US Pat. No. 10,336,429

COWLING FOR OUTBOARD MOTORS HAVING AN AIR INTAKE SYSTEM THAT PROVIDES WATER MANAGEMENT

Brunswick Corporation, M...

1. A cowling for an outboard motor, the cowling extending from top to bottom in a vertical direction, from port side to starboard side in a lateral direction that is perpendicular to the vertical direction, and from forward side to aftward side in an axial direction that is perpendicular to the vertical direction and perpendicular to the lateral direction, the cowling comprising:port and starboard intake ports that direct flow of intake air into the cowling, the port and starboard intake ports extending downwardly along the aftward side of the cowling and facing outwardly in the lateral direction; and
a duct system located in the cowling, the duct system being configured to receive and convey intake air from the port and starboard intake ports to an intake conduit for the outboard motor;
wherein the duct system comprises port and starboard intake troughs that extend alongside the port and starboard intake ports and redirect the intake air from a generally lateral flow into the port and starboard intake ports to a generally vertically downward flow and then to a generally forward flow towards the intake conduit;
wherein the duct system further comprises port and starboard baffles that extend alongside the port and starboard intake ports and direct flow of water into port and starboard channels located alongside the port and starboard baffles, respectively, wherein the port and starboard channels drain the water by gravity from the outboard motor; and
wherein the port and starboard baffles each comprises an elongated baffle body that has a laterally outer side located proximate to an interior surface of the cowling and an inner side having a raised curved upper surface, wherein the respective port and starboard channels are located laterally between the raised curved upper surface and the interior surface of the cowling.

US Pat. No. 10,336,428

MARINE PROPULSION DEVICES HAVING COOLING WATER SPRAYERS FOR COOLING AN EXHAUST MANIFOLD

Brunswick Corporation, M...

1. A marine propulsion device comprising an internal combustion engine, an axially elongated exhaust manifold that conveys exhaust gas from the internal combustion engine, and a cooling water sprayer that is configured to spray a flow of cooling water radially outwardly toward an inner diameter of the exhaust manifold and perpendicularly relative to the axially elongated exhaust manifold, wherein the cooling water sprayer comprises an elongated sprayer body that perpendicularly extends into the exhaust manifold and conveys the flow of cooling water radially into the exhaust manifold and a nozzle that sprays the flow of cooling water perpendicularly and radially back outwardly onto the inner diameter in a fan-shaped pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,336,427

SYSTEM FOR AND METHOD OF OPERATING WATERCRAFT

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A watercraft operating system to operate a watercraft including an outboard motor, the watercraft operating system comprising:a remote control that outputs a remote control signal to operate the outboard motor;
a joystick that outputs a joystick signal to operate the outboard motor; and
a controller configured or programmed to receive the remote control signal from the remote control and the joystick signal from the joystick, the controller being further configured or programmed to:
control shifting between forward movement and rearward movement by the outboard motor in response to operation of the remote control and the joystick;
execute first shift shock correction control when shifting between forward movement and rearward movement by the outboard motor in response to operation of the remote control; and
execute second shift shock correction control, different from the first shift shock correction control, when shifting between forward movement and rearward movement by the outboard motor in response to operation of the joystick.

US Pat. No. 10,336,423

TOP DOWN FURLING SYSTEM AND METHOD

NROB, LLC, Arlington, VA...

1. Apparatus for furling and unfurling a sail, comprising:(a) a housing having an upper end containing an opening for connection with an upper end of a sailboat mast and a lower end including a swivel rotatable relative to said upper end and containing an opening for connection with an upper corner of a sail;
(b) a motor arranged within said housing; and
(c) a clutch arranged within said housing and connected with said motor, whereby when said housing upper and lower ends are connected to a top of a mast and sail, respectively, said motor rotates said swivel in a first direction to furl the sail, and when said clutch is released, said swivel is free to rotate in a second direction opposite said first direction to unfurl the sail.

US Pat. No. 10,336,422

PEDAL-DRIVEN BOAT AND FISHING PLATFORM

1. A boat, comprising:a deck supported by one or more deck floats, and
a paddle wheel cockpit comprising a seat proximal to a pedal-driven paddle wheel adapted to engage water and propel the boat;
wherein the deck and the paddle wheel cockpit are joined by at least one cockpit hinge that allows the paddle wheel cockpit to fold over the deck;
the boat further comprising at least one ballast tank, the ballast tank comprising:
an enclosed volume for holding water, the enclosed volume having an upper portion and a lower portion;
an input port for adding water at the upper portion;
an outlet port for draining water from the lower portion; and
at least one brace for attaching the ballast tank to the boat.

US Pat. No. 10,336,419

SHOCK ABSORBING HUB ASSEMBLIES AND METHODS OF MAKING SHOCK ABSORBING HUB ASSEMBLIES FOR MARINE PROPULSION DEVICES

BRUNSWICK CORPORATION, M...

1. A shock absorbing hub assembly for a marine propulsion device having a propeller shaft and a propeller hub, the shock absorbing hub assembly comprising:an adapter component having an inner bore that mates with a splined outer surface of the propeller shaft, the adapter component having a body comprising opposite first and second end portions, wherein the first end portion has an outer diameter with a plurality of axially extending engagement surfaces for engaging stop surfaces on an inner diameter of the propeller hub, and wherein the second end portion has an outer diameter with a continuously smooth surface such that the second end portion has a circular cross-section; and
an elastic hub component over-molded onto only the continuously smooth surface of the outer diameter of the second end portion of the body, the elastic hub component having a plurality of planar outer engagement surfaces that abut a plurality of corresponding inner engagement surfaces on an inner bore of the propeller hub;
wherein upon initial rotation of the propeller shaft, the elastic hub component deflects so as to allow the adapter component to rotationally travel with respect to the propeller hub such that said initial rotation of the propeller shaft does not cause corresponding rotation of the propeller hub;
wherein upon further rotation of the propeller shaft, the plurality of axially extending engagement surfaces on the adapter component engages with the stop surfaces on the inner diameter of the propeller hub such that said further rotation of the propeller shaft causes corresponding rotation of the propeller hub; and
wherein the elastic hub component has a spring rate that is small enough to reduce rattle of a clutch associated with the marine propulsion device and yet large enough to isolate shift clunk of a transmission associated with the marine propulsion device.

US Pat. No. 10,336,418

SHOCK ABSORBER FOR PROPELLER UNIT, PROPELLER UNIT, AND VESSEL PROPULSION APPARATUS

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A propeller unit for connection to a propeller shaft of a vessel propulsion apparatus, the propeller unit comprising:an inner hub that includes a rib provided on an inner peripheral surface of the inner hub;
an outer hub that is disposed and connected to the inner hub coaxially with the inner hub and that includes a plurality of blades provided on an outer peripheral surface of the outer hub;
a bushing for connection to the propeller shaft and that includes a rib provided on an outer peripheral surface of the bushing; and
a shock absorber to be driven by the propeller shaft and that includes a damper made of an elastic material, the damper being disposed between the outer peripheral surface of the bushing of the propeller unit and the inner peripheral surface of the inner hub of the propeller unit, the damper including:
a first portion facing the rib of the bushing in a circumferential direction of the bushing;
a second portion facing the rib of the inner hub in the circumferential direction; and
a connector by which the first portion and the second portion are connected to each other; wherein
neither the rib of the inner hub nor the rib of the bushing is located between the first portion of the damper and the second portion of the damper;
a deformation-absorbing space is defined between the first portion and the second portion in a state in which the damper has not been elastically deformed by relative rotation between the bushing and the inner hub;
the deformation-absorbing space is deformable such that the first portion and the second portion approach each other in a state in which the damper has been elastically deformed by relative rotation between the bushing and the inner hub;
the inner hub includes a flange that is disposed at a rear end of the inner hub, extends inwardly in the radial direction, and restricts a movement of the bushing in an axial direction of the inner hub by contact between the flange and the bushing; and
the first portion is cylindrical and the second portion is cylindrical.

US Pat. No. 10,336,416

SURFBOARD ACCESSORY FOR SURFBOARD RETENTION AND MEDICAL EMERGENCIES

1. A surfboard accessory comprising:a hybrid surfboard leash tourniquet;
wherein said hybrid surfboard leash tourniquet comprises
a surfboard leash cuff band;
a surfboard leash cuff band fastener carried on said surfboard leash cuff band for closing the cuff band in a loop around an ankle of a surfer;
a surfboard leash cord attachment or interface configured to releaseably or permanently attach a surfboard leash cord to said surfboard leash cuff band; and
a tourniquet strap tensioner; and
wherein said tourniquet strap tensioner is carried on said surfboard leash cuff band in addition to said surfboard leash cuff band fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,336,413

KITE CONTROL BAR WITH INTEGRATED LINE ADJUSTMENT MEANS

OCEAN RODEO SPORTS INC., ...

1. A kite control bar comprising:a control bar body having a line guide along an exterior surface of the control bar with a fixed pawl towards one end;
a reel pivotally mounted towards the one end of the control bar body, the reel having a shaft with a knob on the shaft to enable manual rotation of the reel, the reel having a ratchet gear, the reel being pivotally movable from an engaged position in which the ratchet gear of the reel is engaged with the pawl on the control bar body thereby preventing rotation of the reel and a disengaged position in which the ratchet gear of the reel is disengaged from the pawl on the control bar body thereby allowing rotation of the reel;
and at least one control line passing along the line guide of the control bar body and engaged with the reel, the reel being biased into the engaged position, the reel being moved from the engaged position to the disengaged position by pushing the knob away from a center of the control bar body.

US Pat. No. 10,336,412

ADJUSTABLE AREA KITE OR WING

1. A kite wing to power movement of a person, comprising:a frame comprising a leading edge support and a plurality of struts extending rearward from the leading edge support;
a flexible main canopy comprising a leading edge attached to the leading edge support of the frame and a trailing edge; and
at least one flexible kite sizing section adjustably attached to the flexible main canopy, wherein the at least one flexible kite sizing section is adjustable to change an area of the kite, including an area of at least a first wing tip section of the kite by adjusting a position of the trailing edge from a first position to a second position wherein a contour of the trailing edge at the second position generally parallels a contour of the trailing edge at the first position such that a normal distance between points on the contour of the trailing edge at the first position and the contour of the trailing edge at the second position vary by less than 20% from an average normal distance.

US Pat. No. 10,336,410

MARINE VESSEL WITH MOVING CONTROL UNIT

1. A water vessel comprising:the water vessel comprising a forward region and an aft region;
a control unit movably affixed to the vessel;
wherein the control unit is movable between the aft region and the forward region;
a securing system selectively securing the control unit to the hull;
a plurality of parallel longitudinally aligned channels extending from the forward region to the aft region;
a clamp rail mounted in each channel; and
the upper surface of the clamp rail is substantially even with the upper surface channel.

US Pat. No. 10,336,409

STORAGE ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE

BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL P...

1. A storage assembly for a vehicle, the storage assembly comprising:an outer compartment defined by an outer peripheral wall and an outer compartment lid when in a closed position, the outer compartment lid operatively connected to the outer peripheral wall and being moveable between an open position providing access to an interior of the outer compartment and the closed position blocking access to the interior of the outer compartment; and
an inner compartment integrally formed within the outer compartment and enclosed thereby, the inner compartment being defined by an inner peripheral wall and an inner compartment lid when in a closed position, the inner compartment lid being operatively connected to the inner peripheral wall and being moveable between an open position providing access to an interior of the inner compartment and the closed position blocking access to the interior of the inner compartment, and a sealing assembly for sealing the interior of the inner compartment when the inner compartment lid is in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,336,408

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR LOCKING ROPE WINCH

1. A method for locking a rope winch, characterised in that a locking bolt (6) is inserted when a rope drum (1) of the rope winch is stopped;first, said inserting is performed through one of two holes (5) in a first lug (4);
then said inserting is performed through one of multiple arched cuttings (3) on a wheel (2) of the rope drum (1) of the rope winch; and
finally said inserting is performed through one of two holes (5) in a second lug (4), then the locking bolt (6) is secured in position with a nut (7).

US Pat. No. 10,336,407

POOL FLOTATION TETHER ASSEMBLY

1. A pool floatation tether assembly, comprising:a foam float having a lower layer and an upper layer, the lower layer and the upper layer being formed from a celled foam material, the foam density of the lower layer being different from the foam density of the upper layer, the float is configured so that a top surface of the lower layer remains above the surface of a body of liquid water, the lower layer extends beneath and outward around a periphery of the upper layer;
an anchor having a fastener, the fastener releasably secures the anchor to a wall in a pool; and
a tether formed from a rigid member being coupled between the foam float and the anchor, the tether passing through the anchor under interference fit so as to create a binding force that minimizes movement of the foam float in the liquid water, the tether coupled to the lower layer outside the periphery of the upper layer; and
a cut-out configured to act as a receptacle for an object, the cut-out configured to be cylindrical in shape and pass through the upper layer, the cut-out is bounded by a portion of the lower layer, the upper layer being thicker than the lower layer, the thickness of the lower layer within the cut-out being the same as the thickness of the lower layer extending around the periphery of the upper layer.

US Pat. No. 10,336,406

TENSION HELD COVER

Dowco, Inc., Manitowoc, ...

1. A covering for a boat with a walk through windshield, the covering comprising:a fabric sized to cover at least a portion of the boat;
a securing means coupled to the fabric and configured to be attached to the vehicle for securing the fabric to the boat; and
a tensioning means coupled to the fabric, the tensioning means further comprising a tightening mechanism, the tightening mechanism located on an underside of the fabric for creating a generally taut fabric;
wherein, when the fabric is taut, the fabric forms generally inclined surfaces with low points where the fabric is secured to the boat and at least one high point at the walk through windshield such that water will run off the fabric and at least one side of the boat.

US Pat. No. 10,336,405

REMOVABLE COVER

1. A marine cover for reducing line abrasion against support structures comprising a material with a gripper portion attached to an outward surface defined by a cover body formed from nylon, the gripper portion defining a coefficient of friction of at least 3.0 N while either wet or dry, and a pair of straps connected to the cover body, wherein the straps may be selectively tightened by at least one tensioning member.

US Pat. No. 10,336,404

METHOD OF ASSEMBLING A FLOATING WIND TURBINE PLATFORM

University of Maine Syste...

1. A method of assembling a floating wind turbine platform comprising:assembling a keystone from pre-formed concrete sections of the keystone, the keystone defining a hollow central cavity;
assembling a plurality of buoyant bottom beams from pre-formed concrete sections of the bottom beams, a proximal end of each bottom beam attached to the keystone and extending radially outward of the keystone, the keystone and the plurality of bottom beams defining a base assembly, wherein each buoyant bottom beam includes a plurality of walls defining a ballast chamber therein, and wherein longitudinal axes of each of the plurality of bottom beams are coplanar;
post-tensioning the keystone to each bottom beam along a longitudinal axis of each bottom beam;
assembling a center column upwardly and perpendicularly on the base assembly from pre-formed sections of the center column;
assembling outer columns upwardly and perpendicularly on a distal end of each bottom beam of the base assembly from pre-formed sections of the outer columns;
longitudinally post-tensioning the center column and the outer columns to the base assembly;
assembling a tower on the center column from pre-formed sections of the tower; and
assembling a wind turbine on the tower, thereby defining the floating wind turbine platform.

US Pat. No. 10,336,401

BICYCLE CRANK ASSEMBLY

SHIMANO INC., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle crank assembly comprising:a crank arm including a crank-axle-mounting portion;
a sprocket including a sprocket body and a plurality of sprocket teeth provided on an outer periphery of the sprocket body;
a crank axle; and
a fixing member including a base portion, a projection and a first thread, wherein
the projection extends radially outwardly from an outer periphery of the base portion with respect to a rotational center axis of the bicycle crank assembly,
the projection is configured to prevent the sprocket from moving relative to the crank axle in an axial direction parallel to the rotational center axis,
the fixing member includes a contact part provided on an inner periphery of the base portion, and
the contact part is configured to contact the crank axle in a state where the first thread of the fixing member is engaged with a second thread provided on the crank arm.

US Pat. No. 10,336,400

BICYCLE TRANSMISSION CONTROL APPARATUS

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle transmission control apparatus comprising:a controller configured to change a gear ratio of a transmission based on at least one of a seat height of a bicycle seat relative to a bicycle frame and a change of the seat height relative to the bicycle frame, or configured to adjust a shift table for shifting the transmission based on at least one of the seat height relative to the bicycle frame and the change of the seat height relative to the bicycle frame.

US Pat. No. 10,336,397

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DYNAMIC MOTORCYCLE FRAME

1. A motorcycle frame comprising:a frame member having an enclosed chamber;
an adjustable mechanism situated within the enclosed chamber;
an actuator coupled to the adjustable mechanism and operable to actuate the adjustable mechanism within the enclosed chamber so as to stiffen the frame member;
and
a controller coupled to the actuator and operable to control the actuator, wherein the controller is configurable to determine a condition during operation of the motorcycle frame and to dynamically adjust stiffness of the frame member in response to the condition; and
wherein the adjustable mechanism comprises a hydraulic chamber mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,336,394

FOLDABLE TRICYCLE

Radio Flyer Inc., Chicag...

1. A tricycle comprising:a front frame assembly having a main frame tube, a front fork, a front wheel rotatably connected to the front fork, a seat connected to the main frame tube, and a handlebar assembly coupled to the fork to allow for steering of the tricycle, wherein the front fork and front wheel support a forward portion of the front frame assembly;
a rear frame assembly connected to the main frame tube adjacent a rear portion of the front frame assembly to support the rear portion of the front frame assembly, the rear frame assembly having two wheels; and,
a restraint hoop connected to the seat and extending toward the front fork, the restraint hoop having a first hoop arm and a second hoop arm, the restraint hoop further having a tray extending from the first hoop arm to the second hoop arm, the tray having a first end and a second end, the first end of the tray being removably connected to the first hoop arm, the second end of the tray having a pivot member to allow the first end of the tray to pivot away from the first hoop arm when the first end is disconnected from the first hoop arm to allow for insertion and removal of a child from the seat, wherein the restraint hoop has a first end connected to the seat and a second end connected to the seat, and wherein the restraint hoop further has a connection member removably connected to one of the handle bar assembly and the front frame assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,336,393

ELECTRIC BICYCLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An electric bicycle comprising:a motor;
a controller;
a heart rate monitor programmed to communicate a heart rate signal representing a heart rate of an occupant to the controller; and
the controller being programmed to receive a destination distance of the electric bicycle relative to a predetermined destination;
the controller being programmed to provide instruction to increase power to the motor during a final stretch of a journey to the predetermined destination based at least on the heart rate signal and the destination distance.

US Pat. No. 10,336,392

ELECTRIC VEHICLE

HANGZHOU CHIC INTELLIGENT...

1. An electric vehicle, comprising:a top cover comprising a first top cover and a second top cover disposed symmetrically and rotatable relative to each other;
a bottom cover fixed to the top cover, the bottom cover comprising a first bottom cover and a second bottom cover disposed symmetrically and rotatable relative to each other;
an inner cover fixed between the top cover and the bottom cover, the inner cover comprising a first inner cover and a second inner cover disposed symmetrically and rotatable relative to each other;
a rotating mechanism fixed between the first inner cover and the second inner cover;
two wheels rotatably fixed at two sides of the inner cover, respectively;
two hub motors fixed in the two wheels, respectively;
a plurality of sensors disposed between the bottom cover and the inner cover;
a power supply fixed between the first bottom cover and the first inner cover; and
a controller fixed between the second bottom cover and the second inner cover, wherein the controller is electrically connected with the plurality of sensors, the power supply, and the hub motors, the power supply and the controller are disposed at a side of the inner cover, the side is adjacent to the bottom cover, and the controller controls the hub motors to drive the corresponding wheels to rotate according to sensing signals transmitted by the sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,336,391

STEERING SYSTEM OF SMALL MOBILITY

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A steering system of a small mobility, applied to one of a front wheel portion and a rear wheel portion connected to a body of the small mobility, comprising:a main link member connected to the body through a plurality of main link arms to move left and right casters in the forward and backward directions due to link movement of the main link arms when the body center of gravity is moved to the left and right directions; and
a sub link member connected to the caster through a hub shaft when connected to the main link member through a plurality of sub link arms and configured to change a steering angle of the left and right casters moved by the main link member through link movement of the respective sub link arm.

US Pat. No. 10,336,390

TWO-WHEELER STANDING VEHICLE

1. A two-wheeler vehicle comprising:a steerable front wheel having a front wheel diameter df of at least 16? or 400 mm, the front wheel defining a front rotation plane when neutrally steered, for advancing in straight line, and defining a front wheel ground contact point;
a fixed back wheel having a back wheel diameter db smaller than or equal to the front wheel diameter, the back wheel defining a back rotation plane coincident with the front rotation plane and defining a back wheel ground contact point, a distance between the back wheel ground contact point and the front wheel contact point being smaller than or equal to (12? or 300 mm+?df·db);
a steering mechanism, defining a steering axis intersecting ground at a steering axis ground contact point, wherein a trail distance between the steering axis ground contact point and the front wheel ground contact point is between 5% and 10% of the front wheel diameter, the steering mechanism comprising:
a fork engaging the front wheel at a front wheel center thereof;
a yoke; and
a handlebar mechanically linked to the fork through the yoke for steering the front wheel; and
a frame, interconnecting the yoke and the back wheel at a back wheel center thereof, comprising:
a standing mechanism providing at least one footboard, below the back wheel center, extending from the frame laterally.

US Pat. No. 10,336,389

WINDSCREEN WIPER ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE

1. Windscreen assembly for a vehicle, comprising:a windscreen panel group comprising a windscreen panel and a support structure to support the windscreen panel; and
a wiper group comprising a wiper, a drive motor group to operate the wiper, a tank for a liquid, and a pump operationally connected to the tank;
wherein said wiper group is supported by the windscreen panel group and said windscreen group is configured to be removably coupled to a frame of said vehicle; and
wherein said windscreen assembly can be mounted and dismounted as an integral unit to and from the vehicle by mounting and dismounting said support structure to and from the vehicle frame.

US Pat. No. 10,336,387

PASSENGER SEAT FOR A VEHICLE

BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL P...

1. A vehicle comprising:a frame;
a passenger presence sensor mounted to the frame;
a seat assembly being removably connected to the frame and comprising:
a driver seat disposed on the frame;
a passenger seat disposed on the frame rearward of the driver seat, at least the passenger seat being selectively disposed on the frame; and
a rigid passenger presence responsive member (PPRM) being etained irn the passenger seat and movable with respect to the frame between at least a first position and a second. position responsive to a weight of a passenger seated on the passenger seat,
the PPRM being coupled to the passenger presence sensor in at least one of the first and second positions, the passenger presence sensor being thereby configured to detect a presence of the passenger.

US Pat. No. 10,336,386

SADDLE DEVICE

1. A saddle device comprising:a first seat unit having a track portion that extends in a front-rear direction, a front mounting portion that is disposed in front of said track portion, and a rear mounting end portion that is located opposite to said front mounting portion in the front-rear direction, and that is located behind said track portion;
a second seat unit mounted to and disposed behind said first seat unit, and movable on said first seat unit in the front-rear direction;
a saddle unit mounted to said second seat unit, and having a front end portion unit and a top surface unit; and
an elongate backrest removably mounted to said seat unit, and having two long sides, and two short sides that are connected between said long sides,
wherein, when said backrest is mounted to said front mounting portion of said seat unit, said short sides are spaced apart from each other in the front-rear direction, and at least one of said short sides is located in front of said front end portion unit of said saddle unit, and when said backrest is mounted to said rear mounting end portion of said seat unit, said long sides are spaced apart from each other in a top-bottom direction which is perpendicular to the front-rear direction, and at least one of said long sides is located above said top surface unit of said saddle unit.

US Pat. No. 10,336,385

PROXIMITY-BASED BICYCLE ALARM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An alarm system comprising:a touch sensor electrically connected to a vehicle frame coated with an electrically conductive material, wherein the touch sensor is configured to output an alarm signal based on a proximity of a person to the vehicle frame;
a communication module configured to receive signals from a remote device; and
a controller programmed to selectively enable and disable the touch sensor in response to signals received from the remote device.

US Pat. No. 10,336,384

METHOD FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE AND FOR OPERATING A MANUFACTURING SYSTEM

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method by a vehicle, comprising:the vehicle driving between a plurality of manufacturing stations within a vehicle manufacturing facility;
receiving, by a computer of the vehicle, via an interface, and from an external system of the manufacturing facility, an identification of one of a plurality of parking positions of a parking facility;
subsequent to the driving between the plurality of manufacturing stations, the computer of the vehicle autonomously driving from one of the plurality of manufacturing stations to the identified one of the plurality of parking positions; and
the vehicle recording and storing vehicle data regarding how the vehicle operated during the driving to the identified one of the plurality of parking positions, the stored data being inspectable to determine whether the vehicle's autonomous driving functionality has been correctly implemented by the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,336,382

TRACK VEHICLE WITH FLUIDLY DAMPED IDLER RECOIL SYSTEM

CNH Industrial America LL...

11. An idler system for a track vehicle, comprising:an idler wheel;
a tensioner coupled to said idler wheel;
a recoiler coupled to said tensioner; and
a fluid damper mechanically coupled to said tensioner and said recoiler, said fluid damper comprising:
a fluid chamber having a first port and a second port;
a piston coupled to at least one of said tensioner and said recoiler within said fluid chamber, said piston splitting said fluid chamber into a first sub-chamber fluidly coupled to said first port and a second sub-chamber fluidly coupled to said second port; and
a restriction circuit fluidly connected to said first port and said second port and configured to form a closed fluid circuit, said restriction circuit configured to permit a substantially unrestricted fluid flow through said closed fluid circuit from the first port toward the second port when said piston moves in a first direction and a restricted fluid flow through said closed fluid circuit when said piston moves in a second direction opposite to said first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,336,380

ROCKER BOGIE

Tokyo Metropolitan Indust...

5. A rocker bogie, comprising:a first base including a first wheel, a second wheel, and a third wheel each of which is configured to be in contact with a first flat surface;
a second base including a fourth wheel which is configured to be in contact with the first flat surface;
a rotary shaft connecting the first base and the second base to each other such that the second base is rotatable with respect to the first base; and
a structure placed on the second base, wherein
the rotary shaft is parallel to a first straight line which connects a rotation center of the first wheel and a rotation center of the second wheel to each other and is disposed between a rotation center of the third wheel and the first straight line in a forward-rearward direction,
the fourth wheel is disposed at an opposite position to the third wheel across the first straight line, and
when viewed in a right-left direction, a ratio of a distance from a support shaft of the third wheel to the rotary shaft in the forward-rearward direction to a distance from the first straight line to the rotary shaft in the forward-rearward direction is 2:1, and
a center of gravity of the entire rocker bogie including the structure is positioned immediately above the first straight line,
in the case where, when viewed in the right-left direction, a distance in the forward-rearward direction from a projected point of the center of the gravity on the first flat surface to a projected line of the rotary shaft on the first flat surface is defined as “c”, and a distance in the forward-rearward direction from the support shaft of the fourth wheel to the projected point of the center of the gravity on the first flat surface is defined as “d2”,
c:d2=1:3 is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 10,336,378

ADJUSTABLE TAILGATE SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a bed having first and second side panels;
a tailgate rotatably secured to the bed along a horizontal axis and having a plurality of extruded sections that are arranged in a longitudinally extending chain, each section extending laterally between the first and second side panels and adjacent sections of the plurality of extruded sections being secured to each other via hinges that rotate about axes that are substantially parallel to the horizontal axis, wherein the adjacent sections are configured to rotate about the hinges between longitudinally aligned positions to substantially perpendicular positions relative to each other; and
a first set of latching mechanisms configured to secure adjacent sections in the longitudinally aligned positions.

US Pat. No. 10,336,377

WORK VEHICLE

Kubota Corporation, Osak...

1. A work vehicle comprising:a vehicle body frame;
a prime mover part located on a front part or a rear part of the vehicle body frame;
a bonnet configured to open and close by swinging, and covering the prime mover part; and
an assist unit configured to assist an operation to open the bonnet,
wherein
the bonnet is an integrated member in which: an end cover located on one end part of the vehicle body frame in a front-rear direction, and covering one end part of the prime mover part in the front-rear direction; left and right side covers covering lateral side parts of the prime mover part; and an upper cover covering an upper part of the prime mover part are integrally joined, and is configured to open and close by swinging about a pivot shaft that is located on one end part of the vehicle body frame in the left-right direction and is orientated in a left-right direction,
a lateral end portion of the vehicle body frame is provided with a first linkage part with which the assist unit is linked,
a lateral end portion of a lower end part of the bonnet is provided with a second linkage part with which the assist unit is linked, the lateral end portion of the bonnet being located closer to the end cover than the first linkage part is, and
the assist unit is provided with an expansion/contraction mechanism biased so as to expand, and is located laterally outside the prime mover part and spans the first linkage part and the second linkage part,
wherein the assist unit is provided with: a guide member that is located on a portion of the vehicle body frame that is located closer to the end cover than the first linkage part is; and a linkage member that spans the guide member and the second linkage part.

US Pat. No. 10,336,376

FRONT VEHICLE-BODY STRUCTURE OF VEHICLE

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

1. A front vehicle-body structure of a vehicle, comprising:a front frame extending in a vehicle longitudinal direction and having a rectangular closed cross-section, the front frame comprising a first plate and a second plate which are spaced apart, in a vehicle width direction, from each other and respectively extend in a vertical direction;
an apron reinforcement extending in a vehicle longitudinal direction and arranged above and on an outward side, in the vehicle width direction, of the front frame;
a suspension housing connecting the front frame and the apron reinforcement, to which a suspension component is attached; and
a reinforcing member arranged in the rectangular closed cross-section of the front frame and joined to the front frame,
wherein said suspension housing comprises an open cross-section extending in the vehicle width direction and interconnecting said front frame and said apron reinforcement,
said open cross-section of the suspension housing includes a high-rigidity portion extending in the vehicle width direction,
a lower end portion of said high-rigidity portion is directly connected to one of said first and second plates of the front frame on an outside of the rectangular closed cross-section of the front frame,
said suspension housing further comprises a lower-end connection portion which is directly connected to the other of said first and second plates of the front frame on the outside of the rectangular closed cross-section of the front frame, the lower-end connection portion being provided to be spaced apart, in the vehicle width direction, from said lower end portion of the high-rigidity portion,
an end portion, on the side of said front frame, of said open cross-section faces an upper face of said front frame having a gap, and
said reinforcing member is joined to each inner face of said rectangular closed cross-section of the front frame at or near a position which is continuous to an end portion, on the side of said front frame, of said high-rigidity portion.

US Pat. No. 10,336,375

PILLAR STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A pillar structure comprising:a pillar inner panel extending in an up-down direction of a vehicle at a side part of the vehicle; and
an outer reinforcement including a flange portion located at a more vehicle-outward position than the pillar inner panel in a vehicle-width direction, an outer portion located at a more vehicle-outward position than the flange portion, and a coupling portion coupling the flange portion to the outer portion, the flange portion being welded to the pillar inner panel, the outer portion having a thicknesses that varies in the up-down direction of the vehicle, the outer reinforcement forming a closed cross section with the pillar inner panel, wherein
between a thick-plate region where a thickness of the outer portion is more than a predetermined thickness and the flange portion, the outer reinforcement has a plate-thickness gradual change region where a thickness of the outer reinforcement gradually changes in a front-rear direction of the vehicle such that a thickness of the flange portion becomes equal to or less than a thickness of the thick-plate region.

US Pat. No. 10,336,374

VEHICLE REAR PORTION STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle rear portion structure comprising:a rocker that is disposed at a vehicle transverse direction outer side of a floor portion of a vehicle body, and that extends in a vehicle longitudinal direction as seen from a vehicle vertical direction;
a rear side member that has a front portion, which is disposed at a vehicle transverse direction inner side of the rocker and is disposed at a position overlapping the rocker as seen from a vehicle transverse direction, and a rear portion, which extends from the front portion toward a vehicle rear side and extends in the vehicle longitudinal direction as seen from the vehicle vertical direction; and
a closed cross-section structural portion that is structured to include a portion of the rocker and a portion of the front portion, that is interposed between the rocker and the front portion, that extends in the vehicle longitudinal direction, and that has a closed cross-sectional shape seen from the vehicle longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,336,373

LATERAL ENERGY ABSORPTION SYSTEM

Thunder Power New Energy ...

1. A lateral energy absorption system, comprising:a first carbon structure, comprising:
a first plurality of carbon tubes, wherein
the first plurality of carbon tubes comprise a first end with a first width and a second end with a second width, the first width being greater than the second with,
the first plurality of carbon tubes defines a first taper between the second end and the first end such that between the first and second ends the carbon first structure tapers at an acute angle, wherein the first taper of the carbon tubes facilitates crumpling of the first plurality of carbon tubes during an impact, and
the first plurality of carbon tubes include a first carbon tube having hexagonal shape, a second carbon tube having a circular shape, and a third carbon tube having a rectangular shape;
a first plurality of carbon flanges configured to connect the carbon tubes together, wherein the first plurality of flanges have varying lengths; and
a second plurality of cross supporting members coupling to and extending between the first plurality of carbon tubes in a direction perpendicular or substantially perpendicular to the first plurality of flanges.

US Pat. No. 10,336,372

VEHICLE FRAME AND VEHICLE HAVING SAME

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

1. A frame assembly for a vehicle comprising:a main frame assembly defining a passenger compartment, and including,
a pair of side frame members extending upwardly along a vertical direction of the vehicle, and
a cross frame member extending in the transverse direction from one of the side frame members to a different one of the side frame members; and
a front frame assembly including,
a pair of front frame members, and
a pair of intermediate frame members spaced apart from each other in the transverse direction of the vehicle, each of the intermediate frame members is connected to and extends from a respective one of the front frame members, each of the intermediate frame members is also connected to the cross member, and each of the pair of intermediate frame members includes a bend such that each of the intermediate frame members buckles in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle if a load or kinetic energy applied to each of the intermediate frame members in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle exceeds a predetermined threshold;
wherein the bend of each of the intermediate frame members is oriented to be convex toward a traveling surface on which the vehicle travels.

US Pat. No. 10,336,371

IMPACT ABSORBING MEMBER

1. An impact absorbing member absorbing an impact load applied in an axial direction comprising:a main body comprised of metal sheet and having a polygonal shape in a cross-section vertical to the axial direction; and
a center sheet comprised of metal sheet and provided in a hollow part inside the main body along the axial direction,
wherein the polygonal shape of the main body includes a pair of long sides facing each other,
the center sheet is joined to each of the long sides of the polygonal shape of the main body, and
a sheet thickness of the center sheet is greater than a sheet thickness of the main body,
wherein in the pair of the long sides, a width W1 (mm) of the long side satisfies the following formula (2):
W1/t1?20  (2).

US Pat. No. 10,336,370

AUTONOMOUS ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE FRAME STRUCTURE

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

1. A frame structure for an autonomous all-terrain vehicle comprising:left and right laterally spaced upper main frame members extending in a longitudinal direction of the frame structure, each of the left and right upper main frame members being horizontally disposed and having an upper mounting surface;
left and right laterally spaced lower main frame members extended in the longitudinal direction, each of the left and right lower main frame members having a forward portion and a rearward portion each inclined upwards and mounted to the respective left and right upper main frame members and a central portion extended in a lateral direction of the frame structure outward of the respective left and right upper main frame members;
left and right first sub-frame members disposed bridgingly between and mounted to the forward and rearward portions of the respective left and right lower main frame members, the left and right first sub-frame members are laterally aligned with the respective left and right upper main frame members in a top view of the frame structure, and wherein the left and right first sub-frame members separate a component space defined by the frame structure into an upper component space and a lower component space; and
left and right upper forward suspension sub-frame members mounted to the forward inclined portions of the respective left and right lower main frame members;
a front grille located longitudinally forward of the left and right laterally spaced upper main frame members;
a component mounting bracket mounted to a forward end portion of each left and right upper main frame member, the component mounting bracket mounted to the left and right upper forward suspension sub-frame members; and
a component attached to at least one of the left and right laterally spaced upper main frame members and disposed in a space between the left and right laterally spaced upper main frame members and the front grille.

US Pat. No. 10,336,369

VEHICLE FRONT BODY STRUCTURE

ArcelorMittal, Luxembour...

1. A front body structure of a vehicle, the front body structure comprising:an upper longitudinal beam, the upper longitudinal beam comprising an attachment portion, including an attachment area;
a lower beam;
a reinforcement for reinforcing a wheel casing of the vehicle, the reinforcement extending in a longitudinal direction parallel to the upper longitudinal beam, on a lateral outer side of the upper longitudinal beam and above the upper longitudinal beam;
a link joining the reinforcement to the upper longitudinal beam,
wherein the link protrudes from a front end of the reinforcement and extends forwards and downwards from the reinforcement to the upper longitudinal beam,
the link is attached to the attachment portion of the upper longitudinal beam; and
a connector attached to the attachment area of the upper longitudinal beam, the connector joining the upper longitudinal beam to the lower beam, the connector extending between an upper end attached to the first attachment area of the upper longitudinal beam and a lower end attached to the lower beam.

US Pat. No. 10,336,368

REAR CARRIAGE STEERING MECHANISM AND METHOD

1. A method of adjusting a steering mechanism of a front axle of a rear carriage of a multi-part wheeled articulated vehicle, comprising the steps of:providing a multi-part wheeled articulated vehicle having a front carriage and at least one rear carriage articulately joined with the front carriage, the at least one rear carriage having at least a front axle and a rear axle, each having wheels, at least the wheels of the front axle of the at least one rear carriage being steerable, the front carriage including at least one steerable axle having wheels;
providing a steering mechanism for the front axle of the at least one rear carriage, the steering mechanism operable to adjust a steering deflection angle of the wheels of the front axle of the rear carriage;
adjusting the steering mechanism to adjust the steering deflection angle of the wheels of the front axle of the at least one rear carriage when the vehicle drives around a bend such that the respective rear carriage follows the front carriage, the adjusting step comprising adjusting the steering mechanism to a setting corresponding to a target value of the steering deflection angle of the wheels of the front axle of the at least one rear carriage;
calculating the target value of the steering deflection angle of the wheels of the front axle of the at least one rear carriage based on a steering deflection angle of the wheels of the at least one steerable axle of the front carriage; and
modifying the steering deflection angle of the wheels of the front axle of the at least one rear carriage when the vehicle drives around a bend such that forces or moments and resulting displacements, torsions, or tensions acting on the front or rear carriages are minimized.

US Pat. No. 10,336,367

SUSPENSION MEMBER FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A knuckle for a vehicle, the knuckle comprising:a first carbon-fiber composite material including continuous fibers, an orientation of the continuous fibers being oriented in one direction; and
a second carbon-fiber composite material including discontinuous fibers, an orientation of the discontinuous fibers being oriented in random directions,
the knuckle integrally configured by the first carbon-fiber composite material and the second carbon-fiber composite material,
the first carbon-fiber composite material being embedded in at least two different portions of the second carbon-fiber composite material such that the orientation of the continuous fibers in the at least two different portions are different from each other, wherein
the knuckle is assembled to the vehicle such that the knuckle rotatably supports a steered wheel of the vehicle,
the knuckle includes:
a body part provided with a circular hole in which a hub bearing is installed, the circular hole disposed at a center portion of the body part, and
a neck part integrally extending upward from the body part, an upper end of the neck part being coupled to another suspension member,
and
the first carbon-fiber composite material is provided to the neck part and the body part such that
i)the orientation of the continuous fibers of the first carbon-fiber composite material provided to the body part is a vertical direction in a state in which the knuckle is assembled to the vehicle, and
ii) the orientation of the continuous fibers of the first carbon-fiber composite material provided to the neck part is a direction orthogonal To the vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,336,366

DRIVING SUPPORT APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A driving support apparatus for a vehicle comprising:a steering device configured to steer steerable wheels, and
a control unit configured to:
execute a running control in which a steered angle of the steerable wheels is changed by controlling the steering device so that a running state of the vehicle with respect to a running road conforms to a target running state;
calculate a deviation between an index value of a target running state of the vehicle and an index value of an actual running state;
calculate, based on the deviation of the index values, a target change amount of the steered angle of the steerable wheels, and
control the steering device so that a change amount of the steered angle of the steerable wheels conforms to the target change amount, wherein
the control unit is configured to limit a magnitude of a time change rate of the steered angle of the steerable wheels that is changed by the running control when one of the magnitude of the deviation of the index values and the magnitude of the target change amount of the steered angle exceeds an associated reference value after a steering operation of a driver is ended.

US Pat. No. 10,336,364

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

Mazda Motor Corporation, ...

1. A vehicle control device, comprising:an engine;
an engine control mechanism configured to control torque generated by the engine; and
a processor configured to execute:
a vehicle attitude controlling module to control attitude of a vehicle by controlling the engine control mechanism to reduce the torque so as to decelerate the vehicle, when a condition that the vehicle is traveling and a steering angle related value that is related to a steering angle of a steering device increases is satisfied; and
a torque reduction amount setting module to set the reduction amount of the torque to be larger as a combustion frequency of the engine per unit time decreases,
wherein the vehicle attitude controlling module controls the engine control mechanism to reduce the torque based on the set reduction amount.

US Pat. No. 10,336,363

DISABLING CONTROLLED VELOCITY RETURN BASED ON TORQUE GRADIENT AND DESIRED VELOCITY ERROR

STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOL...

1. A power steering system comprising:a gain module that generates an estimated driver torque; and
a blending module for determining a blend value, the blend value is based at least in part on a derivative of the estimated driver torque, the blend value determined based on a multiplication of a torque scale factor, a torque gradient scale factor calculated from the derivative of the estimated driver torque, and a velocity error scale factor, and the blend value is applied to a return torque of a handwheel.

US Pat. No. 10,336,361

VEHICLE ACCESSORY CONTROL CIRCUIT

Joyson Safety Systems Acq...

1. A vehicle accessory control circuit, comprising:a processor electrically connected to a power source and a memory, the processor executing computer readable instructions stored on the memory to configure the accessory control circuit and an accessory control output;
at least one capacitive touch assembly coupled to a steering mechanism of the vehicle, the capacitive touch assembly comprising:
a polymer layer;
an electrically conductive conduit at least partially encased within the polymer layer and connected at opposite ends to the power source and the processor such that said conduit transmits a capacitance input data signal to the processor to adjust the accessory control output.

US Pat. No. 10,336,360

MOUNTING AND LATCHING ARRANGEMENTS FOR SECURING CARTS

Cannon Equipment LLC, Ca...

1. A mounting and latching arrangement for locking and unlocking a cart relative to a support surface, the cart having at least a base frame and a pair of opposed side members mounted on the base frame, the mounting and latching arrangement comprising:an elongated horizontal mounting channel having opposed ends provided with mounting bracket assemblies adapted to be attached to the support surface, and latch housing assemblies, each latch housing assembly having a latch housing bracket and a latch assembly including a latch element configured for selective engagement with and disengagement from one of the side members of the cart, and a release arrangement operatively connected to each latch housing bracket,
wherein movement of the cart towards the horizontal mounting channel and between the latch housing assemblies causes locking engagement between the latch elements and the side members of the cart to secure the cart relative to the horizontal mounting channel, and actuation of the release arrangement on the latch housing brackets enables unlocking disengagement of the side members of the cart from the latch elements to free the cart from the horizontal mounting channel;
wherein each latch housing bracket is fixed against a front face of the horizontal mounting channel and located adjacent one of the mounting bracket assemblies;
wherein each latch assembly includes a latch element housing which slideably holds the latch element and a guide member fixed thereto against a mounting bracket joined to the front face of the horizontal mounting channel; and
wherein a spring is positioned between an inner end of the latch element and an inner end of the latch element housing, and is normally biased to force a beveled end of the latch element out of the latch housing bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,336,359

LOW PROFILE TABLE BASE SYSTEM

1. A table base system, comprising:a platform extending from a first end to a second end;
a first braking apparatus connected to the platform at the first end, the braking apparatus having:
a body forming an inner area;
a mechanical cam disposed within the inner are, the mechanical cam extending from a first cam end to a second cam end, the first cam end is pivotally attached to the body;
a spring configured to aid in retaining the braking apparatus in a locked position;
an arm pivotally attached to the spring and disposed within the inner area;
a foot secured to the arm, the foot is configured to extend at a position outside the inner area; and
a lever configured to move the mechanical cam;
wherein the lever is accessible from a top of the platform; and
wherein the braking apparatus is engaged via pressure applied to the lever.

US Pat. No. 10,336,358

SHOPPING CART BAGGING STATION AND METHOD OF FORMING THE SAME

WALMART APOLLO, LLC, Ben...

1. A shopping cart bagging station comprising:a support bar comprising:
a first support bar slot extending into the support bar from a support bar bottom edge;
a first rod positioned inside the first support bar slot and coupled to the support bar at a first rod first end;
a second support bar slot extending into the support bar from the support bar bottom edge;
a second rod positioned inside the second support bar slot and coupled to the support bar at a second rod first end; and
a third support bar slot extending into the support bar from a support bar top edge;
a bag holder hook removeably coupled to the support bar;
a first and a second cart coupling hook removeably and rotatably coupled to the support bar; and
a first and a second handle holder arm removeably and rotatably coupled to the support bar.

US Pat. No. 10,336,357

TRANSPORT CART FOR TRANSPORTING OBJECTS OR ANIMAL CARCASSES

17. Method for transporting objects or animal carcasses via a transport cart that comprisesa framework,
at least one axle with one wheel each on both sides, in each instance,
a handlebar and/or at least one handle,
a loading trough having a width, a bottom, a front end, and a sidewall running in the longitudinal direction of the transport cart, the front end having a region that is disposed on a side of the loading trough that faces away from the handlebar and/or the at least one handle,
a seating surface and/or a standing surface for an operator,
an operating console directly connected to the at least one handle and/or to the handlebar, the operating console comprising at least one operating switch, the operating console being disposed adjacent the seating surface and and/or the standing surface such that the operator can operate the at least one operating switch while sitting or standing on the surface, and
a first loading and/or unloading apparatus having a rectangular cross-section in a longitudinal direction of the transport cart, the first loading and/or unloading apparatus being in the region of the loading trough that faces away from the handlebar and/or the at least one handle, the first loading and/or unloading apparatus forming a part of the bottom of the loading trough and being rotatable forwards and backwards, the first loading and/or unloading apparatus being disposed at the front end of the loading trough, the at least one handle and/or handlebar being directly connected to the sidewall of the loading trough,
the method comprising:
driving the transport cart up to the object to be transported or the animal carcass to be transported,
rotating the first loading and/or unloading apparatus of the transport cart such that the object or the animal carcass is automatically conveyed into the loading trough, and
subsequently starting a transport process by moving the transport cart.

US Pat. No. 10,336,355

STABLY BALANCED WHEELBARROW

1. A wheelbarrow, comprising:a frame supporting a carriage thereon, at least one wheel member mounted between said frame using a wheel securing unit, said frame having lateral portions, said lateral portions each having a bottom end, said wheel securing unit includes, a first and second flange bearing located on either side of an axle, said first and second flange bearing include a cavity, said axle has two opposite distal ends each inserted into a corresponding cavity, said axle inserted through said at least one wheel member and secured to said frame using said first and second flange bearings, said bottom ends include a mounting opening, spacers having a first spacer end and a second spacer end, said first spacer end passed through distal ends of said first and second flange members, said second spacer end passed through said mounting opening and attached to said frame, thereby also connecting said first and second flange, said axle and said at least one wheel member to said frame.

US Pat. No. 10,336,354

LOCATING TRAIN EVENTS ON A RAILWAY NETWORK

HITACHI, LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A method of locating train events on a railway network, the method comprising the steps of:providing a reference point database which specifies locations of a plurality of reference points on the railway network, the reference point database further specifying a respective reference point type of each said reference point;
providing a relationship database which relates each of a plurality of different train events to at least one of said reference point types, for each combination of a train event and a related reference point type, the relationship database specifying a distance threshold criterion for each said reference point type relative to a location of an associated train event, and a reference point adjustment vector which specifies a distance from a reference point in a given direction on the railway network;
receiving an event report for a train operated on the railway network, the event report identifying one of said plurality of train events and imputing a location of said one train event on the railway network;
comparing the event report with the reference points in the reference point database and the train events in the relationship database by identifying a reference point on the railway network which is of a reference point type related in the relationship database to the train event of the event report, and which has a location on the railway network relative to the imputed location which satisfies the respective distance threshold criterion; and
specifying the location of the train event of the event report to be the location of the identified reference point adjusted by a reference point adjustment vector which is stored in the relationship database and which is associated with the identified reference point,
wherein the reference point adjustment vector specifies a given distance along the railway network based on a railway network impairment signal received from the railway network.

US Pat. No. 10,336,349

RAILROAD CAR TRUCK WITH WARP RESTRAINTS

Standard Car Truck Compan...

1. A railroad car truck comprising:a first side frame;
a second side frame;
a bolster;
a plurality of first warp restraints positioned at a first end portion of the bolster and the first side frame wherein each of the first warp restraints includes: (a) a first bearing race fixedly connected to the bolster, (b) a second bearing race fixedly connected to the first side frame, and (c) a roller positioned in a channel formed between the first bearing race and the second bearing race, wherein the roller has an axis movable with respect to both the first bearing race and the second bearing race; and
a plurality of second warp restraints positioned at a second end portion of the bolster and the second side frame, wherein each of the second warp restraints includes: (a) a first bearing race fixedly connected to the bolster, (b) a second bearing race fixedly connected to the second side frame, and (c) a roller positioned in a channel formed between the first bearing race and the second bearing race, wherein the roller has an axis movable with respect to both the first bearing race and the second bearing race.

US Pat. No. 10,336,347

RAILROAD WELL CAR WITH OPEN TRUSS SIDES

JAC OPERATIONS, INC., Ch...

1. A railroad double stack container well car comprising:a plurality of spaced trucks;
at least one railcar body supported on a pair of the trucks, each body comprising a pair of spaced end structures, each end structure supported on one truck, and a well structure extending between the end structures, wherein the well structure comprises
(i) a pair of top chord members extending between the end structures;
(ii) a pair of side sills extending between the end structures;
(iii) a pair of end chords extending between the side sills, one at each end of the well structure;
(iv) four corner container support members, each secured to one end chord and one side sill at four corners of the well structure and each having a lower planar load supporting structure, wherein each support member is a casting and each lower planar load supporting structure extending inwardly beyond the associated end chord and side sill; and
(v) a plurality of side truss members extending between one side sill and one top chord on each side.

US Pat. No. 10,336,346

CABLE TROLLEY HAVING EVACUATION AID

1. A cable trolley adapted to transport a user and allow evacuation of the user at an elevation from a ground level, said cable trolley comprising:(a) a connecting member having a first end and a second end;
(b) a carrier configured for accommodating the user, said carrier comprising an opening configured for access by said user and said connecting member is configured to connect said carrier at said first end of said connecting member to a transport structure at said second end of said connecting member;
(c) an elongated member having a first end and a second end, wherein said elongated member is configured to be attached to said connecting member at said first end of said elongated member; and
(d) a cable having a first end and a second end, wherein said first end of said cable is configured to be attached to said second end of said elongated member and said second end of said cable is configured to substantially reach the ground level.

US Pat. No. 10,336,345

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM, VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD, AND VEHICLE CONTROL PROGRAM WITH RESTRAINING HANDOVER OF DRIVING MODE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD, To...

1. A vehicle control device comprising:an action plan generating unit that generates an action plan of a vehicle to a destination such that the vehicle travels along a route to the destination;
an automated driving controller that carries out a first driving mode in which at least one of acceleration-and-deceleration and steering of the vehicle is automatically controlled in accordance with the action plan generated by the action plan generating unit;
an operation device that receives an operation performed by an occupant of the vehicle;
a handover controller that instructs the automated driving controller to perform shifting to a second driving mode when the occupant of the vehicle performs an operation on the operation device to instruct one of or both of acceleration-and-deceleration and steering of the vehicle while the automated driving controller is carrying out the first driving mode, the second driving mode being a mode in which a degree of automated driving is lower than in the first driving mode;
a restraint controller that generates an estimated path of the vehicle to be taken caused by the operation performed by the occupant of the vehicle to instruct one of or both of acceleration-and-deceleration and steering of the vehicle and restrains the handover controller from instructing shifting from the first driving mode to the second driving mode if the generated estimated path contradicts the action plan generated by the action plan generating unit; and
a path generating unit that generates an expected target path of the vehicle on the basis of a traveling mode determined by the action plan generating unit,
wherein the restraint controller determines whether the generated estimated path contradicts the action plan generated by the action plan generating unit by using the expected target path generated by the path generating unit and the generated estimated path,
wherein the path generating unit generates the expected target path by sampling target locations expected to be reached by the vehicle at respective time points at a predetermined interval, and
wherein the restraint controller:
calculates, for each of the time points at the predetermined interval, a deviation between the target location determined by the path generating unit for the time point and an estimated location for the time point estimated on the basis of the operation performed by the occupant of the vehicle to instruct one of or both of acceleration-and-deceleration and steering of the vehicle, and
determines whether the estimated path contradicts the action plan by comparing a value based on the calculated deviation with a threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,336,344

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle control apparatus applied to a vehicle comprising;abnormality determination means for determining whether or not a driver of said vehicle is in an abnormal state where said driver loses an ability to drive said vehicle;
driving operation invalidation means for invalidating a driving state change request which is based on an operation of a driving operation element operated by said driver for a purpose of changing a driving state of said vehicle after an abnormality determination point in time at which said driver has been determined to be in said abnormal state; and
specific operation determination means for determining whether or not a specific driving operation has occurred after said abnormality determination point in time, said specific driving operation being an operation that a state of said driving operation element changes, within a predetermined threshold time, from an operating state in which said driving operation element is regarded as being operated to a non-operating state in which said driving operation element is regarded as not being operated and thereafter again changes to said operating state,
wherein said driving operation invalidation means is configured to cancel invalidating said driving state change request and thereby to allow said driver to change said driving state of said vehicle when said specific driving operation is determined to have occurred.

US Pat. No. 10,336,343

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROXIMATE EVENT CAPTURE

United Services Automobil...

1. A method for collecting and managing sensor data in response to occurrence of an event, the method comprising executing instructions using a processor, the instructions for:collecting first data from a first sensor associated with a vehicle;
collecting second data from a second sensor associated with the vehicle;
determining, based on at least a portion of the first data and the second data, that an event involving the vehicle may occur;
associating the first data and the second data with a first event associated with the vehicle; and
stitching two or more two dimensional images together into one or more three dimensional images describing the event involving the vehicle, wherein the two or more two dimensional images are included in at least one of the first data and the second data, and wherein the one or more three dimensional images comprise a reconstruction of the event involving the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,336,342

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PROCESSING AT LEAST ONE PARAMETER OF A TRIP OR AN EVENT OF A VEHICLE FOR A VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for processing at least one parameter of a trip of a vehicle or of an event occurring during the trip of the vehicle, the method comprising:reading in a driving parameter signal which represents at least the parameter of one: (i) of the trip of the vehicle, or (ii) of an event occurring during the trip of the vehicle;
mapping the driving parameter signal by using a linear representation to obtain mapped driving parameter coefficients;
providing the mapped driving parameter coefficients, wherein the parameter represents at least one of: (i) a number of braking actions over deceleration intensity, and (ii) a braking time;
further reading in another driving parameter signal which represents at least one additional parameter one of: (i) of a trip of the vehicle, or (ii) of an event occurring during the trip of the vehicle;
further mapping of the additional driving parameter signal by using at least one additional linear representation to obtain additional mapped driving parameter coefficients;
further providing the additional mapped driving parameter coefficients; and
combining the mapped driving parameter coefficients and the additional mapped driving parameter coefficients to form a driving parameter set;
wherein in the combining, the mapped driving parameter coefficients and the additional mapped driving parameter coefficients are added up to form the driving parameter set, and
wherein the driving parameter set is retrievable via a retrieval interface and reflects an empirical distribution function of the events via the property attributes.

US Pat. No. 10,336,341

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM, TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEM, VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD, AND VEHICLE CONTROL PROGRAM

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

1. A vehicle control system comprising:an automated driving controller configured to perform automated driving in which at least one out of speed control or steering control of a vehicle is performed automatically in a driving mode selected from a plurality of driving modes which require different degrees of automated driving; and
a vehicle-side communication section configured to communicate with a server which stores and manages information associated with a vehicle occupant, the information including a proficiency level of the vehicle occupant for driving, the proficiency level being determined based on a driving history which includes a cumulative amount of time that the automated driving of the vehicle was performed or a number of times the automated driving of the vehicle was performed in a state in which the vehicle occupant was seated in a driving seat, wherein
the automated driving controller is configured to control the automated driving based on the information associated with the vehicle occupant received from a server-side communication section of the server through the vehicle-side communication section, and
the vehicle control system further comprises a mode controller configured to select the automated driving mode to be executed by the automated driving controller from a preset range of selectable modes and to expand the range of selectable modes more the higher the proficiency level received from the server-side communication section through the vehicle-side communication section.

US Pat. No. 10,336,340

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ALTERING AT LEAST ONE DRIVING PARAMETER OF A VEHICLE DURING TRAVEL

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for altering at least one driving parameter of a vehicle during travel, the method comprising:reading in, via an interface to a read-in device, a traffic-sign signal, the traffic-sign signal representing an altered traffic zone, indicated by a traffic sign, at a position;
reading in, via the interface to the read-in device, a map signal that represents a traffic zone, indicated by a map, at the position;
comparing, via a comparator, the traffic-sign signal to the map signal;
providing, via a processor, an alteration signal for altering at least the driving parameter, if a predetermined relationship exists between the traffic-sign signal and the map signal, the driving parameter including at least one of an engine power output, a transmission control, a chassis control, and an economy (ECO) mode; and
altering, based on the alteration signal, the driving parameter, including the at least one of an engine power output, a transmission control, a chassis control, and an economy (ECO) mode.

US Pat. No. 10,336,339

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A POWERTRAIN

1. A method for controlling a powertrain, comprising an internal combustion engine connected to a double clutch transmission having a first and a second partial transmission with at least one shiftable transmission stage, wherein a first friction clutch is arranged between the internal combustion engine and the first partial transmission, and a second friction clutch is arranged between the internal combustion engine and the second partial transmission, the method comprising:transmitting an engine torque of the internal combustion engine by the first or second friction clutches to the first or second partial transmissions to provide a drivetrain torque at an output of the double clutch transmission; and
monitoring the powertrain for an occurrence of juddering oscillations, wherein in response to juddering oscillations being detected a regeneration process of one of the first and second friction clutches is triggered, wherein a friction lining is removed in the regeneration process, and wherein in response to low ambient temperature of the powertrain, an increased slipping rotational speed is generated at the second friction clutch during the regeneration process.

US Pat. No. 10,336,338

WORK VEHICLE

KCM Corporation, Hyogo (...

1. A work vehicle that includes:a working device having a work tool and a lift arm;
wheels;
an engine as a driving source;
a torque converter for transmitting power of the engine to the wheels through working fluid;
a lock-up clutch capable of switching an input member and an output member of the torque converter between an engagement state and a non-engagement state;
a power supply unit for supplying electric power to a control device; and
an indicating device for directing activation of the power supply unit and starting of the engine,
comprising: a hydraulic source;
a control valve that controls a flow of hydraulic oil discharged from the hydraulic source, and switches the lock-up clutch to either state of the engagement state or the non-engagement state; and
an engine starting device for starting the engine when the starting of the engine is directed by the indicating device,
wherein the control device has:
a low-temperature state determination unit that when the activation of the power supply unit is directed by the indicating device and the power supply unit is activated, determines whether a temperature state of the working fluid of the torque converter is a low-temperature state; and
a clutch control unit that when it is determined by the low-temperature state determination unit that the temperature state of the working fluid is not the low-temperature state, controls the control valve in order to switch the lock-up clutch to the non-engagement state, and that when it is determined by the low-temperature state determination unit that the temperature state of the working fluid is the low-temperature state, controls the control valve in order to switch the lock-up clutch to the engagement state.

US Pat. No. 10,336,337

VEHICLE DRIVE SYSTEM

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

1. A vehicle drive system comprising:a first drive device configured to drive a first drive wheel, which is either a front wheel or a rear wheel of a vehicle;
a second drive device configured to drive a second drive wheel, which is the other of the front wheel or the rear wheel of the vehicle; and
a control device configured to control the first drive device and the second drive device to control a drive state of the first drive wheel and the second drive wheel,
wherein the control device comprises
a slip acquisition unit configured to detect that an excessive slip, which is slipping of the first drive wheel or the second drive wheel by a predetermined amount or more, is occurring,
an addition slip point calculating unit configured to calculate addition slip points in a time-discrete manner, based on the slip acquisition unit having acquired that the excessive slip has occurred,
a cumulative slip point calculating unit configured to accumulate the addition slip points and calculate a cumulative slip point over time,
a drive state switching unit configured to realize an in part-wheel drive state where the vehicle is driven by only one of the first drive wheel and the second drive wheel in a case where the cumulative slip point is smaller than a predetermined drive state switching threshold value, and to realize an all-wheel drive state where the vehicle is driven by both the first drive wheel and the second drive wheel in a case where the cumulative slip point is equal to or greater than the drive state switching threshold value, and
a cumulative slip point resetting unit configured to reset the cumulative slip point to a value smaller than the drive state switching threshold value, in a state where the drive state of the vehicle has been switched to the all-wheel drive state by the drive state switching unit, and a lateral acceleration correlation value having correlation to lateral acceleration of the vehicle reaches a lateral acceleration threshold value or higher.

US Pat. No. 10,336,336

VEHICULAR CONTROL APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicular control apparatus comprising:at least one electronic control unit including a processor, programmed to:
recognize a first preceding vehicle running in front of a vehicle in a driving lane in which the vehicle is running,
calculate a first target acceleration of the vehicle based on a recognition result of the recognized first preceding vehicle,
recognize a second preceding vehicle running in front of the vehicle in a lane located adjacent to the driving lane,
calculate a second target acceleration of the vehicle based on a recognition result of the recognized second preceding vehicle,
acquire lane change information indicating a direction in which the vehicle carries out a lane change,
select the smaller of the first target acceleration and the second target acceleration as a target acceleration of the vehicle in a lane change period at a time when the second preceding vehicle exists in an adjacent lane, the adjacent lane being located adjacent to the driving lane in the direction indicated by the lane change information as viewed from the driving lane, wherein the lane change period is a period from departure of the vehicle from a running position in the driving lane to arrival of the vehicle in a running position in the adjacent lane, and
control a speed of the vehicle in the lane change period by using the selected target acceleration; and
at least one actuator configured to control the speed of the vehicle by receiving a signal from the at least one electronic control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,336,335

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF AUTOMATIC APPLICATION OF ELECTRONIC PARK BRAKE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a transmission mechanical park system;
an electronic park brake; and
at least one controller programmed to in response to (i) a speed difference of a measured speed and an expected speed of a downstream component of the vehicle that transmits torque downstream of the transmission mechanical park system exceeding a calibratable threshold and (ii) an ignition state of OFF, apply the electronic park brake to restrain movement of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,336,334

REGENERATIVE BRAKING DOWNSHIFT CONTROL USING PREDICTIVE INFORMATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle, comprising:an engine selectively coupled to a motor and a transmission; and
a controller configured to, in response to actuation of a brake pedal, command the transmission to downshift during a regenerative braking event based on a regenerative braking downshift torque determined from a predicted brake pedal input rate, wherein the regenerative braking downshift torque is further determined from a transmission shift time that is based on an amount of time between execution of a transmission downshift and a change in a torque ratio resulting from downshifting the transmission during the regenerative braking event.

US Pat. No. 10,336,333

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING AN ENGINE STOP AND START FOR A ROLLING VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle system, comprising:an engine;
a transmission coupled to the engine and including a torque converter having a torque converter clutch, an electric pump, a mechanical pump, an accumulator positioned downstream of the electric pump and the mechanical pump, and a valve positioned at an outlet side of the accumulator;
a controller including executable instructions stored in a non-transitory memory for selectively stroking a transmission gear clutch without fully closing the transmission gear clutch in response to a request to improve vehicle drivability at expense of vehicle energy consumption, and to not stroke the transmission gear clutch in response to a request to improve vehicle energy consumption at expense of vehicle drivability, the transmission gear clutch stroked or not stroked while the engine is stopped.

US Pat. No. 10,336,332

CONTROLLER FOR VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A controller for a vehicle,the vehicle including
an engine,
a transmission configured to shift gears through a shift operation by a driver, and
a clutch configured to connect and disconnect a power transmission route between the engine and the transmission by switching between a connected state and a disconnected state,
the controller comprising
an electronic control unit configured to:
execute coasting control for blocking the power transmission route between the engine and the transmission by placing the clutch in the disconnected state when a specified condition is established during traveling of the vehicle; and
control the transmission so as to prohibit a shift operation to a particular gear when the coasting of the vehicle is continued with the clutch remaining in the disconnected state after permitting the transmission to be switched to neutral by the driver during the coasting control.

US Pat. No. 10,336,331

HYDRAULIC CONTROL UNIT EMBEDDED ACCUMULATOR CIRCUIT

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A control system for a start/stop powertrain system of a vehicle including an engine and a transmission, the control system comprising:a hydraulic control unit (HCU) having a set of electrically-actuated valves configured to open/close to accumulate pressurized hydraulic fluid in a hydraulic apply circuit of a first clutch of the transmission;
a hydraulic fluid pump mechanically driven by the engine and configured to provide the pressurized hydraulic fluid to the HCU; and
a controller configured to:
in response to receipt of an engine shut-off request as part of a stop/start functionality of the powertrain system, control the HCU and the engine to remain running for a predetermined period of time such that the pressurized hydraulic fluid accumulates in the hydraulic apply circuit of the first clutch to a desired hydraulic fluid pressure,
shut-off the engine upon accumulating the desired hydraulic pressure in the hydraulic apply circuit of the first clutch, and
upon restarting the engine in response to an engine restart request, control the set of electrically-actuated valves of the HCU to provide the pressurized hydraulic fluid from the hydraulic apply circuit of the first clutch to a hydraulic apply circuit for a second clutch of the transmission to provide the required hydraulic pressure to rapidly apply the second clutch and shift the transmission into drive in an absence of the transmission having a discrete hydraulic fluid accumulator and an electrically-driven hydraulic fluid pump.

US Pat. No. 10,336,330

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING A VEHICLE EQUIPPED WITH START-STOP LOGIC IN RESPONSE TO VEHICLE MASS AND ROUTE GRADE

Cummins Inc., Columbus, ...

1. A method comprising:operating a vehicle including an internal combustion engine and a controller configured to conditionally stop and re-start the internal combustion engine;
determining a vehicle mass and a route grade associated with a nominal control stop of the internal combustion engine in response to a stop event for the vehicle; and
disabling the nominal control stop of the engine and operating the internal combustion engine during the stop event in response to the vehicle mass and the route grade indicating a vehicle roll back condition exists, wherein the route grade is determined in response to an input from an external source over a datalink that is indicative of the route grade, and from an estimate based on a torque output of the engine and the vehicle mass.

US Pat. No. 10,336,329

SADDLED VEHICLE

Kabushiki Kaisha F.C.C., ...

1. A saddled vehicle configured to be driven by a driver sitting on a saddle seat of the vehicle while steering the vehicle with a handlebar comprising:a handlebar comprising first and second ends, a grasping grip provided on the first end and configured to be grasped by a driver, and a throttle grip provided in the second end and configured for an accelerator operation;
first and second brake operation means for performing braking operations of a front wheel and a rear wheel, each having a different braking operation target;
a cruise controller configured to perform automatic travel control of the vehicle by controlling the travel of the vehicle to a control degree; and
a cruise control adjustment means for controlling the control degree wherein the cruise control adjustment means changes the control degree in accordance with operation conditions of the first brake operation means and the second brake operation means.

US Pat. No. 10,336,328

CRUISE CONTROL SYSTEM, VEHICLE INCLUDING THE SAME, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE CRUISE CONTROL SYSTEM

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A cruise control system, comprising:a road model transmission unit configured to analyze map information of a driving route and output a slope model of three consecutive forward sections;
a vehicle speed controller configured to set a control target vehicle speed using slopes of the three consecutive forward sections and section distances received from the road model transmission unit; and
a speed-following controller configured to receive a request for acceleration or deceleration and gear-shifting from the vehicle speed controller and maintain the set control target vehicle speed.

US Pat. No. 10,336,327

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING INFORMATION BETWEEN MULTIPLE OBJECTS MOVING AT HIGH RATES OF SPEED

1. A system of roadway network transponders (RNTs) comprising:a plurality of activation RNTs positioned within a roadway, where each activation RNT contains electronic data for controlling the maximum attainable speed of an automobile on the roadway; and
a plurality of deactivation RNTs positioned within the roadway and following the activation RNTs when moving in a direction of vehicle travel, where each deactivation RNT contains electronic data for releasing an automobile from speed controls which control the maximum attainable speed of an automobile on the roadway.

US Pat. No. 10,336,326

LANE DETECTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method comprising:receiving an image from a front-facing vehicle camera;
applying, using one or more processors, a geometric transformation to the image to create a birds-eye view of the image;
analyzing, using the one or more processors, the birds-eye view of the image using a neural network to obtain a lane position associated with the birds-eye view of the image, the neural network being previously trained using side-mounted and downward-facing vehicle camera images to determine a lane position associated with the side-mounted and downward-facing vehicle camera images; and
in response to the lane position associated with the birds-eye view of the image, performing, using the one or more processors, at least one of braking, steering, accelerating, and generating a driver notification.

US Pat. No. 10,336,325

USING WHEEL ORIENTATION TO DETERMINE FUTURE HEADING

Waymo LLC, Mountain View...

8. A system of determining a future heading of an object, the system comprising one or more processors configured to:receive sensor data including information identifying an object in a vehicle's environment and sensor data points corresponding to the object;
identify an area corresponding to an expected location of a wheel of the object based on the sensor data;
estimate an orientation of the wheel based on the sensor data points having locations that are outside of a bounding box including the data points corresponding to the object and within the area; and
determine the future heading of the object based on the estimation.

US Pat. No. 10,336,323

PREDICTIVE HUMAN-MACHINE INTERFACE USING EYE GAZE TECHNOLOGY, BLIND SPOT INDICATORS AND DRIVER EXPERIENCE

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

1. A method of providing an alert in a vehicle comprising:detecting a location of at least one lane marker, a location of an adjacent vehicle, and a location of the vehicle relative to the at least one lane marker based on a proximity sensor;
determining an eye gaze vector based on an eye gaze detector;
determining, using a processor, a metric of driver awareness of the vehicle location with respect to the location of the at least one lane marker using the eye gaze vector;
gathering, using the eye gaze vector determined from the eye gaze detector, driver experience information based on an amount of time a driver has spent driving in a current weather condition and whether the driver looks for an upcoming turn rather than focusing on another vehicle;
determining, using the processor, a risk based on the relative location of the vehicle and the at least one lane marker; and
activating the alert, using the processor, the alert based on the risk, the driver experience level, whether the driver is looking at the upcoming turn rather than the other vehicle, and the metric of the driver awareness of the vehicle location with respect to the location of the at least one lane marker.

US Pat. No. 10,336,322

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR SAFE OPERATION OF UNDERSIZE AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES ON PUBLIC ROADS

1. A method of avoiding accidents comprising:(a) operating a driverless first vehicle on public roads with the vehicle comprising:
an elevated visibility structure with a visible marker controlled by a data processing device with a first sensor to detect the presence of a second vehicle and a second sensor to measure the speed of the base vehicle,
a support structure of low aerodynamic resistance connecting the vehicle chassis and the elevated visibility structure with the elevated visibility structure substantially raised above the vehicle chassis,
a data processing device with a sensor to detect a second vehicle,
(b) running a program on the data processing device to determine the presence of a second vehicle, and
(c) modifying the visibility of the marker as a function of the determination of the presence of a second vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,336,321

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE CONTROL ASSESSMENT AND SELECTION

STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOB...

1. A computer-implemented method for operating an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle, comprising:determining, by one or more processors, an identity of a vehicle operator;
receiving, at one or more processors, a vehicle operator profile associated with the vehicle operator;
receiving, at one or more processors, operating data regarding one or more autonomous operation features operating the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle, wherein the operating data includes data from one or more sensors disposed within the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle regarding a current operating environment of the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle;
determining, by one or more processors, one or more autonomous operation risk levels associated with operation of the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle by the one or more autonomous operation features based upon the received operating data, wherein the one or more autonomous operation risk levels indicate current risk for control of one or more aspects of vehicle operation within the current operating environment by the one or more autonomous operation features;
determining, by one or more processors, one or more operator risk levels associated with operation of the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle by the vehicle operator based upon the received operating data, wherein the one or more operator risk levels indicate current risk for control of the one or more aspects of vehicle operation within the current operating environment by the vehicle operator;
determining, by one or more processors, to disengage at least one of the one or more autonomous operation features based upon a comparison of (i) the determined one or more autonomous operation risk levels and (ii) the determined one or more operator risk levels; and
presenting, by one or more processors, an alert to the vehicle operator regarding disengagement of the at least one of the one or more autonomous operation features.

US Pat. No. 10,336,320

MONITORING OF COMMUNICATION FOR VEHICLE REMOTE PARK-ASSIST

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:an autonomy unit for remote parking;
a communication module; and
a controller to:
send a counter signal to and receive a return signal from a mobile device via the communication module;
determine a time period between sending of the counter signal and receipt of the return signal; and
prevent the autonomy unit from causing vehicle movement responsive to determining the time period is greater than a threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,336,318

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR VEHICLE PARK ASSIST

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle parking assist system comprising:a processor configured to:
communicate with a parking automation system external to a vehicle, the parking automation system having at least one sensor configured to provide a measured distance value from a detected object to the vehicle, wherein the at least one sensor comprises a camera; and
responsive to the measured distance value, control a brake system of the vehicle to stop the vehicle based on the measured distance value being less than a first predefined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,336,317

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING VEHICLE LIFT

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method comprising:obtaining one or more parameter values for a vehicle during operation of the vehicle, the vehicle having a plurality of front wheels, a plurality of rear wheels, a front axle coupled to the plurality of front wheels, and a rear axle coupled to the plurality of rear wheels;
determining, using the one or more parameter values, a ride height and an acceleration of ride height for the vehicle; and
applying, via instructions provided via a processor:
a ramped up front downforce, a ramped down rear downforce, or both, when the acceleration of the ride height is greater than a first predetermined threshold; and
braking torque to the rear axle of the vehicle for a non-zero amount of time that is less than one second when the ride height is greater than a second predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,336,316

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A CLUTCH DURING A REGENERATIVE BRAKING EVENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle system comprising:a controller programmed to,
in response to a decreasing drive wheel torque command during a regenerative braking event, adjust a closed-state torque capacity of a torque converter bypass clutch, disposed between an electric machine and a drive wheel, based on the torque command and in proportion to negative values of the torque command, wherein the drive wheel torque command is filtered by an anti-jerk torque control algorithm, and
in response to an unfiltered drive wheel torque command becoming negative while the filtered drive wheel torque command remains positive during a first period, decrease the torque capacity of the bypass clutch to a minimum closed-state value.

US Pat. No. 10,336,315

TORQUE MODULATION IN A HYBRID VEHICLE DOWNSHIFT DURING REGENERATIVE BRAKING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for reducing shift shock in a hybrid electric vehicle powertrain system including an engine and a step ratio automatic transmission for delivering an output torque, the method comprising:transferring a first input torque from the engine to the transmission;
effecting a downshift of the transmission during regenerative braking which tends to cause variations in the output torque; and
modulating the first input torque during the downshift to counteract the variations and maintain the output torque substantially constant to reduce the shift shock.

US Pat. No. 10,336,314

HYBRID POWERTRAIN SYSTEM

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A low-voltage hybrid powertrain system for a vehicle, comprising:an internal combustion engine (engine), a torque converter, a low-voltage electric machine, a transmission and a controller;
wherein the engine includes a starting device;
wherein the torque converter is disposed between the engine and the input member of the transmission;
wherein the engine is selectively coupled via an engine disconnect clutch to an input member of the transmission, wherein the low-voltage electric machine is rotatably coupled to the input member of the transmission;
wherein the transmission includes an output member coupled to a driveline of the vehicle; and
wherein the controller is operatively connected to the engine, the torque converter, and the low-voltage electric machine, the controller including an instruction set executable to:
operate the powertrain system in an electric vehicle (EV) mode with the engine in an OFF state and with the engine disconnect clutch in a deactivated state,
monitor an output torque request,
determine when the output torque request indicates a command for vehicle acceleration; and then:
control the low-voltage electric machine to generate torque that is transferred to the input member of the transmission in response to the output torque request, and simultaneously crank and start the engine via the starting device;
operate the engine in a speed control mode to activate the engine disconnect clutch;
determine that the engine disconnect clutch is activated; and
control the engine and the low-voltage electric machine to generate torque in response to the output torque request when the engine disconnect clutch is activated.

US Pat. No. 10,336,313

VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A vehicle, comprising:an engine;
a motor configured to acquire a driving force of the vehicle from electrical energy;
a catalytic converter including catalyst for purifying exhaust gas discharged from the engine;
a sensor disposed between the engine and the catalytic converter, and configured to output an electrical signal in response to sensing gas; and
a controller configured to:
start the motor and stop the engine, and
restart the engine based on the electrical signal output from the sensor when a mileage of the vehicle exceeds a predetermined distance,
wherein the mileage of the vehicle includes a total sum of distances that the vehicle has traveled after a specific time,
wherein the specific time includes a time when the vehicle starts being driven or when the mileage of the vehicle is reset,
wherein the engine starts operating based on an operation of the controller, discharges the exhaust gas, and transfers the exhaust gas to the catalytic converter, and the combustion gas generated in the catalytic converter is emitted to the outside by the exhaust gas,
wherein when the motor operates, the engine stops, and when the engine operates, the motor stops,
wherein when the electrical signal output from the sensor is equal to or less than a first threshold value, and the mileage of the vehicle is less than a second threshold value, the controller is configured to transfer a driving signal to the engine to start the engine, and
wherein when the electrical signal output from the sensor is greater than the first threshold value, or when the mileage of the vehicle is greater than the second threshold value, after the engine starts operating, the controller is further configured to stop the engine after the engine restarts operating when the electrical signal output from the sensor is greater than the first threshold value or when the mileage of the vehicle is greater than the second threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,336,312

VEHICLE PROPULSION SYSTEM COMPRISING AN ELECTRICAL POWER COLLECTOR

1. A vehicle propulsion system comprising a combustion engine, an exhaust aftertreatment system connected to the combustion engine, an electrical traction machine adapted for propulsion of a hybrid electric vehicle, and an electrical power collector adapted to intermittently collect electrical power from an external power supply track during driving of the vehicle, wherein the vehicle propulsion system comprisesa heating system that is arranged to heat at least one component of at least one of the exhaust aftertreatment system or the combustion engine,
a vehicle relative position determining means that is arranged to determine vehicle position in relation to power supply track, and
a control unit being arranged to control operation of the heating system based on the determined vehicle relative position,
wherein the electrical power collector is arranged for supplying the heating system with electrical power when collecting electrical power from the external power supply track, and operation of the combustion engine is configured for being stopped during at least part of the time when collecting electrical power from the external power supply track during driving of the vehicle,
the control unit is arranged to, upon having stopped operation of the combustion engine and while collecting electrical power from the external supply track during driving of the vehicle,
estimate a time period until reaching the end of the power supply track, compare this estimated time period with an estimated time period necessary to heat the at least one component of the at least one of the exhaust aftertreatment system or the combustion engine to a predetermined target temperature, wherein a present temperature of the at least one component of the at least one of the exhaust after treatment system or the combustion engine is taken into account to estimate the time period necessary to heat the at least one component of the at least one of the exhaust aftertreatment system or the combustion engine,
determine a starting point of a heating of the at least one component of the at least one of the exhaust aftertreatment system or the combustion engine and a power level of the heating system necessary to reach the predetermined target temperature when reaching the end of the power supply track; and
operate the heating system so as to reach the predetermined target temperature when reaching the end of the power supply track.

US Pat. No. 10,336,311

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SPEED OF A WORK VEHICLE DURING DOWNHILL OPERATION

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A method for controlling the speed of a work vehicle during downhill operation, the method comprising:controlling, with a computing device, an operation of at least one of an engine or a transmission of a work vehicle so as to maintain the work vehicle operating at a requested speed;
identifying, with the computing device, an operating condition of the work vehicle that provides an indication that the work vehicle is traveling downhill;
determining, with the computing device, whether at least one pre-condition for downshifting the transmission from a current gear ratio to a downshift gear ratio is satisfied when the operating condition indicates that the work vehicle is currently traveling downhill, the at least one pre-condition including a first pre-condition requiring that the requested speed be less than or equal to an estimated speed for the work vehicle following the downshift;
when it is determined that the at least one pre-condition is satisfied, controlling, with the computing device, the operation of the transmission such that the transmission is downshifted from the current gear ratio to the downshift gear ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,336,310

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR STARTING ENGINE OF MILD HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A method for starting an engine of a mild hybrid electric vehicle, comprising:operating a mild hybrid starter & generator (MHSG) to perform an engine cranking operation when a starting condition of the engine is satisfied;
calculating an aging factor of the engine when a speed of the engine reaches a target RPM;
calculating a moving average value of the aging factor;
determining whether the moving average value of the aging factor is between a first reference value and a second reference value; and
increasing cranking torque of the MHSG when the moving average value of the aging factor is between the first reference value and the second reference value.

US Pat. No. 10,336,309

HEALTH MONITORING FOR A LINE REPLACEABLE UNIT (LRU)

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

11. A system for determining a health status of a line replaceable unit (LRU) having a coil, comprising:a brake temperature sensor (BTS) configured to detect a brake temperature of a brake;
an auxiliary temperature sensor separate from the BTS and configured to detect an ambient temperature;
a power source configured to apply a direct current (DC) voltage to the coil of the LRU; and
a brake control unit (BCU) configured to:
receive the brake temperature and the ambient temperature,
receive a detected current corresponding to an amount of current flowing through the coil,
determine a calculated resistance of the coil based on the detected current and the DC voltage,
determine a compensated resistance of the coil based on the calculated resistance of the coil and at least one of the brake temperature or the ambient temperature, and
determine the health status of the LRU by comparing the compensated resistance of the coil to a nominal resistance of the coil.

US Pat. No. 10,336,307

ELECTRONICALLY CONTROLLED PNEUMATIC (ECP) OVERLAY CONTROL VALVE

NEW YORK AIR BRAKE, LLC, ...

1. An electronically controlled pneumatic overlay for a pneumatic control valve having a brake cylinder pressure outlet, comprising:a relay valve having a first port coupled to a source of reservoir pressure, a second port for providing a brake cylinder pressure output, and an exhaust, wherein the relay valve is movable between a first position where the second port is connected to the exhaust, a second position where the first port, the second port, and the exhaust are isolated from each other, and a third position where the first port is connected to the second port so that the source of reservoir pressure provides the brake cylinder pressure output;
a pilot valve coupled to the relay valve for receiving the brake cylinder pressure output from the second port of the relay valve, wherein the pilot valve is moveable to selectively couple the brake cylinder pressure output to the brake cylinder pressure outlet of the pneumatic control valve;
a solenoid valve that is moveable in response to an electrical signal to selectively connect a source of brake pipe pressure to the pilot valve; and
an apply/release circuit comprising a pair of solenoid valves coupled to a relay pilot of the relay valve to selectively move the relay valve between the first, second, and third positions.

US Pat. No. 10,336,306

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATIC PARKING BRAKE OF RAIL VEHICLE

New York Air Brake, LLC, ...

1. A system for controlling an automatic parking brake, comprising:a control valve having an inlet for coupling to a source of brake pipe pressure, an outlet for coupling to a control inlet of the automatic parking brake, and a pilot directly coupled to the source of brake pipe pressure, wherein the control valve is moveable between a first position where the inlet is in communication with the outlet and a second position where the inlet and the outlet are isolated from each other in response to a predetermined amount of brake pipe pressure at the pilot; and
a check valve having a cracking pressure and coupled to the source of brake pipe pressure and the automatic parking brake control inlet, wherein the check valve is in parallel with the control valve.

US Pat. No. 10,336,304

BRAKE SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A brake system for a vehicle, the brake system comprising:a brake input device configured to apply a brake input of a driver;
a brake actuator configured for generating braking hydraulic pressure;
wheel cylinders configured for generating braking force for each vehicle wheel by the braking hydraulic pressure generated by the brake actuator; and
a hydraulic pressure supply line connecting the brake actuator and the wheel cylinders,
wherein the brake actuator includes a main pump device by which braking force is applied, and a sub control device configured for adjusting the braking force applied by the main pump device, and
wherein the sub control unit includes:
a second housing having an internal space therein;
a sub piston which is disposed in the second housing to be movable forwards and backwards therein; and
a sub motor configured for providing driving power for moving the sub piston forward or backward thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,336,303

ELECTRONIC PARKING BRAKE SYSTEM

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. An electronic parking brake (EPB) system including an EPB actuator operated by an electric motor, the EPB system comprising:a motor driver configured to drive the electric motor of the EPB actuator;
a current sensor configured to sense a current flowing in the electric motor;
a voltage sensor configured to sense a voltage supplied to the electric motor; and
an electronic control unit (ECU) configured to change a target current to correspond to a parking apply mode that is executed on the basis of a voltage supplied to the electric motor, which is sensed through the voltage sensor when the parking apply mode is executed, and control an operation of the electric motor according to the changed target current.

US Pat. No. 10,336,302

CONTACT SENSOR ASSEMBLY FOR BRAKE SYSTEMS IN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A contact sensor method for a vehicle, the method comprising:providing a contact sensor assembly mechanically coupled to an exterior surface of the vehicle;
receiving an output of the contact sensor assembly;
operating the vehicle utilizing a brake system configured to respond to a first brake control signal;
determining, with a processor, that the contact sensor assembly has made contact with an object based on the output of the contact sensor assembly;
producing a second brake control signal based, in part, on the output of the contact sensor assembly; and
activating the brake system in response to the second brake control signal to override the first brake control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,336,301

DEVICE FOR WIPING A WINDOW OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

1. A device for wiping a window of a motor vehicle, comprising:a wiper arm, including a wiper blade, attached to a drive shaft arranged at the output of a motor assembly for creating an alternating rotational movement of said drive shaft; and
means for driving said motor assembly in translation, a part of said driving means being borne by said drive shaft,
wherein said drive shaft rotates said wiper arm about a first axis of the drive shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,336,300

WIPER CONTROL APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kosai...

1. A wiper control apparatus comprising:a position calculation section that calculates a position of a wiper blade on a windshield from a turning angle of an output shaft of a wiper motor, the turning angle being detected by a turning angle detection unit;
a control section that,
in a case in which an operation signal is inputted, controls the wiper blade to reciprocatingly move between a stop reference position and a reversing position on the windshield and to conduct a wiping movement on the windshield,
in a case in which a stop signal is inputted, controls the wiper blade to stop on the basis of a calculated position of the wiper blade on the windshield and the stop reference position, and
in a case in which the operation signal is subsequently inputted, sets a position at which the wiper blade is stopped as a new stop reference position and controls the wiper blade to conduct the wiping movement toward the reversing position from the new stop reference position; and
a memory unit that memorizes the new stop reference position,
wherein, when a position of the wiper blade on the windshield, that is calculated by the position calculation section in a case in which the operation signal is inputted, is different from the new stop reference position memorized by the memory unit, the control section
calculates an additional applied voltage to be applied to the wiper motor for moving the wiper blade to the new stop reference position, and
performs control to apply to the wiper motor both the additional applied voltage and a voltage that is to be applied to the wiper motor for causing the wiper blade to conduct the wiping movement from the new stop reference position.

US Pat. No. 10,336,299

BRUSHLESS WIPER MOTOR

Mitsuba Corporation, Kir...

1. A brushless wiper motor which swings a wiper, comprising:a housing which rotatably supporting an output shaft;
a motor housing unit attached to the housing;
a stator housed in the motor housing unit;
a rotor disposed inside the stator, the rotor rotating the output shaft; and
a pressing claw formed on an outer periphery of the stator, the pressing claw being pressed against an inner periphery of the motor housing unit to fix the stator to the motor housing unit, a tip end portion of the pressing claw being provided with a press-fitting projection projecting in an outward direction of the stator, wherein
a base end portion of the pressing claw is connected to the outer periphery of the stator,
a tip end portion of the pressing claw serves as a free end and is directed in a circumferential direction of the stator,
the stator is press-fitted in the housing with the press-fitting projection pressed against an inner face of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,336,298

TRANSPARENT PANE HAVING A HEATABLE COATING

SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE...

1. A transparent pane, comprising:a first pane having a surface;
a conductive coating extending at least over a part of the surface of the first pane; and
at least two strip-shaped bus bars on the first pane,
wherein the conductive coating is electrically connected to the at least two strip-shaped bus bars, wherein the at least two strip-shaped bus bars are configured to receive a supply voltage from a power source and wherein after application of the supply voltage, a current flows over a heating field formed between the at least two strip-shaped bus bars,
wherein the conductive coating has an electrical resistance such that upon application of the supply voltage in a range between more than 100 volts and 400 volts, a heating output from the heating field is in a range from 300 watt/m2 to 1000 watt/m2,
wherein the conductive coating has an electrical resistance per surface unit in a range from more than 100 ohms/square meter to 200 ohms/square meter,
wherein the at least two strip-shaped bus bars have at least in sections of the at least two strip-shaped bus bars, a maximum width of less than 5 mm and a width of the at least two strip-shaped bus bars being dimensioned such that a maximum electrical power loss per unit of length is 10 watt/m,
wherein a cross-sectional area along the width and perpendicular to a length of the at least two strip-shaped bus bars is in a range from 0.01 to 1 mm2, and
wherein the at least two strip-shaped bus bars having a specific resistivity in a range from 2 ?ohm·cm to 4 ?ohm·cm.

US Pat. No. 10,336,297

VEHICLE-USE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, IN-VEHICLE DEVICE, PORTABLE DEVICE, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

AutoNetworks Technologies...

1. A vehicle-use communication system comprising:an in-vehicle device transmitting a signal from a plurality of antennas provided in a vehicle; and a portable device receiving the signal transmitted from the in-vehicle device and transmitting a response signal in accordance with the received signal, wherein
the portable device includes:
a measurement circuit measuring the received signal strength of the signal transmitted from each of the plurality of antennas; and
a transmitter transmitting a response signal containing the received signal strength of each signal measured by the measurement circuit, and wherein
the in-vehicle device includes:
an in-vehicle receiver receiving the response signal transmitted from the portable device;
a storage storing small space information concerning a small space contained in a vehicle cabin and large space information concerning a large space larger than the small space and containing the vehicle cabin; and
a controller coupled to the in-vehicle receiver and the storage, wherein
the controller
selects the small space information or the large space information stored in the storage; and determines
whether the portable device is within the vehicle cabin on the basis of the received signal strengths contained in the response signals received by the in-vehicle receiver and on the basis of the small space information or the large space information selected by the controller;
the small space information includes statistical values based on a sample group characterizing an inner side and an outer side of each of a plurality of areas different from each other but each having a boundary that follows a part of a face of the small space and each containing in common the small space;
the large space information includes statistical values based on a sample group characterizing an inner side and an outer side of each of a plurality of areas different from each other but each having a boundary that follows a part of a face of the large space and each containing in common the large space; and
the controller determines whether the portable device is within the vehicle cabin by determining whether the portable device is located within each of the plurality of areas each containing in common the small space or the large space and determining whether the portable device is located within every area.

US Pat. No. 10,336,296

LOCKING/UNLOCKING SYSTEM

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A locking/unlocking system comprising:a power reception device that is provided in a vehicle and has a vehicle coil which is configured to receive power at a first frequency from a ground coil provided on a ground in a non-contact manner during a power reception operation;
an operation switch that is provided in the vehicle and is configured to output an operation signal in response to a user operation;
a locking/unlocking controller configured to conduct wireless communication at a second frequency close to the first frequency with a key device located within a predetermined distance in response to an input of the operation signal and to lock/unlock a lock provided in the vehicle in response to successful wireless communication with the key device;
a signal determining part that is configured to receive the operation signal from the operation switch and to output the operation signal to the locking/unlocking controller when the signal determining part is electrically connected to the operation switch; and
a wiring switch configured to
electrically disconnect the operation switch from the signal determining part and electrically connect the operation switch and the locking/unlocking controller when the power reception device does not receive power, and
electrically connect the operation switch and the signal determining part and electrically connect the signal determining part and the locking/unlocking controller when the power reception device receives power during the power reception operation,
wherein the wiring switch is a separate member from the signal determining part.

US Pat. No. 10,336,295

EMBLEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE WITH A SENSOR SYSTEM FOR MONITORING A DETECTION REGION AND AN ACTUATION REGION AND METHOD THERETO

1. A method for operating an emblem for a motor vehicle, the method comprising:a) monitoring a detection region located outside the motor vehicle,
b) triggering a signal for the start of an authentication check between an Id-transmitter and the motor vehicle in the case a user is detected in the detection region,
c) monitoring an actuation region which is located outside the motor vehicle and which differs from the detection region, and
d) providing an operating signal for the motor vehicle in the case that a user is detected in the actuation region,
wherein the motor vehicle comprises an emblem, which comprises an optical sensor system comprising an optical sensor configured for performing said method, and
wherein the optical sensor system at least receives or records images at least of the detection region or of the actuation region, wherein the images are pulsed images and non-pulsed images, wherein the pulsed images are created through the reflection of the emitted, pulsed light of the optical sensor system and the non-pulsed images are created through the light of at least the detection region or actuation region, in particular in that for the checking of a distance change the pulsed images are compared with the non-pulsed images.

US Pat. No. 10,336,294

METHOD FOR TRIGGERING ACTIONS IN A VEHICLE AND VEHICLE FOR CARRYING OUT TRIGGERED ACTIONS

Volkswagen AG, (DE)

1. A method for triggering configurable action of a transportation vehicle, the method comprising:detecting a changing of position of a user device relative to the transportation vehicle;
detecting the change in the position of the user device;
triggering a configurable action in the transportation vehicle based on the detected change in the position of the user device,
wherein, in response to the detection of the change in the position of the user device indicating movement away of the user device from an exterior monitoring region or movement inside the exterior monitoring region, automatic triggering of the configurable action is performed, wherein the configurable action comprises closing a loading compartment door or a loading compartment flap of the transportation vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,336,293

MOTOR VEHICLE COMPRISING IMPROVED DEFLECTION MEMBER OF A SAFETY BELT DEVICE AND METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A motor vehicle comprising:a vehicle seat;
a multipoint safety belt device comprising:
a belt;
a belt magazine;
a belt buckle for releasably securing the belt; and
a deflection member for guiding the belt emerging from the belt magazine and for deflecting the belt, forming a belt portion of the belt, wherein the belt portion is guided over a shoulder and a chest of a secured motor vehicle occupant seated on the motor vehicle seat, and wherein the deflection member is designed such that, in the state of the motor vehicle occupant secured by the belt, the belt portion when subjected to an increased tensile loading performs a displacement from a comfort position of the belt into an emergency position of the belt in the direction of a motor vehicle interior, wherein the deflection member comprises a through-passage comprising a first portion extending substantially horizontally outwardly and oriented in a direction forward of the vehicle and the second portion having a vertical path and extending inwardly in a rear direction of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,336,291

MOTOR VEHICLE COMPRISING A FRONT GATE WHICH IS ARRANGED PIVOTABLY ON A BODY VIA TWO HINGE JOINTS

Audi AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A motor vehicle, comprising:a body;
a front gate;
two hinge joints swingably arranging the front gate to the body, each hinge joint including a body-side hinge lower part, a gate-side hinge upper part including a first gate-side upper part portion and a second upper part portion which is arranged on the first upper part portion for pivoting about a pivotal connection, first and second pivot struts swingably arranged on the hinge lower part and swingably arranged to the second upper part portion to thereby connect the hinge lower part and the hinge upper part to one another, said first pivot strut including a first strut portion arranged on the hinge lower part and a second strut portion arranged on the second upper part portion by a fixed pivotal connection and movable translatorily in relation to the first strut portion, and a locking member detachably securing the second upper part portion to the first upper part portion; and
a controllable actuator configured for linkage to the second upper part portion and, when activated, causing the front gate to be raised from a closed position to a protective position as the locking member is released and the second upper part portion pivots about the pivotal connection relative to the first upper part portion, thereby translatorily moving the second strut portion relative to the first strut portion, and as the second upper part portion pivots about a pivotal connection relative to the second pivot strut.

US Pat. No. 10,336,290

EXTENDABLE BUMPERS FOR VEHICLES

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a body portion;
an opening defined by the body portion;
a bumper cover that is positioned in the opening and is moveable with respect to the body portion between an extended position and a retracted position; and
an inflatable structure disposed inside the bumper cover such that the inflatable structure is engagable with the bumper cover,
wherein the bumper cover moves from the retracted position to the extended position in response to inflation of the inflatable structure,
wherein the bumper cover returns to the retracted position from the extended position in response to deflation of the inflatable structure, and
wherein a flexible hinge extends around a periphery of the bumper cover and connects the bumper cover to the body portion.

US Pat. No. 10,336,289

HYBRID INFLATOR, METHOD OF OPERATING A HYBRID INFLATOR, AIRBAG MODULE AND VEHICLE SAFETY SYSTEM

TRW AIRBAG SYSTEMS GMBH, ...

1. A hybrid inflator (10) comprisinga combustion chamber (20) and a pressure gas tank (30), wherein in an idle state of the hybrid inflator (10) an outlet opening (31) of the pressure gas tank (30) is closed by a bursting element (32) which in the case of function of the hybrid inflator (10) can be destroyed by means of a penetration element (40) displaced by ignition gas, with a mixing chamber (70) being formed between the pressure gas tank (30) and the combustion chamber (20), the penetration element (40) including a first hollow portion (43) for receiving the ignition gas for displacing the penetration element (40) into the bursting element (32) and a second hollow portion (95) for fluidly connecting the pressure gas tank (30) and the mixing chamber (70) when the bursting element (32) is destroyed, wherein between the combustion chamber (20) and the mixing chamber (70) at least in portions a partition wall (80) having a combustion chamber side (81) and a mixing chamber side (82) is formed, wherein the partition wall (80) includes at least one combustion chamber opening (85) which in the idle state of the hybrid inflator (10) is closed by a cover (88) formed on the mixing chamber side (82) of the partition wall (80).

US Pat. No. 10,336,288

IGNITION DEVICE AND GAS GENERATOR USING SAME

DAICEL CORPORATION, Osak...

1. An ignition device, comprising:an igniter fixed to an igniter collar;
a first cup member filled with a gas generating component therein, the first cup member having a first circumferential wall and a first bottom surface closing one end of the first circumferential wall; and
a second cup member having a second circumferential wall opposing the first circumferential wall and a second bottom surface closing one end of the second circumferential wall and opposing the first bottom surface,
the first cup member covering the igniter collar and enclosing an ignition portion of the igniter,
the second cup member covering the igniter collar and enclosing the first cup member,
a continuous gap, as a heat insulating layer, defined by an outer surface of the first circumferential wall and the first bottom surface of the first cup member and an inner surface of the second circumferential wall and the second bottom surface of the second cup member, the continuous gap being an air layer that contains no gas generating component therein,
the first cup member having a first opening, and the second cup member having a second opening, and
at least one of the first opening and the second opening being closed before actuation and being opened only when gas is generated from the gas generating component.

US Pat. No. 10,336,287

GAS GENERATOR

DAICEL CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A gas generator, comprising;a combustion chamber, which is located on a side of a first end portion of a cylindrical housing and accommodates an igniter and a gas generating agent;
a pressurized gas chamber, which is located on a side of a second end portion opposite to the first end portion and filled with a gas selected from a rare gas or a nitrogen gas;
a diffuser chamber, which is located between the combustion chamber and the pressurized gas chamber and provided with a gas discharge port;
a first closing member abutting against an inner circumferential wall surface of the cylindrical housing and closing between the combustion chamber and the diffuser chamber;
a second closing member being fixed to the inner circumferential wall surface of the cylindrical housing and closing between the pressurized gas chamber and the diffuser chamber,
the combustion chamber having at least one of a space in which the first closing member deforms or moves, and a member which forms the space for enabling the first closing member to deform or move,
when the gas generator is placed in a high-temperature atmosphere caused by fire, due to expansion of the gas in the pressurized gas chamber, the second closing member being ruptured from the pressurized gas chamber toward the diffuser chamber to allow the gas to flow into the diffuser chamber, and
then, due to a pressure increase or an impact caused by the gas inflow into the diffuser chamber, the first closing member being deformed or the first closing member being moved toward the combustion chamber, thereby making the combustion chamber and the diffuser chamber communicate with each other and making an inside of the combustion chamber and an outside of the gas generator communicate with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,336,285

AIRBAG MODULE WITH ACTIVE VENT ROTATION COUNTERMEASURE

JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS ACQ...

1. An airbag module comprisinga gas bag including a vent opening through which gas can escape from the gas bag,
an inflator for providing gas for inflating the gas bag,
a movable vent cover that restricts gas from escaping from the gas bag through the vent opening,
an inflatable gas duct, wherein a first end of the inflatable gas duct is located near the inflator and a second end of the inflatable gas duct is connected to the vent cover, wherein the inflatable gas duct includes a tab that is proximate to the first end of the inflatable gas duct, wherein the tab is anchored near the inflator to restrict rotational movement of the inflatable gas duct relative to the inflator, and wherein the inflatable gas duct is configured so that upon inflation of the gas duct the vent cover moves out of a position blocking the vent opening to thereby allow gas to escape from the gas bag through the vent opening.

US Pat. No. 10,336,284

AIRBAG TETHER RELEASE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

5. An airbag tether anchoring device comprising:a base defining a track extending from a first end to a second end;
a carrier releasably fixed to the base and removable from the base at the second end;
a tether extending from the carrier; and
a spring disposed at the first end and between the carrier and the base.

US Pat. No. 10,336,283

OBLIQUE IMPACT AIRBAG MITTS AND RELATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Autoliv ASP, Inc., Ogden...

1. An airbag cushion assembly, comprising:an airbag cushion configured to deploy so as to extend adjacent to an occupant in a vehicle laterally of the occupant and form a mitt configured to receive at least one of the occupant's head the occupant's thorax during an oblique impact event, wherein the airbag cushion comprises:
a first portion configured to, upon deployment, extend laterally of the occupant towards a front portion of the vehicle; and
a second portion configured to, upon deployment, extend at an angle relative to the first portion so as to form the mitt;
at least one external tether coupled with the airbag cushion; and
a pretensioner coupled with the at least one external tether.

US Pat. No. 10,336,282

SELF-CONFORMING REARSEAT AIR BAG

TRW VEHICLE SAFETY SYSTEM...

3. An apparatus for helping to protect a rear seat occupant of a vehicle, the apparatus comprising an airbag having a stored condition in a housing mounted to or within a seatback of a vehicle seat positioned in front of the rear seat occupant, the airbag comprising one or more panels of material interconnected to define an inflatable volume and having a substantially U-shaped configuration when viewed from the side, wherein the airbag includes a first portion that forms one leg of the U-shaped airbag, a second portion that forms another leg of the U-shaped airbag, and a third portion that interconnects the first and second portions, the airbag being configured so that when inflated its U-shaped configuration is inverted such that the third portion forms a top portion of the airbag.

US Pat. No. 10,336,280

AIRBAG ASSEMBLY

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An airbag assembly comprising:a plurality of pipes each having a distal end, the pipes being inflatable to an inflated position in which the distal ends are positioned in a circular configuration;
a plurality of interconnecting panels in alternating arrangement with the plurality of pipes, each interconnecting panel fixed to adjacent ones of the plurality of pipes; and
an uninflatable panel fixed to the distal ends of the plurality of pipes.

US Pat. No. 10,336,278

INFLATABLE AIRBAG HARNESS ASSEMBLIES

Autoliv ASP, Inc., Ogden...

1. An airbag assembly comprisinga housing to mounted to a seat of a vehicle;
an inflator assembly; and
an inflatable cushion, independent of a restraining system, that defines a void to receive inflation gas from the inflator assembly to expand the inflatable cushion from a packaged state within the housing to a deployed state, the inflatable cushion comprising:
a first lateral chamber to deploy at a first lateral side and forward of a vehicle seating position; and
a second lateral chamber to deploy at a second lateral side and forward of the vehicle seating position,
wherein the first lateral side is disposed opposite of the second lateral side relative to the vehicle seating position, and wherein the first and second lateral chambers are to be positioned in the deployed state to receive at least a portion of a torso of a vehicle occupant moving from the vehicle seating position in a forward or lateral direction relative to the vehicle during a vehicle impact event.

US Pat. No. 10,336,277

SYSTEMS FOR RIDE VEHICLE RESTRAINT

Universal City Studios LL...

1. A system, comprising:a first cummerbund comprising a slot; and
a lap bar configured to couple to first and second pivot points and to rotate in a first circumferential direction about the first and second pivot points; and
wherein the lap bar extends through the slot of the first cummerbund, wherein the first cummerbund is configured to translate in a first lateral direction relative to the lap bar to adjust a position of the lap bar within the slot, and wherein the first lateral direction is oriented substantially tangential to the first circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 10,336,276

ENERGY ABSORBER WITH VARYING STIFFNESS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle door comprising:a door inner;
a trim panel fixed to the door inner;
an energy absorber having a vehicle-rearward end and a vehicle-forward end, the energy absorber being disposed between the door inner and the trim panel and elongated in a vehicle-forward direction from the vehicle-rearward end to the vehicle-forward end;
the energy absorber having a first energy-absorbing component defining a cavity facing the trim panel, and a second energy-absorbing component disposed in the cavity; and
wherein the energy absorber has a stiffness that decreases in the vehicle-forward direction;
wherein the second energy-absorbing component includes ribs spaced from each other and elongated transversely to the vehicle-forward direction; and
wherein the first energy-absorbing component includes a rear wall and side walls extending from the rear wall to define the cavity, and wherein the side walls and rear wall of the first energy-absorbing component includes an upward extension at the vehicle-rearward end, the cavity extending into the upward extension.

US Pat. No. 10,336,275

VEHICLE PARTITION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a floor having a front portion, a rear portion, and a middle portion between the front and rear portions;
a partition supported on the floor between the front and middle portions and extending in a cross-vehicle direction;
the partition supporting a first airbag housing having a first airbag inflatable to an inflated position;
the first airbag extending in a vehicle-rearward direction in the inflated position; and
a retaining cover moveable between an open position and a closed position, the retaining cover covering at least a portion of the front portion of the floor in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,336,274

CONTROL UNIT FOR A RESTRAINT SYSTEM IN A VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A device comprising:a control unit; and
an interface connectable, via a go-line and a return line that are external to the device, to a squib of an external ignition circuit for activating a restraint system of a vehicle;
wherein the control unit is configured to:
cyclically perform the following:
perform a measurement to ascertain an instantaneous ohmic loop resistance of the ignition circuit;
determine an instantaneous temperature in an interior of the vehicle close to the time of the measurement;
based on the determined instantaneous temperature of the interior of the vehicle, carry out a temperature compensation of the ascertained instantaneous ohmic loop resistance for the go-line and the return line of the ignition circuit based on which a modified value of the instantaneous ohmic loop resistance is obtained; and
compare the modified value of the instantaneous ohmic loop resistance to at least one stored threshold value; and
control the squib based on a result of the comparisons.

US Pat. No. 10,336,273

SENSOR SYSTEM FOR DETECTING THE ADJUSTMENT POSITION OF A VEHICLE SEAT

POLYRESEARCH AG, Chur (C...

1. A sensor system for detecting the adjustment position of a vehicle seat, by which a relative adjustment of an at least partially ferritic upper rail, moveable lengthwise along a longitudinal extension of an at least partially ferritic stationary lower rail, at least in two adjustment positions, namely a forward adjustment position and a rearward adjustment position, will be detected, the sensor system comprising:a Hall sensor, and a first preloaded magnet, free of flux concentrators and shielding sheets, whereby the Hall sensor and the first preloaded magnet are arranged along a longitudinal extension of the upper rail that is moveable lengthwise in such a way that during an adjustment of the upper rail relative to the stationary lower rail, passage of a free longitudinal end of the lower rail will be monitored and will result in a change of an output signal of the Hall sensor corresponding to a change from the forward adjustment position to the rearward adjustment position of the vehicle seat and vice versa, the sensor system being configured in such a way that in the unmounted state, and output signal corresponding to a reatward adjustment position of the vehicle seat will be generated at the Hall sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,336,269

SADDLE-RIDE TYPE VEHICLE

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

1. A saddle-ride type vehicle (1) including:a main frame (2b);
a drive source (E) supported by a lower side of the main frame (2b);
an energy storing part (5) supported by an upper side of the main frame (2b);
a front wheel (FW) steerably supported via a front fork (3) mounted on a front side of the main frame (2b);
a rear wheel (RW) supported via a swing arm (8) mounted on a rear side of the main frame (2b) and configured to be driven by the drive source (E);
seat frames (2c) disposed on the rear side of the main frame (2b) to support a riding seat (7),
a braking control device (10) disposed within a lateral width between the seat frames (2c) and configured to control braking of the front wheel (FW) or the rear wheel (RW); and
an inertia measuring device (20) configured to measure inertias in X, Y and Z axes of the vehicle,
wherein a rear fender (42) is supported by the seat frames (2c) and the braking control device (10) is supported by the rear fender via a vibration control member (61), and
wherein the inertia measuring device (20) is supported by the braking control device (10).

US Pat. No. 10,336,268

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a vehicle, the method comprising:guiding the vehicle in a fully automated and driverless manner;
selecting, if an error is detected during the fully automated guidance, a safe state from a plurality of safe states as a function of one parameter; and
guiding the vehicle in a fully automated and driverless manner into the selected safe state, wherein the parameter describes a failure of a rear sensor system of the vehicle, and wherein, in response to the failure of the rear sensor system of the vehicle, the guidance of the vehicle is adapted to a guidance of a vehicle driving in front of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,336,267

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A vehicle control apparatus in which one or more control units, each configured to perform an arithmetic operation process in accordance with a program stored therein in advance to individually control an operating state of an activator mounted in a vehicle, are connected to a network communication path to form a vehicle network, the vehicle control apparatus comprising:an external communication unit connectable to or disconnectable from the network communication path and configured to allow the vehicle to communicate externally; and
a monitoring unit configured to determine whether each of the one or more control units is in a normal state or in a modified state while the external communication unit is disconnected from the network communication path.

US Pat. No. 10,336,266

INTERIOR FLANGE FOR SLIDE-ROOM

Composite Solutions, Inc....

1. An assembly for sealing a space between a secondary structure movable into and out of an opening in a wall of a primary structure between an extended position and a retracted position, comprising:a base member mountable to an outer surface of the secondary structure, the base member including a main portion and an extension portion perpendicular to the main portion, the main portion comprising a lip portion, the extension portion extending downwardly from an edge of the main portion opposite the lip portion such that the base member has an L-shaped cross-section;
a flange member including a main flange portion and a coupling portion extending from the main flange portion, the main flange portion including a first portion and a second portion, the second portion being on the opposite side of the coupling portion from the first portion, the coupling portion being couplable to the base member such that the first portion is adjacent a rear wall of the secondary structure and the second portion extends beyond the outer surface of the secondary structure when the coupling portion is coupled to the base member;
wherein the second portion of the main flange portion is configured to engage an interior surface of the wall of the primary structure when the secondary structure is in the extended position; and
wherein the coupling portion of the flange member includes a hook portion configured to engage the lip portion of the base member.

US Pat. No. 10,336,264

IN-VEHICLE CAMERA

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An in-vehicle camera assembly comprising:a bracket adapted to be attached to a windshield of a vehicle;
a camera that is supported by the bracket and having a case; and
a pair of hook portions defined by the bracket, the pair of hook portions supporting the camera, wherein
the bracket includes a leaf spring disposed between the case of the camera and the bracket,
the pair of hook portions are projected from both right and left sides of the bracket and are positioned rearward relative to a front-rear center of the bracket,
the case including bosses which are projected from right and left side surfaces of the case, the bosses come into contact with the respective hook portions when the camera is mounted to the bracket,
the front end portion of the bracket defines an engagement portion,
the engagement portion is engaged with an engagement projection projected from a front portion of the case via a first state in which, the leaf spring is elastically deformed, and
wherein a deformation amount of the leaf spring is relatively decreased after the engagement portion is engaged with the engagement projection.

US Pat. No. 10,336,263

SUN VISOR ASSEMBLY WITH ELECTRONIC DEVICE RECEIVER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A sun visor assembly, comprising:a visor body; and
an electronic device receiver carried on said visor body, said electronic device receiver including a latching feature and a clamping feature having a slider.

US Pat. No. 10,336,262

UNDER SEAT STORAGE BIN FOR FLIP FORWARD SECOND ROW SEAT

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A seating assembly comprising:a lower seating assembly having a lower surface displaced above a floor pan;
a mounting bracket operably coupling a forward edge of the lower seating assembly to the floor pan; and
a storage bin comprising a horizontally disposed substantially rectangular frame member having an upper opening and a lower opening defined by vertically extending sides that have a lower edge that conforms to the floor pan and defines a lower periphery and an upper edge that conforms to the lower surface of the lower seating assembly and defines an upper periphery, wherein the frame member substantially fills a volume between the lower surface of the cushion pan of the lower seating assembly and the floor pan, and is disposed between the lower surface and the floor pan, and wherein the storage bin, the floor pan, and the lower surface of the lower seating assembly define an enclosure below the lower seating assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,336,261

SHELVING ARRANGEMENT FOR A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a cargo area defined by interior sidewalls each defining a mount; and
a shelving arrangement defining a storage receptacle, including
a rigid top panel with extendable wings configured to engage the mounts to support and suspend the arrangement within the cargo area,
a bottom panel; and
collapsible walls attached with the top panel and the bottom panel such that in an expanded position, the storage receptacle is disposed underneath the panel.

US Pat. No. 10,336,260

DEPLOYABLE RUNNING BOARD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle assembly, comprising:a sensor device that detects a location of a structure outside a vehicle; and
a running board moveable between a stowed position and a deployed position, the deployed position is adjusted relative to the vehicle based on the location of the structure detected by the sensor, the running board spaced a distance from the structure when in the deployed position.

US Pat. No. 10,336,258

ELECTRONIC MIRROR CONTROL DEVICE

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

1. An electronic mirror control device comprising:an imager which is installed on a vehicle, and captures a rearward image including a rear side surface of the vehicle during traveling;
a display which displays the rearward image captured by the imager;
a calculator which calculates a position of a vanishing point from the rearward image;
an extractor which extracts, in the rearward image, a rear side surface region where the rear side surface of the vehicle is displayed; and
a display controller which displays a lower region of the rearward image with brightness higher than brightness of a region other than the lower region, the lower region being surrounded by a first straight line, a second straight line, and an outer rim of the display, the first straight line taking the vanishing point as a point of origin, passing through the rear side surface region, and extending below a horizon, the second straight line taking the vanishing point as a point of origin, and extending below the horizon on a side opposite to the first straight line with respect to a vertical line passing through the vanishing point.

US Pat. No. 10,336,257

REAR VISION SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method for use with a rear vision system for a host vehicle, the rear vision system having a rear facing camera, a vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) unit, and an electronic display mirror, and the method comprising the steps of:obtaining video input from the rear facing camera;
obtaining traffic input from the V2V unit, the traffic input pertains to a remote vehicle;
determining if the remote vehicle is in the field-of-view of the rear facing camera;
determining whether the remote vehicle is a participating vehicle or a non-participating vehicle in a race involving the host vehicle based on information received from the remote vehicle;
using the traffic input to determine a performance metric for the remote vehicle; and
when it is determined that the remote vehicle is a participating vehicle in the race involving the host vehicle, displaying an enhanced video output on the electronic display mirror so that performance metrics for only participating vehicles are displayed on the electronic display mirror, wherein the enhanced video output includes the performance metric superimposed on the video input;
wherein when the remote vehicle is in the field-of-view the displaying step displays the enhanced video output with the superimposed performance metric near an image of the remote vehicle, and when the remote vehicle is not in the field-of-view the displaying step displays the enhanced video output with the superimposed performance metric near an indicator that indicates the unseen location of the remote vehicle; and
wherein when the remote vehicle is in the field-of-view of the rear facing camera, the displaying step displays the enhanced video output with the superimposed performance metric near the image of the remote vehicle and with an indicator in the form of an outline around the remote vehicle or a change in color or brightness of the remote vehicle that intuitively signifies that the remote vehicle in the video is the closest trailing vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,336,256

REDUCTION OF LED HEADLIGHT FLICKERING IN ELECTRONIC MIRROR APPLICATIONS

Ambarella, Inc., Santa C...

1. An apparatus comprising:a sensor configured to generate a first video signal; and
a processor configured to (A) search for a flickering effect in a frame of said first video signal, (B) determine a location and a region of pixels to modify within said frame in response to said flickering effect, (C) determine a modification based on said flickering effect in said frame, (D) perform said modification of said region of pixels in said first video signal by determining average values of pixels based on said location of said region of pixels over consecutive frames of said first video signal and (E) generate a second video signal in response to (i) said modification of said region of pixels and (ii) said first video signal, wherein said second video signal masks said flickering effect by modifying pixels of said region of said second video signal when viewing said second video signal on a display.

US Pat. No. 10,336,255

VEHICULAR VISION SYSTEM WITH REAR BACKUP VIDEO DISPLAY

MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC., ...

1. A vision system for a vehicle, said vision system comprising:a rear backup camera disposed at a rear portion of a vehicle equipped with said vision system;
said rear backup camera having a field of view exterior and at least rearward of the equipped vehicle;
wherein the field of view of said rear backup camera is at least 130 degrees;
a display device comprising a video display screen disposed in an interior cabin of the equipped vehicle and viewable by a driver of the equipped vehicle, said video display screen having a diagonal dimension of at least 5 inches;
wherein, within two seconds of shifting by the driver of the equipped vehicle of a vehicle transmission of the equipped vehicle into reverse gear to commence a backup event, said display device displays on said video display screen rear backup video images derived from image data captured by said rear backup camera;
wherein rear backup video images derived from image data captured by said rear backup camera can be displayed on said video display screen after the vehicle transmission of the equipped vehicle is shifted out of reverse gear until a threshold condition is met;
a user input actuatable by the driver of the equipped vehicle to change display on said video display screen of rear backup video images derived from image data captured by said rear backup camera to display on said video display screen of other video images;
wherein the other video images are, at least in part, derived from image data captured by said rear backup camera;
wherein display on said video display screen of the other video images responsive to actuation of said user input by the driver of the equipped vehicle occurs after a delay period has elapsed since the vehicle transmission of the equipped vehicle was shifted into reverse gear to commence the backup event; and
wherein, during the delay period and commencing when the vehicle transmission of the equipped vehicle was shifted into reverse gear to commence the backup event, only rear backup video images derived from image data captured by said rear backup camera are displayed on said video display screen.

US Pat. No. 10,336,254

CAMERA ASSISTED VEHICLE LAMP DIAGNOSIS VIA VEHICLE-TO-VEHICLE COMMUNICATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a camera;
a first communication module; and
a processor to:
classify a make and model of a target vehicle based on images captured by the camera;
based on the make and model, determine locations of lamps on the target vehicle;
determine when one of the lamps is not functioning properly; and
when one of the lamps is not functioning properly, send, via the first communication module, an alert to the target vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,336,252

LONG TERM DRIVING DANGER PREDICTION SYSTEM

NEC Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A guidance system for a vehicle, comprising:a processor executing a code for:
receiving an input from sensors, the input indicating surrounding traffic participants and information regarding a driving situation;
receiving a local map locating the vehicle;
creating a graph representation where traffic participants and static elements are the vertices and the edges are relations between pairs of vertices;
adding attributes to the vertices and edges of the graph based on information obtained on the driving vehicle, the traffic participants and additional information;
creating or obtaining a codebook of dangerous driving situations, each represented as graphs;
performing subgraph matching between the graphs in the codebook and the graph representing a current driving situation to select a set of matching graphs from the codebook;
calculating a distance between each selected codebook graph and the matching subgraph of the current driving situation;
determining potential dangers from codebook graphs with a low distance; and
generating an alert if one or more of the codebook dangers are imminent.

US Pat. No. 10,336,251

HYBRID VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A hybrid vehicle comprising:an engine;
a fuel tank that stores fuel to be supplied to the engine;
a motor;
a battery configured to supply electric power to the motor;
a charger configured to carry out external charging that charges the battery by use of electric power from an external power source; and
a notification mechanism configured to notify information on a use index to an outside of the vehicle during a trip while the vehicle is moving, the use index being an index for indicating a total time that the charger is connected to the external power source in a predetermined time period.

US Pat. No. 10,336,250

ORIENTATION FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PASSENGERS ON-BOARD A VEHICLE

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. A vehicle guidance system for guiding visually impaired passengers on-board a vehicle, comprising:an interior space on-board the vehicle with at least one lavatory with enclosing cabin walls; and
at least one guiding sanitary-handrail;
wherein the guiding sanitary-handrail is mounted along at least a part of the enclosing cabin walls inside the lavatory;
wherein the guiding sanitary-handrail is provided as a tactile guide;
wherein the guiding sanitary-handrail is provided with visually highlighted information related to cabin information;
wherein the guiding sanitary-handrail is provided with manually touchable information related to cabin information;
wherein a plurality of operating elements for controlling functions of the lavatory is provided inside the lavatory;
wherein all of the plurality of operating elements inside the lavatory are arranged on the guiding sanitary-handrail, wherein the operating elements arranged on the guiding sanitary-handrail are identified by the respective manually touchable information and visually highlighted information related to the respective cabin information;
wherein the guiding sanitary-handrail provides a handhold for passengers such that the passengers can hold themselves and the guiding sanitary-handrail is configured for supporting at least nearly the complete weight of a passenger, wherein the handhold is a bar or strut such that a user can grasp the handhold with the hand and the handrail is a rail that the user can hold to, and
wherein the plurality of operating elements comprises at least an operating element for operating the toilet flushing and an operating element for operating the faucet.

US Pat. No. 10,336,249

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PEDESTRIAN ALERT

2236008 Ontario Inc., Wa...

1. A method for pedestrian alert comprising:deriving a pedestrian path representing a projected path for a pedestrian;
deriving a vehicle path representing a projected path for a vehicle;
determining an intersection of the pedestrian path and the vehicle path;
determining an environmental noise level detected by an external microphone;
determining an alert characteristic responsive to the determined intersection; and
emitting an alert signal from the vehicle responsive to the determined alert characteristic,
wherein the determined alert characteristic is adjusted responsive to the environmental noise level; and
wherein the emitted alert signal draws the attention of the pedestrian to the presence of the motor vehicle to mitigate a likelihood of a collision between the vehicle and the pedestrian.

US Pat. No. 10,336,248

ENGINE COVER HAVING EMBEDDED CIRCUIT FOR ILLUMINATED BADGING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A cover removably attachable to a vehicle engine having a cover attachment element, the cover comprising:an engine cover having a receptacle for releasable attachment to the cover attachment element, said cover being composed of a polymerized foam;
an illuminated feature attached to said cover;
a contact element associated with said receptacle; and
a circuit embedded in said cover having an end connected with said illuminated feature and an end connected with said contact element.

US Pat. No. 10,336,245

METHOD FOR OPERATING AN EXTERNALLY VISIBLE ILLUMINATION OF A TRANSPORTATION VEHICLE AND TRANSPORTATION VEHICLE FOR CARRYING OUT THE METHOD

Volkswagen AG, (DE)

1. A method for operating externally visible lighting of a motorized transportation vehicle, the method comprising sequentially varying a number of luminous regions produced by luminous devices arranged along a longitudinal direction of the motorized transportation vehicle so that a light effect image continuously varies relative to the motorized transportation vehicle at least in the longitudinal direction of the motorized transportation vehicle, wherein the sequential variation of the number of the luminous regions is carried out while the motorized transportation vehicle is driving away so that the light effect image moves with at least one change boundary region relative to the motorized transportation vehicle in a direction opposite to a current direction of travel.

US Pat. No. 10,336,244

ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING AN ASYMMETRICAL, GLARE-FREE HIGH-BEAM

Varroc Lighting Systems, ...

1. An arrangement for generating a glare-free high-beam for vehicle headlights comprising,a plurality of LEDs controllable by an Adaptive Driving Beam (ADB) control and regulating unit,
a front camera connected with the ADB control and regulating unit and configured to transmit information about oncoming and/or preceding vehicles to the ADB control and regulating unit,
wherein the vehicle headlights are configured for generating an asymmetric ADB illumination area only for an area of an own lane and wherein for an area of an oncoming lane, the headlights generate only a low-beam area and a high-beam area, and
wherein the number of LEDs in the headlights for the area of the oncoming lane to be illuminated is reduced to one half compared to the number of LEDs for the areas to be illuminated for the own lane.

US Pat. No. 10,336,243

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING VEHICLE LIGHTING IN RESPONSE TO CAMERA SYSTEM

Bendix Commercial Vehicle...

1. A controller for selectively controlling illumination around a vehicle comprising:an image capture portion having a viewable area;
an output for transmitting lighting control messages; and
a control logic, the control logic
determining an image weight factor using a plurality of lighting sources, a first lighting source of the plurality of lighting sources being one of an emergency light, a clearance light, a fog light, a work light, a marker light, a turn signal and a backup light;
determining that a change in illumination is necessary in the viewable area to balance the illumination for the image capture portion;
determining the first lighting source of the plurality of lighting sources affects the change in illumination based on the image weight factor;
transmitting a first lighting control message at the output in response to the determination that the change in illumination is necessary; wherein the first lighting control message directs the first lighting source associated with the vehicle to be adjusted;
determining that the change in illumination affected by the first lighting source is not sufficient to balance the illumination;
determining a second lighting source of the plurality of lighting sources affects the change in illumination based on the image weight factor; and
transmitting a second lighting control message at the output to the second lighting source wherein the second lighting control message directs the second lighting source to be adjusted to balance the illumination.

US Pat. No. 10,336,242

VEHICLE LIGHTING DEVICE WITH PRESENTATION OF DRIVING ASSISTANCE INFORMATION

VALEO VISION, Bobigny (F...

1. A lighting device of a vehicle comprising:at least one lighting means for a road scene in front of the vehicle, arranged to form a first light beam defined by a first lighting, and
a device for generating a second light beam defined by a second lighting configured to superimpose the second beam on the first light beam, in which a sum of the first lighting and of the second lighting is greater than the first lighting and in which the second light beam forms driving assistance information,
wherein the second lighting of the second light beam is greater than the first lighting of the first light beam, and
wherein a contrast between the first and the second light beams lies between zero exclusive and five, the contrast being calculated according to the following equation:
(LMAX?LMIN)/LMIN,LMAX being a luminance resulting from a sum of the first light beam and the second light beam, andLMIN being a luminance of the first light beam.

US Pat. No. 10,336,240

HEADLIGHT UNIT AND HEADLIGHT

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A headlight unit comprising:a light source that emits a light beam for irradiating a forward area in a traveling direction;
a light guide portion that receives the light beam and forms planar light having a divergence angle;
a projection lens portion that projects the planar light forward; and
a drive unit that changes a position of the projection lens portion,
wherein the drive unit is disposed in a region overlapping with the projection lens portion, as optically viewed from an optical axis direction of the light guide portion or the projection lens portion,
wherein the projection lens portion includes a slide surface, and the drive unit includes a drive member having a contact,
wherein the drive member moves along an axis, and
wherein the slide surface is inclined to the axis so that when the drive member moves in a direction of the axis, the contact moves in the direction of the axis relative to and in contact with the slide surface, thereby moving the slide surface in a direction perpendicular to the axis and changing the position of the projection lens portion.

US Pat. No. 10,336,239

VEHICLE LAMP AND VEHICLE HAVING THE SAME

KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., ...

1. A vehicle lamp comprising:a first light source group for forward illumination comprising at least one light emitting element;
a second light source group for road surface drawing comprising at least one light emitting element provided separately from the at least one light emitting element;
a first projection lens through which light emitted from the first light source group is to pass;
a second projection lens through which light emitted from the second light source group is to pass, and
a light shade arranged between the first and second light source groups and the first and second projection lenses so that the light from the first light source group and the light from the second light source group do not intersect with each other before entering the first projection lens and the second projection lens, respectively,
wherein a light distribution control function of the first projection lens and a light distribution control function of the second projection lens are different from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,336,237

REMOTE CONTROLLED CART

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A remote controlled cart comprising:a body;
an electric battery coupled to the body;
a pair of track assemblies coupled to the body;
an electric motor operatively coupled to the battery, and configured to supply propulsion power to the pair of track assemblies; and
a body cover coupled to a top surface of the body;
wherein a top surface of the body cover includes at least one pair of recesses defined in the top surface of the body cover to receive at least one pair of rails on the top surface of the body cover, the pair of rails adapted to removably couple a task module with the body cover.

US Pat. No. 10,336,236

BOTTOM LOADING VALVES, TANK MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS INCORPORATING THE SAME, AND METHODS FOR MANAGING TANKS

EATON INTELLIGENT POWER L...

1. A tank management system comprising:a tank surrounding an interior;
a vent valve coupled to the tank that actuates throughout a venting position and a non-venting position, wherein the vent valve communicates a vent position signal indicative of actuation of the vent valve; and
a bottom loading valve coupled to the tank, the bottom loading valve comprising a valve body that defines a fluid passageway and one or more lateral openings and a motor that moves a piston throughout an open position and a closed position, wherein, when the piston is in the closed position, the piston fully obstructs the one or more lateral openings from the fluid passageway; and
a controller communicatively coupled to the vent valve and the bottom loading valve, wherein the controller executes machine readable instructions to:
cause the vent valve to actuate to the venting position;
receive the vent position signal;
respond to the vent position signal by causing the piston of the bottom loading valve to move to the open position if the vent position signal indicates that the vent valve is in the venting position.

US Pat. No. 10,336,235

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LOWERING ENTIRE BOAT TRAILER IN SHALLOW WATER TO LAUNCH BOAT OR OTHER WATERCRAFT

1. A trailer for launching a watercraft in shallow water, comprising:the trailer having a front end and a rear end;
a tongue and an extension of tongue located at the front end of the trailer;
the extension of tongue hingedly affixed at one end to the tongue and secured at the other end;
an external front arm attached adjacent to the extension of tongue and providing an open slot;
a first elongated lever fixedly secured to the trailer;
means for securing the first elongated lever to the external front arm;
an actuating tube releaseably affixed to the first elongated lever;
a second elongated lever;
means for releaseably affixing the second elongated lever to the actuating tube;
a tube surrounding a rear axle located at the rear end of the trailer and having an extension at each opposed end, the extension at each opposed end fixedly secured to a wheel hub supporting a wheel;
means for securing the second elongated lever to the tube; and
means for powering the actuating tube.

US Pat. No. 10,336,234

BOAT SUPPORT FRAME LOADING AND UNLOADING APPARATUS

Balex Marine Development ...

1. A boat support frame loading and unloading apparatus configured to draw a boat on to and off a boat support frame, the apparatus comprising:a boat support frame having a loading end and a terminal end opposite to the loading end; and
at least two roller assemblies mounted opposite one another symmetrically about a midline of the boat support frame adjacent to the loading end of the boat support frame, each roller assembly incorporating:
at least one roller element,
at least one drive mechanism configured to rotate one or more of the at least one roller elements to draw a boat onto and off the boat support frame through the loading end of the boat support frame,
a hull contact surface formed by a flexible belt formed in a loop with a circumference greater than a circumference of the at least one roller element, the flexible belt configured to move over the at least one roller element as the at least one roller element is rotated by the at least one drive mechanism to rotate the flexible belt, and
a tension rotor located distal from the at least one roller element rotated by the at least one drive mechanism and at least one guide roller, the at least one tension rotor and the at least one guide roller configured to tension or shape the flexible belt to define a substantially flat drive plane on a side of the loop to be placed in contact with a hull of the boat, wherein
the at least one roller element rotated by the at least one drive mechanism is vertically offset from the tension rotor and the at least one guide roller such that the at least one drive mechanism and the at least one roller element driven by the at least one drive mechanism are positioned below the substantially flat drive plane.

US Pat. No. 10,336,233

FLOOR MAT WITH BOTH INTERLOCKING AND SNAP FIT FEATURES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A floor mat, comprising:a first section having a flap;
a second section;
an interlocking feature connecting said flap and said second section wherein said interlocking feature includes a first set of at least one ridge on said flap and a second set of at least one ridge on said second section, said first set of at least one ridge and said second set of at least one ridge fitting together in an interdigitated configuration; and
a snap fit feature connecting said flap and said second section.

US Pat. No. 10,336,232

TRACK ASSEMBLY

Lear Corporation, Southf...

1. A track adjuster, comprising:a first track;
a second track movably connected to the first track;
a lockset connected to at least one of the first track and the second track, the lockset configured to selectively lock the first track and the second track together; and
an easy adjusting assembly including:
an actuating lever;
a locking lever engaged with the actuating lever;
a lock stop connected to the first track, the lock stop configured to engage the locking lever;
wherein the easy adjusting assembly is configured to restrict locking of the first track and the second track by the lockset.

US Pat. No. 10,336,231

HEAD AND NECK REST

1. A head rest assembly for a vehicle seat, the head rest assembly comprising:a head support portion;
a neck support portion; and
a pair of connection members adapted to connect the head rest assembly to the vehicle seat, wherein at least one of the pair of connection members is adapted for movement relative to the other of the pair of connection members so as to adjust a distance between the pair of connection members, said connection members being associated with one another by a movement mechanism, the movement mechanism further comprising:
a pair of blocks, each block being associated with an upper region of a respective connection member and configured to slide relative to a housing for the movement mechanism to allow relative movement between the blocks;
a pivot pin positioned in between the blocks; and,
a connecting plate rotatable about the pivot pin, with each block being coupled to the connecting plate by a respective movable linkage member;wherein movement of one of the connection members in an inwardly direction towards the other of the connection members results in sliding movement of the block associated with said one of the connection members thereby effecting movement of the connecting plate linked to the block associated with said one of the connection members which produces a corresponding movement of the other block associated with the connection members linked to the plate due to rotation of the plate relative to the pivot pin.

US Pat. No. 10,336,229

PIVOTABLE SEAT BACK WITH COAXIAL PIVOTABLE ARMREST

Lear Corporation, Southf...

1. A seat assembly comprising:a seat base;
a back portion mounted for rotational movement relative to the seat base about a seat back axis between a first seat position and a second seat position, the back portion including a nest; and
an armrest mounted for rotational movement relative to the back portion about an armrest axis between a stowed position, wherein the armrest is located in the nest so that a passenger may occupy both the seat base and the back portion of the seat assembly, and a use position, wherein the armrest is located adjacent to the seat base;
wherein the seat back axis is coaxial with the armrest axis.

US Pat. No. 10,336,227

VEHICLE SEAT PROTECTOR

1. A seat protector for a seat in a vehicle, the seat having a seat base and a seat back, and contouring on said base defining a seat trough in said seat where said seat base approaches said seat back, said trough being parallel to said seat back, liquid on said seat tending to pool in said trough, the seat protector comprising:a water-resistant material spreadable over said seat;
at least one fixing attachment for fixing the water-resistant material of the seat protector over said seat base and said back across said trough such that the seat protector is in a predetermined orientation with respect to said seat and said seat trough; and
a liquid absorption insert having a length and a breadth, said length being greater than said breadth, and said length being aligned across said seat protector such that said liquid absorption insert length extends at least partly along said trough when said seat protector is in said predetermined orientation, the liquid absorption insert thereby absorbing said liquid tending to pool.

US Pat. No. 10,336,226

TOOL FOR FASTENING A LISTING BEAD TO A FASTENER STRIP

Velcro BVBA, (BE)

1. A method of fastening a listing bead to a fastener strip, the method comprising:grasping a tool having a body and a guide rib extending from the body, the guide rib having a neck and a head connected to the body by the neck, the body defining a guiding recess shaped to receive the listing bead;
inserting the head of the guide rib into a retention channel defined between opposing rows of fastener elements extending from a base of the fastener strip, with the guiding recess defining a listing bead insertion path angled with respect to the retention channel; and
moving the tool along the retention channel, thereby causing the listing bead retained within the guiding recess to be progressively inserted into the retention channel and retained between the rows of fastener elements.

US Pat. No. 10,336,225

VEHICLE SEAT

TACHI-S CO., LTD., Tokyo...

1. A vehicle seat, comprising:a seat cushion, and
a seatback,
wherein the seat cushion includes:
a pad having a groove,
a plurality of seat covers for covering the pad surface, and
a suspending member for connecting two of the plurality of seat covers, and fixing the two seat covers to the pad inside the groove formed in the pad,
wherein a plurality of minute holes are formed in the suspending member which is partially exposed to a surface of the pad between a part connected to one of the two seat covers, and a part connected to the other seat cover, the plurality of minute holes extending through the suspending member from an inside to an outside of the groove formed in the pad with respect to the suspending member for ventilation between an inside and an outside of the groove formed in the pad with respect to the suspending member.

US Pat. No. 10,336,224

DEVICE FOR VENTILATING A VEHICLE SEAT AND USE OF SAID DEVICE FOR A PASSENGER VEHICLE SEAT

1. A device for ventilating a vehicle seat having a cushion (12) which is resilient with respect to user contact and which is constructed to form a seat and/or back contact face (24) and which has an air flow channel (16, 17) which forms an air outlet (15) in the direction toward the seat or back contact face,an air-permeable covering unit (18) which is formed in order to at least partially cover the air outlet,
and a ventilator rotor (30) which is associated with the air flow channel and which is driven in an electro-motive manner and a ventilator unit (14) which has a ventilator housing (32) which at least partially radially surrounds the ventilator rotor, wherein
the covering unit and the ventilator unit are fixed on or in the cushion with spacing from each other along the air flow channel and without direct connection of portions of the covering unit and the ventilator unit, and
the ventilator housing has at the peripheral and/or outer side first fixing means (34; 32; 80) which are constructed in order to secure the ventilator unit in the air flow channel by engaging in and/or in order to cooperate with second fixing means (12; 70; 74) which are provided on or in an inner wall portion of the air flow channel, wherein the first fixing means have projection and/or flange portions which are at least partially provided at the outer side and/or which project radially and which are constructed for introduction in a foam material of the cushion forming the second fixing means, and wherein the projection portions of the first fixing means are constructed as needle portions which taper in a radially acute manner and which are arranged so as to be distributed uniformly around an outer periphery of the ventilator housing.

US Pat. No. 10,336,223

VENTILATION SEAT FOR VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A ventilation seat for a vehicle, the ventilation seat comprising:a seat pad comprising two or more rows of through channels that extend from a front portion of the seat pad to a rear portion of the seat pad and vertically pass through the seat pad;
an insert duct attached to a lower surface of the seat pad, wherein the insert duct distributes air into the through channels;
a cover having an air inlet hole through which air is supplied into the insert duct, wherein the cover is attached to the lower surface of the seat pad while covering the insert duct;
a duct insert depression in the lower surface of the seat pad, wherein the insert duct is inserted and seated in the duct insert depression; and
a movement restriction depression configured to restrict movement of the insert duct, wherein the movement restriction depression is formed in a bottom of the duct insert depression of the seat pad.

US Pat. No. 10,336,222

STOW-IN-FLOOR SEAT ASSEMBLY WITH PITCHED EASY ENTRY POSITION

Magna Seating Inc, Auror...

1. A seat assembly comprising:a seat cushion;
a seat back;
a recliner assembly pivotally coupling the seat cushion to the seat back, the recliner assembly operatively coupled to a recliner locking mechanism, the recliner locking mechanism selectively operable between a locked condition preventing pivotal movement of the seat back and an unlocked condition allowing pivotal movement of the seat back between at least two of a generally upright seating position, a reclined seating position, and a fold flat position;
a riser assembly for supporting the seat assembly above a floor, the riser assembly operatively coupled to a riser locking mechanism, the riser locking mechanism configured for actuation and movement of the riser assembly between a generally upright seating position, a pitched easy entry position tilted forwardly and downwardly towards the floor to allow easier ingress and egress behind the seat assembly, and a stowed position recessed within a compartment below the floor; and
a recliner strap operatively connected to the recliner locking mechanism and to the riser locking mechanism; whereby operation of the recliner strap unlocks the recliner locking mechanism and unlocks the riser locking mechanism, so as to permit the seat to be moved to the pitched easy entry position in which the seat back is in the fold flat position.

US Pat. No. 10,336,221

STOWABLE SEAT WITH BACKREST RELEASE

AMI INDUSTRIES, INC., Co...

1. A stowable seat, comprising:a backrest support and a seat pan;
a housing configured to substantially house the backrest support and the seat pan when the backrest support and the seat pan are in a vertically flat, stowed configuration, the housing having a first locking post on a first inner surface of the housing and a second locking post on a second inner surface of the housing, wherein the seat pan is configured to rotate about a first pivot joint coupled to the housing, and wherein the backrest support is configured to rotate relative to the seat pan;
a first locking mechanism coupled to an upper end of a first side of the backrest support, the first locking mechanism comprising a first latch;
a second locking mechanism coupled to an upper end of a second side of the backrest support laterally opposite the first side of the backrest support, the second locking mechanism comprising a second latch; and
a releasing member comprising a continuous flexible member having a first longitudinal end connected with the first latch and a second longitudinal end connected with the second latch, wherein the releasing member is configured to rotate the first latch about a second pivot joint coupled to the backrest support and to rotate the second latch about a third pivot joint coupled to the backrest support such that applying a load on a middle of the releasing member rotates the first latch out of engagement with the first locking post and rotates the second latch out of engagement with the second locking post to release the backrest support from locked engagement with the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,336,220

VEHICLE SEAT

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle seat, comprising:a seat cushion that serves as a seating portion which receives a load of an occupant;
an ottoman that is connected to a front portion of the seat cushion;
a base that supports the seat cushion on a vehicle floor in a seating position at which the seat cushion receives the occupant and in a tip-up position at which the seat cushion is tipped up rearward from the seating position; and
a folding mechanism that moves the ottoman between an initial position at which the ottoman is positioned at the front portion of the seat cushion and a folding position at which the ottoman is retracted beneath the seat cushion in accordance with a movement of the seat cushion from the seating position and the tip-up position,
wherein the folding mechanism includes:
a hinge portion that rotatably connects the ottoman to the front portion of the seat cushion;
a lock portion that locks rotation of the ottoman about the hinge portion at the initial position;
an operation link that connects the ottoman and the base and retracts the ottoman from the initial position to the folding position as the seat cushion is tipped up, and
wherein the lock portion includes a cable that connects a portion of the lock portion to the base, such that the lock portion is configured to lock the rotation of the ottoman at the initial position in a state where the seat cushion is at the seating position and to unlock the rotation of the ottoman in a state where the seat cushion is tipped up to a first intermediate position which is set between the initial position and the tip-up position,
wherein the operation link includes an adjustment portion that adjusts a separation movement amount of the ottoman with respect to the base during the movement of the seat cushion between the seating position and a second intermediate position which is set between the first intermediate position and the tip-up position, and
wherein the operation link retracts the ottoman from the initial position to the folding position during the movement of the seat cushion between the second intermediate position and the tip-up position.

US Pat. No. 10,336,219

CHILD SAFETY SEAT AND SUPPORT BASE THEREOF

WONDERLAND NURSERY GOODS ...

1. A support base for a child safety seat, the support base comprising:a shell body configured to support a child seat, the shell body having a first and a second end opposite to each other, an upper surface facing upward, and an end surface extending generally vertical at the first end;
a foot disposed at a bottom of the shell body adjacent to the first end, the foot being movable relative to the shell body to adjust an inclination of the support base; and
a recline actuator connected with the shell body, the recline actuator engaging with the foot to lock the foot in position, the recline actuator having a first actuating portion exposed on the upper surface for operation and a second actuating portion exposed on the end surface for operation, each of the first actuating portion and the second actuating portion being respectively operable to cause an unlocking movement of the recline actuator for disengaging the recline actuator from the foot.

US Pat. No. 10,336,218

HEIGHT ADJUSTING MECHANISM FOR A VEHICLE SEAT, IN PARTICULAR A UTILITY VEHICLE SEAT, AND VEHICLE SEAT, IN PARTICULAR UTILITY VEHICLE SEAT

1. A height adjusting mechanism for a vehicle seat, wherein the vehicle seat has a scissors frame, the height adjusting mechanism comprising:a gas spring interacting with the scissors frame;
an operator control unit; and
a valve device for ventilating and venting the gas spring, wherein the valve device is arranged on the operator control unit, and the operator control unit has an operator control element actuating the height adjusting mechanism, the valve device being part of the operator control unit, the valve device being arranged within the operator control unit, the valve device comprising two 2/2-way pneumatic valves.

US Pat. No. 10,336,215

MOVABLE VEHICLE SEAT WITH INTEGRATED OCCUPANT RESTRAINT SYSTEM

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A seat for a vehicle, the seat configured to slidably couple to a rail assembly disposed in a floor of the vehicle, the rail assembly including an inner rail disposed between opposed outer rails, the seat comprising:a seat bottom;
a seat back;
a seat mounting structure configured to support the seat bottom and the seat back, the seat mounting structure including a sled with opposed grooves configured to receive the outer rails to slidably couple to the rail assembly such that a seat load is transferred from the seat to the opposed outer rails; and
an occupant restraint system including a seat belt coupled to a retractor assembly, wherein the retractor assembly is configured to slidably couple to the inner rail such that the retractor assembly moves along the rail assembly as the seat mounting structure is moved along the rail assembly, the occupant restraint system configured to transfer a restraint system load to the rail assembly inner rail disposed in the vehicle floor.

US Pat. No. 10,336,213

METHOD FOR OPERATING AN ELECTRICALLY OPERATED OR ALSO ELECTRICALLY OPERABLE MOTOR VEHICLE AND MOTOR VEHICLE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for operating an electrically operated or an electrically operable motor vehicle provided with a rechargeable electric energy storage device associated with an electric drive motor, wherein a target state is determined for the energy storage device for a calculated, entered or predicted route for the next trip and an operating strategy is determined for the vehicle, and a minimum specifiable amount of recuperative deceleration is enabled for deceleration processes occurring along this route, comprising:a) determining a target state for the energy storage device for stationary charging or discharging state of the energy storage device taking place just prior to the start of the next trip, while taking into account a calculated, entered or predicted route to be traveled as the next route, as well as the total mass of the motor vehicle deviating from a predetermined normal value given at the start of the next journey, including a trailer optionally connected to the motor vehicle and deviating from the normal value of the air resistance coefficient, which deviates from a predetermined normal value in such a way that electric energy can be absorbed with a minimum amount of recuperative deceleration fully or to the greatest possible extent for each of the deceleration processes occurring along this route by the energy storage device, and so that charging or discharging of the energy storage device can be carried out during the stationary charging or discharging until the determined target charging state is reached;
b) determining an operating strategy for a calculated, entered or predicted route as the route to be traveled during the next trip, while taking into account the route that was determined at the start of the next trip, the total mass of the vehicle deviating from a predetermined normal value, including a trailer optionally connected to the motor vehicle and the air resistance value of the motor vehicle deviating from a predetermined normal value, as well as the charged state of the energy storage device at the start of the trip in such a way that each specifiable minimum amount is enabled by recuperative deceleration for each deceleration process occurring along this route,
wherein the operating strategy for this purpose comprises at least one of the following steps:
b1) consuming electric energy by at least one electric consumer solely for the purpose of using electric energy in an anticipatory manner or during at least one deceleration phase during the next trip;
b2) carrying out in an anticipatory manner at least during one drive phase of the next trip at least one efficiency level worsening measure relating to the drivetrain, in particular to the traction motor, so that in comparison to a state without the at least one efficiency level worsening measure, an increased level of electric energy is required during at least one drive phase; and
b3) carrying out during at least one deceleration process during the next trip at least one efficiency level worsening measure relating to the drive train, in particular to the traction motor in its capacity as a generator, so that in comparison to a state without the at least one efficiency level worsening measure, a smaller amount of electric energy that can be obtained with recuperative deceleration is created with each minimum amount at least during one deceleration process, and
wherein in a trailer provided with a brake, which is connected to the motor vehicle, during at least one deceleration phase of the motor vehicle during the next trip:
c1) the braking force component of the trailer is increased in favor of a lower trailer-based energy recovery; and
c2) the braking force component of the trailer is decreased in favor of a higher trailer-based energy recovery.

US Pat. No. 10,336,212

TORQUE MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method, comprising:controlling a vehicle using an estimated torque of an electric machine, the estimated torque based on one or more parameters associated with the electric machine that are independent from measured current feedback, wherein the one or more parameters include measured voltages of the electric machine.

US Pat. No. 10,336,211

BATTERY PACK

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

1. A battery pack, comprising:an upper case and a lower case jointly defining a battery chamber for containing a battery therein;
an upper case-side flange extending outward from an outer periphery of the upper case over an entire circumference of the outer periphery;
a lower case-side flange extending outward from an outer periphery of the lower case over an entire circumference of the outer periphery so as to oppose the upper case-side flange;
a seal member interposed between the upper case-side flange and the lower case-side flange;
a plurality of threaded bolts each passing through the upper case-side flange and the lower case-side flange;
a plurality of nuts threadably engaged with the threaded bolts, respectively, to join the upper case and the lower case to each other,
an upper case-side depending wall that depends from an outer edge of the upper case-side flange over an entire circumference thereof beyond the lower case-side flange, the upper case-side depending wall being spaced from an outer edge the lower case-side flange; and
a lower case-side depending wall that depends from the outer edge of the lower case-side flange over an entire circumference thereof,
wherein the upper case-side flange includes a rib constituted of a ridge extending at a position closer to the outer edge thereof than the seal member over an entire circumference thereof and contacting the lower case-side flange,
the upper case-side flange is provided with bolt through-holes through which the threaded bolts are passed, respectively, and the nuts are engaged with the threaded bolts passed through the bolt through-holes,
the upper case-side flange is provided with a plurality of annular bosses on a bottom surface thereof, each boss protruding downward from the bottom surface and surrounding a corresponding one of the bolt through holes, and circumferentially adjoining bosses being connected by the rib, and
the rib and the bosses are pressed against an upper surface of the lower case-side flange with the nuts being engaged with the threaded bolts passed through the bolt through-holes.

US Pat. No. 10,336,210

SELECTION OF RANGE FOR AN ELECTRIC DEVICE HAVING A RECHARGEABLE ENERGY STORAGE UNIT

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A system of selecting range for an electric device having a rechargeable energy storage unit, the system comprising:a controller operatively connected to the rechargeable energy storage unit and including a processor and tangible, non-transitory memory on which is recorded instructions for executing a method;
an operator interface in communication with the controller and accessible to an operator;
a charging unit selectively connectable to and configured to charge the rechargeable energy storage unit at one or more charging strengths, including a predefined first charging strength;
wherein execution of the instructions by the processor causes the controller to:
request an operator to enter a selected range for the electric device on the operator interface;
determine if the selected range is less than a predetermined maximum range;
if the selected range is less than the predetermined maximum range, then convert the selected range to a selected energy consumption based on a driving model of the operator;
determine a target voltage based at least partially on the selected energy consumption and predetermined parameters of the charging unit; and
charge the rechargeable energy storage unit to the target voltage at the predefined first charging strength, via the charging unit.

US Pat. No. 10,336,209

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING A BATTERY, IN PARTICULAR A LITHIUM ION BATTERY, IN A CONSUMER

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a battery in a consumer, the method comprising:determining (S10) at least one operating parameter which describes the state of the battery or the consumer;
comparing (S20) the at least one determined operating parameter with one reference value in each case in order to recognize whether a predefined state exists;
determining a specified critical charge state (SOCkrit), the specified critical charge state (SOCkrit) being an upper charge state limit below which a thermal runaway of the battery does not occur; and
discharging (S32) the battery until a charge state of the battery is below a specified critical charge state (SOCkrit) of the battery if the predefined state exists, wherein by discharging the battery, an energy store is charged by a discharge flow from the battery.

US Pat. No. 10,336,208

SWITCHED BATTERY AND CAPACITOR ARRANGEMENT AND RELATED OPERATING METHODS

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. An electrical system for a vehicle, the electrical system comprising:a capacitive element;
a switching arrangement coupled to the capacitive element, the switching arrangement being configured to be coupled between a first rail of a bus and an energy storage element; and
a control module coupled to the switching arrangement and the energy storage element, wherein:
the control module is configured to:
operate the switching arrangement such that a voltage of the energy storage element is substantially equal to a voltage of the first rail of the bus when a state of charge of the energy storage element is greater than a lower threshold value and less than an upper threshold value;
operate the switching arrangement to add a voltage of the capacitive element to the voltage of the energy storage element when the state of charge of the energy storage element is greater than the upper threshold value; and
operate the switching arrangement to subtract the voltage of the capacitive element from the voltage of the energy storage element when the state of charge of the energy storage element is less than the lower threshold value; and
the switching arrangement comprises:
a first switching element coupled between a first capacitor terminal and the first rail, the first switching element being configured to allow current from the first capacitor terminal to the first rail when closed;
a second switching element coupled between a second capacitor terminal and the first rail, the second switching element being configured to allow current from the first rail to the second capacitor terminal when closed;
a third switching element coupled between the first capacitor terminal and a first terminal of the energy storage element, the third switching element being configured to allow current from the first capacitor terminal to the energy storage element when closed; and
a fourth switching element coupled between the second capacitor terminal and the first terminal of the energy storage element, the fourth switching element being configured to allow current from the first terminal of the energy storage element to the second capacitor terminal when closed.

US Pat. No. 10,336,207

ELECTRIFIED VEHICLE ALLOWING USER TO SET BATTERY CHARGING PROFILE IN-VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An electrified vehicle, comprising:a battery pack, a human-machine interface configured to receive inputs setting a charging profile, and a controller; and
a battery system configured to selectively charge the battery pack in response to an instruction from the controller, the controller configured to instruct the battery system to charge the battery pack consistent with the charging profile, wherein:
the human-machine interface is configured to receive inputs setting the charging profile based on both an electricity cost preference and a charging time preference,
wherein the human-machine interface includes at least one set of charging windows having a plurality of cells arranged in columns and rows, the columns corresponding to one of charging times and electricity cost, and the rows corresponding to the other of charging times and electricity cost, and
the inputs setting the charging profile include a selection of at least one cell corresponding to a desired charging time and electricity cost.

US Pat. No. 10,336,206

IDENTIFYING A USER OF A CHARGING STATION

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

1. A system, comprising:a communication logic which aggregates transaction data associated with a chargeable vehicle, and sends the aggregated transaction data to an authorizing entity, wherein the authorizing entity identifies a user associated with the chargeable vehicle by comparing the aggregated transaction data with previously stored authorizing data;
an extrapolation logic which receives a list of possible charging stations based on proximity to the chargeable vehicle and identifies a charging station that supplied or is supplying the chargeable vehicle with a charge based, at least in part, on the aggregated transaction data and by a comparison of a received amount of charge by the chargeable vehicle to a dispensed amount of charge from each of the possible charging stations on the list, without receiving specific identification information from the identified charging station interacting with the chargeable vehicle; and
an authorization logic which receives an authorization request from the authorizing entity to authorize a transaction between the chargeable vehicle and the identified charging station based on the aggregated transaction data and the previously stored authorizing data, and receives a confirmation via the user that the user has authority to affirm the transaction between the chargeable vehicle and the identified charging station; and in response to the confirmation by the user, sending a response to the authorization request,
wherein the communication logic further confirms the charge from the identified charging station based, at least in part, on the response to the authorization request.

US Pat. No. 10,336,205

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CHARGING A VEHICLE USING A DYNAMIC POWER GRID, AND SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MANAGING POWER CONSUMPTION IN THE VEHICLE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A system for charging a vehicle, comprising:a processing device which is communicatively coupled to a plurality of vehicles and maintains a forward model for modeling vehicle charging data for the plurality of vehicles, the processing device using data from the plurality of vehicles to determine an optimal location to exchange charge, the processing device comprising a server which is communicatively coupled to the plurality of vehicles;
a computing device which, based on the forward model, maintains a charge exchange market which directs a formation of a flash charge mob of vehicles from the plurality of vehicles at the optimal location to exchange charge, the flash charge mob comprising a dynamic power grid; and
a power transmitting device for transmitting power from a second vehicle of the plurality of vehicles to a first vehicle of the plurality of vehicles according to an agreement, the charge exchange market being communicatively coupled to the power transmitting device, and controlling the voltage and capacity of the dynamic power grid via the power transmitting device, and the power transmitting device comprising:
an input port for connecting the dynamic power grid; and
a communication device for communicating with the server and the plurality of vehicles,
wherein the plurality of vehicles comprise a plurality of communication devices, respectively, and a user of the first vehicle communicates with a user of the second vehicle which is in the flash charge mob via the plurality of communication devices to facilitate the agreement between the user of the first vehicle and the user of the second vehicle for transmitting power to the first vehicle,
wherein the processing device uses data from the plurality of vehicles and data from an external database to parameterize a constrained optimization within the forward model, and
wherein the optimization minimizes a stop time for the first and second vehicles, minimizes deviation from a planned route, and minimizes a probability of running out of charge over all expected vehicle actions until a future expected charging of the first vehicle from an electric power grid.