US Pat. No. 10,214,193

HYDRAULIC BRAKING DEVICE

ADVICS CO., LTD., Kariya...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,192

SOLENOID VALVE FOR A VEHICLE BRAKING SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,191

VALVE UNIT FOR MODULATING THE PRESSURE IN A PNEUMATIC BRAKE SYSTEM

WABCO GmbH, Hannover (DE...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,190

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING A BRAKING SYSTEM, BRAKING SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,189

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,188

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

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,187

TRAILER JACKING SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,186

WIPER BLADE DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,185

QUICK CONNECTING DEVICE FOR FIN RAY WIPER

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,184

FASTENING ARRANGEMENT FOR FIN RAY WIPER

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,183

METHOD OF DEFOGGING INNER SURFACE OF VEHICLE WINDSHIELD GLASS

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,182

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

OMRON AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRON...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,181

UNIVERSAL SENSOR ASSEMBLY FOR DETECTING OPERATOR GESTURES IN VEHICLES

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,180

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MACHINE SENSING AND COMMUNICATION

Emerson Electric Co., St...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,179

STEERING COLUMN ASSEMBLY HAVING A LOCK MOUNTING BRACKET

STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOL...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,178

WEBBING TAKE-UP DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RI...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,177

BELT RETRACTOR FOR A SEATBELT DEVICE

AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,176

GAS GENERATOR

DAICEL CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A gas generator, comprising:a cylindrical housing having a first end whose opening is fixed with an ignition device, and a closed second end on an axially opposite side of the first end, the cylindrical housing including an ignition device chamber provided with the ignition device, a gas inflow chamber having a gas discharge port, and a pressurized gas chamber,
the ignition device chamber, the gas inflow chamber and the pressurized gas chamber being arranged in the cylindrical housing, in the above order from the first end;
a rupturable plate closing between the pressurized gas chamber and the gas inflow chamber and being fixed to an annular fixing portion extending radially inward from an inner circumferential wall surface of the cylindrical housing;
a breaking device for the rupturable plate being arranged between the ignition device chamber and the gas inflow chamber, the breaking device including,
a base whose outer circumferential surface abuts against the inner circumferential wall surface of the cylindrical housing, the base moving by a predetermined length (a length L) during actuation, and
a rod which extends from the base towards the rupturable plate, the rod including a rod main body portion which extends from the base, and an enlarged-diameter portion which has a diameter enlarged radially at a distal end portion of the rod main body portion;
the rupturable plate being fixed to the annular fixing portion, the rupturable plate facing a distal end surface of the enlarged diameter portion,
when the base of the breaking device moves in the axial direction by the length L during actuation, the enlarged-diameter portion of the breaking device being positioned inside the pressurized gas chamber after punching out the rupturable plate from the annular fixing portion, and the rod main body portion being positioned so as to oppose the annular fixing portion in a radial direction,
when a pressurized gas flows from the pressurized gas chamber to the gas discharge port, the pressurized gas passing through a gas passage to be discharged from the gas discharge port, the gas passage including a first annular passage in which a width between the enlarged-diameter portion and the annular fixing portion varies, and a second annular passage between the rod main body portion and the annular fixing portion,
a cross-sectional area of the second annular passage being the smallest among the cross-sectional area of the second annular passage, an area of a minimum width portion of the first annular passage and a total opening area of the gas discharge port, and Q<(A2?A1) being satisfied when Q denotes the cross-sectional area of the second annular passage, A1 denotes the area of the punched-out rupturable plate and A2 denotes an area of the minimum width portion of the first annular passage.

US Pat. No. 10,214,175

VEHICLE AIRBAG DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,174

VEHICLE AIRBAG APPARATUS

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,173

CURTAIN AIRBAG

AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,172

VEHICLE SIDE AIRBAG DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,171

PASSENGER PROTECTION APPARATUS

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,170

SEATBELT MOUNTED COMBINATION CUTTER AND GLASS BREAK TOOL

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,169

BUMPER-REINFORCING SYSTEM FOR MOTOR VEHICLE

ARCELORMITTAL, Luxembour...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,168

SLIDE WIRING DEVICE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,167

ELECTRICAL WIRE GUIDE APPARATUS AND SLIDING DOOR ELECTRICAL WIRE GUIDE MODULE

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,166

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

CalAmp Corp., Irvine, CA...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,165

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

Valeo Equipements Electri...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,164

WATCHMAN HUB

ARGUS CYBER SECURITY LTD....

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,163

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

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,162

GROMMET

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Mina...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,161

WIRE HOUSING PROTECTOR

Sumitomo Wiring Systems, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,160

WIRE MODULE AND WIRE PROTECTION MEMBER

AutoNetworks Technologies...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,159

ENGINE COMPARTMENT SOUNDPROOF COVER DEVICE OF CAB-OVER TRUCK

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,158

DECORATIVE PART FOR MOTOR VEHICLES

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,157

FORWARD VIEWING CAMERA MODULE FOR VEHICULAR VISION SYSTEM

MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,156

REAR VIEW CAMERA SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,155

ON-VEHICLE IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE

Hitachi Automotive System...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,154

VEHICLE SEAT INCLUDING A SUPPORT FOR A VIDEO DEVICE

Lear Corporation, Southf...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,153

OUTDOOR STORAGE BAG

Load Lugger, LLC, Fenton...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,152

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

Saris Cycling Group, Inc....

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,151

MULTIPURPOSE UTILITY RACK

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,150

VEHICLE STORAGE COMPARTMENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,149

BAG HOLDER

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,148

SYSTEM TO SECURE OBJECTS WITHIN A VEHICLE

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,147

TIGHT BEZEL-TO-GLASS FIT MIRROR ASSEMBLY

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,146

COLLISION AVOIDANCE ASSEMBLY

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,145

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE AND VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,144

DEVICE-BASED SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETECTING DEVICE USAGE

TRUEMOTION, INC., Boston...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,142

ROAD VEHICLE TURN SIGNAL ASSIST SYSTEM AND METHOD

Volvo Car Corporation, G...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,141

HEADLIGHT DEVICE AND VEHICLE DEVICE USING SAME

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,138

LIGHTING DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,137

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

LEIMAN LIGHTING (DOGGUAN)...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,136

ADAPTIVE VEHICLE ILLUMINATION UTILIZING VISUAL PATTERN LEARNING AND COGNITIVE ENHANCING

International Business Ma...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,135

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,134

ILLUMINATION DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,133

REMOVABLE CHOCK

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,132

CARGO RESTRAINT SYSTEMS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,131

VEHICLE CONTAINER MOUNTING ARRANGEMENTS, PARTICULARLY FOR EXTERIOR KITCHEN OF RVS

JAYCO, INC., Middlebury,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,130

COLLAPSIBLE ORGANIZER FOR IN-VEHICLE STORAGE

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,129

AIR BLADDER WITH STACKED CELL SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,128

HAPTIC MOTOR

TOYOTA BOSHOKU AMERICA, I...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,127

PASSENGER SEAT

Safran Seats USA LLC, Ga...

1. A passenger seat assembly comprising a plurality of passenger seats, wherein the passenger seat assembly comprises:a plurality of spreaders, each spreader comprising an upper portion and a lower portion separated by a transitional region;
a plurality of seat backs, each seat back comprising a central panel and a pair of extensions coupled to a lower end of the central panel, wherein the pair of extensions are pivotally coupled to the upper portions of two of the plurality of spreaders;
a base structure comprising a forward base frame tube and an aft base frame tube, wherein the forward base frame tube and the aft base frame tube pass through a pair of apertures in the lower portion of each spreader; and
at least two leg assemblies, each leg assembly comprising a forward leg portion, wherein the forward base frame tube and the aft base frame tube pass through a pair of apertures in the forward leg portion,
wherein an upper end of the forward leg portion of each leg assembly has a downward pitch in a forward direction between the aft base frame tube and the forward base frame tube such that the forward base frame tube is located at a lower height than the aft base frame tube.

US Pat. No. 10,214,126

SEAT BACK OF HYBRID CONSTRUCTION AND A PROCESS FOR FORMING A SEAT BACK OF HYBRID CONSTRUCTION

ADIENT LUXEMBOURG HOLDING...

6. A process, comprising:providing a plurality of separate seat back elements;
connecting said plurality of seat back elements via an overmolding material in an overmolding process to form a seat back structure, said seat back structure comprising a connecting means for connecting a support panel;
wherein said plurality of seat back elements comprise a headrest slide structure formed of a different material than the overmolding material, said headrest slide structure being integrally connected to said overmolded seat back member to form said seat back structure by said overmolding process with an integrally connected headrest slide structure, said headrest slide structure comprising a projection to define a male connection portion configured for slidably supporting a headrest.

US Pat. No. 10,214,125

AIR-CIRCULATION PROMOTION APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An air-circulation promotion apparatus for a vehicle, comprising:a seat disposed in the vehicle;
a seat outlet port provided in the seat;
an inlet port provided on a front side of the seat;
a face outlet port disposed frontward of the seat;
a swing louver disposed in the face outlet port and moved to control a direction of air blown out of the face outlet port;
a sensor that detects motion of the swing louver; and
a control unit configured to control the seat outlet port, wherein
the seat outlet port is provided in at least one of a corner portion and a side surface of the seat, the side surface extending in a front-rear direction of the vehicle,
the seat outlet port is configured to draw an air in a front area of the vehicle from the inlet port through the seat and blow the air toward a rear area of the vehicle or diagonally toward the rear area of the vehicle,
the seat outlet port includes:
a seat louver that rotates to control a direction of the air flow blown out of the seat outlet port; and
a louver drive device located on an end of the seat louver in a rotationally axial direction of the seat louver, the louver drive device controlling rotation of the seat louver, and
the control unit is configured to control the louver drive device to drive the seat louver in accordance with the motion of the swing louver based on a signal from the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,214,124

SEAT LOCK APPARATUS

Mitsui Kinzoku Act Corpor...

1. A seat lock apparatus, comprising:a hook member configured to be rotationally biased elastically in a positive direction;
an interlocking unit configured to restrict rotation of the hook member in a negative direction; and
a cover member configured to cover an operation range of the hook member at one side of the hook member, the cover member including a striker entrance groove that a striker enters, wherein
the hook member includes:
a support shaft provided near one end of the hook member;
an inclined hook edge face provided at another end of the hook member, and configured to be rotationally biased in the negative direction by the entering striker coming into contact with the inclined hook edge face; and
an engagement groove that has a depth enabling the hook member to be in a locked position by the entering striker fitting into the depth after overriding the inclined hook edge face,
the interlocking unit is configured to be switched over:
to a restricting position of restricting the rotation of the hook member in the negative direction when the hook member is in engagement with the striker and is in the locked position; and
to an allowing position of allowing the rotation of the hook member in the negative direction when the striker enters and when an engagement releasing operation for the striker has been performed, and
the engagement groove has both end portions at a side of an opening of the engagement groove, each end portion being beyond the striker entrance groove to overlap the cover member as viewed along a shaft direction of the hook member when the hook member is at a position of being restricted from operating by the interlocking unit.

US Pat. No. 10,214,123

VEHICLE SEAT WITH CUSHION PLATE

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

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a seat back frame comprising:
side frames that form right and left side portions of the seat back frame;
an upper frame that connects the side frames at upper portions of the side frames; and
a lower frame that connects the side frames at lower portions of the side frames;
a cushion plate that is arranged inside the seat back frame; and
a coupling member that couples the cushion plate to the seat back frame, wherein:
the cushion plate includes an upper wide portion, a narrow portion that has a smaller width in a seat width direction than a width of the upper wide portion, and a lower wide portion,
the upper wide portion is larger in length in a seat up and down direction than the lower wide portion,
the upper wide portion, the narrow portion and the lower wide portion are integrally formed, and
a coupling portion of the coupling member coupled to the seat back frame is disposed on an outer side in the seat width direction relative to the narrow portion.

US Pat. No. 10,214,122

VEHICLE SEAT

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

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a bottom plate;
a seating portion;
a side portion; and
a surface material that covers the seating portion and the side portion;
wherein the vehicle seat is configured to be shifted between a seated state and a tip-up state by a rotation mechanism,
wherein a recessed portion of the bottom plate is formed for the rotation mechanism at a portion of the side portion of the vehicle seat that faces the rotation mechanism,
wherein the surface material comprises a seating portion covering portion that covers the seating portion, a side gusset portion that covers the side portion, and a cover member that covers the recessed portion,
wherein the cover member covers i) the recessed portion, and ii) a part of a side region of the bottom plate that is provided with the recessed portion, together from a front side of the vehicle seat,
wherein the recessed portion is a cut portion cut out into a circular arc shape,
wherein the side gusset portion is attached to and covers the cut portion along the cut portion, and
wherein the cover member covers an outside of the recessed portion covered with the side gusset portion.

US Pat. No. 10,214,121

METHOD OF ASSEMBLING A CHILD RESTRAINT HAVING A TILTABLE JUVENILE VEHICLE SEAT

Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc...

1. A method of assembling a child restraint comprises the steps ofmating a lock-pin mover of a slidable tilt controller on an underside of a tiltable juvenile vehicle seat for sliding movement between an extended seat-anchoring position and a retracted seat-tilting position,
coupling a mover-biasing spring to the tiltable juvenile vehicle seat and to the lock-pin mover to yieldably urge the lock-pin mover to the extended seat-anchoring position before the lock-pin mover is pivotability coupled to a seat support adapted to set on a passenger vehicle seat to position the tiltable juvenile vehicle seat on the passenger vehicle seat so that visual inspection of proper coupling of the mover-biasing spring to the tiltable juvenile vehicle seat and to the lock-pin mover by an assembly technician is possible, and
mounting the lock-pin mover on a seat support adapted to set on a passenger vehicle seat after the coupling step to support the lock-pin mover and the tiltable juvenile vehicle seat for pivotable movement as a unit relative to the seat support about a seat-pivot axis and locate the mover-biasing spring in a hidden position between the tiltable juvenile vehicle seat and the seat support that is not visible to the assembly technician so as to facilitate tilting movement of the juvenile vehicle seat relative to the seat-support between at least two different tilted positions when the lock-pin mover is moved by a caregiver against a biasing force provided by the mover-biasing spring to the retracted seat-tilting position.

US Pat. No. 10,214,120

SEAT TILT CONTROL MECHANISM

1. A seat tilt control mechanism for a vehicle comprising:a tilt drive assembly attached to a seat frame assembly;
wherein the tilt drive assembly includes a mounting plate having a large aperture, an output plate disposed on one side of the mounting plate, a drive disc disposed inside the large aperture, a drive plate disposed on an opposite side of the mounting plate, and a lever attached to the drive plate,
a tilt pivot assembly attached to a base assembly and the seat frame assembly; and
a drive link connecting the tilt drive assembly to the tilt pivot assembly,
wherein actuation of the tilt drive assembly adjusts a tilt position of the seat frame assembly with respect to the base assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,214,119

TRACK ADJUSTER

Lear Corporation, Southf...

1. A track adjuster, comprising:a cross member;
an end stop bracket;
an adjustable end stop lever; and
a connection member configured to actuate the adjustable end stop lever;
wherein the adjustable end stop lever is configured to rotate between a first position in which the adjustable end stop lever engages the end stop bracket and prevents movement of a seat from a comfort range into an easy entry range, and a second position in which the adjustable end stop lever does not prevent movement of the seat from the comfort range into the easy entry range;
wherein the cross member is configured for rotating independently of the adjustable end stop lever.

US Pat. No. 10,214,118

SYSTEMS, METHODS AND APPARATUSES ARE PROVIDED FOR AUTOMATED PASSENGER SEAT ADJUSTMENTS IN A VEHICLE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A seat adjustment system for a vehicle, the seat adjustment system comprising:a plurality of sensors configured to produce sensor data associated with an occupancy by an internal or external user of a particular seat of the vehicle; and a processor, configured to receive the sensor data to:
determine a state of one or more settings of the seat adjustment system for the particular seat of the vehicle based on stored data or the received sensor data,
determine in a near future whether a particular seat will be occupied by the external user based on the received sensor data,
determine currently whether a particular seat is occupied by the internal user based on the received sensor data, and
determine currently whether a particular seat is not occupied by the internal user based on the received sensor data; and
adjust settings of the particular seat in accordance with determinations of the state of settings and occupancy of the particular seat, wherein the processor is coupled to a manual override switch and is further configured to:
activate or deactivate settings of the manual override switch wherein the manual override switch is responsive to an user input and is located within an arm length reach of the user in a front or rear seat of the vehicle,
reset the manual override switch to a default settings in accordance to a select set of stages of operation of the vehicle,
activate in conjunction with a locking of the vehicle or when either the front or rear seats are occupied, and
deactivate the seat belt adjustment system by an user input of a physical touch movement of the manual override switch resulting in an immediate stop of seat adjustments.

US Pat. No. 10,214,117

CONVEYANCE SEAT

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A conveyance seat comprising:a seatback configured to be pivotable in a front-rear direction of the seat with respect to a seat cushion;
a first side frame portion configured to form a framework of the seatback and disposed on a first side in a seat width direction extending substantially in an up-down direction;
a second side frame portion configured to form the framework of the seatback together with the first side frame portion and disposed on a second side in the seat width direction extending substantially in the up-down direction;
a drive mechanism configured to generate driving force so as to pivot the first side frame portion and the second side frame portion in the front-rear direction of the seat, the drive mechanism being disposed on the first side frame portion facing the second side frame portion in the seat width direction;
a motor fixing portion disposed on the first side frame portion and provided with a fixing surface on which the drive mechanism is secured; and
a bracket configured to secure the drive mechanism to the fixing surface, wherein
the fixing surface is arranged in the seat width direction so as to be substantially perpendicular to a front-rear direction of the seat.

US Pat. No. 10,214,116

OPERATING DEVICE AND MOTOR VEHICLE SEAT

Faurecia Autositze GmbH, ...

1. A control device for a car seat, comprising:at least one touch-sensitive surface for generating a control signal for controlling a car seat function when touched by the hand of an operator;
at least one recess within which the at least one touch-sensitive surface is positioned, wherein the at least one recess is a groove or slot to accommodate an operator's fingers; and
a switch for switching between a variety of different switching levels, the variety of different switching levels each having different adjustment functions for the car seat.

US Pat. No. 10,214,114

CORD REEL VARIABLE CURRENT THERMAL MANAGEMENT AND DAMAGE DETECTION

Konnectronix, Inc., Gurn...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,113

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

NIO CO., LTD., Shanghai ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,111

ELECTRIFIED VEHICLE POWER CONVERSION FOR LOW VOLTAGE BUS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,110

POWER SUPPLY DEVICE FOR VEHICLES

Caterpillar SARL, Geneva...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,109

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

FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,108

DC VOLTAGE SOURCE INCLUDING ELECTROCHEMICAL CELLS HAVING AN ADAPTIVE VOLTAGE LEVEL

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,107

CONTROLLER FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,106

DRIVING ASSISTANCE APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,105

MAN-MACHINE INTERFACE FOR MOTOR VEHICLE

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,104

ACCELERATOR PEDAL FOR VEHICLE INCORPORATING LIQUID NANOFOAM

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,103

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

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,102

DUAL DRIVE HYBRID DRIVELINE

Dana Italia SPA, Arco (I...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,101

WORK VEHICLE DRIVE ASSEMBLY

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,100

VEHICLE FLOOR LOWER STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,099

CHAMBER FOR REMOVING SUBSTANCES FROM A FLUID

A. Kayser Automotive Syst...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,098

CAP ASSEMBLY FOR A CARBON CANISTER FUEL TANK

CHONGQING BAIKE DINGYU TE...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,097

TANK VENTILATION SYSTEM

Continental Automotive Gm...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,095

CLOSURE SYSTEM, IN PARTICULAR FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,094

ELECTRICAL MOTOR CONSTRUCTION PROVIDED WITH A PLANETARY GEAR SYSTEM

LAPPEENRANNAN TEKNILLINEN...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,093

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

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,092

POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE AND VEHICLE COMPRISING THE SAME

BYD Company Limited, She...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,091

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,090

FLYWHEEL ENERGY STORAGE IN POWER SYSTEM HAVING VARIATOR MODULATED DIFFERENTIAL GEARTRAIN

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,089

ENERGY EFFICIENT VEHICLE

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,088

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AN ENGINE MOUNTING DEVICE FOR VEHICLES

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,087

GROUND PROCESSING MACHINE, IN PARTICULAR COMPACTOR

Hamm AG, Tirschenreuth (...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,086

PANEL STRUCTURE OF SUN ROOF

Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kai...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,085

TRIM STRUCTURE OF VEHICLE

Mazda Motor Corporation, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,084

VEHICLE REAR STRUCTURE

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,083

VEHICLE BACK DOOR DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,082

VEHICLE DOOR STRUCTURE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,081

SUNGLARE VISOR X

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,079

VEHICULAR AIR FILTER PROVIDING HIGH EFFICIENCY PARTICLE AND GAS FILTRATION

CARL FREUDENBERG KG, Wei...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,078

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,077

AIR CONDITIONER FOR A VEHICLE COMPRISING A REFRIGERANT HEATER CORE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,076

HVAC HEATING OF VEHICLES AND DURING ROAD EMERGENCIES

Cummins Inc., Columbus, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,074

SERVO LOCKING SNAP FEATURE

DENSO International Ameri...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,073

AIRFLOW CONTROL SYSTEM FOR AN AGRICULTURAL MACHINE

CNH Industrial America LL...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,072

VEHICLE AIR CONDITIONING APPARATUS

SANDEN HOLDINGS CORPORATI...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,071

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

PAL Suspension LLC, Ligh...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,070

VEHICLE HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT DEVICE

SHOWA CORPORATION, Gyoda...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,069

VEHICLE HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT DEVICE

SHOWA CORPORATION, Gyoda...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,068

CHASSIS SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,067

BOLSTER SPRING

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,066

TWO-WHEELED VEHICLE

Indian Motorcycle Interna...

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,065

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,064

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,063

SECURE TRAILER COUPLER

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,062

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

Volkswagen AG, (DE)

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

US Pat. No. 10,214,061

VALVE ASSEMBLY FOR A CENTRAL TIRE INFLATION SYSTEM

Dana Heavy Vehicle System...

1. A valve assembly for a central tire inflation system, comprising:a first housing having a first port connected to a second port via a cavity, wherein the first housing is positioned within a second housing, which comprises a control port and a tire port, and the second port is in fluid communication with a wheel assembly;
a biasing member disposed in the cavity adjacent a first perforation formed in the first housing; and
a valve member contacted by the biasing member, the valve member comprising a first frustoconical portion having a continuous outer surface connected to a second portion having a continuous outer surface, a first end connected to the second portion and a second end connected to the first frustoconical portion wherein the continuous outer surfaces of the first frustoconical portion and the second portion allow a pressurized fluid to flow between the first housing and the outer surfaces of the valve member.

US Pat. No. 10,214,060

WHEEL POSITION DETECTION DEVICE AND TIRE-PRESSURE DETECTION SYSTEM EQUIPPED WITH SAME

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A wheel position detection device for a vehicle in which a plurality of wheels including a traveling wheel having a tire and a spare wheel are attached to a vehicle body, the wheel position detection device comprising:a transmitter that is disposed in each of the plurality of wheels, and includes a first control unit for creating and transmitting a frame with unique identification information; and
a receiver that is disposed on a vehicle body side, and includes a second control unit for performing a wheel position detection to receive the frame transmitted from the transmitter through a reception antenna when shifting to a predetermined registration mode, to identify which wheel the transmitter that transmits the frame is attached to, according to the unique identification information in the frame, and to register the identification information of the transmitter disposed in each of the plurality of wheels in association with one of the plurality of wheels, wherein:
the transmitter includes an acceleration sensor for outputting a detection signal corresponding to an acceleration which varies with a rotation of one of the wheels which the transmitter is attached to, and has a function as a function of the first control unit for detecting a feature that a wheel speed of the one of the wheels which the transmitter is attached to reaches a predetermined speed at which the acceleration sensor is in an on-state to detect the acceleration, and for storing data indicative of a state of the acceleration sensor in the frame based on a detection result of the feature;
the second control unit of the receiver includes:
a first determination device that determines whether the data indicative of the state of the acceleration sensor stored in a received frame satisfies a condition in which the acceleration sensor is not in the on-state;
a candidate registration device that registers a candidate of the identification information of the spare wheel when the first determination device determines that the condition is satisfied;
a second determination device that determines whether a travel history of the vehicle is present after shifting to the registration mode; and
a registration device that identifies the identification information of the spare wheel among registered candidates of the identification information of the spare wheel when the second determination device determines that the travel history is present, and registers the identification information in association with the spare wheel;
the second control unit further includes:
a third determination device that determines whether the identification information stored in the frame is received for a first time when the first determination device determines that the condition is satisfied, and controls the candidate registration device to register the candidate of the identification information of the spare wheel when the identification information stored in the frame is received for the first time;
a reception number adding device that adds a numerical number of receiving times of the identification information stored in the received frame among the candidates of the identification information of the spare wheel already registered in the candidate registration device when the third determination device determines that the identification information is not received for the first time; and
a fourth determination device that determines whether a difference between a maximum numerical number of receiving times, which is a largest numerical number of receiving times, and a second largest numerical number of receiving times among the candidates of the identification information of the spare wheel added by the reception number adding device is equal to or larger than a predetermined value; and
the registration device registers the candidate of the identification information of the spare wheel, which has the maximum numerical number of receiving times, as the identification information of the spare wheel when the fourth determination device determines that the difference is equal to or larger than the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,214,059

TIRE PRESSURE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD OF DECREASING TIRE PRESSURE

Dana Heavy Vehicle System...

1. A tire pressure management system, comprising:a control valve assembly, the control valve assembly directing pressurized air from a first fluid conduit when in a first position and providing fluid communication between a source of pressurized air and the first fluid conduit when in a second position;
a deflate member in fluid communication and formed in a unitary manner with the control valve assembly, the deflate member comprising an orifice having a constant cross-sectional area which is sized to maintain a predetermined pressure in a fluid control circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,214,058

RUN FLAT TIRE

TOYO TIRE CORPORATION, I...

1. A run flat tire having a side wall part reinforced by a side reinforcing rubber part, wherein the side reinforcing rubber part is formed from a rubber composition having a ratio (M50H/M50N) of tensile stress (M50H) in 50% elongation at a measurement temperature of 100° C. to tensile stress (M50N) in 50% elongation at a measurement temperature of 23° C. of from 1.0 to 1.3,wherein the rubber composition comprises a diene rubber containing natural rubber and polybutadiene rubber, a phenol type thermosetting resin and a methylene donor as its hardener, and a mass ratio of the amount of the phenol type thermosetting resin contained to the amount of the methylene donor contained is from 1.5 to 4.0,
the amount of the phenol type thermosetting resin is from 1 to 10 parts by mass, and the amount of the methylene donor is from 0.5 to 5 parts by mass, per 100 parts by mass of the diene rubber.

US Pat. No. 10,214,057

PNEUMATIC TIRE WITH CHAMFERED LATERAL SHOULDER GROOVE

TOYO TIRE CORPORATION, I...

1. A pneumatic tire with a tread having a shoulder portion isolated from a portion on the inside in a tire width direction by a main groove, and a groove-shaped slit formed on the shoulder portion so as to extend in the tire width direction, whereina first tapered portion is formed on a side wall of the slit on a land portion side which comes into contact with the ground first when the tire is rotating, and a second tapered portion is formed on the side wall of the slit on a land portion side which comes into contact with the ground later,
an end of the first tapered portion on the main groove side is located at a position closer to the main groove than an end of the second tapered portion on the main groove side, and
the second tapered portion is formed so that a width on an opening end of the slit opening at a contact surface is wider than the width of the portion where the second tapered portion is not formed,
a portion of the bottom portion of the slit from the end of the slit on the main groove side to a position inward of the slit from the end by a certain distance is raised and a bridge is formed,
the end of the first taper portion on the main groove side is located at a position of the bridge in the tire width direction and terminates at the outer end of the bridge in the tire width direction, and
the end of the second taper portion on the main groove side is located on an outer side in the tire width direction than the bridge.

US Pat. No. 10,214,056

PNEUMATIC TIRE

1. A pneumatic tire comprising: a tread portion which includes blocks formed by a main groove extending in a tire circumferential direction and a lateral groove extending in a direction which intersects with the main groove, whereinat least one block includes at least two sipes which divide the block into three or more sections in the tire circumferential direction,
a pair of reinforcing projections which projects in the main groove is formed on both end portions of the block in the tire circumferential direction ranging from a side wall of the block to a groove bottom of the main groove, and
a connecting rib which connects distal end portions of the pair of reinforcing projections to each other is formed on the groove bottom of the main groove,
wherein the three or more sections of the block include a pair of sections which is positioned at both ends of the block in the tire circumferential direction and each of which is provided with the reinforcing projection on the side wall, and a section which is positioned between the pair of sections and is not provided with the reinforcing projection on the side wall.

US Pat. No. 10,214,055

TYRE FOR VEHICLE WHEELS HAVING IMPROVED TREAD PATTERN

PIRELLI TYRE S.p.A., Mil...

1. A tyre for a vehicle wheel having a tread pattern comprising:a) at least two circumferential grooves which define a first and a second shoulder region, and at least one central region;
b) a plurality of asymmetric transverse grooves having a substantially “V” shape, which substantially extend for the whole width of the tread, said plurality of asymmetric transverse grooves comprising an alternate sequence of a first asymmetric transverse groove and a second asymmetric transverse groove defining an alternate sequence of a first asymmetric module and a second asymmetric module, wherein said first and second asymmetric transverse grooves each have a respective vertex in said central region that is axially offset with respect to an equatorial plane of the tyre; and
c) a plurality of lateral transverse grooves, which comprises at least one first lateral transverse groove substantially extending for the whole width of said first shoulder region and for a portion of said at least one central region of said first asymmetric modules, and at least one second lateral transverse groove substantially extending for the whole width of said second shoulder region and for a portion of said at least one central region of said second asymmetric modules,
wherein each sequence of said first asymmetric module and said second asymmetric module forms a main module;
wherein said circumferential grooves have a substantially rectilinear trace and extend for the whole length of said main module;
wherein the first asymmetric module includes a first asymmetric central block and the second asymmetric module includes a second asymmetric central block, wherein the second asymmetric central block is a mirror image of the first asymmetric central block with respect to the equatorial plane of the tyre; and
wherein in the main module the second asymmetric transverse groove is consecutive to the first asymmetric transverse groove, when considering its portion in the first shoulder region, but the second asymmetric transverse groove is not consecutive to the first asymmetric transverse groove when considering its portion in the second shoulder region.

US Pat. No. 10,214,054

PNEUMATIC TIRE

The Yokohama Rubber Co., ...

1. A pneumatic tire with a designated vehicle mounting direction, comprising:at least four circumferential grooves and a plurality of inclined grooves communicating with the circumferential grooves, wherein a rib including a tire equatorial plane, an outer block row located on a vehicle mounting outer side of the rib and an inner block row located on a vehicle mounting inner side of the rib are respectively defined and formed by two neighboring circumferential grooves among the at least four circumferential grooves;
a block pitch length of the outer block row being greater than a block pitch length of the inner block row;
dimensions in a tire width direction of regions interposed between two of the circumferential grooves being smaller in an order of the rib, the outer block row, and the inner block row, where a dimension of the rib is smaller than a dimension of the outer block row and of the inner block row, and where a dimension of the inner block row is greater than the dimension of the rib and of the outer block row; and
the inclined grooves defining and forming the rib opening only to the circumferential groove in a vehicle mounting inner side region defining and forming the rib; wherein
at least one of the inclined grooves in the outer block row directly extends between two neighboring circumferential grooves among the at least four circumferential grooves, and has at least one bent portion, and wherein at least one of the inclined grooves in the inner block row directly extends between two neighboring circumferential grooves among the at least four circumferential grooves, and has at least one bent portion; and
a number of the bent portions in the inner block row is greater than a number of the bent portions in the outer block row.

US Pat. No. 10,214,053

PNEUMATIC VEHICLE TIRE

Continental Reifen Deutsc...

1. A pneumatic vehicle tire for utility vehicles, the pneumatic vehicle tire defining a circumferential direction (U) and a radial direction (R), the pneumatic vehicle tire comprising:first and second side walls and a crown region disposed between said side walls;
a carcass;
five belt plies arranged resting one on top the other radially inward to radially outward and said plurality of belt plies conjointly defining a tire belt configured radially outside said carcass in said crown region;
each of said belt plies being formed as a one-part belt ply disposed between said side walls;
a profiled tread constructed radially outside said belt and built up on said belt;
said five belt plies including a first belt ply arranged furthest inwardly in the radial direction of said five belt plies;
said first belt ply having a plurality of parallel first reinforcement members embedded in rubber;
said five belt plies including a second belt ply arranged on said first belt ply, a third belt ply arranged on said second belt ply, a fourth belt ply arranged on said third belt ply and a fifth belt ply arranged outside of and on said fourth belt ply;
said second belt ply having a plurality of parallel second reinforcement members embedded in rubber;
said third belt ply having a plurality of parallel third reinforcement members embedded in rubber;
said fourth belt ply having a plurality of parallel fourth reinforcement members embedded in rubber;
said fifth belt ply having a plurality of parallel fifth reinforcement members;
said first belt ply and said second belt ply being configured as working plies;
said first reinforcement members each having an orientation which, together with the circumferential direction (U), encloses an angle ? lying in a range of 10°???45°;
said second reinforcement members each having an orientation which, together with the circumferential direction (U), encloses an angle ? lying in a range of 10°???45°;
said first reinforcement members having an opposite axial direction of inclination to said second reinforcement members as viewed in the circumferential direction U;
said fourth reinforcement members each having an orientation which, together with the circumferential direction (U), encloses an angle ? lying in a range of 40°???75°;
said third reinforcement members each having an orientation which, together with the circumferential direction (U), encloses an angle ? lying in a range of 0°???5°;
said fifth reinforcement members each having an orientation which, together with the circumferential direction (U), encloses an angle ? lying in a range of 40°???75°;
said fifth reinforcement members having an opposite axial direction of inclination to said fourth reinforcement members as viewed in the circumferential direction U;
said fourth belt ply having an axial extent (h); and,
said fifth belt ply having an axial extent (f) less than said axial extent (h) of said fourth belt ply.

US Pat. No. 10,214,052

PNEUMATIC RADIAL TIRE FOR PASSENGER VEHICLES

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A tire-ring assembly formed by assembling a pair of bead portions of a passenger vehicle pneumatic radial tire with a rim, the tire-rim assembly comprising:a carcass composed of plies of radially arranged cords toroidally extending between the pair of bead portions; and
a belt,
wherein a W/L ratio of a section width W to an outer diameter L of the tire is 0.25 or less,
an air volume of the tire is 15000 cm3 or more, and
W is equal to or larger than 145 mm,
wherein the tire-rim assembly is inflated under pressure and filled only with gas,
wherein the passenger vehicle pneumatic radial tire is a tubeless tire,
wherein an aspect ratio of the passenger vehicle pneumatic radial tire is greater than or equal to 50 and less than 70,
wherein W and D satisfy:
0.30 wherein the rim diameter of the tire is greater than or equal to 457.2 mm and less than or equal to 533.4 mm, and
wherein the outer diameter of the tire is greater than or equal to 642.1 mm and less than or equal to 725.9 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,214,051

REAR WHEEL AXLE, AS WELL AS BICYCLE FRAME AND REAR WHEEL FOR A BICYCLE

ADVANCING TECHNOLOGIES B....

1. A rear wheel axle for a bicycle comprisinga hollow wheel axle;
an axle shaft inserted through the hollow wheel axle;
a torque support supporting on a drop out of a bicycle frame torque exerted on the wheel axle, wherein
the torque support is formed by a first part of an outside of the axle shaft and a part of an inside of the wheel axle, said parts jointly form a first connection form locked in a direction of rotation of the axle shaft, and by a second part of the outside of the axle shaft, which together with a bounding wall of a through hole in the drop out of the bicycle frame or of a further through hole present in an inserted piece in said direction of rotation is fixed relative to the drop out forms a second connection form locked in said direction of rotation, where the first and second parts of the outside of the axle shaft are fixed relative to each other in the direction of rotation of the axle shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,214,050

ROBOTIC FLOOR CLEANING DEVICE WITH EXPANDABLE WHEELS

Al Incorporated, Toronto...

1. A mobile robotic floor-cleaning device comprising:a chassis including a set of wheels, each wheel comprising:
a main housing with a series of apertures disposed radially thereabout;
an inner shaft disposed within the main housing rotatably coupled thereto;
a set of spokes distributed radially around the inner shaft and attached thereto at a first end, each spoke positioned within one of the series of apertures in the main housing;
a set of linkages distributed radially around the inner shaft and attached to a second end of the spokes, the linkages positioned within the apertures; and,
a set of rollers distributed radially around the inner shaft and mounted on the linkages;
a motor to drive the wheels;
a battery to provide power to the robotic device; and,
a controller in communication with the motor and wheels, the controller including a processor operable to control the motor and wheels to steer movement of the robotic device,
wherein the spokes, linkages and rollers can be moved from a first, contracted position in which the spokes are positioned at a first angle with respect to a radius line connecting the center of the inner shaft and the first end of the respective spoke and the linkages and rollers are pulled by the spokes towards the inner shaft, to a second, expanded position, in which the spokes are positioned at a second angle, greater than the first angle, with respect to the radius line connecting the center of the inner shaft and the first end of the respective spoke and the linkages and rollers are pushed outward from the inner shaft by clockwise or counter clockwise rotation of the inner shaft relative to the main housing.

US Pat. No. 10,214,049

SPINNER FOR VEHICLE WHEEL

1. A spinning device adapted to be attached to the front side of a vehicle wheel comprising:a housing having a front circular disk and a back circular disk wherein the axis of said front circular disk and the axis said back circular disk are centrally aligned with each other and a circular ring spacer separating said front circular disk and said back circular disk forming a cavity inside said housing and said front circular disk is detachable from said back circular disk;
a spinning disk, having an axis, rotatably mounted inside said cavity;
the front circular disk having a front side and a back side and containing at least one decorative aperture formed therein;
a shaft bearing combination, having an axis, centrally attached inside said cavity to said spinning disk and to either said front circular disk or to said back circular disk said axes of said shaft bearing combination, said front circular disk, said spinning disk and said back circular disk are aligned; said shaft bearing combination comprising a flange mounted bearing, a shaft having two ends and a mounting flange, wherein one end of said shaft is mounted in said flange mounted bearing and the mounting flange is secured to the end of the shaft opposite to the end of the shaft where the flange mounted bearing is mounted; both said flange mounted bearing and said mounting flange containing at least two holes for mounting said shaft bearing combination to said spinning disk and to either said back circular disk or to said front circular disk,
said spinning disk, having a front surface and a back side, is mounted within the cavity of the housing to said shaft bearing combination centrally attached inside said cavity in a manner that when the housing is attached to the front side of said wheel the spinning disk rotates inside said cavity upon rotation of the wheel and continues to rotate for a time after the wheel stops, and
said front surface of the spinning disk facing the back side of said front circular disk of said housing having one section of a contrasting color to the remainder of the front surface of the spinning disk such that when said spinning disk rotates the colors showing through said at least one decorative aperture in said front circular disk change during rotation of the spinning disk, said spinning disk being free of apertures which show through said at least one decorative aperture in said front circular disk.

US Pat. No. 10,214,048

BICYCLE WHEEL

GIANT MANUFACTURING CO., ...

1. A bicycle wheel, comprising:a rim, having a first side and a second side;
a hub located in a center of the rim;
a driving device connected to the hub which is located on the first side of the rim;
a plurality of first side pulling spokes, each of the first side pulling spokes connected to the rim and the hub, and located on the first side of the rim, wherein a vertical distance between an extending axis of each of the first side pulling spokes and a center of the hub is defined as a first arm (A11);
a plurality of first side pushing spokes, each of the first side pushing spokes connected to the rim and the hub, and located on the first side of the rim, wherein a vertical distance between an extending axis of each of the first side pushing spokes and the center of the hub is defined as a second arm (A12); and
a plurality of second side spokes, each of the second side spokes connected to the rim and the hub, and located on the second side of the rim;
wherein, 0<(A11/A12);
wherein a sum of each first arm between each first side pulling spoke and the center of the hub is defined as (?A11), and a sum of each first arm between each first side pushing spoke and the center of the hub is defined as (?A12);
wherein, (?A11??A12)>30 mm;
wherein a number of the first side pulling spokes is greater than a number of the first side pushing spokes.

US Pat. No. 10,214,047

FINGER MOISTENING DEVICE

1. A moistening system, comprising:a dabber housing, comprising:
a top plate, having an integral front wall;
a bottom plate;
a side plate;
a rear plate, extending upward past a top surface of said top plate;
a door providing access to an interior; and,
a pocket located on a rear of said rear plate;
a dabber element, having a bottom end extending within said interior, and a top end extending outside and above said top plate;
a dabber cover capable of being retained within said pocket and capable of fully covering said dabber top end;
a tether, having a first end affixed to said dabber cover and a second end affixed to said rear plate; and,
a cartridge comprising a liquid;
wherein said cartridge is capable of being retained within said interior and in fluid communication with said dabber bottom end.

US Pat. No. 10,214,046

WRITING INSTRUMENT HAVING AUTOMATIC SEALING STRUCTURE

MORRIS CORPORATION, Inch...

1. A writing instrument having an automatic sealing structure, comprising:a body case having a front opening formed in one end thereof;
a knock part coupled to the other end of the body case so as to make a nib protrude from or be retracted into the front opening of the body case by a pushing operation thereof;
a cartridge inserted into the body case together with a spring in a state in which the knock part and the nib are coupled to both ends thereof, respectively;
at least one O-ring fixedly fitted in the body case;
a holder fixedly fitted in the body case so that one end thereof is covered by the O-ring;
a ball shutter pivotally coupled to the holder to allow the nib to protrude or be sealed according to the pivoting thereof; and
a link which is slidably fitted in the holder, and has a cutaway piece formed by protruding a circumferential portion of a part of a hollow column end thereof to allow the ball shutter to be pivoted.

US Pat. No. 10,214,045

SECURITY ELEMENT WITH COLOUR SHIFT EFFECT AND FLUORESCENT FEATURES AND METHOD FOR PRODUCTION AND USE OF SAME

HUECK FOLIEN GES.M.B.H., ...

1. A security element, comprising:a support substrate,
a partial layer with recesses,
a layer structure that generates a color-shift effect formed by a coating consisting of a material having an optically variable effect and a partial layer, wherein the partial layer is formed from an opaque coating consisting of (i) a light-absorbing metallic layer consisting of non-stoichiometric aluminum oxide or stoichiometric or non-stoichiometric copper oxide, and (ii) a reflecting metallic layer, and wherein the opaque coating has light-absorbing properties on a side facing the coating consisting of the material having the optically variable effect and has metallic coloring on a side facing away from the coating consisting of the material having the optically variable effect,
a coating on one side of the security element consisting of a material having an optically variable effect and recesses that can be recognized in transmitted light, and
at least one partial coating on the one side consisting of a layer which has colors that are transparent in visible light and fluorescent in UV light.

US Pat. No. 10,214,044

STAPLELESS BINDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., Mi...

1. A stapleless binding device comprising:a stapleless binding unit configured to perform a stapleless binding operation to form irregularities in a sheet stack by making forward and backward movements;
a moving unit configured to relatively move the stapleless binding unit or the sheet stack in a direction along one side of the sheet stack;
a holding unit configured to hold the sheet stack during the backward movement of the stapleless binding unit; and
a sending unit configured to move into contact with and apart from the sheet stack, and sends out the sheet stack while holding the sheet stack after the stapleless binding operation is finished,
wherein the holding unit holds the sheet stack during the backward movement of the stapleless binding unit before the moving unit moves the stapleless binding unit or the sheet stack,
wherein the sending unit is operated as the holding unit by holding the sheet stack during the backward movement of the stapleless binding unit before the moving unit moves the stapleless binding unit or the sheet stack.

US Pat. No. 10,214,043

RECORDING-MEDIUM BINDING DEVICE

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., Mi...

1. A recording-medium binding device comprising:a first tooth row that includes a plurality of teeth arranged in a tooth arrangement direction; and
a second tooth row that includes a plurality of teeth arranged in the tooth arrangement direction, that is to be engaged with the first tooth row, and that cooperates with the first tooth row to pinch a recording medium batch so as to bind recording media,
wherein the first tooth row and the second tooth row include at least one first region and at least one second region disposed adjacent to the at least one first region in the tooth arrangement direction,
wherein, when the first tooth row and the second tooth row are engaged with each other, the plurality of teeth included in the first tooth row and the plurality of teeth included in the second tooth row overlap one another in a tooth height direction by a first engagement overlapping amount in the at least one first region and by a second engagement overlapping amount in the at least one second region,
wherein the second engagement overlapping amount is larger than the first engagement overlapping amount,
wherein the at least one second region includes two second regions, and
wherein the at least one first region having one side and another side in the tooth arrangement direction is positioned at a center in the tooth arrangement direction, and the two second regions are adjacent to the one side and the other side of the at least one first region in the tooth arrangement direction.

US Pat. No. 10,214,042

THERMAL TRANSFER PRINTING

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A thermal transfer ribbon for use in dye diffusion thermal transfer printing, the thermal transfer ribbon comprising:a continuous strip of a substrate having a thermally transferable receiver layer on one side surface of the substrate, the thermally transferable receiver layer comprising:
a release agent, and
a swellable inorganic lamellar material that is at least partially in an exfoliated or intercalated state,
wherein the thermally transferable receiver layer is positioned so that part of the thermally transferable receiver layer can be transferred from the substrate to a receiving substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,214,041

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRINTING A SECURITY CARD

MAGICARD LTD, Dorset (GB...

1. A method of printing a visual security image for applying to a security card, comprising:receiving a visual security image to be printed;
printing the visual security image onto a receiving layer of a dye receptive reverse transfer film by transferring overcoat resin from an overcoat panel of a dye carrying film onto the receiving layer of the dye receptive reverse transfer film in a pattern, the pattern forming the visual security image.

US Pat. No. 10,214,040

METHOD FOR MARKING THE SURFACE OF A MECHANICAL PART WITH A PREDEFINED GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATION HAVING A HOLOGRAPHIC EFFECT

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A method of marking an outside surface of a mechanical part with a predefined graphic, the method comprising:using a laser source to apply a first laser pulse to the outside surface of the mechanical part with a first mask being interposed between the laser source and the outside surface of the mechanical part; and
using the laser source to apply a second laser pulse to the outside surface of the mechanical part with a second mask being interposed between the laser source and the outside surface of the mechanical part,
wherein each of the first and second masks has a particular pattern, and each laser pulse has a power density of at least 20 MW/cm2 and a duration that is less than or equal to 100 ns,
wherein the predefined graphic has a holographic type effect in which light reflection changes as a function of an angle at which the graphic is observed, and
wherein the mechanical part is a blade of a turbine engine.

US Pat. No. 10,214,039

TAPE CARTRIDGE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A tape cartridge comprising:a spool which is formed in a cylindrical shape and in which a tape-shaped member is wound around an outer circumference of the spool;
a case rotatably accommodating the spool; and
a brake for providing back tension to the tape-shaped member unwound from the spool,
wherein the brake includes a sliding contact member which is formed in a cylindrical shape having a bottom and is in sliding contact with an end surface of the rotating spool, an urging member which is provided inside the sliding contact member and urges the sliding contact member in a shaft direction of the spool from the case, the sliding contact member including a to-be-engaged portion which protrudes from an inner circumference of the sliding contact member; anda rotation restrictor for restricting rotation of the sliding contact member, andthe rotation restrictor includes
an engaging portion protruding from the case to be inserted into the sliding contact member, a terminal end of the rotation restrictor engaging an end of the urging member, and
wherein, the to-be-engaged portion, which protrudes from an inner circumference of the sliding contact member, is configured to engage with the engaging portion in a rotation direction of the spool.

US Pat. No. 10,214,038

PRINTING SYSTEM AND METHOD

LANDA CORPORATION LTD., ...

1. A method of digital printing by printing apparatus configured to convert digital input images into ink images by droplet deposition onto a target surface, the printing apparatus comprising a multi-nozzle and multi-head print bar that defines print and cross-print directions, the method comprising:a. performing a calibration by:
i. printing on the target surface a digital input-calibration-image DICI by the print-bar of the printing apparatus so as to generate an ink calibration-image;
ii. optically imaging the ink calibration-image to obtain a digital output-calibration-image DOCI;
iii. computing from the digital output-calibration-image DOCI a representative print-bar tone-reproduction-function trf(bar) for the entire print bar;
iv. for each slice slicei(DOCI) of a plurality {slice1(DOCI), slice2(DOCI) . . . sliceN(DOCI)} of slices of the digital output-calibration-image DOCI, computing a different respective slice-specific tone-reproduction-function trf(slicei(DOCI)); and
v. for each of slice slicei(DOCI) of the slice-plurality, applying a respective inverse of a respective slice-specific tone-reproduction-function to the representative print-bar tone-reproduction-function trf(bar) to yield a tone-shift-function-set tsfs(DOCI)={tsf_slicei(DOCI)(tone-value), tsf_slice2(DOCI)(tone-value), . . . tsf_sliceN(DOCI)(tone-value)} of slice-specific tone-shift functions; and
vi. deriving a print-bar-spanning image-correction-function ICF (cross-print-direction-location, tone-value) from the tone-shift-function-set tsfs(DOCI) of slice-specific tone-shift functions;
b. applying the image-correction-function ICF to a uncorrected digital image UDI so as to compute a corrected digital image CDI; and
c. printing the corrected digital image CDI by the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,214,036

SIMPLIFY JOURNAL TAKE UP CORE MECHANISM

Toshiba TEC Kabushiki Kai...

1. A sheet winding mechanism comprising:a detachable winding core;
a rotating body which is coupled to a first end portion of the winding core to rotate the winding core; and
a non-rotating body against which a second end of the winding core is pressed as the winding core rotates with the rotating body,
wherein the winding core includes:
a winding core main body having an elongated shape,
a first portion which is located at the first end portion in an axial direction of the winding core main body and is coupled to the rotating body,
a second portion which is located at the second end portion in the axial direction of the winding core main body, is movable in the axial direction, and presses against the non-rotating body,
a first elastic body which urges the second portion outward along the axial direction, and
a sheet holding portion configured to hold an end portion of a sheet, and
wherein, when the rotating body rotates the winding core while the sheet holding portion is holding the end portion of the sheet, the sheet is wound around the winding core.

US Pat. No. 10,214,035

RECORDING APPARATUS WITH RECEIVING TRAY HAVING PROJECTING SECTIONS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:a recording unit that records on a medium;
a discharge unit that discharges the medium recorded by the recording unit; and
a medium receiving tray that receives the medium discharged by the discharge unit, the medium receiving tray being at least partially located outside of a housing of the recording apparatus, and
wherein the medium receiving tray includes
a pair of projecting sections provided on both side sections in a medium width direction, which is a direction intersecting a medium discharge direction, and
a deformation restricting section which supports the medium between the pair of projecting sections and restricts a deformation of the medium supported by the pair of projecting sections,wherein the pair of projecting sections project higher than the deformation restricting section.

US Pat. No. 10,214,034

INKJET RECORDING DEVICE

ROLAND DG CORPORATION, S...

1. An inkjet recording device, comprising:a bed that supports a recording medium and extends in a left-right direction and an up-down direction perpendicular or substantially perpendicular to the left-right direction, the bed being inclined with respect to a horizontal plane and a vertical plane;
an ink head that injects ink toward the recording medium;
a movable member extending in the up-down direction and being located forward of the bed;
a carriage that holds the ink head and is provided on the movable member so as to be movable in the up-down direction;
a coupling including a first end and a second end, the coupling extending in a front-rear direction and being located above the bed; and
a driving belt located rearward of the bed; wherein
the first end of the coupling is connected to the movable member and the second end of the coupling is connected to the driving belt.

US Pat. No. 10,214,033

TEXTILE PALLET WITH ADJUSTABLE FRAME

1. A textile holder comprising:a pallet having a first surface for supporting a textile and an opposing second surface, the pallet having a first side and an opposing second side, a first end and an opposing second end;
a first wire holder connected to the second surface of the pallet;
a first wire extending from the first side of the pallet having a first end adjustably connected to the first wire holder.

US Pat. No. 10,214,032

PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printing unit;
a cassette in which a plurality of sheets to be printed are stored, and which is capable of being drawn out from the apparatus;
a feeding roller which feeds a sheet stored in the cassette;
a roller pair which transports the sheet fed by the feeding roller to the printing unit, and is capable of being in an abutting state in which the sheet can be transported and a separate state in which the sheet cannot be transported; and
a mechanism which changes the roller pair from the abutting state to the separate state as the cassette is drawn out.

US Pat. No. 10,214,030

INK JET PRINTER

ROLAND DG CORPORATION, S...

1. An ink jet printer comprising:a platen on which a recording medium is able to be placed;
an ink head that is movable in a main scanning direction and ejects ink onto the recording medium;
a conveyor that conveys the recording medium in a subscanning direction perpendicular or substantially perpendicular to the main scanning direction;
a cover disposed above and to at least a side of the platen and including an opening located downstream of the ink head in the subscanning direction;
a front cover that is attached to the cover and opens and closes the opening; and
an air blower disposed on the front cover.

US Pat. No. 10,214,027

PORTABLE PRINTER

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A portable printer comprising:a feeder configured to feed a print-receiving medium;
a printing head configured to perform print on said print-receiving medium fed by said feeder;
a controller configured to control said feeder and said printing head in cooperation with each other to produce a first printed matter by using desired first print data; and
a command transmission unit configured to transmit through wireless communication to another printer other than said portable printer a production instruction for a second printed matter having print contents equivalent to the first printed matter at a predetermined timing after start of production of said first printed matter.

US Pat. No. 10,214,026

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ROTATING A THREE-DIMENSIONAL (3D) OBJECT DURING PRINTING OF THE OBJECT

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A printing system comprising:at least one printhead, the at least one printhead being configured to eject drops of marking material;
a member having a first end and a second end, the first end of the member being at a greater gravitational potential than the second end and the at least one printhead being positioned opposite the member and between the first and second ends of the member;
an object rotating subsystem configured to hold an object and to move along the member between the first end and the second end to carry the object past the at least one printhead to enable the at least one printhead to eject drops of marking material onto the object, the object rotating subsystem having:
a first actuator;
a holder operatively connected to the first actuator, the holder being configured to grip a portion of the object;
a second actuator having an output shaft;
an extension rotatably mounted to the output shaft of the second actuator, the extension being configured to support a planar surface of the object at an end of the object opposite the portion of the object gripped by the holder; and
a controller operatively connected to the first actuator and the second actuator, the controller being configured to operate the first actuator to rotate the holder and the object gripped by the holder to enable the at least one printhead to print a portion of a circumference of the object that is longer than a width of the at least one printhead and to operate the second actuator to extend the output shaft of the second actuator to move the extension into engagement with the planar surface of the end of the object opposite the portion of the object gripped by the holder and to retract the output shaft of the second actuator to support the object and move the object away from the holder after the holder releases the object.

US Pat. No. 10,214,025

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM STORING IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprisinga controller configured to control a printing execution unit including N pieces of nozzle arranged in a first direction, the N being an integer equal to or more than three,
wherein the N pieces of nozzle includes:
N1 pieces of nozzle continuously arranged;
N2 pieces of nozzle arranged continuously and adjacent to the N1 pieces of nozzle; and
N3 pieces of nozzle arranged continuously and adjacent to the N2 pieces of nozzle, the N1, N2, N3 being integers equal to or more than one,
wherein the controller is configured to perform:
causing the printing execution unit to execute printing of a first test image by jetting ink droplets from all the N pieces of nozzle to a first recording medium, the first test image including N pieces of dot arranged in the first direction on the first recording medium;
causing the printing execution unit to execute printing of a second test image by jetting ink droplets from the N1 pieces of nozzle and the N3 pieces of nozzle to a second recording medium without jetting ink droplets from the N2 pieces of nozzle,
the second test image being different from the first test image,
the second test image including: N1 pieces of dot arranged in the first direction on the second recording medium; N3 pieces of dot arranged in the first direction on the second recording medium; and a first blank area between the N1 pieces of dot and the N3 pieces of dot;
acquiring first scan image data generated by causing the scan execution unit to scan the first recording medium by moving in the first direction after the first test image is printed on the first recording medium, the first scan image data including M pieces of dot pixel indicating the N pieces of dot included in the first test image, the M being an integer equal to or more than the N;
acquiring second scan image data generated by causing the scan execution unit to scan the second recording medium by moving in the first direction after the second test image is printed on the second recording medium, the second scan image data including:
M1 pieces of dot pixel indicating the N1 pieces of dot included in the second test image:
M2 pieces of blank pixel indicating the first blank area included in the second test image; and
M3 pieces of dot pixel indicating the N3 pieces of dot included in the second test image, the M1 being an integer equal to or more than the N1, the M2 being an integer equal to or more than the N2, and the M3 being an integer equal to or more than the N3;
identifying a first boundary which is at least one of (1) a boundary between the M1 pieces of dot pixel and the M2 pieces of blank pixel and (2) a boundary between the M2 pieces of blank pixel and the M3 pieces of dot pixel, by using the M2 pieces of blank pixel included in the second scan image data;
identifying a first number of pixels including the number of pixels of the M1 pieces of dot pixel present at a first side of the first boundary and a second number of pixels including the number of pixels of the M3 pieces of dot pixel present at a second side of the first boundary, by using the second scan image data;
calculating a first number of unit pixels which is the number of pixels per one nozzle for the N1 pieces of nozzle by using the N1 and the first number of pixels;
calculating a second number of unit pixels which is the number of pixels per one nozzle for the N3 pieces of nozzle by using the N3 and the second number of pixels;
calculating a relevant value related to density of a dot formed by each of the N pieces of nozzle by using the first number of unit pixels, the second number of unit pixels, and a pixel value of each of the M pieces of dot pixel included in the first scan image data; and
generating characteristics data indicating ink jetting characteristics of the N pieces of nozzle by using N pieces of the relevant value calculated for the N pieces of nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,214,024

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a liquid ejecting head having a nozzle that ejects liquid;
a supply flow path that supplies the liquid to the liquid ejecting head;
a pressurizing mechanism that pressurizes a region which communicates with the supply flow path;
a decompression mechanism that decompresses the region pressurized by the pressurizing mechanism, wherein the decompression mechanism comprises an air valve; and
a resistor section that interferes with decompression by the decompression mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,214,023

FLUID DESIGN FOR RECIRCULATION WITHIN HIGH PACKING DENSITY INKJET PRINT HEADS

XEROX CORPORATION, Norwa...

1. A print head, comprising:an ink source, the ink source to supply and receive ink;
a first channel connected to the ink source to receive ink from the ink source;
a second channel connected to the ink source to return ink to the ink source, wherein the first and second channels have a pressure differential; and
a manifold structure disposed between and connected to the two channels to receive ink from the first channel and return ink to the second channel.

US Pat. No. 10,214,022

DIAPHRAGM PUMP, INK SUPPLY SYSTEM, AND INKJET PRINTER

ROLAND DG CORPORATION, S...

1. A diaphragm pump comprising:an inflow port that allows a liquid to flow therein from outside the diaphragm pump;
an inflow chamber provided with an inflow valve seat;
a first inlet flow passage that allows the inflow port and the inflow chamber to communicate with each other;
a pumping chamber in which an elastically deformable diaphragm is disposed;
a second inlet flow passage that allows the inflow chamber and the pumping chamber to communicate with each other;
an outflow chamber provided with an outflow valve seat;
a first outlet flow passage that allows the pumping chamber and the outflow chamber to communicate with each other;
an outflow port that allows the liquid to flow out of the diaphragm pump;
a second outlet flow passage that allows the outflow chamber and the outflow port to communicate with each other;
an inflow valve disposed against the inflow valve seat and causing the first inlet flow passage to open and close;
an outflow valve disposed against the outflow valve seat and causing the first outlet flow passage to open and close;
an inflow-valve presser that presses the inflow valve against the inflow valve seat; and
an outflow-valve presser that presses the outflow valve against the outflow valve seat; wherein
each of the inflow valve and the outflow valve is defined by an elastically deformable member; and
each of the inflow valve seat and the outflow valve seat includes a surface at least a portion of which is a curved surface.

US Pat. No. 10,214,021

LIQUID CARTRIDGE PROVIDED WITH CONNECTING CHANNEL PROVIDING COMMUNICATION BETWEEN LIQUID SUPPLY CHAMBER AND LIQUID STORAGE CHAMBER

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid cartridge comprising:a liquid container including a liquid storage chamber configured to store liquid therein;
a liquid supply portion including a liquid supply chamber, the liquid supply portion having a first opening and a second opening, the first opening providing communication between the liquid supply chamber and an exterior of the liquid cartridge, the second opening providing communication between the liquid supply chamber and the liquid storage chamber;
a connecting channel formed in the liquid container, the connecting channel providing communication between the liquid storage chamber and the second opening, the connecting channel having a part positioned further downward than the second opening when the liquid cartridge is in an attached posture;
a detector disposed in the liquid storage chamber and configured to move between a detection position at which the detector is detectable from the exterior of the ink cartridge and a non-detection position at which the detector is undetectable from the exterior of the ink cartridge; and
a movable member extending in the liquid storage chamber and the liquid supply chamber through the connecting channel and the second opening, the movable member being configured to move from a restricting position to a non-restricting position when an external force from the exterior of the ink cartridge is applied to the movable member, the movable member in the restricting position restricting the movement of the detector and maintaining the detector in the non-detection position, the movable member in the non-restricting position releasing restriction on the movement of the detector.

US Pat. No. 10,214,020

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a back pressure control unit including a back pressure control element that has a first opening, a second opening, a first liquid flow channel that enables the first opening and the second opening to communicate with each other, and a valve body that controls the flow of liquid in the first liquid flow channel, and a housing that houses the back pressure control element and in which a liquid introduction opening that communicates with the first opening and a discharge channel that communicates with the second opening are formed; and
a head unit including a third opening connected to the discharge channel of the back pressure control unit, a second liquid flow channel that communicates with the third opening, a first filter disposed in the second liquid flow channel, a pressure generation chamber that communicates with the second liquid flow channel, a nozzle that communicates with the pressure generation chamber, and a pressure generation element that causes a pressure change in liquid in the pressure generation chamber and causes the liquid to be ejected from the nozzle, wherein
a filter is not disposed between the discharge channel of the back pressure control unit and the second opening of the back pressure control element.

US Pat. No. 10,214,019

FLEXIBLE SUBSTRATE WITH INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A flexible circuit for a fluid cartridge, comprising:a single flexible substrate;
an integrated circuit attached to the single flexible substrate; and
multiple electrical connector pads on the single flexible substrate for connection to a host device, comprising first electrical connector pads connected to the integrated circuit and second electrical connector pads, not connected to the integrated circuit, for connection to a fluid dispensing die.

US Pat. No. 10,214,018

CARTRIDGE AND PRINTING MATERIAL SUPPLY SYSTEM

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An ink cartridge for attachment and detachment to or from a holder of an ink jet printing apparatus, the ink jet printing apparatus comprising one or more device side terminals, a head, and a lever having a pair of wall members facing each other and a first device side locking element, the ink cartridge comprising:an ink chamber;
an ink supply port configured to supply ink from the ink chamber to the head;
a first cartridge side locking element having a first locking surface;
an electrical circuit device;
a circuit board; and
one or more cartridge side terminals provided on the circuit board configured to be coupled to the electrical device and to be electrically connected with the one or more device side terminals in an attached state of the cartridge to the holder,
wherein the first cartridge side locking element is configured to be guided between the pair of wall members of the lever in the course of attachment or detachment of the cartridge to or from the holder as the lever and pair of wall members rotate together as the first cartridge side locking element is guided by the pair of wall members of the lever,
wherein a positive Z-axis direction is an upward direction with respect to gravity, and a negative Z-axis direction is a direction opposite to the positive Z-axis direction, and the first device side locking element has a first device side locking surface facing in the negative Z-axis direction,
wherein the circuit board is configured to receive a pressing force from the one or more device side terminals, the pressing force including a positive Z-axis component in the attached state of the cartridge to the holder, and
wherein the first locking surface of the first cartridge side locking element is configured to engage with the first device side locking element to restrict the motion of the cartridge in the positive Z-axis direction in the attached state of the cartridge to the holder.

US Pat. No. 10,214,017

METHOD FOR DETECTING AND COMPENSATING FOR FAILED PRINTING NOZZLES IN AN INKJET PRINTING MACHINE

Heidelberger Druckmaschin...

1. A method for detecting and compensating for failed printing nozzles in an inkjet printing machine by using a computer, the method comprising the following steps:printing a current print image;
recording the printed print image by using an image sensor and digitizing the recorded print image by using the computer;
adding digitized color values of the recorded print image of every column over an entire print image height and dividing the added color values by a number of column pixels to obtain a column profile;
subtracting an optimized column profile without failed printing nozzles from an original column profile to provide a differential column profile;
setting a maximum value threshold defining a failed printing nozzle when exceeded;
applying the maximum value threshold to the differential column profile to obtain a resultant column profile having maximums each marking a failed printing nozzle; and
compensating for the marked printing nozzles in a subsequent printing operation.

US Pat. No. 10,214,016

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:a printhead having an ejection orifice surface on which a plurality of ejection orifices for ejecting ink are arranged, the printhead configured to perform a printing operation in a printing area;
a carriage including the printhead, and movable in a first direction;
a cap for covering the ejection orifice surface; and
a wiper configured to wipe the ejection orifice surface;
wherein the cap is movable, by a movement of the carriage, to a first position, and to a second position farther from the printing area than the first position along the first direction,
wherein, at the second position along the first direction, the cap can rise and lower to a capping position at which the cap abuts the ejection orifice surface, and to a separated position at which the cap does not abut the ejection orifice surface, and
wherein the wiper wipes the ejection orifice surface when the cap is at the second position and at the separated position.

US Pat. No. 10,214,015

PIEZOELECTRIC DEVICE, INSPECTION METHOD FOR PIEZOELECTRIC DEVICE, AND LIQUID EJECTING HEAD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An inspection method for a piezoelectric device, the piezoelectric device including:a device substrate that includes a plurality of active piezoelectric elements and an inspection piezoelectric element, each of the plurality of active piezoelectric elements including:
an active first electrode that is on the device substrate;
an active piezoelectric layer that is directly on the active first electrode; and
an active second electrode that is directly on the active piezoelectric layer;
the inspection piezoelectric element being located at an inspection region, the inspection piezoelectric element being configured with:
an inspection first electrode that is on the device substrate; and
an inspection piezoelectric layer that is directly on the inspection first electrode, wherein an inspection second electrode is removable from the inspection piezoelectric element; and
a wiring substrate that is disposed over the device substrate via a gap so that the plurality of active piezoelectric elements and the inspection piezoelectric element are provided in the gap, the wiring substrate has an inspection wiring electrode that is electrically connected to the inspection piezoelectric layer,
the method comprising:
providing the device substrate having the plurality of active piezoelectric elements and the inspection piezoelectric element having the inspection second electrode;
removing the inspection second electrode from the inspection piezoelectric element;
optically inspecting physical properties of the inspection piezoelectric layer; and
electrically connecting the inspection wiring electrode of the wiring substrate to the inspection piezoelectric layer.

US Pat. No. 10,214,014

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head provided with an ejection opening row in which a plurality of ejection openings for ejecting a liquid are arranged, the liquid ejection head comprising:pressure chambers that communicate with the ejection openings and include a pressure generation element inside each of the pressure chambers, each pressure generation element generating pressure used for ejecting the liquid;
a supply path extending along the ejection opening row and supplying the liquid to the pressure chambers;
a supply opening for supplying liquid to the supply path;
a collection path extending along the ejection opening row and collecting liquid from the pressure chambers;
a collection opening for collecting liquid from the collection path;
a plurality of heaters provided along the ejection opening row; and
a plurality of temperature sensors provided along the ejection opening row,
wherein at least one heater and at least one temperature sensor are provided in the vicinity of each of the supply opening and the collection opening.

US Pat. No. 10,214,013

ACOUSTOPHORETIC PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD

PRESIDENT AND FELLOWS OF ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:an emitter arranged within a first fluid and configured to oscillate for generating an acoustic field in the first fluid;
a nozzle with a nozzle opening placed at a predetermined position within the acoustic field; and
a second fluid within the nozzle,
wherein the emitter is configured to oscillate with a frequency of 1 Hz to 1 GHz.

US Pat. No. 10,214,012

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF FORMING ADJUSTMENT PATTERN

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:an ejecting unit that ejects liquid onto a medium;
a transport unit that transports the medium; and
a control unit that forms an adjustment pattern on the medium,
wherein the control unit forms, as the adjustment pattern, a pattern including a first pattern that is formed in a first direction, a plurality of scales that are formed in the first direction, and a second pattern that is formed at a position corresponding to the scales in the first direction while changing the position thereof in a second direction that intersects the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,214,011

LIQUID JETTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SELECTING OVERLAPPING NOZZLE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid jetting apparatus comprising:a first head chip having first nozzles arranged in a nozzle arrangement direction;
a second head chip having second nozzles arranged in the nozzle arrangement direction, and being arranged to overlap at least partially with the first head chip in an orthogonal direction orthogonal to the nozzle arrangement direction;
a controller configured to control the first head chip and the second head chip to jet liquid from the first nozzles and the second nozzles; and
power sources having different voltages, respectively,
wherein each of the first nozzles and the second nozzles is driven by voltage supplied from one of the power sources,
the first head chip has a first overlapping portion and the second head chip has a second overlapping portion, the first overlapping portion and the second overlapping portion overlapping in the orthogonal direction with each other, and
the controller is configured to:
determine first execution nozzles and second execution nozzles based on print job data;
acquire information of drive voltages for the first execution nozzles, which are included in the first nozzles and from which the liquid is to be jetted, the first execution nozzles including first overlapping nozzles arranged in the first overlapping portion;
acquire information of drive voltages for the first overlapping nozzles;
acquire information of drive voltages for the second execution nozzles, which are included in the second nozzles and from which the liquid is to be jetted, the second execution nozzles including second overlapping nozzles arranged in the second overlapping portion, and wherein the first overlapping nozzles overlap with the second overlapping nozzles respectively in the orthogonal direction;
acquire information of drive voltages for the second overlapping nozzles; and
based on the information of the drive voltages for the first execution nozzles, the second execution nozzles, and the number of the first and second execution nozzles driven by the drive voltages for the first overlapping nozzles and the second overlapping nozzles, select one of a first overlapping nozzle and a second overlapping nozzle overlapping in the orthogonal direction with each other to jet the liquid, the first overlapping nozzle being included in the first execution nozzles and included in the first overlapping portion, the second overlapping nozzle being included in the second execution nozzles and included in the second overlapping portion.

US Pat. No. 10,214,010

LIQUID DISCHARGE DEVICE AND INKJET PRINTER INCLUDING THE SAME

ROLAND DG CORPORATION, S...

1. A liquid discharge device comprising:a liquid discharge head to discharge a liquid; and
a controller configured or programmed to control the liquid discharge head; wherein
the liquid discharge head includes:
a case provided with a pressure chamber storing the liquid therein;
a defining plate disposed in the case and defining a portion of the pressure chamber;
an actuator coupled to the defining plate and deforming in response to receiving an electric signal; and
a nozzle disposed in the case and in communication with the pressure chamber;
the controller is configured or programmed to include:
a driving signal generating circuit to generate, for each driving period, a main driving signal including a first sub driving signal, a second sub driving signal, and a third sub driving signal, the first sub driving signal including a first driving pulse to cause the pressure chamber to expand and contract so as to discharge a first droplet, the second sub driving signal including a second driving pulse to cause the pressure chamber to expand and contract so as to discharge a second droplet, the third sub driving signal including a third driving pulse to cause the pressure chamber to expand and contract so as to discharge a third droplet, the third sub driving signal following the second sub driving signal; and
a driving signal supplying circuit to supply, to the actuator, a portion or an entirety of the main driving signal generated by the driving signal generating circuit;
the driving signal supplying circuit includes:
a first dot former to supply the third sub driving signal to the actuator without supplying the first sub driving signal or the second sub driving signal to the actuator;
a second dot former to supply the second sub driving signal and the third sub driving signal to the actuator without supplying the first sub driving signal to the actuator; and
a third dot former to supply the first sub driving signal, the second sub driving signal, and the third sub driving signal to the actuator; and
the third driving pulse starts after a lapse of a first preset time from a start of the second driving pulse, the first preset time being equal to a value of about p×Tc, where a value of p is greater than about 2 and Tc is a Helmholtz characteristic vibration period for the liquid discharge head.

US Pat. No. 10,214,009

INKJET PRINTHEAD

Xaar Technology Limited, ...

1. An inkjet printhead comprising a printhead die, the printhead die comprising:a plurality of actuators;
a plurality of electrical connections in discrete electrical communication with each respective first electrodes of the plurality of actuators for providing individual drive signals thereto;
a first electrical bus arranged in common electrical communication via respective electrical traces with second electrodes of a first group of the actuators for providing first signals thereto, the first electrical bus extending in a length direction of the printhead; and
a second electrical bus arranged in common electrical communication via respective electrical traces with second electrodes of a second group of the actuators for providing second signals thereto, the second group being different from the first group, the second electrical bus extending in the length direction of the printhead,
wherein
the plurality of actuators are arranged in at least one row extending in the length direction of the inkjet printhead die,
the at least one row comprises actuators from the first group and the second group, and
actuators in the at least one row are arranged such that the second electrodes of the first group alternate with the second electrodes of the second group in the length direction.

US Pat. No. 10,214,008

CIRCUIT FOR DRIVING PRINTER ACTUATING ELEMENTS

Xaar Technology Limited, ...

1. A circuit for driving first and second groups of actuating elements, each group having a plurality of actuating elements for ejection of droplets from a printhead, the circuit comprising:a drive circuit configured to provide a drive waveform to first electrodes of the plurality of actuating elements of the first and second groups; and
a voltage offset circuit configured to provide a voltage offset to the second electrodes of the plurality of actuating elements of the first or second groups to bias the second electrodes of the plurality of actuating elements of the first and second groups relative to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,214,007

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DRIVING CAPACITANCE-TYPE ACTUATOR

TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An apparatus for driving a capacitance-type actuator comprising:a first voltage source that outputs a first voltage to charge the actuator;
a second voltage source that outputs a second voltage to charge the actuator, wherein the second voltage source is a capacitor and a capacitance of the capacitor is larger than a capacitance of the actuator;
a driver that switches among a first charge, a second charge, a first discharge, and a second discharge, the first voltage output from the first voltage source being supplied to the actuator in the first charge, a sum of the first voltage output from the first voltage source and the second voltage output from the second voltage source being supplied to the actuator in the second charge, a charge accumulated in the actuator by the first and second charges being emitted and guided to the second voltage source in the first discharge, the charge accumulated in the actuator being emitted without guiding the charge to the second voltage source in the second discharge, wherein a charge output from the second voltage source by the second charge is equal to a charge guided to the second voltage source by the first discharge; and
a voltage adjusting circuit that adjusts a charge voltage of the capacitor.