuously from the end of the second time increment so as to generate a linearly-shaped brake pressure characteristic and thereby perform a smooth brake application.

US Pat. No. 10,166,956

DUAL LINE HYDRAULIC TRAILER BRAKE CONTROL CIRCUIT AND METHOD OF CONTROL THEREOF

1. A hydraulic braking system of a trailer, comprising:a pressurized supply of hydraulic fluid;
a base valve including an inlet and an outlet;
a control valve including a solenoid, an inlet fluidly coupled to the pressurized supply of hydraulic fluid, and an outlet, the control valve operably controlled between an energized state and a de-energized state;
a first brake output fluidly coupled to the outlet of the base valve;
a second brake output fluidly coupled to the outlet of the control valve;
a first sensor and a second sensor fluidly coupled to the base valve, the first sensor configured to detect a first pressure at the inlet of the base valve along an inlet line separate from the first brake output, and the second sensor configured to detect a second pressure at the outlet of the base valve;
wherein, the control valve is operably controlled to its de-energized state when a difference between the first pressure and second pressure satisfies a threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,166,955

MANUAL RELEASE DEVICE FOR PARKING LOCK MECHANISM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A manual release device for a parking lock mechanism that is configured to be switched by an actuator between a locked state and an unlocked state, the parking lock mechanism being configured to be manually switched into the unlocked state when the parking lock mechanism is in the locked state, the manual release device comprising:an operating lever;
a cable coupled to the operating lever; and
an idle motion mechanism provided between the cable and a shaft, the shaft being configured to be turned by the actuator, wherein
the idle motion mechanism includes
a body portion that is configured to turn between a normal position and an actuated position,
a lever provided on the body portion,
an urging member configured to urge the lever such that the body portion is located in the normal position, and
a contact portion provided on the shaft,
the cable is coupled to the lever,
a distal end of the lever is arranged below a turning center of the lever,
the parking lock mechanism is configured to, when the parking lock mechanism is in the locked state, be switched into the unlocked state as the body portion contacts the contact portion to cause the shaft to turn when the lever is turned against an urging force of the urging member as a result of operation of the operating lever to cause the body portion to turn from the normal position to the actuated position.

US Pat. No. 10,166,954

BRAKE-BY-WIRE SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE WITH AN ADJUSTABLE BRAKE PEDAL EMULATOR ASSEMBLY

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A brake pedal assembly comprising:a support structure;
a brake pedal pivotally engaged to the support structure at a first pivot axis; and
a brake pedal emulator assembly extending between and pivotally engaged to the brake pedal and the support structure at respective second and third pivot axis, the brake pedal emulator assembly including a brake pedal emulator and an adjustment mechanism aligned along a centerline intersecting the second and third pivot axis, and wherein the brake pedal emulator is constructed and arranged to displace axially when the brake pedal is actuated and the adjustment mechanism is constructed and arranged to adjust axial displacement, wherein the adjustment mechanism includes a threaded rod constructed and arranged to rotate about the centerline and a carriage threadably coupled to the threaded rod for axial movement along the centerline and engaged to the brake pedal emulator.

US Pat. No. 10,166,953

VEHICLE SHIFT CONTROL SYSTEM

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle shift control system comprising:a parking lock device that changes rotation teeth, rotating integrally with a drive wheel, between a locked state where a lock tooth engages the rotation teeth and a non-locked state where the locked state is released;
a lock indicator lamp that, when lit, indicates the parking lock device is in the locked state; and
an electronic control unit configured to automatically control the lock indicator lamp to be either on or off, without user intervention, in accordance with a status of power supplied to a vehicle,
wherein the parking lock device is activated on the basis of a request signal to change the rotation teeth between the locked state and the non-locked state to thereby electrically change a shift position for vehicle driving,
the status of power supplied to the vehicle is at least one of:
a power off status for disabling the vehicle from running and having all systems, including ignition and accessories, off,
a partially power on status for disabling the vehicle from driving but allowing operation of only part of functions of the vehicle while a display device for indicating vehicle information related to the vehicle driving remains turned off, and
a power on status for turning on the display device and enabling the vehicle to run,
when the status of power supplied to the vehicle is the power off status for disabling the vehicle from running, the electronic control unit is configured to automatically control the lock indicator lamp to be off, without user intervention, and
when the status of power supplied to the vehicle is raised from the power off status to the partially power on status for disabling the vehicle from driving but allowing operation of only part of functions of the vehicle while the display device for indicating vehicle information related to the vehicle driving remains turned off, the electronic control unit is configured to automatically control the lock indicator lamp to be off irrespective of ambient lighting, without user intervention, even if the request signal is for changing to the locked state.

US Pat. No. 10,166,952

FLAT WIPER BLADE

1. A flat wiper blade for use in windscreen wiper modules for vehicles, comprising:a wiping rubber;
two spring rails spaced apart from one another and receiving the wiping rubber in a subsection between them, each spring rail respectively projecting over the wiping rubber on longitudinal sides of the wiper blade; and
at least one jet or injection strip provided on at least one longitudinal side of the wiper blade, having at least one injection or washing duct with a plurality of jet or injection openings for application of a washing and cleaning fluid to a vehicle windscreen,
wherein the at least one jet or injection strip is retained on external peripheries of the two spring rails using clip-like fixtures spanning the wiper blade on an upper side of the wiper blade,
wherein the clip-like fixtures are formed of a U-shaped fastening section, extending over substantially an entire length of the respective jet or injection strip and manufactured in one piece with the jet or injection strip, with which the injection strip is retained on the wiper blade in an area of one of the two spring rails and of a plurality of clips distributed in a longitudinal direction of the wiper blade, which span and secure the wiper blade and the jet or injection strip on the wiper blade.

US Pat. No. 10,166,951

WINDSHIELD WIPER CONNECTOR

1. A connector for coupling a wiper blade with a wiper arm, the connector comprising:first and second side walls spaced at a distance from each other and connected by a bridge, the first and second side walls together with the bridge defining an upper channel oriented in a longitudinal direction, the upper channel having an entry end and a curved end opposite the entry end;
a rivet passage formed into the first and second sidewalls, the rivet passage dimensioned to accept and hold a rivet of a wiper blade in order to connect the wiper blade with the connector;
a reinforcement element provided on at least one of the first or second side walls proximate to the upper channel, the reinforcement element including at least one resilient tab provided on the inner side of the reinforcement element within the upper channel; and
a support element extending from each of the first and second side walls in order to support an extension of the bridge and upper channel.

US Pat. No. 10,166,950

ELECTRONIC KEY SYSTEM, ONBOARD APPARATUS, AND PORTABLE APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An electronic key system comprising:an onboard apparatus that is mounted to a vehicle; and
a portable apparatus that is carried by a user,
wherein:
the electronic key system establishes wireless communication with a secret key common to the onboard apparatus and the portable apparatus, and authenticates the portable apparatus registered as the portable apparatus of an authorized user through wireless communication;
the portable apparatus includes a portable apparatus code transmitter that transmits to the onboard apparatus a portable apparatus code unique to the portable apparatus when the portable apparatus of the authorized user is to be registered;
the onboard apparatus includes an onboard code transmitter that transmits to the portable apparatus, an onboard apparatus unique code as an onboard code different from the portable apparatus code when the portable apparatus of the authorized user is to be registered, wherein the onboard apparatus unique code is a code unique to the onboard apparatus;
the onboard apparatus further includes
a portable apparatus code receiver that receives the portable apparatus code transmitted from the portable apparatus code transmitter of the portable apparatus when the portable apparatus of the authorized user is to be registered, and
an onboard-side key generation portion that generates the secret key by a cryptographic algorithm common to the portable apparatus while using the onboard apparatus unique code and the portable apparatus code received by the portable apparatus code receiver; and
the portable apparatus further includes
an onboard code receiver that receives the onboard apparatus unique code from the onboard code transmitter when the portable apparatus of the authorized user is to be registered,
a portable-apparatus-side key generation portion that generates the secret key by the cryptographic algorithm common to the onboard apparatus while using the portable apparatus code and the onboard apparatus unique code received by the onboard code receiver, and
a temporary storage that temporarily stores the onboard apparatus unique code received by the onboard code receiver;
the temporary storage erases the onboard apparatus unique code which is temporarily stored, when, at a latest, the portable apparatus of the authorized user is completely registered; and
the portable apparatus only transmits the portable apparatus code.

US Pat. No. 10,166,949

VEHICLE SAFETY AND SECURITY SYSTEM

1. A vehicle safety and security system comprising:one or more vehicle cameras, a control box, and a remote control device;
wherein the vehicle safety and security system is adapted to enable a vehicle owner to monitor activities in and around a vehicle from a remote location;
wherein the control box records at least one imaging channel obtained from the one or more vehicle cameras;
wherein the control box triggers security alerts based upon the content of the at least one imaging channel;
wherein the one or more vehicle cameras are mounted to the vehicle and provide imaging data to the control box via the at least one imaging channel;
wherein the one or more vehicle cameras comprise one or more external vehicle cameras;
wherein the one or more vehicle cameras comprise one or more internal vehicle cameras;
wherein the at least one imaging channel delivers the imaging data from the one or more vehicle cameras to the control box;
wherein the one or more vehicle cameras provide an alert signal to the control box when motion is detected in front of the one or more vehicle cameras;
wherein the one or more external vehicle cameras comprises weather-resistant housings, transparent weatherproof lenses covering the optical components, and mounting provisions suitable for external mounting;
wherein the one or more external vehicle cameras comprises a top mount camera and a side mount camera;
wherein the top mount camera is intended to be mounted outside of the vehicle on a substantially horizontal surface;
wherein the top mount camera comprises a positioning mechanism to rotate camera optics within a substantially horizontal plane;
wherein the top mount camera comprises the positioning mechanism to tilt the camera optics up and down to change the viewing angle;
wherein the top mount camera comprises the positioning mechanism to raise and lower the camera optics to adjust the height of the camera optics over the body of the vehicle;
wherein the side mount camera is intended to be mounted outside of the vehicle on a substantially vertical surface;
wherein the side mount camera comprises the positioning mechanism to pivot the camera optics side-to-side within a substantially horizontal plane;
wherein the positioning mechanism to tilt the camera optics components up and down to change the viewing angle;
wherein the top mount camera comprises a mounting magnet to allow mounting of the top mount camera without drilling holes in the vehicle;
wherein the side mount camera comprises the mounting magnet to allow mounting of the side mount camera without drilling holes in the vehicle;
wherein the one or more internal vehicle cameras mount within a passenger compartment of the vehicle;
wherein the control box comprises a housing, one or more camera connection ports, control electronics and a power connection;
wherein the control box is a focal point within the vehicle for receiving the imaging data from the one or more vehicle cameras and then processing and/or storing the imaging data;
wherein the control box is detachable and therefore removable from the vehicle;
wherein the control electronics comprises recording circuitry to record the at least one imaging channel provided by the one or more vehicle cameras;
wherein the recording circuitry comprises components configured to function as a digital video recorder;
wherein once the control electronics has been made aware of the incident, the memory used to store recordings in temporal proximity to the incident is preserved by being marked as ‘reserved’ and not recorded over;
wherein the control electronics is adapted to be made aware of the incident through direct interaction with the vehicle owner or by detecting events within a field of view of the one or more vehicle cameras;
wherein the control electronics comprises a control transceiver to provide a wireless control connection between the control electronics and the remote control device;
wherein the control electronics comprises circuitry to select one of the one or more vehicle cameras;
wherein the control electronics transmit status alerts to a remote location;
wherein the control electronics comprises a clock circuit and a global positioning system (GPS) receiver;
wherein the control electronics combines date and time metadata obtained from the clock circuit and location metadata obtained from the global positioning system (GPS) receiver with the imaging data that is recorded or transmitted by the control box;
wherein the control box is in communication with a remote security monitoring service which receives the status alerts initiated by the control electronics;
wherein the remote security monitoring service assumes control of the control electronics for the purpose of viewing the imaging data obtained from the one or more vehicle cameras and to change settings within the control electronics.

US Pat. No. 10,166,948

MOBILE DEVICE SYSTEM FOR REMOTE STARTING AND MANAGEMENT OF A VEHICLE

KYUNGPOOK NATIONAL UNIVER...

1. A mobile device system for remote starting and management of a vehicle comprising:a wrist watch device provided in a wrist watch form, the wrist watch device being configured to be converted from an idle state into an activated state to generate a response signal when a wake-up signal wirelessly transmitted from the outside is received, wirelessly transmit the response signal to the outside, and execute a task for communicating with a vehicle on the basis of a real-time operating system; and
a vehicle device provided in the vehicle, the vehicle device being configured to wirelessly transmit the wake-up signal to the outside of the vehicle, receive the response signal wirelessly transmitted from the wrist watch device in response to the transmitted wake-up signal, and analyze the response signal to control an operation of the vehicle,
wherein the vehicle device comprises a location recognition part configured to recognize a location of the vehicle, and is configured to send location information of the vehicle to the wrist watch device when an ignition of the vehicle is switched off, and
wherein the wrist watch device comprises a vehicle parking location information provider configured to display the location information of the vehicle on a display part.

US Pat. No. 10,166,947

SEALED WEB RETRACTORS FOR PERSONAL RESTRAINT SYSTEMS AND ASSOCIATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Shield Restraint Systems,...

1. A web retractor for use with an occupant restraint system in a vehicle, the web retractor comprising:a frame having a sidewall with a first opening;
a locking assembly having a housing with a second opening, wherein the housing is attached to the sidewall of the frame with the second opening adjacent to the first opening;
a spool shaft configured to carry a web wound thereon;
a shaft coupler operably coupling the shaft to the locking assembly through the first and second openings; and
at least one seal operably positioned in the first opening between the shaft coupler and the sidewall, wherein the shaft coupler is rotatably and sealably carried by the sidewall.

US Pat. No. 10,166,946

VEHICULAR AIRBAG DEVICE

AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB, ...

1. A vehicular airbag device comprising an airbag which opens an airbag door openably sealing an opening formed on an instrument panel, which deploys and expands rearward in a vehicle longitudinal direction from the opening toward an occupant sitting on a front seat of a vehicle, and which is configured to contact the occupant while being supported by the instrument panel, whereinan outer shape of the airbag when fully deployed and expanded is line-symmetrical with respect to a center line of the opening in a vehicle left-right width direction, and a width dimension in the vehicle width direction at a rear edge position of the instrument panel in the vehicle longitudinal direction is greater than a width dimension in the vehicle width direction at a center position of the opening in the vehicle longitudinal direction which is more forward in the vehicle longitudinal direction than the rear edge position of the instrument panel,
wherein the width dimension in the vehicle width direction at the rear edge position of the instrument panel and the width dimension in the vehicle width direction at the center position of the opening in the vehicle longitudinal direction which is more forward in the vehicle longitudinal direction than the rear edge position of the instrument panel are both greater than a maximum width dimension in the vehicle width direction at a vertical section including an apex position of the airbag which is more rearward in the vehicle longitudinal direction than the rear edge position of the instrument panel.

US Pat. No. 10,166,945

FAR SIDE AIRBAG DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A far side airbag device for a vehicle, comprising:an inflator that is disposed within a side support portion at a vehicle transverse direction central side of a seat back;
an airbag that is stored within the side support portion, that receives a supply of gas from the inflator, that expands and deploys while rupturing a planned rupture portion that is installed at the side support portion and is formed by sewing together a plurality of seat skins, and that is adapted to protect a region at least from a head portion to a chest portion of a vehicle occupant; and
a partitioning portion that partitions the airbag into a main chamber and a chamber for rupturing that is provided at a rear side and a lower side of the main chamber and that houses the inflator, at least a lower end side region of the chamber for rupturing, in an expanded and deployed state, protruding further toward a vehicle front side than the planned rupture portion, with communication ports, that communicate the respective chambers with one another, being formed at an upper end side and a lower end side of the partitioning portion,
wherein a depression of a seat cushion is disposed within a width of the airbag in the vehicle transverse direction, and the planned rupture portion is offset toward a vehicle inner side, with respect to a location of the depression of the seat cushion, in the vehicle transverse direction.

US Pat. No. 10,166,944

AIR BAG SYSTEM

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

1. An air bag system comprising:a pad comprising a ceiling wall portion which covers an air bag which is folded from thereabove and which has a door portion which is pushed to open by the air bag when the air bag is inflated and a side wall portion which extends into a cylindrical shape from a lower surface of the ceiling wall portion at a circumference of the door portion to thereby cover sides of the air bag which is folded and disposed on an upper side of a boss portion of a steering wheel;
a mounting base which holds the pad by causing the side wall portion to be connected thereto and which holds the air bag by causing an annular retainer which fastens a circumferential edge on an inner circumferential surface side of an inflation gas inlet opening which is provided in the air bag to be fixed thereto; and
a plurality of switch members which make up a horn switch mechanism which are mounted on assembling seats near an outer circumferential edge of the mounting base so that the mounting base can be mounted on a steering wheel main body,
the switch member comprising:
a movable-side member which is disposed on an upper side, which has a movable-side contact and which is assembled to the assembling seat of the mounting base;
a fixed-side member which is disposed on a lower side, which has a fixed-side contact which corresponds to the movable-side contact at an upper end side and which is attached to the steering wheel main body at a lower end side which projects downwards from the mounting base;
a biasing device which biases upwards a side facing the mounting base from a side facing the fixed-side member; and
a control device which controls a spacing distance of the movable-side contact from the fixed-side contact, wherein:
the switch members are provided below the air bag which is folded on the mounting base; and
movable-side members are provided so that a portion at a side facing the inlet opening on an upper side thereof is brought into abutment with the retainer via a circumferential edge of the inlet opening of the air bag.

US Pat. No. 10,166,943

AIRBAG APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An airbag apparatus for a vehicle, comprising:an airbag housing accommodating an airbag cushion;
an inflator supplying gas into the airbag cushion;
a first retainer fixing the inflator to the airbag housing; and
a second retainer having a first side coupled to the first retainer and controlling a flow of the gas supplied from the inflator,
wherein the second retainer comprises a mesh formed from a wire-shaped shape memory alloy.

US Pat. No. 10,166,942

MOTOR VEHICLE SEAT ARRANGEMENT OCCUPANCY DETECTION

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A motor vehicle seat arrangement comprising:at least one seat having a seat cushion with a seating surface and a lower side facing away from the seating surface; and
a measurement arrangement including
a carrier fastened to a structural body element of a vehicle body, the carrier being formed by plastic and having a first modulus of elasticity;
a support layer positioned on the carrier on a carrier side opposite the structural body element and being formed by an elastomer, the support layer having a second modulus of elasticity, the first modulus of elasticity being at least twice the second modulus of elasticity; and
at least one sensor formed as a foil-like measurement layer on the support layer on a support layer side opposite the carrier and configured to detect a loaded state of the seat cushion by detecting at least one of a deformation or a force loading of the lower side of the seat cushion.

US Pat. No. 10,166,941

LIGHT HOUSING FOR MOUNTING LIGHT ON BUMPER OF AUTOMOBILE

WARNER SCIENCE APPLICATIO...

1. A light housing adapted to be installed on a bumper of an automobile, comprising:a cylindrical member, the cylindrical member defining an inner surface having a shape of a round cylinder, with a front opening which has a shape defined by an intersection of the inner surface with a first plane that is non-perpendicular to a cylindrical axis of the cylinder; and
a mounting ring joined to the cylindrical member at the front opening, the mounting ring having an oval shape as view in a direction perpendicular to the first plane, the mounting ring having an outer rim which is located outside of the cylindrical member and extends toward a back end of the cylindrical member, the outer rim having a shape that conforms to a second plane which is parallel to the first plane.

US Pat. No. 10,166,940

EXTENDABLE VEHICLE GRILLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a base;
a grille supported by the base, and movable between a retracted position and an extended position;
a bumper supported by the base; and
a first linear actuator and a second linear actuator connected to the grille and the base, the second linear actuator between the first linear actuator and the bumper;
wherein in the retracted position the grille is offset from a front terminal portion of the bumper, and in the extended position the grille is generally aligned with the front terminal portion of the bumper.

US Pat. No. 10,166,939

VEHICULAR POWER SUPPLY CONTROL DEVICE AND A CONTROLLING METHOD OF THE SAME

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A vehicular power supply control device for shutting off DC electric power to be supplied from a vehicular DC power supply to a load via a parallel circuit of a plurality of electrical wires by turning off respective semiconductor switching devices on the electrical wires based on respective temperatures of the electrical wires, comprising:a current measurement unit configured to measure passing currents each flowing through each of the semiconductor switching devices;
a wire temperature estimation unit configured to estimate a temperature of each of the electrical wires from the passing currents;
a duty ratio determination unit configured to determine a duty ratio of PWM control of each of the semiconductor switching devices for which respective estimated temperatures for each of the electrical wires are matched; and
a PWM control unit configured to PWM-control each of the semiconductor switching devices with the determined duty ratio of the PWM control of each of the semiconductor switching devices to match one of a minimum and an intermediate one of the estimated temperatures for each of the electrical wires.

US Pat. No. 10,166,938

VEHICLE POWER SUPPLY BOX DEVICE

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A vehicle power supply box device which is connected between: a first input side power supply line for constantly feeding power supply electric power from a main power supply on a vehicle and a second input side power supply line for feeding power supply electric power from the main power supply in association with a state of an ignition switch of the vehicle; and a plurality of electric parts mounted on the vehicle, the vehicle power supply box device comprising:a first electric power control system which comprises at least one of a fuse, a switch and a relay, and which feeds electric power from the first input side power supply line to first group electric parts requiring constant feed of power supply electric power;
a second electric power control system which comprises at least one of a fuse, a switch and a relay, and which feeds electric power from the second input side power supply line to second group electric parts requiring feed of power supply electric power in response to the state of the ignition switch;
a recovery switch portion which is connected between the second input side power supply line and an input of the first electric power control system;
an input abnormality detecting portion which detects presence/absence of abnormality in the input of the first electric power control system; and
a recovery control portion which controls the recovery switch portion to be turned ON/OFF in accordance with the presence/absence of the abnormality detected by the input abnormality detecting portion,
wherein the recovery switch portion is connected between the second input side power supply line and the input of the first electric power control system at an upstream position of a relay which is turned ON/OFF in association with the state of the ignition switch.

US Pat. No. 10,166,937

EXTERIOR MEMBER AND WIRE HARNESS

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. An exterior member comprising:a tubular body which allows one or more conductive paths to be stored and protected therein,
wherein the tubular body has no slit,
wherein the tubular body comprises a plurality of protruding portions formed in an inner surface of the tubular body,
wherein each of the plurality of protruding portions comprises an arc part having a substantially circular arc shape extending along a circumferential direction of the inner surface of the tubular body,
wherein each of the plurality of protruding portions is substantially U-shaped or V-shaped in a cross-section cut along a tube axis of the tubular body and has a smooth surface,
wherein the plurality of protruding portions are disposed at positions on a helix around the tube axis, and
wherein the plurality of protruding portions are formed in portions of the inner surface where the conductive path moves while changing its moving direction to a part where the protruding portions do not exist.

US Pat. No. 10,166,936

DAMPING MATERIAL

Nishikawa Rubber Co., Ltd...

1. A damping material to be attached to a vibration-suppression-target member, the damping material comprising:a mass body containing section in which a hollow section is formed for containing a mass body; and
a gripping section for fixing the damping material to the vibration-suppression-target member by pinching the vibration-suppression-target member,
the mass body containing section and the gripping section each being made of an elastic material, and
the mass body being inserted into the hollow section.

US Pat. No. 10,166,935

TRIM ARTICLE WITH REFLECTANCE REDUCING FEATURES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A dimmable trim component for a vehicle interior, comprising:a trim panel including an elongate accent trim portion having a reflective layer; and
a photoreactive layer disposed over the reflective layer and operable between a ground state, wherein the photoreactive layer transmits ambient light from within the vehicle interior to the reflective layer, and an excited state, wherein the photoreactive layer reduces an amount of light reflected by the reflective layer.

US Pat. No. 10,166,934

CAPTURING DRIVING RISK BASED ON VEHICLE STATE AND AUTOMATIC DETECTION OF A STATE OF A LOCATION

Lytx, Inc., San Diego, C...

1. A system for capturing an event, comprising:an interface to receive a vehicle location based at least in part on a GPS data;
a processor to:
determine that a vehicle is approaching a location of interest based at least in part on the vehicle location;
determine an estimated image capture time for the location of interest, wherein determining the estimated image capture time is based at least in part on a driver profile;
capture an image of the location of interest at the estimated capture time;
determine a state of the location of interest; and
detect an event based at least in part on the state of the location of interest.

US Pat. No. 10,166,933

FASTENING ARRANGEMENT FOR SECURING A UNIT MOUNT AND A STABILIZER MOUNT

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A fastening arrangement for securing a unit mount and a stabilizer mount of a motor vehicle, said fastening arrangement comprising:an elongated vehicle component having a side extending transversely with respect to the longitudinal length of the vehicle component;
a fastening element detachably connected to the vehicle component at said side of said vehicle component, said fastening element having one straight side facing away from the elongated vehicle component and provided with a first depression for supporting the stabilizer mount at the one straight side of said fastening element and an opposite side facing towards the elongated vehicle component and provided with a second depression for receiving the unit mount at a same longitudinal location,
wherein the elongated vehicle component also has a concave bearing seat formed on said side of the vehicle component at the same longitudinal location and configured to receive the unit mount having a size and shape similar to the size and shape of said second depression, so that said unit mount is receivable in said second depression of said fastening element in proximity to the stabilizer mount but at a side of the fastening element opposite to the stabilizer mount, and the unit mount and the stabilizing mount can be arranged in alignment with each other in the transverse direction.

US Pat. No. 10,166,932

BICYCLE MOUNT DEVICE

1. A device for mounting a bicycle, regardless of the positioning of a top cross-bar of the bicycle, to a trunk mounted bicycle hang rack, a bumper mounted bicycle hang rack or a hitch mounted bicycle hang rack, the device comprising:a bicycle attachment member, the bicycle attachment member dimensioned to cooperate with a seat positioning member of the bicycle to secure the bicycle attachment member to the seat positioning member;
a mounting member, the mounting member adjustably mounted to the bicycle attachment member at an angle relative to the bicycle attachment member;
the bicycle attachment member is movably mounted to the seat positioning member and is height adjustable relative to the bicycle to allow the height of the mounting member to be adjusted relative to the wheels of the bicycle and to allow the wheels of the bicycle to be positioned above the ground for proper transport on the trunk mounted bicycle hang rack, the bumper mounted bicycle hang rack or the hitch mounted bicycle hang rack;
the mounting member is adjustable relative to the bicycle attachment member to position the longitudinal axis of the mounting member parallel to the ground and parallel to the plane extending between the axle of the front wheel and the axle of the rear wheel; a mounting device extending between the mounting member and the bicycle attachment member, the mounting device configured to retain the longitudinal axis of the mounting member parallel to the ground and parallel to the plane extending between the axle of the front wheel and the axle of the rear wheel, the mounting member configured to fully support the weight of the bicycle with no additional support and maintain the bicycle in level position on the trunk mounted bicycle hang rack, the bumper mounted bicycle hang rack or the hitch mounted bicycle hang rack with the wheels suspended from the ground during transport with no additional support.

US Pat. No. 10,166,931

SUPPORT BARS AND CYCLE CARRIERS

HORIZON GLOBAL AMERICAS I...

1. A support bar comprising:a first grip device, a second grip device and a spacer bar to which the first and second grip devices are fixed at a longitudinal spacing;
each of said first and second grip devices comprising:
one or more relatively movable grip elements movable between closed and open conditions of the grip device;
a respective retainer mechanism engageable with one or more of said grip elements to keep the grip device in a closed condition; and
a respective release actuator operable to disengage the retainer mechanism for opening of the respective grip device;
wherein the release actuator of the second grip device comprises an elongate slider element extending along inside the spacer bar and a release actuator member for opening the second grip device, connected to the elongate slider element at a position remote from the retainer mechanism of the second grip device, and
wherein the release actuator member for opening the second grip device is covered by the first grip device when the first grip device is in the closed condition and engaged with a gripped object.

US Pat. No. 10,166,930

ADJUSTABLY POSITIONABLE CARGO BOX AND LOAD RESTRAINING BAR SYSTEM FOR PICKUP TRUCK BED

JAC Products, Inc., Sali...

1. A cargo supporting and restraining system for use within a cargo area of a vehicle, the system comprising:a pair of support rails fixedly secured to opposing interior wall surfaces of a pair of sidewalls of a vehicle cargo area;
a load bar assembly having a generally U-shaped frame, and being supported for sliding movement and adjustable positioning along the support rails;
a locking system associated with the load bar assembly for locking the load bar assembly at a desired longitudinal position along the support rails;
the locking system including a pair of latching assemblies disposed on lateral opposite sides of the load bar, and at least one manually operable latch release component operably associated with the pair of latching assemblies and configured to simultaneously release the pair of latching assemblies to permit sliding movement of the load bar along the support rails;
a cargo box assembly removably secured to the load bar assembly; and
a locking assembly operably associated with the cargo box assembly, for locking the cargo box to the load bar assembly to prevent removal of the cargo box assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,166,929

STORAGE BOX

THUNDER POWER ELECTRIC VE...

1. A storage area for an electric vehicle, the storage area comprising:a battery assembly having a battery connector housing that extends above a top surface of a floor of the electric vehicle, wherein at least a portion of the battery assembly is housed beneath the floor of the electronic vehicle;
a rigid tunnel positioned within a passenger compartment of the electric vehicle, the rigid tunnel extending above and covering at least a portion of the battery connector housing that extends above a floor structure of the electric vehicle such that the passenger compartment is sealed from the battery assembly; and
a center console positioned within the passenger compartment, the center console being disposed on top of the rigid tunnel such that a medial portion of the center console is spaced a vertical distance above a top surface of the rigid tunnel, wherein:
a first end and a second end of the center console are coupled with the top surface of the rigid tunnel;
a thickness of the medial portion is less than a thickness of each of the first end and the second end; and
a space between the top surface of the rigid tunnel and a bottom surface of the medial portion defines the storage area such that a top surface of the rigid tunnel defines a bottom surface of the storage area.

US Pat. No. 10,166,928

STORAGE COMPARTMENT DIVIDER HAVING PARTITION WITH HINGED TELESCOPING SECTIONS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A storage compartment divider, comprising:a partition including (a) a first section with a first peg connected to (b) a second section with a second peg by (c) a hinge; and
a base including (a) a plurality of sockets receiving said first peg and said second peg and holding said partition in a plurality of positions and (b) a receiver shaped to receive and hold said partition at said hinge when said first section and said second section are folded together about said hinge.

US Pat. No. 10,166,927

REARVIEW MIRROR ASSEMBLY FOR VEHICLE

DONNELLY CORPORATION, Ho...

1. An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle, said interior rearview mirror assembly comprising:a prismatic interior mirror reflective element comprising a glass substrate;
wherein said glass substrate has a front surface and a rear surface opposite said front surface;
wherein a mirror reflector is disposed at said rear surface of said glass substrate of said mirror reflective element and wherein said front surface of said glass substrate is angled relative to said rear surface of said glass substrate forming a prismatic glass substrate;
wherein said front surface of said glass substrate comprises an outermost surface of said mirror reflective element that is viewed by a driver of a vehicle equipped with said interior rearview mirror assembly;
wherein said front surface of said glass substrate comprises a planar surface and wherein said glass substrate comprises a circumferential edge along a periphery of said glass substrate;
wherein said circumferential edge spans a thickness of said glass substrate between said front surface and said rear surface;
a mounting element disposed at said rear surface of said glass substrate of said mirror reflective element;
wherein said mounting element includes a pivot element that is configured to pivotally mount said mirror reflective element at a mounting structure disposed at an interior portion of the equipped vehicle;
a plastic molding that receives said mirror reflective element therein such that a portion of said plastic molding is circumferentially disposed about said circumferential edge of said glass substrate without overlapping onto said front surface of said glass substrate;
wherein a plane of said front surface of said glass substrate is flush with an outermost part of said portion of said plastic molding;
wherein said portion of said plastic molding provides a curved rounded transition from said front surface of said glass substrate of said mirror reflective element to a side surface of said plastic molding; and
wherein said plastic molding comprises at least a portion of a mirror housing of said interior rearview mirror assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,166,926

AUTOMATICALLY DIMMABLE REAR-VIEW MIRROR ARRANGEMENT FOR MOTOR VEHICLES AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A MIRROR ASSEMBLY FOR A REAR-VIEW MIRROR ARRANGEMENT

MAGNA Mirrors Holding Gmb...

1. A rear-view mirror arrangement for a motor vehicle, comprising:a housing; and
a mirror assembly arranged on the housing for observing following traffic, and having:
a front transparent carrier layer composed of an optically transparent plastic film and a rear transparent carrier layer composed of an optically transparent plastic film, and which faces toward the housing on a rear side thereof,
at least one reflection coating provided directly on and contacting the rear transparent carrier layer, and
an electrically-drivable liquid crystal cell arranged between the front transparent carrier layer and the rear transparent carrier layer, and which has a liquid crystalline layer arranged in a sealed fashion between transparent electrically conductive layers via a seal layer arranged substantially coplanar and circumferential at an upper surface and a bottom surface thereof with respect to the liquid crystalline layer, and a transparent alignment layer provided directly on and contacting the liquid crystalline layer and the seal layer between a respective one of the transparent electrically conductive layers and the liquid crystalline layer to align liquid crystal molecules of the liquid crystalline layer in a ground state.

US Pat. No. 10,166,925

REAR VIEW ELEMENT FOLDING DEVICE

1. A rear view element folding device for a motor vehicle for approaching at least one rotational position of an element housing relative to an element foot than can be mounted on the motor vehicle, and for locking or unlocking at least one resting position of the element housing relative to the element foot, whereina first actuator for a translation movement of a first engagement element that is firmly connected to the element housing relative to a second engagement element that is connected to the element foot along a rotation axis, wherein the first engagement element and the second engagement element in locking position, such as a locked resting position of the element housing, stand in a fixed engagement with each other and in an unlocking position, such as an unlocked resting position of the element housing, the engagement is released by a certain translation movement, and
a second, separate actuator for a rotational movement for rotating the first engagement element relative to the second engagement element around the rotation axis, wherein through a first rotational movement, a first rotation position of the element housing can be approached from the unlocked resting position, and through a second rotation movement of the element housing, which is counter to the first rotational movement, the unlocked resting position can be approached from the first rotational position, wherein the second actuator comprises a Bowden cable having an inner cable comprising at least one of an active material or a shaped memory alloy, wherein the inner cable connects the first engagement element to the element foot.

US Pat. No. 10,166,924

VEHICLE VISION SYSTEM WITH DISPLAY BY A MIRROR

MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA,...

1. A vision system for a vehicle, said vision system comprising:an interior rearview mirror assembly disposed at an interior surface of the vehicle, said interior rearview mirror assembly comprising a mirror head having a reflective element;
wherein said mirror head is adjustably mounted at a mirror mount that attaches at the interior surface of the vehicle and is adjustable to adjust a rearward view of a driver of the vehicle viewing said reflective element;
a display device disposed at an interior portion of the vehicle remote from said interior rearview mirror assembly; and
wherein said mirror head is adjustable between a mirror mode orientation, where the driver of the vehicle views rearward of the vehicle via said reflective element, and a display mode orientation, where the driver of the vehicle views images displayed by said display device via said reflective element.

US Pat. No. 10,166,923

IMAGE GENERATION DEVICE AND IMAGE GENERATION METHOD

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An image generation device applied to a vehicle mounted with an in-vehicle camera to line-of-sight-convert an image captured by the in-vehicle camera to generate a line-of-sight-converted image which is an image different in photographing direction from the image captured by the in-vehicle camera, the image generation device comprising:a correspondence relationship storage unit that stores a correspondence relationship which is determined in accordance with a mounting position and a mounting angle of the in-vehicle camera with reference to a road surface and which associates a pixel position on the line-of-sight-converted image with a pixel position on the captured image;
an image generation unit that references the correspondence relationship to generate the line-of-sight-converted image from the captured image;
a deviation sensing unit that senses deviation of at least one of the mounting position and the mounting angle of the in-vehicle camera;
a mounted state calculation unit that, upon sensing of the deviation, calculates a new mounting position and a new mounting angle of which the deviation is not sensed;
a first region updating unit that, upon calculating the new mounting position and the new mounting angle, updates the correspondence relationship associated with a first region in accordance with the new mounting position and the new mounting angle, wherein the first region is a predetermined image region that is set in the line-of-sight-converted image; and
a second region updating unit that, upon satisfaction of a predetermined updating condition after updating the correspondence relationship associated with the first region, updates the correspondence relationship associated with a second region in the line-of-sight-converted image in accordance with the new mounting position and the new mounting angle, wherein the second region is other than the first region,
wherein the line-of-sight-converted image is generated based on the updated correspondence relationship and the generated line-of-sight-converted image is displayed on an in-vehicle monitor.

US Pat. No. 10,166,922

ON-VEHICLE IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE, ON-VEHICLE IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD FOR VEHICLE, AND ON-VEHICLE IMAGE SETTING DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An on-vehicle image display device comprising:a display unit;
an imaging unit configured to capture an imaging area on a side of a vehicle and behind the vehicle, the imaging area including at least a part of a rear wheel of the vehicle; and
an electronic control unit configured to determine whether the vehicle will turn and travel, the electronic control unit is configured to display a first portion of the imaging area, captured by the imaging unit, on the display unit as a non-turning-time image for the vehicle when the electronic control unit determines that the vehicle will travel without turning, and the electronic control unit is configured to display a second portion of the imaging area, captured by the imaging unit, on the display unit as a turning-time image for the vehicle when the electronic control unit determines that the vehicle will turn and travel,
wherein a greater amount of the rear wheel is visually displayed on the display unit in the second portion of the imaging area than is visually displayed on the display unit in the first portion of the imaging area.

US Pat. No. 10,166,921

BRIGHTNESS AND COLOR MATCHING VIDEO FROM MULTIPLE-CAMERA SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A surround view system for a vehicle, the system comprising:a first camera, positioned on the vehicle to capture a first video image including a first region of interest;
a second camera, positioned on the vehicle to capture a second video image including a second region of interest, the second camera being positioned such that the first region of interest at least partially overlaps with the second region of interest;
a third camera, positioned on the vehicle to capture a third video image including a third region of interest, the third camera positioned such that the third region of interest at least partially overlaps with the second region of interest;
a controller configured to
receive the first video image;
receive the second video image;
determine a first overlap region, the first overlap region including a portion of the first video image where the first region of interest overlaps with the second region of interest;
determine a first color error for the second camera, the first color error being indicative of a color difference between the first video image and the second video image within the first overlap region;
determine a first color gain factor for the second camera based on the first color error;
generate a first adjusted video input stream for the second camera by applying the first color gain factor to reduce the first color error;
receive an adjusted second video image from the second camera including an adjusted second region of interest;
receive the third video image;
determine a second overlap region, the second overlap region including a portion of the third video image where the third region of interest overlaps with the adjusted second region of interest;
determine a second color error for the third camera, the second color error being indicative of a second color difference between the third video image and the adjusted second video image within the second overlap region;
determine a second color gain factor for the third camera based on the second color error; and
generate a second adjusted video input stream for the third camera using the second color gain factor to reduce the second color error,
wherein the controller is further configured to adjust the first color gain factor and the second color gain factor such that they are lesser than a maximum threshold and greater than a minimum threshold, and
wherein the minimum threshold and the maximum threshold for one gain factor are based on the values of the other gain factors.

US Pat. No. 10,166,920

TRACTOR-TRAILER CONNECTIONS FOR IMAGE CAPTURE DATA

Trimble Navigation Limite...

1. A system for use on a vehicle comprising a tractor and a trailer, the system comprising:a transmitter unit configured for mounting at the trailer, the transmitter unit comprising:
a video input configured to receive video data from one or more cameras mounted at the trailer, at least one of the one or more cameras spaced away from the transmitter unit;
a power input configured to receive power from a power line of the trailer;
a wireless communication module configured to communicate with a hand-held mobile communication device via a short range wireless communication link, the hand-held mobile communication device comprising a tablet or a smartphone;
a memory of the transmitter unit configured to store trailer information received from the hand-held mobile communication device via the wireless communication module, the trailer information comprising at least trailer ID data that uniquely identifies the trailer; and
a transmitter configured to wirelessly transmit the video data;
a receiver unit configured for mounting at the tractor, the receiver unit comprising:
a receiver configured to wirelessly receive the video data transmitted by the transmitter;
a power input configured to receive power from a power line of the tractor; and
an output configured to output the received video data;
wherein the receiver unit is further configured to receive the trailer information from the transmitter unit;
a media recorder configured for mounting at the tractor, the media recorder coupled to the receiver and configured to store the video data received by the receiver;
an onboard computer configured for mounting at the tractor, wherein one of the media recorder and the onboard computer is configured to associate the trailer ID with the video data stored on the media recorder; and
an onboard communication device coupled to one or both of the media recorder and the onboard computer, wherein the onboard communication device is configured to transmit the video data and associated trailer ID to a remote system.

US Pat. No. 10,166,919

VEHICLE WITH A DRIVER SEAT AND AT LEAST ONE PASSENGER SEAT AND A METHOD FOR PROVIDING A CO-DRIVER AND/OR AT LEAST ONE FELLOW PASSENGER WITH INFORMATION ON A CURRENTLY EXPERIENCED DRIVING SITUATION

1. A vehicle, comprising:a driver seat;
at least one passenger seat;
an estimation unit for estimating at least one driver parameter describing at least an aspect of a current driving action performed by a driver of the vehicle, or at least one current traffic situation parameter describing at least an aspect of the traffic situation;
an information generating unit for generating, from the at least one driver parameter or from the at least one traffic situation parameter, information related to the currently experienced driving situation;
an output information determining unit configured to determine with generated information improves comfort of a co-driver or fellow passenger, or when outputting the generated information to improve comfort of the co-driver or fellow passenger, and
at least one dedicated interface unit for outputting said determined generated information to the co-driver or fellow passenger, and
wherein the determined generated information is selected to improve comfort of the co-driver or the fellow passenger in a current operation of the vehicle with respect to the current driving situation, and is generated independently from information output to the driver.

US Pat. No. 10,166,918

DRIVE ASSISTING APPARATUS

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A drive assisting apparatus comprising:an electronic control unit having a microcomputer as a main component and configured to implement control elements that correspond to respective software processes executed by at least one of the microcomputer and a dedicated hardware element, the control elements including:
a running state detection unit which detects a running state of a vehicle;
a manipulation detection unit which detects a drive manipulation of a driver on the vehicle;
a line-of-sight direction detection unit which detects a line-of-sight direction of the driver;
a pattern storage unit which is stored in advance with data indicating combinations of a vehicle running state and a driver drive manipulation and a driver line-of-sight direction pattern; and
a warning signal output unit which outputs a warning signal if a combination of the running direction detected by the running state detection unit, the drive manipulation detected by the manipulation detection unit, and the line-of-sight direction detected by the line-of-sight direction detection unit is different from any of the combinations of the data stored in the pattern storage unit.

US Pat. No. 10,166,917

TRANSMISSION OF UNCOMPRESSED VIDEO IN CELLULAR NETWORKS

1. A method for providing road safety services in a cellular system, comprising:receiving video data from at least one video sensor, which captures video images of a road, in a base station or in a first user equipment (UE) or in an external processing block connected to the base station or to the first UE;
establishing at least one of the following radio communication channels using a cellular technology: a first channel between at least one second user equipment (UE) and the base station and a second channel between at least one second UE and the first UE by using a device-to-device (D2D) cellular technology;
connecting the second UE to an application for receiving at least one road safety information;
identifying at least one video sensor capturing the image of at least one vehicle approaching the second UE;
transmitting over the at least one radio communication channel to the at least one second UE, responsively to the identification of the at least one video sensor, at least one of the following road safety information: the video data representing the at least one vehicle in at least one area of at least one video image of the road in proximity to the second UE that was received from the at least one video sensor or control information resulting from processing the received video data and relating to a potential collision; and
retrieving by the second UE at least one of the following road safety information: video data or control information, while using at least one descrambling code either received subsequently to the second UE connection to the road safety application or pre-configured for descrambling road safety information or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,166,916

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING A VEHICLE IS AT AN ELEVATED RISK FOR AN ANIMAL COLLISION

STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOB...

1. A computer-implemented method of processing vehicle collision risk information, the method comprising:receiving, at a hardware server, vehicle data including an indication of at least a current GPS (Global Positioning System) location of at least one of an automobile or a mobile device located within the automobile;
accessing, by a processor located remotely from the at least one of the automobile or the mobile device, environment data associated with the current GPS location of the at least one of the automobile or the mobile device, the environment data including a historical record of automobile-animal collisions (i) at the current GPS location of the at least one of the automobile or the mobile device, or (ii) in a particular proximity to the current GPS location of the at least one of the automobile or the mobile device;
based on the environment data and the current GPS location, executing a machine learning algorithm to determine, by the processor, that the automobile is at a risk greater than a threshold level for a non-avian animal collision, the threshold level being a level of risk greater than zero risk;
generating, by the processor, a notification indicating the risk greater than the threshold level of collision with a non-avian animal;
communicating, from the processor located remotely from the at least one of the automobile or the mobile device, the notification of the risk greater than the threshold level to the at least one of the automobile or the mobile device via a communications network so as to allow an operator of the automobile to be notified of the risk greater than the threshold level;
receiving, at the hardware server, an animal collision report indicating that the automobile collided with a non-avian animal; and
updating, by the processor, the machine learning algorithm according to the animal collision report.

US Pat. No. 10,166,915

SETTING AID FOR A REAR-VIEW MIRROR IN A MOTOR VEHICLE

Continental Automotive Gm...

1. An adjustment aid for a rearview mirror in a motor vehicle, wherein one or more lighting means are arranged in the spatial vicinity of one or more edges of a rear window or at the rear of the motor vehicle in such a way that, when the motor vehicle is situated in dark surroundings and the one or more lighting means are switched on, the edge of the rear window or a lateral contour of the motor vehicle stands out, at least in portions, from the surroundings behind the motor vehicle when the rearview mirror is looked at, characterized in that a first means is provided, said first means automatically switching on the one or more lighting means when an adjustment of the rearview mirror becomes necessary, wherein the adjustment of the rearview mirror is assumed to be necessary if a change in the driver seat setting was identified.

US Pat. No. 10,166,914

SEPARABLE DISPLAY ARTICLE

GM Global Technology Oper...

2. A display article comprising:a film formed from a stretchable plastic and including a first plurality of micro-light emitting diodes and a second plurality of micro-light emitting diodes disposed adjacent to the first plurality of micro-light emitting diodes;
wherein the first plurality of micro-light emitting diodes and the second plurality of micro-light emitting diodes are embedded in the stretchable plastic; and
a substrate having a first portion, a second portion disposed adjacent the first portion, and a tear seam having a first end and disposed between the first portion and the second portion;
wherein the substrate defines a first stress concentrator notch at the first end;
wherein the film is attached to the substrate such that the tear seam is located between the first plurality of micro-light emitting diodes and the second plurality of micro-light emitting diodes.

US Pat. No. 10,166,913

SIDE MARKER ILLUMINATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

10. A vehicle, comprising:an exterior side mirror positioned on an A-pillar;
a light assembly coupled to the exterior side mirror;
an interior side marker positioned on a seat assembly; and
an exterior side marker positioned on an external surface of a door, wherein the light assembly is configured to illuminate the interior and exterior side markers.

US Pat. No. 10,166,912

AUTOMOTIVE LED DRIVING APPARATUS

SL Corporation, Daegu (K...

1. An automotive light-emitting diode (LED) driving apparatus for operating an LED group in which first and second LED groups are connected in series, the automotive LED driving apparatus comprising:a voltage input unit configured to receive an input voltage from a power device of a vehicle;
a current controller configured to generate a current with a predetermined level by adjusting the input voltage, received from the voltage input unit, and configured to provide the generated current to an input terminal of the first LED group;
a first feedback path configured to feed back a voltage applied to a first node, connected to an output terminal of the first LED group, to an input terminal of the current controller;
a first switching unit disposed on the first feedback path and switched on or off based on a control signal received from a control device of the vehicle; and
a second switching unit disposed between an output terminal of the second LED group and a ground and switched on or off based on the control signal,
wherein when the control signal is a first control signal to turn on the first LED group, the first switching unit is turned on, the second switching unit is turned off, and the current controller is operated as a buck-boost converter, and
wherein when the control signal is a second control signal to turn on the first and second LED groups, the second switching unit is turned on, the first switching unit is turned off, and the current controller is configured to operate as a boost converter.

US Pat. No. 10,166,911

ILLUMINATION DEVICE AND VEHICLE

Dai Nippon Printing Co., ...

1. An illumination device comprising:a coherent light source that emits first coherent light beams and second coherent light beams, the second coherent light beams including light beams having a plurality of wavelength ranges;
an optical device that diffuses the first coherent light beams to illuminate a first illumination zone and diffuses a wave of the second coherent light beams to illuminate a second illumination zone; and
a timing control unit that individually controls incidence timing of the first coherent light beams and the second coherent light beams on the optical device or illumination timing of the first illumination zone and the second illumination zone,
wherein the optical device includes a first diffusion region on which the first coherent light beams are incident, and a second diffusion region on which the second coherent light beams are incident,
the first diffusion region is capable of illuminating the first illumination zone by diffusion of the incident first coherent light beams,
the second diffusion region is capable of illuminating the second illumination zone by diffusion of the incident second coherent light beams,
the first diffusion region includes a plurality of first element diffusion regions, the first element diffusion regions illuminating respective first partial regions in the first illumination zone by diffusion of the incident first coherent light beams, the first partial regions being respectively illuminated by the first element diffusion regions at least partially different from one another,
the second diffusion region also includes a plurality of second element diffusion regions, the second element diffusion regions illuminating respective second partial regions in the second illumination zone by diffusion of the incident second coherent light beams, the second partial regions being respectively illuminated by the second element diffusion regions at least partially different from one another, and
the timing control unit controls incidence timing of the second coherent light beams on the optical device, or illumination timing of the second illumination zone so that an illumination color of the second illumination zone is adjusted.

US Pat. No. 10,166,909

OPTICAL SENSOR DISPOSITION STRUCTURE FOR SADDLE RIDING VEHICLE

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

1. An optical sensor disposition structure for a saddle riding vehicle including a head pipe, a steering stem that is connected to the head pipe and that includes a bottom bridge, and a vehicle body, the optical sensor disposition structure comprising:an optical sensor; and
an airflow guide member that is disposed in front of a head pipe and that is configured to cover a front section of a vehicle body, and in which an introduction port configured to guide traveling air rearward is formed,
wherein the optical sensor overlaps the introduction port when seen in a front view, and
the optical sensor is disposed above the bottom bridge of the steering stem.

US Pat. No. 10,166,908

VEHICULAR LAMP CLEANING SYSTEM

1. A vehicular lamp cleaning system configured to remove, in use, accumulated debris from an exterior signal lamp of a vehicle having a vehicular stoplight circuit, and the vehicle also having a vehicular air tank for an air-operated braking system configured to operate a vehicular brake system configured to brake the vehicle, the vehicular lamp cleaning system comprising:an isolation solenoid for fluid connection to the vehicular air tank of the vehicle in such a way that the isolation solenoid receives, in use, pressurized air from the vehicular air tank; and
an air reservoir for fluid connection to the isolation solenoid in such a way that the air reservoir receives, in use, the pressurized air from the vehicular air tank; and
a discharge nozzle for fluid connection to the air reservoir, and the discharge nozzle receiving, in use, the pressurized air from the air reservoir, and releasing, in use, and directing, in use, the pressurized air towards the exterior signal lamp of the vehicle in such a way that the pressurized air, which is released from the discharge nozzle, removes debris from the exterior signal lamp of the vehicle; and
wherein the isolation solenoid is electrically isolated from the vehicular air tank of the vehicle during activation of the vehicular brake system of the vehicle, whereby the isolation solenoid does not adversely interfere with operation of the vehicular air tank of the vehicle during the activation of the vehicular brake system.

US Pat. No. 10,166,907

RETRACTOR WITH SPACE-SAVING FEATURES

Valeda Company, , FL (US)...

1. A retractor comprising: a spool disposed inside of a housing, a guide having a rotational movement whereby the guide is rotatable around at least a portion of a circumference of said spool and with respect to said housing, and a belt being wound about said spool and being passable through a guide opening in said guide, wherein the housing comprises an opening that restricts the rotational movement of the guide within a predetermined range of angles.

US Pat. No. 10,166,906

CONVERSION DEVICE TO TRANSFORM A FLAT BED INTO A TRUCK BED AND THE METHOD TO USE

1. A device which is comprised of:a. a flatbed;
b. a plurality of posts;
wherein the plurality of posts is attached to the flatbed;
wherein at least one post of the plurality of posts is fixed;
wherein at least one post of the plurality of posts pivots;
c. a plurality of cavities;
wherein the plurality of cavities is provided in the flatbed;
wherein the plurality of posts fit within the plurality of cavities.

US Pat. No. 10,166,905

HEATING AND COOLING CUP HOLDER

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A heating and cooling cup holder, comprising:a holder body having an opened upper end to accommodate a beverage, having a shape surrounding the beverage, and having a blast hole formed in a side surface of the holder body wherein wind is introduced into the holder body through the blast hole;
a heat exchanging body having a front surface directly coupled to an outer side surface of the holder body and covering the blast hole to directly conduct heat with the outer side surface of the holder body, and having an inlet formed in a side surface of the heat exchanging body to allow the wind introduced through the inlet to be heat-exchanged and discharged to an inner surface of the holder body through the blast hole, thereby to transfer heat simultaneously through conduction and convection, wherein the front surface of the heat exchanging body is a curved surface being in direct contact with the outer side surface of the holder body for the heat exchanging body to cover the blast hole of the holder body in the heat exchanging body;
a first peltier element having a front surface coupled to a rear surface of the heat exchanging body, wherein the holder body, the heat exchanging body and the first peltier element are coupled in series in a radial direction of the holder body;
a heat dissipating module coupled to a rear surface of the first peltier element;
a second peltier element having an upper surface coupled to a lower surface of the holder body; and
at least one heat pipe heat-exchangeably connecting a lower surface of the second peltier element to the heat dissipating module,
wherein a plurality of heat transfer fins is positioned inside the heat exchanging body,
wherein each of the plurality of heat transfer fins is shaped at an end portion thereof to conform to a proximate portion of the holder body, and
wherein the plurality of heat transfer fins is the plurality of guide ribs guiding the wind introduced through the inlet to the blast hole.

US Pat. No. 10,166,904

SINGLE COMPONENT CUP HOLDER MECHANISM

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A cup holder mechanism for a vehicle, the cup holder mechanism comprising:an upper region comprising an outer ring configured to receive a beverage by at least partially surrounding a perimeter of the beverage;
a base region comprising a base support element configured to support a bottom of the beverage; and
a middle region connecting the upper region and the base region;
wherein the cup holder mechanism is configured to be movable, by an actuator based on input provided by an occupant of the vehicle, between:
a closed position, in which the cup holder mechanism is stowed in a recess within a housing; and
an open position, in which the cup holder mechanism is opened outside the housing to receive the beverage; and
wherein the upper region, the base region, and the middle region are formed as a single unitary piece.

US Pat. No. 10,166,903

VEHICULAR SEAT BACK TABLE

1. A vehicular seat back table apparatus pivotable between a stowed position in a table installation space of a backrest and a deployed position, comprising:a guide member installed at each of both sides of the table installation space, each guide member including a rack gear portion;
a pinion gear, rotatably coupled to the rack gear portion of each guide member;
a rotation varying unit associated with and coupled to each of the pinion gears, each rotation varying unit connected by a rotatable hinge shaft to one side of a table, and coupled to an associated pinon gear through a sun gear installed at an end portion of the shaft, the sun gear being coupled to planetary gears installed on an outer circumferential surface of the sun gear and the planetary gears being coupled to a ring gear, whereby pivotal motion of the table is transmitted through the gears;
first and second springs, each spring having one end connectable to a guide member and another end connectable to the backrest for biasing each guide member toward a table-stowed position.

US Pat. No. 10,166,902

TRAVEL SUPPORT DEVICE

1. A seating support device for use in conjunction with a seat to support a user during a sitting position in situ, the seating support device comprising:a main body of flexible material that is capable of being manipulated to alter a three dimensional form of the body into one of multiple usable forms, the main body including a front section having a central body portion and a pair of lateral wings extending from first and second sides of the central body portion, and a tail section extending longitudinally from one end of the central body portion, each wing of the pair of lateral wings including a first outer edge extending obtusely from an outer leading edge of the front section of the main body and a second outer edge extending from a terminal end of the first edge towards the tail section, and wherein the multiple usable forms includes a first support form and a second support form, in the first support form, the central body portion includes a recess for retaining a user's foot and/or leg therein and in the second support form, the central body portion includes the recess for the user to rest their leg and/or foot therein and an adjacent platform at a relatively higher position than a floor of the recess for the user to rest their leg and/or foot thereon, wherein the platform is formed by an inner end of the tail section adjacent the central body portion and approximately parallel with a general orientation of a seating surface of the seat supporting the user or the floor of the recess, such that the platform is suspended over a front of the seat supporting the user,
an attachment mechanism associated with the main body for attaching the main body to a support structure separate from the seating surface of the seat supporting the user in the first support form and the second support form, and
wherein the main body is also configured to couple to the seat supporting the user by the user sitting on the tail section.

US Pat. No. 10,166,901

SEAT FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A seat having a back part and a seat part including a seat cover delimiting a seat area that is divided into a central support area, a first side support area adjacent to the central support area and a second side support area adjacent to the central support area opposite the first support area, the seat comprising:an air bladder assembly including a first air bladder disposed in the first side support area and a second air disposed in the second support area, wherein the air bladder assembly is inflatable and deflatable for changing the vertical position of the seat area on the first and second side support areas relative to the central support area;
a support structure including a frame and a bearing part arranged between the frame and the air bladder assembly such that the first and second bladders are supported on a first side of the bearing part; and
a fastener having a lug extending from a second side of the bearing part which is opposite the first side and an elastically deformable catch disposed on an end of the lug opposite bearing part, wherein the lug extends through an aperture formed in the frame and the deformable catch cooperates with the frame for positively blocking movement of the latching lug out of the aperture to provide a latching connection between the bearing part and the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,166,900

INTERNAL UPPER SEATBACK SUPPORT FOR DRIVING AND SLEEPER SEATS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seating assembly comprising:a frame having first and second side members;
a seatback and a head restraint supported on the frame;
a paddle having a lower pivot rod pivotally coupled between the first and second side members of the frame, the paddle being disposed proximate a top portion of the seatback, below the head restraint; and
a bladder disposed between the paddle and the frame and operable between:
an inflated condition wherein the paddle is pivoted forward to support one of the upper back and neck of an occupant; and
a deflated condition wherein the paddle is pivoted rearward into the seatback.

US Pat. No. 10,166,899

RATCHETING HEADREST ASSEMBLY

DAIMAY NORTH AMERICA AUTO...

1. A headrest assembly, comprising:a head restraint configured to rotate from a first locked position to a second locked position to incline the head restraint relative to a seat back, wherein:
the head restraint is configured such that rotation of the head restraint beyond the second locked position causes the head restraint to become urged back to the first locked position,
the head restraint includes a ratchet assembly having a pawl and pawl spring,
the pawl spring includes a first section and a second section,
the first section of the pawl spring is configured to contact the pawl when the head restraint is rotated from the first locked position to the second locked position, and
the second section of the pawl spring is configured to contact the pawl when the head restraint is rotated beyond the second locked position;
wherein the second section of the pawl spring is spaced-apart from the first section of the pawl spring in a direction parallel to an axis of rotation of the head restraint such that the second section of the pawl spring lies in a different plane than the first section of the pawl spring.

US Pat. No. 10,166,898

TRAVELER'S PERSONAL ARM REST DEVICE

5. A device for supporting a person's arms in front of his or her own body during travel comprising:a chest portion having an outside, an inside, a contoured top end and a bottom end, the bottom end secured along the inside to define a tubular cavity sized to receive a wearer's arms;
a first and a second adjustable supportive strap, the supportive straps horizontally spaced apart from one another and each having a first end fixedly secured to the contoured top end of the chest portion and a second end fixedly secured to a bottom-most portion of the tubular cavity along the outside of the chest portion;
a first horizontal strap secured to the first supportive strap and a second horizontal strap secured to the second supportive strap, the first and second horizontal straps releaseably securable to one another; and
a resealable pouch disposed along the outside of the chest portion;
wherein the first and second supportive straps are further configured to receive one each of a wearer's arms therethrough to respectively encircle at least a portion of the left-lateral and right-lateral portions of a wearer's torso including his or her shoulders;
wherein a position of the first and second horizontal straps is adjustable along the first and second supportive straps; and
wherein a length of the first and second horizontal straps is adjustable.

US Pat. No. 10,166,897

SEAT

DELTA KOGYO CO., LTD., H...

1. A seat comprising:a seat frame including a first frame member and a second frame member juxtaposed at a predetermined distance therebetween;
an elastic sheet extending from the first frame member to the second frame member in a tensioned state, the elastic sheet including a fastening section that has a gap in a region located between the first frame member and the second frame member; and
a trim provided independently from the elastic sheet to cover a top surface of the elastic sheet at least in the region located between the first frame member and the second frame member, the trim including a trim body and a fastened portion that is attached to the trim body, the fastened portion of the trim being inserted in the gap of the fastening section of the elastic sheet and fastened to the fastening section in the region located between the first frame member and the second frame member with the trim body being stretched.

US Pat. No. 10,166,896

SEAT BELT ATTACHMENT STRUCTURE FOR OFF-ROAD VEHICLE

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

1. A seat belt attachment structure for an off-road vehicle comprising:a seat including a seat frame and at least a first occupant sitting position positioned adjacent a second occupant sitting position, each occupant sitting position having opposing sides;
a seat belt for each sitting position that is capable of being fastened and unfastened, each seat belt including a shoulder belt, a waist belt, and a tongue plate, wherein each seat belt when fastened is fixed at three points including at a retractor housing the shoulder belt, at an anchor fixing the waist belt on the same side of the sitting position as the retractor, and at a buckle positioned on the other side of the sitting position that detachably engages the tongue plate when the seat belt is fastened; and
at least a first appendage that extends upward from the seat frame and is positioned along the seat frame in the vehicle width direction between the first and second sitting positions, wherein the tongue plate of the seat belt of the first sitting position and either the tongue plate or the anchor of the seat belt of the second sitting position are attached to the first appendage when the seat belts of the first and second sitting positions are fastened, and wherein the anchor or the buckle of the first sitting position and the anchor or the buckle of the second sitting position are fixed to the first appendage at different positions along the length and the height of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,166,895

SEATBACK COMFORT CARRIER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seating assembly comprising:a seatback;
a back panel; and
a carrier supporting the seatback and including:
an upper thoracic region defining an upper central opening and including a peripheral support, the upper thoracic region further including peripheral trim retainers adjacent the peripheral support and which retain a trim cover;
a lower lumber region including a peripheral support, wherein a peripheral gap is defined between a front closeout panel and the lower lumber region, wherein the lower lumbar region defines a lower central opening having at least one straight edge tie-down adjacent the opening; and
a plurality of inner trim retainers proximate the upper central opening.

US Pat. No. 10,166,894

SEATBACK COMFORT CARRIER

Ford Global Technologies,...

8. A vehicle seating assembly comprising:a carrier adjacent a front closeout panel and supporting a seatback, the carrier including:
a thoracic region defining a peripheral gap between the front closeout panel and the thoracic region, a lower wall of the thoracic region including an undulating configuration; and
a lumbar region defining a peripheral gap between the front closeout panel and the lumbar region, an upper wall of the lumbar region including an undulating configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,166,893

SEAT PAD

1. A seat pad made of a flexible polyurethane foam, whereinwhen the seat pad is divided into five equal parts in a direction of a thickness between a front surface and an underside surface and the five equal parts are termed a first layer, a second layer, a third layer, a fourth layer, and a fifth layer, starting from the front surface side, a midportion of the seat pad that is a portion other than the front surface and the underside surface is set at a density of 45 to 55 kg/m3,
the equal parts are ranked in the following order of decreasing hardness at the center of each layer: the fifth layer, the fourth layer, the third layer, and the second layer, with the hardness of the fourth layer set larger than the hardness of the first layer, and a ratio of the hardness of the fifth layer to the hardness of the first layer is set at 1.2 or more, and
the hardness is 25% hardness measured in conformity to a D method defined in JIS K6400-2 as used in the 2012 edition.

US Pat. No. 10,166,892

PAD

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A pad comprising:a first pad which is elastically bendable and deformable by pressure, the first pad including a pressed portion on which a pressing force is applied; and
a second pad which is harder to bend compared to the first pad,
wherein the first pad and the second pad are integrally formed,
wherein the pressed portion is disposed to be adjacent to the second pad in a direction orthogonal to a pressing direction of the pressing force, and
wherein at least one pad of the first pad and the second pad includes a facilitating part which facilitates the pressed portion to be bent and deformed with respect to the second pad, and the facilitating part is formed of the one pad itself.

US Pat. No. 10,166,891

VEHICULAR SEAT

TACHI-S CO., LTD., Akish...

14. A vehicular seat comprising a surface skin for covering a pad and a backboard to which the surface skin is attached, the surface skin being attached to a peripheral edge of the backboard, wherein:the surface skin comprises a first surface skin and a second surface skin that is connected to the first surface skin;
a connecting structure for connecting the backboard and the second surface skin is provided;
the second surface skin is formed from an elastomer;
the elastomer has shape-retaining properties such that the shape thereof can be maintained in a natural state;
the second surface skin is connected to a peripheral edge of the first surface skin;
an end of the second surface skin is stitched to the peripheral edge of the first surface skin;
the connecting structure comprises:
protruding members provided to the second surface skin; and
holes provided to a peripheral edge on the back surface of the backboard;
the second surface skin is connected to the peripheral edge on the back surface of the backboard by the protruding members being inserted into the holes;
the second surface skin comprises a bent portion bent along the peripheral edge on the back surface of the backboard, due to the shape-retaining properties;
the protruding members are provided on the inner surface of the bent portion;
the protruding members are formed from the same material as the second surface skin;
a connecting portion between the first surface skin and the second surface skin is placed on a boundary portion between a front surface of the pad and the side surface of the pad; and
the second surface skin covers an entire area of the side surface of the pad.

US Pat. No. 10,166,890

CLIMATE CONTROLLED CHILD SAFETY SEAT ASSEMBLY

1. A climate controlled child safety seat assembly comprising:a car seat comprising a base and a handle, said handle comprising a pair of arms and a centerpiece, each arm of said pair of arms being pivotally coupled to and extending from a respective opposing side of said base, said centerpiece being coupled to and extending between said pair of arms distal from said base;
a power module coupled to and positioned in said base;
a plurality of penetrations positioned through said handle;
a plurality of fans operationally coupled to said power module, each fan of said plurality of fans being positioned in a respective one of said plurality of penetrations, wherein said plurality of fans is positioned in said handle such that said plurality of fans is configured for motivating air over a child positioned in said car seat.

US Pat. No. 10,166,889

SERIES MOUNTED ENERGY ATTENUATOR AND SPRING DAMPER

Armorworks Holdings, Inc....

1. A shock absorbing vehicle seating system, comprising:a seat moveably attached to the vehicle by a seat guide apparatus configured to constrain seat movement to a stroking direction;
a spring damper with a first end and a second end; the spring damper configured to compress and extend along a longitudinal axis extending through the first and second ends in response to variations in loading applied at the first and second ends; and
an energy attenuating component with a deformable portion disposed between a first end and a second end thereof, the energy attenuating component configured to deform along a longitudinal axis extending through the first and second ends of the energy attenuating component, wherein the second end of the energy attenuating component is attached to the first end of the spring damper, and the longitudinal axes of the spring damper and the energy attenuating component are aligned, the spring damper and energy attenuating component together forming a seat supporting assembly disposed between the seat and the vehicle, and wherein the energy attenuating component is configured to remain rigid while shock loads imparted to the seat through the seat supporting assembly are less than a predetermined threshold value, and to permanently deform in a predictable manner in response to a shock load that reaches the threshold value, allowing the seat to stroke in the stroking direction as the energy attenuating component absorbs energy, and further wherein the spring damper has a damping coefficient selected to ensure that for a given range of seat-to-vehicle initial closing velocity in a high energy impact event, the energy attenuating component will begin to deform before the spring damper has fully compressed.

US Pat. No. 10,166,888

VEHICLE SEAT

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

1. A vehicle seat with a seat cushion and a seat back, the vehicle seat comprising:right and left side frames constituting right and left frames of the seat back;
a pressure-receiving member disposed between the right and left side frames and configured to receive a load from an occupant; and
a driving mechanism disposed at each of right and left sides of the pressure-receiving member and configured to cause a right end portion or a left end portion of the pressure-receiving member to move from an initial position to an advanced position that is located frontward of the initial position or to move from the advanced position to the initial position,
wherein the driving mechanism comprises a linkage configured to be connected to the pressure-receiving member and a driving source configured to actuate the linkage,
wherein the linkage includes a link member configured to be rotatable frontward and rearward relative to the side frame and connected to the pressure-receiving member, and is configured to operate when a load equal to or greater than a predetermined amount is input from the occupant to the pressure-receiving member to cause the pressure-receiving member to move to a backward position that is located rearward of the initial position,
wherein the vehicle seat comprises a rotation resistive member configured to restrict a rearward rotation of the link member when a load smaller than the predetermined amount is input from the occupant to the pressure-receiving member and to deform when a load equal to or greater than the predetermined amount is input from the occupant to the pressure-receiving member so as to allow a rearward rotation of the link member, and
wherein the rotation resistive member comprises an urging member configured to urge the link member to rotate frontward.

US Pat. No. 10,166,887

SEATBACK LIFT MECHANISM FOR A SUPINE MOTOR VEHICLE SEATING ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

16. A mounting assembly for attaching a pivotable upper back support to a vehicle seatback frame comprising:a first bracket;
a second bracket;
a ratchet latch, wherein the ratchet latch is coupled to the first bracket with a ratchet mounting bracket; and
a bushing coupled to the second bracket, wherein the upper back support includes a support member pivotably coupled to the ratchet latch and the bushing.

US Pat. No. 10,166,886

OCCUPANT DETECTION METHOD AND OCCUPANT DETECTION APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

11. An occupant detection apparatus comprising:a load detection portion detecting a load applied to a seat for a vehicle;
a seating detection portion detecting that an occupant is seated at the seat;
a local maximum holding portion holding a local maximum of the load which is detected when the occupant becomes seated;
a standard value setting portion setting a standard value of the load in a state in which the occupant is seated at the seat;
a seating state deviation detection portion detecting a deviation of a seating state of the occupant at the seat by monitoring a deviation of the load; and
a determination condition change portion making a determination condition for detecting the deviation of the seating state strict in such a manner that the larger a difference between the local maximum of the load and the standard value of the load is, the stricter the determination condition is made.

US Pat. No. 10,166,885

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING VOLTAGE OF CATENARY SUPPLYING ELECTRIC POWER TO ROLLING STOCKS

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

8. Device for controlling the voltage of a catenary supplying electric power to rolling stocks, each rolling stock comprising a motor drive characterized in that the device is included in a first rolling stock and comprises:a processor to execute a program; and
a memory to store the program which, when executed by the processor, performs processes of,
detecting a traction command or a regeneration command of a second rolling stock in the neighborhood of first rolling stock,
increasing the electric power supplied by the first rolling stock to the motor drive of the first rolling stock when a regeneration command of the second rolling stock is detected and if the first rolling stock is in a coasting mode,
decreasing the electric power supplied by the first rolling stock to the motor drive of the first rolling stock when a traction command of the second rolling stock is detected and if the first rolling stock is in a coasting mode.

US Pat. No. 10,166,884

POWER CONDITIONING SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A power conditioning system with two converters, comprising:a fuel cell to be connected to a load;
a fuel cell converter connected between the fuel cell and the load, the fuel cell converter converting an output voltage of the fuel cell at a predetermined required voltage ratio;
a battery connected in parallel with the fuel cell with respect to the load, the battery serving as a power supply source different from the fuel cell;
a battery converter connected between the battery and the load, the battery converter converting an output voltage of the battery at a predetermined required voltage ratio;
a converter direct coupling unit configured to directly couple an input side and an output side of the fuel cell converter during startup of the power conditioning system; and
a fuel cell output voltage increasing unit configured to increase the output voltage of the fuel cell to a predetermined voltage by supplying oxidant gas during startup of the fuel cell.

US Pat. No. 10,166,883

UNDERBODY OF AN ELECTRICALLY DRIVEN MOTOR VEHICLE

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

1. An underbody (1;41) of an electrically driven motor vehicle, comprising:a. a vehicle supporting structure (3;43), said vehicle supporting structure comprising two vehicle sills (5;45) located laterally in a transverse direction of the vehicle;
b. a plurality of battery modules (11;51) arranged between the sills;
c. a battery supporting structure (13;53) supporting the battery modules;
d. at least one battery temperature control device (15;55) assigned to the battery modules, the battery temperature control device comprising a cooling device operated with a cooling liquid that cools the battery modules; and
e. one or more supply and/or removal devices (17;57) for the cooling liquid, wherein the supply and/or removal devices (17;57) for the cooling liquid are arranged in the region of the vehicle sills (5;45).

US Pat. No. 10,166,882

POWER SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE

BYD COMPANY LIMITED, She...

1. A power system for an electric vehicle, comprising:a bidirectional DC-DC module having a first DC terminal connected with a first terminal of a power battery and a second DC terminal connected with a second terminal of the power battery, wherein the first DC terminal is a common terminal for an input to and an output from the bidirectional DC-DC module;
a driving control switch having a first terminal connected with the second terminal of the power battery and a second terminal connected with a third DC terminal of the bidirectional DC-DC module;
a bidirectional DC-AC module having a first DC terminal connected with the second terminal of the driving control switch and a second DC terminal connected with the first terminal of the power battery;
a motor control switch having a first terminal connected with an AC terminal of the bidirectional DC-AC module and a second terminal configured to connect with a motor;
a charge-discharge control module having a first terminal connected with the AC terminal of the bidirectional DC-AC module and a second terminal connected with a charge-discharge socket;
a battery manager connected with the power battery and configured to detect a temperature of the power battery; and
a control module connected with a third terminal of the driving control switch, a third terminal of the motor control switch a third terminal of the charge-discharge control module and the battery manager respectively, and configured to control the driving control switch, the motor control switch and the charge-discharge control module so as to control the power system to enter a charge-discharge mode, and to control the power battery to charge and discharge in a pulse mode so as to heat the power battery when the temperature of the power battery is lower than a predetermined temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,166,881

CHARGE-DISCHARGE CONTROLLER

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A charge-discharge controller controlling a state of charge (SOC) of a storage battery that is chargeable and dischargeable, the charge-discharge controller comprising:a resetter executing an SOC reset charging that brings the battery to an over-charged state; and
a timing calculator executing a timing calculation process that calculates an execution timing of the SOC reset charging by the resetter, wherein
the timing calculator executes the timing calculation process and calculates a profit reduction amount as a difference between a planned charge-discharge monetary profit and a SOC reset charging monetary profit for each of a plurality of time ranges, among which (i) the planned charge-discharge monetary profit is calculated as a profit from charging and discharging according to a preset charge-discharge plan and (ii) the SOC reset charging monetary profit is calculated as a profit from executing the SOC reset charging, and
the timing calculator sets the execution timing of the SOC reset charging in one or more time ranges to minimize the profit reduction amount.

US Pat. No. 10,166,880

SYSTEM FOR ANNOUNCING PREDICTED REMAINING AMOUNT OF ENERGY

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A system for announcing predicted remaining amount of energy, the system comprising:an obtaining unit configured to obtain traveling state information which contains current vehicle position information;
a searching unit configured to search a predicted passage point through which the vehicle is predicted to pass in a future on a basis of the traveling state information when a traveling route is not set;
a predicting unit configured to predict a predicted remaining amount of energy, the predicted remaining amount of energy being a predicted amount of traveling energy remaining at the time when the vehicle passes the predicted passage point; and
an announcing unit configured to announce information about the predicted remaining amount of energy and the predicted passage point corresponding to the predicted remaining amount of energy to a user.

US Pat. No. 10,166,879

BATTERY DISCHARGE PREVENTING SYSTEM FOR HYBRID VEHICLE AND BATTERY DISCHARGE PREVENTING METHOD USING THE SAME

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. A battery discharge preventing method for a hybrid vehicle, comprising:measuring, by a first voltage sensor, a voltage level of a low voltage battery for supplying electric power to an electric device installed in the hybrid vehicle;
sensing, by an impact sensor, a collision of the hybrid vehicle;
comparing, by a control unit, the voltage level of the low voltage battery to a first reference value;
controlling a first relay, by the control unit, to provide a connection between the low voltage battery and a high voltage battery, when the measured voltage level of the low voltage battery is equal to or lower than the first reference level; and
determining whether the connection between the low voltage battery and the high voltage battery is established,
wherein the high voltage battery supplies electric power to a motor to drive the hybrid vehicle, via an inverter connected to the motor, and
wherein, when the connection is established, the control unit controls the first relay to disconnect the connection between the low voltage battery and the high voltage battery when the collision of the hybrid vehicle is sensed.

US Pat. No. 10,166,878

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS OF VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A power supply apparatus of a vehicle, comprising:a power storage device;
a voltage step-up converter stepping up a voltage of said power storage device and supplying the stepped-up voltage to a load;
an auxiliary machine electrically connected between said power storage device and said voltage step-up converter and driven by consuming electric power supplied from said power storage device; and
a control device controlling said load based on a required vehicle power including a required charge discharge amount of said power storage device,
said control device having a continuous voltage step-up mode and an intermittent voltage step-up mode, in said continuous voltage step-up mode said voltage step-up converter being continuously operated, in said intermittent voltage step-up mode said voltage step-up converter being intermittently operated,
in said continuous voltage step-up mode, said control device calculating said required charge discharge amount based on electric power supplied from said power storage device, and
in said intermittent voltage step-up mode, said control device changing a method of calculating said required charge discharge amount to the method that calculates said required charge discharge amount based on electric power passing through said voltage step-up converter, and making said required charge discharge amount smaller than said required charge discharge amount in said continuous voltage step-up mode.

US Pat. No. 10,166,877

CHARGE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE AND ELECTRIC VEHICLE

BYD COMPANY LIMITED, She...

1. A charge control system for an electric vehicle, comprising:a charge-discharge socket;
a three-level bidirectional DC-AC module having a first DC terminal configured to connect with a first terminal of a power battery of the electric vehicle and a second DC terminal configured to connect with a second terminal of the power battery;
a charge-discharge control module having a first terminal connected with an AC terminal of the three-level bidirectional DC-AC module and a second terminal connected with the charge-discharge socket;
a filtering module having a first terminal connected to the AC terminal of the three-level bidirectional DC-AC module and a second terminal connected to the charge-discharge control module; and
a control module connected with a third terminal of the charge-discharge control module and configured to control the charge-discharge control module to turn on, to sample an output voltage of an external grid by using a connection midpoint of filtering capacitors in the filtering module as a reference point, and to control the three-level bidirectional DC-AC module according to the output voltage of the external grid to control the external grid to charge the power battery, when the external grid is in an angle connection mode and the electric vehicle is in a charge-discharge mode;
wherein the three-level bidirectional DC-AC module comprises:
a first capacitor and a second capacitor connected in series and connected between the first DC terminal and the second DC terminal of the three-level bidirectional DC-AC module, a first node is defined between the first capacitor and the second capacitor;
a first IGBT and a second IGBT connected in series and connected between the first DC terminal and the second DC terminal of the three-level bidirectional DC-AC module, a second node is defined between the first IGBT and the second IGBT;
a third IGBT and a fourth IGBT connected in series and connected between a third terminal of the filtering module and the second node;
a fifth IGBT and a sixth IGBT connected in series and connected between the first DC terminal and the second DC terminal of the three-level bidirectional DC-AC module, a third node is defined between the fifth IGBT and the sixth IGBT;
a seventh IGBT and an eighth IGBT connected in series and connected between the third terminal of the filtering module and the third node;
a ninth IGBT and a tenth IGBT connected in series and connected between the first DC terminal and the second DC terminal of the three-level bidirectional DC-AC module, a fourth node is defined between the ninth IGBT and the tenth IGBT; and
an eleventh IGBT and a twelfth IGBT connected in series and connected between the third terminal of the filtering module and the fourth node;
wherein the second node, the third node and the fourth node are configured as the AC terminal of the three-level bidirectional DC-AC module.

US Pat. No. 10,166,876

CHARGING DEVICE FOR CHARGING A VEHICLE ACCUMULATOR

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A charging device for charging each of a plurality of different types of vehicle accumulators, the charging device comprising:a control unit configured to execute a plurality of different predetermined charge programs corresponding with the plurality of different types of vehicle accumulators, each predetermined charging program being executable by the control unit to control charging of a respective type of vehicle accumulator; and
an accumulator recognition unit configured to, during connection of a particular type of a vehicle accumulator to the charging device via a communication link:
receive, from the vehicle accumulator via the communication link, accumulator identification information indicating the particular type of vehicle accumulator connected to the charging device; and
identify the particular type of vehicle accumulator currently connected to the charging device based on the received accumulator identification information; and
wherein the control unit is further executable to:
access, from the vehicle accumulator via the communication link, a particular predetermined charge program corresponding with the particular type of vehicle accumulator identified by the accumulator recognition unit;
wherein the particular predetermined charge program is transferred to the control unit in cryptographically encrypted form;
in response to accessing the particular predetermined charge program from the vehicle accumulator in cryptographically encrypted form, automatically request a corresponding key for decryption from a server associated with a manufacturer of the particular type of vehicle accumulator;
obtain the decryption key from the server associated with the manufacturer of the particular type of vehicle accumulator, and use the decryption key to decrypt the predetermined charge program received from the vehicle accumulator; and
execute the particular predetermined charge program to control charging of the particular type of vehicle accumulator.

US Pat. No. 10,166,875

DEPLOYABLE SAFETY SHIELD FOR CHARGING

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

1. A system for charging an electric vehicle, the system comprising:a charging system including a power source and a charging plate wirelessly coupled to the power source, wherein the power source wirelessly transfers power to the charging plate; and
at least one shield portion between the charging plate and a passenger compartment of the electric vehicle,
wherein,
the at least one shield portion includes at least two states, a first state being a non-deployed state and a second state being a deployed state, and
the at least one shield portion is configured to attenuate an electromagnetic field provided by the charging system when in the second state.

US Pat. No. 10,166,874

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR POSITIONING BY MEANS OF TRIANGULATION

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A system comprising a vehicle and an induction charging unit, the induction charging unit comprising a primary coil and the vehicle comprising a secondary coil and wherein, during a charging operation in a charging position, electric power is inductively transmissible from the primary coil to the secondary coil, in the charging position, the secondary coil being situated in a preferred spatial position area with respect to the primary coil, wherein, for setting the charging position,wherein the system is configured to measure a plurality of magnetic field vectors generated by a corresponding plurality of antennas and, based on measured intensities of the plurality of magnetic field vectors, the system iteratively detects a location position by means of triangulating the plurality of antennas, wherein the location position describes a time-dependent spatial position of the secondary coil with respect to the primary coil, and
based on the iteratively-detected location position and the charging position, the system iteratively detects a travel trajectory, along which the location position of the charging position is approximated.

US Pat. No. 10,166,873

BATTERY CHARGER FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES

ABB B.V., Rotterdam (NL)...

1. A battery charger for electric vehicles, the battery charger comprising:at least one converter unit composed of three converter modules and having a power supply circuit configured to be switched between a three-phase supply mode and a single-phase supply mode;
wherein the power supply circuit comprises three first bridge circuits by which, in the three-phase supply mode, input sides of the converter modules are connected phase-against-phase in a triangular configuration, and three second bridge circuits by which, in the single phase mode, the input sides of the converter modules are connected phase-against-ground in a star configuration;
wherein the converter modules comprise identical current controlled DC-DC converter modules having reverse current protected outputs connected in parallel to a charge terminal of a vehicle battery.

US Pat. No. 10,166,872

RANGE EXTENDER VEHICLE

1. A range extender vehicle, comprising wheels and a vehicle frame, wherein the range extender vehicle further comprises:a turboshaft engine arranged on a chassis of the vehicle frame; a turboshaft engine controller; a generator, a battery pack; a battery controller; driving motors, a battery radiator, a gasholder, a thermal energy recycling device; a thermal energy transmission pipe and a compressed air heater;
a signal end of the turboshaft engine is connected to the turboshaft engine controller, a transmission shaft of the turboshaft engine is connected to a rotation shaft of the generator and is configured to drive the generator to produce electric energy;
the generator is configured to output the produced electric energy to the battery pack and the driving motors; the battery pack is connected to the driving motors, and a signal end of the battery pack is connected to the battery controller;
a power transmission shaft of each of the driving motors is connected to a driving shaft of the corresponding wheel;
a cold-air channel of the battery radiator is connected to the battery pack;
a gas-transmission pipe of the gasholder is connected to a gas-inputting pipe of a combustor of the turboshaft engine, for providing gas to the turboshaft engine;
the thermal energy recycling device is arranged at a tail end of the combustor of the turboshaft engine, for absorbing thermal energy produced by burning gas in the turboshaft engine;
an input end of the thermal energy transmission pipe is connected to the thermal energy recycling device, and an output end of the thermal energy transmission pipe is connected to the compressed air heater; and
two branch pipes are arranged at an output end of the compressor air heater, a first pipe of the two branch pipes is connected to an inlet of the combustor of the turboshaft engine, for heating gas entered into the turboshaft engine, and a second pipe of the two branch pipes is connected to a warm-air outlet of the vehicle, for vehicle heating.

US Pat. No. 10,166,871

WHEEL STABILITY CONTROL BASED ON THE MOMENT OF AN ELECTRICAL MOTOR

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A wheel stability control system for a vehicle, the system comprising: a power system comprising an electric motor having electrical characteristics, the power system configured to determine an angular speed, an input current, an input voltage, and a phase angle between the input current and the input voltage to the electric motor; an electronic control unit (ECU) including a computer readable, non-transitory memory, the memory storing information including an optimal acceleration and deceleration curve of the vehicle and the electrical characteristics of the electric motor, wherein the ECU is configured to: calculate an electrical moment of the electric motor based on the angular speed, the input current, the input voltage, and the phase angle of the electric motor provided by the power system and on the electrical characteristics of the electric motor, determine the acceleration or deceleration of the electric motor from the angular speed of the electric motor, determine the optimal acceleration and the optimal deceleration of the electric motor based on the angular speed of the electric motor and based on the optimal acceleration and deceleration curve, determine if the acceleration or the deceleration of the electric motor exceeds the optimal acceleration or the optimal deceleration of the electric motor, when the acceleration or the deceleration of the electric motor exceeds the optimal acceleration or the optimal deceleration, adjust the electrical moment of the electric motor until the acceleration or the deceleration of the electric motor matches the optimal acceleration or the optimal deceleration, and an acceleration sensor that determines an acceleration of the vehicle and provides a value of the acceleration of the vehicle to the ECU, wherein the ECU adjusts the optimal acceleration and deceleration curve in response to the information from the acceleration sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,166,870

HYBRID VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A hybrid vehicle, comprising:an engine;
a first motor generating a counter-electromotive voltage with rotation;
a planetary gear including three rotation elements connected to three shafts, the shafts including a shaft of the first motor, a shaft of the engine, and a driving shaft coupled with driving wheels, the rotation elements being connected such that the first motor, the engine, and the driving shaft are arrayed in this order in an alignment chart;
a second motor connected to the driving shaft;
a first inverter driving the first motor;
a second inverter driving the second motor;
an electric storage device connected to the first inverter and the second inverter through electric power lines; and
an electronic control unit being configured to control the engine such that, in specified traveling where the hybrid vehicle travels while operating the engine with the first inverter and the second inverter kept in a shutdown state, the first motor is rotated at a speed that causes the counter-electromotive voltage of the first motor to be higher than direct current-side voltages of the first inverter and the second inverter, and the first motor outputs torque to the driving shaft through the planetary gear,
the electronic control unit being configured to interrupt electric power supply from a side of the first inverter and the second inverter to a side of the electric storage device when an accelerator operating amount becomes equal to or below a specified operating amount in the specified traveling.

US Pat. No. 10,166,869

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT UNIT, WIRE HARNESS, AND CONNECTOR FIXING STRUCTURE

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Mina...

1. An electronic component unit, comprising:a substrate on which an electronic component is mounted;
a connector electrically connected to the substrate; and
a connector fixing structure including:
a pair of notches that are provided opposite each other on opposing ends of the substrate in a long-side direction and that penetrate through the substrate in a plate thickness direction,
a pair of press fitting plates that are provided on the connector and that are press-fitted into the respective notches, and
a deformation acceptable space that is provided adjacent to each of both sides of the press fitting plates that are press-fitted into the respective notches in the long-side direction, such that a first side of the deformation acceptable space is provided between each of the pair of press fitting plates and the substrate in the long-side direction and a second side of the deformation acceptable space is provided on each side of the pair of press fitting plates opposite the first side.

US Pat. No. 10,166,868

VEHICLE-MOUNTED EQUIPMENT OPERATION SUPPORT SYSTEM

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Mina...

1. A vehicle-mounted equipment operation support system comprising:a vehicle-mounted equipment operating device, the vehicle-mounted equipment operating device including a contact operating surface configured to receive a contact operation inputted by an operator by a finger of the operator, wherein a plurality of contact operation modes are assigned to the contact operating surface, the vehicle-mounted equipment operating device also including an operation mode detector configured to detect a contact operation mode of the contact operating surface selected by the operator through the contact operating surface;
a display device which displays operation-related information relating to the contact operation and the contact operation mode; and
a controller configured to control an operation of vehicle-mounted equipment so as to operate or stop an operation of the vehicle-mounted equipment in accordance with an output signal outputted by the contact operating surface corresponding to the contact operation, and an output signal outputted by the contact operation mode detector corresponding to the contact operation mode, and perform display control of the display device so as to display the operation-related information on the display device based on the output signals outputted by the contact operating surface and the operation mode detector, the display control including at least shifting display content of the operation-related information according to the outputted signals outputted by the contact operating surface and the contact operation mode detector,
wherein the contact operating surface is arranged at a position that is closer to a vehicle front side than a vehicle steering wheel and enables the operator to perform a contact operation without taking off a hand from the steering wheel,
wherein the contact operating surface includes a touch sensor and is configured to receive the contact operation via a slide operation of tracing the contact operating surface with a fingertip executed by the operator,
wherein the slide operation includes the operator sliding the finger across a surface of the touch sensor,
wherein the slide operation includes a slide operation direction, and
wherein at least one of the output signal outputted by the contact operating surface and the output signal outputted by the contact operation mode detector corresponds to the slide operation direction such that the controller is configured to control the operation of the vehicle-mounted equipment and perform display control of the display device in coordination with the slide operation direction.

US Pat. No. 10,166,867

METHOD TO CONTROL REACTION FORCE OF AN ACCELERATOR PEDAL SYSTEM

1. Method to control acceleration of a motor vehicle from a current vehicle speed, wherein the motor vehicle comprises an accelerator pedal system able to generate on an accelerator pedal an added reaction force when depression of the accelerator pedal reaches a given depression level, comprising:a) measuring the current vehicle speed;
b) determining a target speed of the motor vehicle depending at least on the current vehicle speed or determining from the current vehicle speed a maximum acceleration rate;
c) determining at least one threshold depression level of the accelerator pedal that corresponds to stabilization of vehicle speed at the target speed or that corresponds to the maximum acceleration rate;
d) generating an added reaction force on the accelerator pedal if the depression of the accelerator pedal reaches or is about to reach the threshold depression level;
wherein at least steps a), b) and c) are automatically repeated as the vehicle speed increases, and wherein, in step b), the maximum acceleration rate is determined to be a compromise between an engine torque demand and a time necessary to reach a determined higher speed.

US Pat. No. 10,166,866

VEHICLE TRAVELING CONTROL APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle traveling control apparatus applied to a vehicle comprising:circuitry configured to
monitor whether or not a driver of said vehicle is in an abnormal state where said driver loses an ability to drive said vehicle;
decelerate said vehicle to automatically stop said vehicle after a conclusive abnormality determination time point which is a time point when said circuitry finalizes a determination that said driver is in said abnormal state;
determine whether or not said vehicle is in a deceleration prohibition situation based on at least one set of self-vehicle information on a traveling state of said vehicle, information on a vehicle speed of another vehicle traveling around said vehicle, information on a speed limit of a road on which said vehicle is traveling, information on weather condition around said vehicle, and information on a road surface condition of said road on which said vehicle is traveling; and
prohibit said deceleration of said vehicle when it is determined that said vehicle is in said deceleration prohibition situation.

US Pat. No. 10,166,865

AUTOMATIC CONTROL OF DRIVELINE STATES

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method for controlling a vehicle driveline comprising:determining demands to power secondary wheels for each of a plurality of vehicle related conditions detected by sensors;
scaling the demands for each condition;
summing the scaled demands;
powering only primary wheels when the summed demands are less than a reference value;
powering the primary and secondary wheels when the summed demands equal or exceed the reference value.

US Pat. No. 10,166,864

DRIVE APPARATUS

Hydro-Gear Limited Partne...

1. A drive apparatus for use on a vehicle having a prime mover, the drive apparatus comprising:a housing;
a center section disposed in the housing and having a first end and a second end, and having hydraulic porting formed therein, the center section further comprising:
a first running surface having a first pair of kidney ports connected to the hydraulic porting, wherein the first running surface is formed closer to the first end than to the second end;
a plurality of projections extending from the first running surface, wherein each of the plurality of projections has an opening formed therein for securing the center section to the housing;
a second running surface having a second pair of kidney ports connected to the hydraulic porting; and
a third running surface having a third pair of kidney ports connected to the hydraulic porting, wherein the second and third running surfaces are formed closer to the second end than to the first end;
a hydraulic pump disposed on the first running surface and connected to the first pair of kidney ports;
a first hydraulic motor disposed on the second running surface and comprising a first motor cylinder block connected to the second pair of kidney ports and driving a first output shaft; and
a second hydraulic motor disposed on the third running surface and comprising a second motor cylinder block connected to the third pair of kidney ports and driving a second output shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,166,863

BIODIESEL RESISTANT PVC/NBR RUBBER COMPOSITION

FORD MOTOR COMPANY BRASIL...

1. A PVC/NBR rubber composition comprising:(A) 100 PHR polyblend (33-45 ACN) NBR/PVC;
(B) 20-50 PHR conductive carbon black; and
(C) 2-20 PHR rice husk ash containing at least 90% SiO2;
wherein the rubber composition has electrical resistivity of less than 1×106? measured according to SAE J2260.

US Pat. No. 10,166,862

METHOD FOR DETECTING A STICKING TANK VENT VALVE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for detecting a sticking tank vent valve in a motor vehicle, a temperature sensor being situated in a tank vent line between the tank vent valve and an inlet point into an intake manifold or into a turbocharger, the method comprising:detecting a sticking of the tank vent valve when the absolute value of a correlation of a computed tank ventilation mass flow and of a signal value of the temperature sensor violates a predefinable threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,166,861

FUEL TANK STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A fuel tank structure comprising:a fuel tank that is mounted to an automobile and that is configured to store fuel;
a bag shaped member that is fixed to a ceiling portion inside the fuel tank, and that is configured to maintain a contact state with the fuel by expanding or contracting according to a fluid surface height of fuel stored inside the fuel tank;
a pump housing recessed portion that is formed to a bottom portion of the fuel tank with a fuel pump disposed therein;
a fuel flow path that is in communication with the pump housing recessed portion and that extends from the pump housing recessed portion in a groove shape,
wherein:
the pump housing recessed portion is formed deeper than a height of the fuel pump and is formed at a center portion of the fuel tank in plan view; and
the fuel flow path is formed in a radiating shape running from the pump housing recessed portion toward a side wall of the fuel tank.

US Pat. No. 10,166,860

MULTI-STAGE DETACHABLE HOOD AIR SCOOP ASSEMBLIES AND VEHICLES INCORPORATING THE SAME

1. A vehicle comprising:a hood assembly that extends over an engine compartment; and
a multi-stage detachable hood air scoop assembly connected to the hood assembly above the engine compartment, the multi-stage detachable hood air scoop assembly comprising:
an intake component connected directly to the hood assembly; and
a cover component releasable connected to the intake component and directly to the hood assembly using releasable connections such that the cover component detaches from the intake component and the hood assembly in response to a predetermined front impact force;
wherein the intake component comprises a fastening arm connected to the cover component, the fastening arm having a line of weakness that separates the fastening arm into a connected portion that remains connected to the intake component and a free portion that separates from the connected portion upon application of a predetermined tensile force at the line of weakness.

US Pat. No. 10,166,859

ACTIVE UNDERBODY ARRANGEMENT FOR A VEHICLE

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A vehicle comprising:a vehicle body having a first end configured to face oncoming airflow when the vehicle is in motion relative to a road surface and an opposing second end;
an under-hood compartment provided in the first end of the vehicle body;
an internal combustion engine received in the under-hood compartment;
a heat exchanger in fluid communication with the engine, wherein the engine is cooled by a liquid circulated through the heat exchanger;
an underbody extending between the first and second ends of the vehicle body, the underbody including a forward portion adjacent the first end of the vehicle body, a rearward portion adjacent the second end of the vehicle body and a central portion extending therebetween;
at least one aerodynamic member disposed adjacent the forward portion of the underbody and proximate to the under-hood compartment, the at least one aerodynamic member including a housing and an opening extending at least partially through the housing;
an airflow management device provided in the opening and selectively positioned to direct the airflow from the front end of the vehicle into the under-hood compartment to improve vehicle performance, wherein the airflow management device includes a shutter assembly disposed in the opening in the housing of the at least one aerodynamic member;
a mechanism operatively connected to the shutter assembly to selectively position the shutter assembly between at least a fully open position and a fully closed position; and
a controller operatively connected to the mechanism to regulate movement of the mechanism to selectively position the shutter assembly,
wherein the controller selectively positions the shutter assembly between at least the fully open position and the fully closed position to cool the liquid circulated through the heat exchanger based upon a load generated by the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,166,858

SHUTTER DEVICE FOR A FRONT GRILLE OF A VEHICLE

BATZ, S.COOP., Igorre (E...

1. A shutter device comprising:a first flap rotatable between an open position and a closed position,
a second flap rotatable between an open position and a closed position,
a first driven wheel that rotates and is coupled to the first flap, the first driven wheel including a notched part comprising a plurality of notches and a blocking part, a rotation of the first driven wheel causing a rotation of the first flap between the open and closed positions,
a second driven wheel that rotates and is coupled to the second flap, the second driven wheel including a notched part comprising a plurality of notches and a blocking part, a rotation of the second driven wheel causing a rotation of the second flap between the open and closed positions,
a first drive wheel that rotates, the first drive wheel including a notched part comprising a plurality of notches and a blocking part, the notched part of the first drive wheel being engageable with the notched part of the first driven wheel to cause a rotation of the first driven wheel when the first drive wheel rotates, the first driven wheel being prevented to rotate when the blocking part of the first drive wheel engages the blocking part of the first driven wheel,
a second drive wheel that rotates, the second drive wheel including a notched part comprising a plurality of notches and a blocking part, the notched part of the second drive wheel being engageable with the notched part of the second driven wheel to cause a rotation of the driven wheel when the second drive wheel rotates, the second driven wheel being prevented to rotate when the blocking part of the second drive wheel engages the blocking part of the second driven wheel,
an actuator coupled to the first drive wheel and to the second drive wheel,
the notched parts and blocking parts of the first drive wheel and first driven wheel and the notched parts and blocking parts of the second drive wheel and second driven wheel being arranged in a manner that results in a sequential opening or closing of the first and second flaps when the first and second drive wheels are rotated.

US Pat. No. 10,166,857

TWO-WAY MOTION TYPE ACTIVE AIR FLAP SYSTEM AND VEHICLE HAVING THE SAME

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A vehicle comprising:an active air flap system comprising first, second, and third air flaps configured as a combination of a column array of air flaps and a row array of air flaps which open forward and laterally; a flap case coupled with the first, second, and third air flaps so as to match a size of a grill space in front of an engine room while defining a blast space; a sliding frame serving to laterally open the first, second, and third air flaps; a flap sliding actuator connected to the sliding frame by a pinion and a rack; and a flap rotary actuator allowing the first, second, and third air flaps to be opened forward; and
an engine control unit to control operation of the active air flap system.

US Pat. No. 10,166,856

SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND DEVICES FOR ASSESSMENT OF AN OPERATOR OF AN ELECTRICALLY MOTORIZED VEHICLE

Superpedestrian, Inc., C...

1. A system, comprising:a server adapted to operate in data communication with a plurality of motorized human-powered vehicles, each motorized human-powered vehicle comprising a motor and a control system; and
a data analysis module in communication with the server, wherein the data analysis module is operable to:
receive and analyze a data set related to one or more of the motorized human-powered vehicles, wherein the data set includes at least one of sensor data related to user inputs to the one or more of the motorized human-powered vehicles and sensor data related to motion of the one or more of the motorized human-powered vehicles;
analyze the data set to determine parameters related to movement of the one or more of the motorized human-powered vehicles through a road network; and
transmit a recommendation based on the analyzed data set to the control system of one of the plurality of motorized human-powered vehicles to be used by the control system of the one of the plurality of motorized human-powered vehicles to control the motor of the one of the plurality of motorized human-powered vehicles.

US Pat. No. 10,166,855

VEHICLE, SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF CALCULATING AN ENGINE TORQUE REQUEST VALUE

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method of calculating an engine torque request value for a vehicle, the method comprising:receiving a regeneration torque request value corresponding to the regeneration torque request value to be generated by an energy recovery mechanism, with a vehicle controller;
receiving a desired acceleration value, with the vehicle controller;
calculating an engine torque request value, with the vehicle controller, based on the regeneration torque request value and the desired acceleration value; and
operating an engine, with the vehicle controller, in accordance with the engine torque request value;
modifying the regeneration torque request value to define a modified regeneration torque request value;
wherein modifying the regeneration torque request value includes multiplying the regeneration torque request value by a multiplication factor to define the modified regeneration torque request value, wherein the multiplication factor is based on a speed of the vehicle;
re-defining the modified regeneration torque request value based on a gear shift in a transmission of the vehicle;
wherein re-defining the modified regeneration torque request value includes multiplying the modified regeneration torque request value by a limiting factor to re-define the modified regeneration torque request value, wherein the limiting factor is based on the gear shift in the transmission;
wherein calculating the engine torque request value based on the regeneration torque request value and the desired acceleration value further includes calculating the engine torque request value based on at least one of: a transmission gear ratio, a final drive ratio, an estimated losses torque value, an aerodynamic drag torque value, a maximum engine torque value, and a determination of vehicle operation on a race track;
wherein calculating the engine torque request value includes calculating an engine torque overhead value and a total acceleration torque value;
wherein calculating the engine torque overhead value includes solving an equation defined as: Engine Torque Overhead Value=(Maximum Engine Torque Value×Transmission Gear Ratio×Final Drive Ratio)?Modified Regeneration Torque Request Value.

US Pat. No. 10,166,854

TRANSMISSION, HYBRID DRIVETRAIN AND DRIVETRAIN FOR AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

1. A transmission, comprising:a transmission input shaft;
a transmission output shaft;
a main gear set, a first power path and a second power path formed between the transmission input shaft and the main gear set, the main gear set comprising a first planetary gear set, a second planetary gear set and four shafts, a third shaft of the main gear set connected to the transmission output shaft;
a first shift element, the first power path connectable through the first shift element to a fourth shaft of the main gear set;
a second shift element, the first power path connectable through the second shift element to a second shaft of the main gear set;
a third shift element, the second power path connectable through the third shift element to a first shaft of the main gear set;
a fourth shift element, the second power path connectable through the fourth shift element to the second shaft of the main gear set;
an auxiliary gear set, the auxiliary gear set comprising a planetary gear set and three shafts; and
an electric motor having a rotor and a stator, a first shaft of the auxiliary gear set connected to the rotor,
wherein a second shaft of the auxiliary gear set is constantly connected to the first shaft of the main gear set, and
wherein a third shaft of the auxiliary gear set is constantly connected to the third shaft of the main gear set.

US Pat. No. 10,166,853

TRANSMISSION UNIT, POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM AND VEHICLE COMPRISING THE SAME

BYD Company Limited, She...

1. A transmission unit for a vehicle, comprising:a plurality of input shafts, each of the input shafts having a shift driving gear thereon;
a plurality of output shafts, each of the output shafts having a shift driven gear configured to mesh with the corresponding shift driving gear;
a motor power shaft configured to rotate together with one of the output shafts;
an output unit configured to rotate with the one or a different one of the output shafts at a different speed or configured to selectively engage with the one or the different one of the output shafts so as to rotate together with the engaged output shaft;
a reverse output gear configured to selectively rotate together with one of the shift driving gears via a reverse idler gear; and
a reverse synchronizer configured to selectively synchronize the reverse output gear with the reverse idler gear,
wherein both the reverse output gear and the reverse idler gear are fitted over the motor power shaft; and
wherein in a parking state, the motor power shaft is configured to rotate together with one of the input shafts to drive a first motor generator to generate electric power; and
wherein the plurality of input shafts comprise a first input shaft and a second input shaft coaxially fitted over the first input shaft, and the plurality of output shafts comprise a first output shaft and a second output shaft parallel to the first and second input shafts respectively; and
wherein the shift driving gears on the plurality of input shafts comprise: a first-gear driving gear disposed on the first input shaft, a second-gear driving gear disposed on the second input shaft, a third-gear driving gear disposed on the first input shaft, a fifth-gear driving gear disposed on the first input shaft, and a fourth-sixth-gear driving gear disposed on the second input shaft; and
wherein the shift driven gears on the plurality of output shafts comprise: a first-gear driven gear, a second-gear driven gear, a third-gear driven gear, and a fourth-gear driven gear disposed on the first output shaft, a fifth-gear driven gear and a sixth-gear driven gear disposed on the second output shaft; and
wherein a first-third gear synchronizer disposed between the first-gear driven gear and the third-gear driven gear, a second-fourth gear synchronizer disposed between the second-gear driven gear and the fourth-gear driven gear, and a fifth-sixth gear synchronizer disposed between the fifth-gear driven gear and the sixth-gear driven gear.

US Pat. No. 10,166,852

VEHICLE BODY LOWER STRUCTURE

Honda Motor Co.,Ltd., To...

1. A vehicle body lower structure comprising:a first cross member and a second cross member disposed with an interval in a forward and backward direction of a vehicle body, and
an electric power converter provided between the first cross member and the second cross member and below a floor panel,
wherein the electric power converter comprises an electric power converter body disposed between the first cross member and the second cross member and below the floor panel, a first support portion provided at the electric power converter body and supported by the first cross member, and a second support portion provided at the electric power converter body and supported by the second cross member, and
one of the first support portion and the second support portion has a weak portion,
wherein the weak portion has a groove on a side surface of one of the first support portion and the second support portion in a vehicle width direction perpendicular to the forward and backward direction,
wherein in the vehicle width direction, a width of the weak portion is smaller than a width of other portions of the one of the first support portion and the second support portion.

US Pat. No. 10,166,851

BELT MOLDING

SHIROKI CORPORATION, Fuj...

1. A belt molding disposed on an upper edge of an outer panel or an upper edge of an inner panel of a vehicular door including a glass that rises and lowers between the upper edge of the outer panel and the upper edge of the inner panel, the belt molding comprising:a molding main body installed on the upper edge of the outer panel or the upper edge of the inner panel;
a protrusion formed on an outer surface of a side portion of the molding main body, the side portion being opposed to the glass; and
a seal lip formed below the protrusion on the outer surface of the side portion of the molding main body, the seal lip being configured to be in contact with the glass that rises and lowers, the seal lip being capable of being in contact with the protrusion when the glass is fully-closed, wherein
the belt molding includes a skin on a seal lip contacting portion of the protrusion that contacts the seal lip,
the skin is made of a harder material than a material of the protrusion, and
the skin covers the outer surface of the side portion of the molding main body.

US Pat. No. 10,166,850

DEFLECTION ELEMENT FOR A WIND DEFLECTOR OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

1. A deflection element for a wind deflector, comprising a flexible fabric which is transferable by means of a deployment element of the wind deflector into a use position relative to a basic position and which has a fastening device along at least one of an upper side edge of the fabric and a lower side edge of the fabric for fastening the deflection element to at least one of the deployment element, a base element of the wind deflector and a motor vehicle body, wherein the fastening device has at least one first clamping strip and at least one second clamping strip connected to one another by means of connecting elements which clamp the at least one of the upper side edge of the fabric and the lower side edge of the fabric between the first clamping strip and the second clamping strip, wherein a fastening element of the fastening device is arranged on an outer side of at least one of the first clamping strip and the second clamping strip, and wherein the fastening element is configured to be connectable to the at least one of the deployment element, the base element and the motor vehicle body by means of a latching element, and wherein the at least one of the upper side edge of the fabric and the lower side edge of the fabric has an arrangement of through openings which correspond in shape and position with the shape and position of the connecting elements.

US Pat. No. 10,166,849

TONNEAU COVER SYSTEM AND MULTI-LINK AND/OR OVER-CENTER CLAMP

Extang Corporation, Ann ...

1. A tonneau cover system for a cargo box of a pickup truck, the cargo box comprising a sidewall including a ledge having an underside and a flange extending downwardly from the ledge, the tonneau cover system comprising:a tonneau cover positioned over the cargo box; and
a clamp coupled to the tonneau cover to secure the tonneau cover to the cargo box, the clamp comprising:
a first link slidably coupled to the tonneau cover;
a clamping link pivotably coupled to the first link and having a first end and a clamping surface remote from the first end; and
a handle member pivotably coupled to the first link and the clamping link and moveable between a lowered position and an upper position, wherein movement of the handle member causes the clamping link to pivot relative to the first link to raise the clamping surface from an unclamped position to a clamped position;
wherein in the clamping position the clamping surface is positionable to apply a clamping force against the underside of the ledge of the cargo box.

US Pat. No. 10,166,848

LOCKING LIFT ASSIST FOR FOLDING SOFT TOPS

Bestop, Inc., Louisville...

1. A soft top assembly for a vehicle, comprising:a pair of frame members operably connected to the vehicle;
a pair of side rails slidably connected to the frame members;
a pivotal sunroof portion pivotally connected to the pair of side rails;
a cover operably connected to at least the pivotal sunroof portion, wherein pivoting the pivotal sunroof portion moves the cover between a closed position and an open sunroof position;
a lift assist locking mechanism operably connected to the vehicle and operably coupled to the pair of side rails to selectively allow the soft top assembly to move between the open sunroof position and a rearward open position;
wherein the lift assist locking mechanism comprises at least one cam that is rotatably mounted and at least one rotatable member that is rotatably mounted, wherein when the cam is in a first locking position the cam engages a protruding surface on the rotatable member to prevent the soft top assembly from moving to the rearward open position, and, when the cam is rotated to a second unlocking position the cam allows for the soft top assembly to move to the rearward open position.

US Pat. No. 10,166,847

VEHICLE SIDE PORTION STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle side portion structure comprising:a front side door and a rear side door provided at a side portion of a vehicle that does not have a center pillar;
a lock member provided at at least one side door of the front side door and the rear side door, the lock member being disposed at a vehicle vertical direction lower portion of the one side door on a side of the other side door and, when the one side door is closed, engaging with the other side door or a body of the vehicle to thereby lock the one side door; and
a reinforcement member provided inside the one side door at the vehicle vertical direction lower portion with at least a part of the reinforcement member being disposed on an upper side of the lock member so that the lock member is surrounded by the reinforcement member and a peripheral edge portion of the one side door as seen in a side view of the vehicle,
wherein:
when the front side door and the rear side door are closed, at least the part of the reinforcement member overlaps with the other side door as seen in the side view of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,166,846

VEHICLE DOOR MODULE

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A vehicle door module comprising:a base coupled to an inner panel around an opening;
a window regulator coupled to the base, wherein the window regulator includes a window glass cable that draws a window glass, a window glass drum that winds the window glass cable, a window glass lifting-lowering motor that rotates the window glass drum, and at least one pulley that guides the window glass cable; and
a support portion located on the base, wherein the support portion supports the pulley and is supported by an edge defining the opening of the inner panel, wherein
the edge defining the opening of the inner panel includes an attachment portion that extends toward a center of the opening, wherein the pulley is attached to the attachment portion,
the base includes a cutaway portion to which the attachment portion is fitted, wherein the support portion projects from an edge of the cutaway portion so that the support portion is located at a position separated from the base, and
the support portion includes a pulley mount, which is a part on which the pulley is mounted, wherein when the base is located on the inner panel around the opening so that the attachment portion is fitted to the cutaway portion, the pulley mount is positioned in alignment with the attachment portion.

US Pat. No. 10,166,845

ADJUSTABLE SUN SHIELD

LilGift, LLC, Paramus, N...

1. An adjustable sun shield connectable to a visor and positionable in a plurality of positions, the visor having a major dimension and the sun shield comprising:a mount having a major dimension and being connectable to the visor so the major dimension of the mount is aligned with the major dimension of the visor; and
a shield having a major dimension and being contactable to the mount so that shield major dimension is positioned transverse to the mount major dimension, the shield being positionable in a plurality of positions along a first axis defined by the major dimension of the mount, and along a second axis defined by the major dimension of the shield, wherein the first axis and the second axis are transverse with each other;
wherein the mount further comprises:
a frame having an opening defined therethrough and a pliable band connected with the frame through the opening;
and wherein the shield further comprises:
a shield assembly comprising a shield bracket slideably connected with the frame, and a shield slideably connected with the shield bracket, the shield assembly being positionable in a plurality of positions by movement of the shield bracket along the mount in a direction parallel with the visor major dimension, and by movement of the shield in the shield bracket in a direction transverse with the visor major dimension.

US Pat. No. 10,166,844

VEHICLE HOOD SHIELD AND BRACKET SYSTEM

Lund, Inc., Buford, GA (...

1. A hood shield configured for use on the hood of a vehicle, the hood shield comprising:a leading edge;
a trailing edge, wherein the leading edge and the trailing edge both curve towards the vehicle;
a leading surface extending from the leading edge towards the trailing edge, the leading surface having a first straight portion attached to the leading edge, a curved portion, and second straight portion, the curved portion being located between the first straight portion and the second straight portion;
a diverter extending upwards from the second straight portion, the diverter having a curved front leg and a generally straight back leg; and
a trailing surface extending from the generally straight back leg to the trailing edge.

US Pat. No. 10,166,842

AIR-CONDITIONING GRILL INSTALLATION STRUCTURE AND AIR-CONDITIONING GRILL INSTALLATION METHOD

CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATI...

1. An air-conditioning grill installation structure, comprising:a grill installation part provided on an installation member;
an air-conditioning grill installed in the grill installation part, the air-conditioning grill including an air outlet; and
a grill fixing part provided on a back of the installation member, wherein
the grill installation part of the installation member is formed in a notched shape such that the air-conditioning grill is insertable from a direction orthogonal to an opening direction of the air outlet,
the air-conditioning grill is provided with an outer peripheral flange that is integrally formed and disposed frontward to a front surface side of the installation member, the outer peripheral flange being configured to provide a surface decorative effect,
the air-conditioning grill is integrally provided with a grill holding plate that is attached to the grill fixing part from a back of the grill fixing part, the grill holding plate being provided on a back side of the outer peripheral flange, and
the grill installation part is positioned between the outer peripheral flange and the grill holding plate.

US Pat. No. 10,166,841

VEHICLE CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM

International Truck Intel...

1. A land vehicle comprising:a powertrain comprising a motor for propelling the vehicle on land;
an occupant compartment for at least one occupant;
a climate control system for conditioning inside air within the occupant compartment, the climate control system having an air handler comprising a primary airway having an entrance, a blower fan for drawing air into the entrance and moving air through the primary airway and into the occupant compartment, a cooler for removing thermal energy from air moving through the primary airway, a heater for adding thermal energy to air moving through the primary airway, a first temperature sensor and a relative humidity sensor disposed to measure temperature and relative humidity of inside air, and a second temperature sensor for measuring surface temperature of the cooler; and
a controller for 1) calculating the dew point temperature of air from temperature measured by the first temperature sensor and relative humidity measured by the relative humidity sensor, 2) using the calculated dew point temperature to control surface temperature of the cooler to a controlled temperature, and 3) controlling temperature and relative humidity of inside air to achieve temperature and relative humidity within an area of a comfort zone, the comfort zone being bounded by a high temperature boundary, a low temperature boundary, a high relative humidity boundary, and a low relative humidity boundary, in which the first temperature sensor and the relative humidity sensor are disposed at an entrance of the primary airway, and the air handler comprises a damper upstream of the first temperature sensor and the relative humidity sensor for selecting air which flows into the entrance of the primary airway from one or both inside air and outside air which is outside the occupant compartment, the air handler also comprises a secondary airway in parallel with the primary airway, the secondary airway having an entrance through which inside air enters the secondary airway and is drawn through the secondary airway by the blower fan, a damper for controlling flow of inside air through the secondary airway, and an air distributor through which inside air which has passed through primary airway and inside air which has passed through secondary airway are introduced into the occupant compartment, the controller uses the calculated dew point temperature to control surface temperature of the cooler to a controlled temperature which is less than the calculated dew point temperature such that the magnitude of the difference between the calculated dew point temperature and temperature measured by the second temperature sensor is not greater than a defined temperature difference, and in which the controller is operable to cause the damper which controls flow of inside air through the secondary airway to block flow of inside air through the secondary airway until air entering the primary airway has one of temperature and relative humidity within the area of the comfort zone and then when the primary airway has one of temperature and relative humidity within the area, to cause the damper which controls flow of inside air through the secondary airway to allow at least some flow through the secondary airway.

US Pat. No. 10,166,840

AUXILIARY AIR DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM FOR USE IN A VEHICLE

MAHINDRA VEHICLE MANUFACT...

2. An air distribution system for the distribution of air conditioning to a rear portion of a vehicle, the air distribution system comprising:a housing extending from a first end to a second end;
said housing defining a plurality of first direct air outlets disposed adjacent said first end and a plurality of second direct air outlets disposed adjacent said second end;
said housing defining a plurality of indirect air outlets disposed between said plurality of first direct air outlets and said plurality of second direct air outlets; and
an airflow control assembly configured to interchange airflow of the air distribution system between a first airflow mode wherein airflow is open through said the plurality of first and second direct air outlets but blocked from said plurality of indirect air outlets for guiding air directly to occupants situated adjacent said plurality of first and second direct air outlets and a second airflow mode wherein airflow is restricted through said plurality of first and second direct air outlets and open through said plurality of indirect air outlets to create a airflow over the occupants;
said housing defining an air inlet disposed at said first end;
said housing defining a plurality of direct airflow channels each extending from said air inlet to one of said plurality of first or second direct air outlets;
said housing defining a plurality of indirect airflow channels extending from said air inlet to said plurality of indirect air outlets; and
said air control assembly configured to open said plurality of direct airflow channels and block said plurality of indirect airflow channels in said first airflow mode and restrict said plurality of direct airflow channels and open said plurality of indirect airflow channels in said second airflow mode to establish said bloom of air over the occupants.

US Pat. No. 10,166,839

VEHICLE DISPLAY SYSTEM RELATING TO AIR CONDITIONER OPERATING LOAD

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle display system comprising:a display arranged in a cabin of a vehicle and configured to display settings of a plurality of setting items of an air conditioner, the plurality of setting items including multiple setting items that influence a load state of the air conditioner; and
an electronic control unit configured to:
calculate a plurality of index values, each of the plurality of index values indicating a level of an operating load of the air conditioner for one of the multiple setting items,
display, on the display, a value calculated based on the plurality of index values and the settings of the multiple setting items, and
not display, on the display, the value calculated based on the plurality of index values and the settings of the multiple setting items when a defroster item of the multiple items is set so that air blows out from the air outlet of the defroster.

US Pat. No. 10,166,838

AIR CONDITIONER FOR VEHICLE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicle air conditioner which cools air to be blown into a vehicle interior by using a refrigeration cycle with an evaporator evaporating refrigerant, the vehicle air conditioner comprising:a refrigerant flow-rate control portion controlling a flow rate of the refrigerant flowing into the evaporator;
a dew-point temperature detection portion detecting a dew-point temperature of air flowing into the evaporator;
an evaporator temperature determination portion determining a target refrigerant-evaporation temperature that is a target temperature of the evaporator; and
a determination portion determining whether the dew-point temperature detected by the dew-point temperature detection portion is equal to or less than the target refrigerant-evaporation temperature, wherein
the refrigerant flow-rate control portion reduces the flow rate of the refrigerant flowing into the evaporator, when the determination portion determines that the dew-point temperature detected by the dew-point temperature detection portion is equal to or less than the target refrigerant-evaporation temperature,
the evaporator temperature determination portion determines the target refrigerant-evaporation temperature based on at least a physical quantity in correlation to a dehumidification load of the vehicle interior, and
the evaporator temperature determination portion determines the target refrigerant-evaporation temperature to be lower in accordance with an increase in ratio of introduction of inside air to outside air, introduced into the evaporator.

US Pat. No. 10,166,837

IDLE REDUCTION SYSTEM

IDLESAVER LLC, Rockwall,...

1. An idle reduction system for use with a vehicle including an interior, an engine and an HVAC, the system comprising:a device via which a selected vehicle interior temperature range is input;
an auxiliary air conditioner;
an auxiliary heater;
a controller that operates one of the auxiliary air conditioner and the auxiliary heater and thereby maintains the vehicle interior temperature in the selected temperature range; and
a main unit separate from a dash of the vehicle, the main unit including the controller and a relay controlled by the controller, the relay being electrically connected between an ignition switch and a battery for starting the engine, wherein the relay is positioned inside the main unit, and
wherein the controller causes the engine to start and thereby causes the vehicle HVAC to operate when the one of the auxiliary air conditioner and the auxiliary heater does not maintain the vehicle interior temperature in the selected temperature range.

US Pat. No. 10,166,836

UTILITY VEHICLE

Polaris Industries Inc., ...

1. A utility vehicle, comprising:a plurality of ground-engaging members;
a frame supported by the ground-engaging members;
a powertrain assembly supported by the frame and including an engine;
an alternator coupled to the engine through a housing; and
a heating, ventilation, and air condition (“HVAC”) assembly including a compressor operably coupled to the engine, the compressor being supported on a first side of the housing and the alternator being supported on a second side of the housing.