US Pat. No. 10,967,876

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

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

1. A vehicle control system comprising:a surrounding state detector is configured to detect a state of proximate surroundings of a subject vehicle;
a first running assistor is configured to automatically control at least acceleration/deceleration or steering of the subject vehicle such that the subject vehicle can run along a route to a destination by referring to a result of detection executed by the surrounding state detector;
a monitor is configured to monitor whether or not the first running assistor is in a predetermined state and limit an operation of the first running assistor in a case in which the first running assistor is in the predetermined state; and
a second running assistor is configured to assist a vehicle occupant's driving of the subject vehicle based on the result of the detection executed by the surrounding state detector and perform steering control according to a relation between the subject vehicle and a lane in a case in which the first running assistor is determined as being in the predetermined state by the monitor,
wherein the second running assistor comprises a lower degree of control than control executed by the first running assistor,
wherein the predetermined state is a state in which an abnormality occurs in the first running assistor due to a different factor than an operation by the occupant of the subject vehicle or a state in which information necessary for control using the first running assistor cannot be acquired, and
wherein the second running assistor is further configured to:
control the subject vehicle to remain within a running lane when the first running assistor is in the predetermined state and the subject vehicle is within the running lane, and
control the subject vehicle to change lanes when the first running assistor is in the predetermined state and the subject vehicle is partially external to the running lane.

US Pat. No. 10,967,875

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR AUTONOMOUS ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE (ATV)

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

1. An autonomous all-terrain vehicle (ATV), comprising:a controller receiving a command associated with autonomous driving and monitoring components of the autonomous ATV;
a location unit, implemented as a global positioning system (GPS) device, determining a current location associated with the autonomous ATV and a destination location associated with the command;
a navigation module, implemented via a processor and a memory, determining one or more driving parameters based on map data associated with a path from the current location to the destination location; and
a safety logic implementing an emergency stop based on an error determined by the controller and based on a battery level of the autonomous ATV, wherein the controller monitors the location unit and the navigation module for the error.

US Pat. No. 10,967,874

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING A VEHICLE TIRE-TO-ROAD FRICTION ESTIMATION

Volvo Car Corporation, G...

1. A method for controlling a vehicle traveling on a road, the method comprising:identifying an upcoming curve and determining properties of the curve;
determining a current vehicle speed, vv;
estimating a friction, ?e, between a tire of the vehicle and the road;
estimating a maximum allowable vehicle speed, vmax_e, when entering the curve based on the curve properties, vehicle speed and estimated friction;
if the current vehicle speed is higher than the estimated maximum allowable vehicle speed, determining that a friction measurement is required;
if a distance, dv, between the vehicle and a curve entrance is higher than a predetermined threshold distance, dT, and if a braking action is detected, performing a friction measurement during the braking action to determine a current friction, ?c;
if a distance between the vehicle and the curve entrance is lower than the predetermined threshold distance, performing a friction measurement to determine a current friction; and
determining a maximum allowable vehicle speed, vmax_d, based on the curve radius, vehicle speed and current friction.

US Pat. No. 10,967,873

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR VERIFYING AND MONITORING DRIVER PHYSICAL ATTENTION

Cobalt Industries Inc., ...

1. A method comprising:receiving at a processor associated with a vehicle, sensor data from a plurality of sensors in the vehicle, each sensor configured to measure a different parameter of a driver of the vehicle;
applying, by the processor, a model to the received sensor data, the model when applied to the received sensor data causing the processor to output a determination, based on the parameters of the driver, of attentiveness of the driver to driving the vehicle;
using the determined attentiveness of the driver, detecting, by the processor, a change by the driver from an attentive state to an inattentive state while the driver is operating multiple driving functions of the vehicle; and
responsive to the detected change to the inattentive state, causing, by the processor, the vehicle to automatically control one or more of the multiple driving functions of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,967,872

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PRESENTING COLLECTED DRIVING DATA

TRUEMOTION, INC., Boston...

1. A method of displaying vehicle movement information, the method comprising:obtaining a plurality of movement measurements by operating at least one sensor of a mobile device disposed in a vehicle during a drive;
generating during the drive by a processor of the mobile device, an association of a subset of the plurality of movement measurements obtained by operating the at least one sensor of the mobile device to at least one driving event indicating an interaction with the mobile device by a user during the drive;
generating, by the processor and using the association, a focused time metric indicating a percentage of the drive in which the user was focused and a mobile device interaction metric indicating a percentage of the drive in which the mobile device was in use during the drive;
generating, by the processor, a graphical image of the at least one driving event and the focused time metric and the mobile device interaction metric; and
displaying during the drive the graphical image on a display of the mobile device.

US Pat. No. 10,967,871

AUTOMATICALLY ESTIMATING SKILL LEVELS AND CONFIDENCE LEVELS OF DRIVERS

Harman International Indu...

1. A computer-implemented method for modifying functionality associated with a vehicle via at least one driver assistance application, the method comprising:computing a first characterization of a driver based on at least one physiological attribute of the driver that has been measured while the driver is operating the vehicle;
using a confidence level model to estimate a first confidence level associated with the driver based on the first characterization; and
causing one or more operations to be performed that are based on the first confidence level and modify at least one vehicle functionality.

US Pat. No. 10,967,870

HILL DESCENT SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

BYD COMPANY LIMITED, Gua...

1. A hill descent system for a vehicle, comprising:a plurality of wheels;
a plurality of wheel speed sensors, corresponding to the plurality of wheels and used for detecting the speeds of the plurality of wheels;
a plurality of motors, corresponding to the plurality of wheels and used for selectively driving or braking the plurality of wheels;
a plurality of motor controllers, respectively connected to the plurality of motors and used for controlling the working states of the plurality of motors;
a plurality of resolver sensors, corresponding to the plurality of motors and used for detecting the rotational speeds of the plurality of motors; and
a vehicle control unit, respectively connected to the plurality of wheel speed sensors, the plurality of motor controllers and the plurality of resolver sensors, and used for determining the actual downhill speed of the vehicle based on the speeds of the plurality of wheels and the rotational speeds of the plurality of motors, and controlling the plurality of motor controllers according to the actual downhill speed of the vehicle to adjust the working states of the plurality of motors.

US Pat. No. 10,967,869

ROAD SURFACE CONDITION ESTIMATION APPARATUS AND ROAD SURFACE CONDITION ESTIMATION METHOD

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A road surface condition estimation apparatus comprising:a controller programmed to:
collect, from each of a plurality of vehicles, behavior information relating to a behavior of each vehicle;
determine on the basis of the behavior information whether or not an abnormality condition is satisfied, the abnormality condition being set on the basis of a specific behavior, the specific behavior being a behavior expected to be taken by the vehicle when the vehicle encounters a road surface abnormality, the road surface abnormality including at least one of a defect of a road surface and an obstacle on the road surface; and
estimate a condition of the road surface on the basis of a determined result, wherein
the specific behavior includes a second specific behavior that the vehicle travels on a position of the road surface abnormality with the vehicle being affected by the road surface abnormality,
the abnormality condition includes a second abnormality condition that the behavior of the vehicle is the second specific behavior,
the controller is programmed to estimate that there exists the road surface abnormality at one point on a road, when it is determined that the second abnormality condition is satisfied at the one point,
the second specific behavior includes a second behavior that a difference between an amount of a variation per unit time of a wheel speed of a non-driven wheel of the vehicle and an acceleration rate of the vehicle is equal to or more than a predetermined threshold value,
the second abnormality condition includes a second condition that the behavior of the vehicle is the second behavior, and
the controller is programmed to estimate that there exists the road surface abnormality at the one point on the road, when it is determined that the second condition is satisfied at the one point.

US Pat. No. 10,967,868

METHOD FOR DRIVING ASSISTANCE, IN ACCORDANCE WITH A SIGNAL SYSTEM

Continental Automotive Gm...

1. A driving assistance method in a vehicle, in which the movement of the vehicle in the direction of travel can be influenced on the basis of a traffic-controlling signal system which is in front of the vehicle on a road and has recurring signal states dynamically adapted to traffic, the method comprising:transmitting, from the traffic-controlling signal system, first data relating to a position of a stop line assigned to the signal system and second data specifying a plurality of start times and a plurality of end times of individual signal states of the signal system, wherein the second data includes an earliest possible time for a change to a signal state of the signal system and a latest possible time for a change from the signal state of the signal system, and the second data includes a most likely time of the change to the signal state of the signal system and a most likely time of the change from the signal state of the signal system;
receiving, inside the vehicle by a first data processing system, and providing, by the first data processing system, the first data and the second data to electronic control devices in the form of data packets by means of a data connection inside the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,967,867

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR EFFICIENTLY PROVIDING OCCUPANCY INFORMATION ON THE SURROUNDINGS OF A VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A method for providing occupancy information for surroundings of a vehicle, wherein the vehicle comprises: sensors for determining occupancy of the surroundings, and a computation apparatus for producing a surroundings map that indicates occupancies, the method comprising the following acts executed by the computation apparatus:receiving, from the vehicle sensors, sensor measurements of the surroundings of the vehicle;
determining the occupancies of the surroundings by obstacles based on the sensor measurements;
dividing the surroundings into regions; and
for each region of the surroundings:
identifying multiple occupancies of the surroundings in the respective region;
determining a most certainly identified occupancy of the identified multiple occupancies in the respective region and a closest occupancy of the identified multiple occupancies, which closest occupancy is that occupancy in the respective region for which a shortest distance to the vehicle has been determined according to a distance determination specified for the respective region; and
providing the most certainly identified occupancy and the closest occupancy to a driver assistance system of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,967,866

POWER-TRAIN CONTROLLING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING POWER TRAIN

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A power-train controlling apparatus configured to control a power train of an engine electric hybrid vehicle, the power-train being provided with an engine, a catalytic converter, an oxygen-level sensor, an engaging element, and an electric rotating machine,the catalytic converter being coupled with the engine and configured to receive exhaust gas of the engine,
the oxygen-level sensor being disposed downstream of the catalytic converter along a flow of the exhaust gas and being configured to detect an oxygen level of the exhaust gas,
the engaging element being disposed in a power transmission path through which an output torque of the engine is transmitted to a wheel, the engaging element being configured to switch between an engaged state in which torque transmission is established between the engine and the wheel and a released state in which the torque transmission is blocked,
the electric rotating machine being coupled with the engine and being configured to receive the output torque of the engine and generate regenerative power,
the power-train controlling apparatus comprising:
a fuel injection controller configured to stop fuel injection to the engine during coasting of the vehicle while the engaging element is in the engaged state, introduce a predetermined volume of oxygen to the catalytic converter, and resume the fuel injection in a fuel-rich state while the vehicle is running;
a catalyst diagnosing unit configured to diagnose the catalytic converter on a basis of a variation in an output of the oxygen-level sensor after the resuming of the fuel injection by the fuel injection controller; and
an engaging-element controller configured to prohibit transition of the engaging element to the released state during a period between the stopping of the fuel injection and completion of the diagnosing of the catalytic converter by the catalyst diagnosing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,967,865

METHODS AND SYSTEM FOR MANAGING WHEEL CREEP TORQUE OF A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A driveline operating method, comprising:via a controller, in a first driveline mode where a torque converter is locked, adjusting an electric machine torque request as a function of a wheel creep torque in a second driveline mode, the second driveline mode being a mode where the torque converter is unlocked and an engine is a sole propulsion source of a driveline providing torque to wheels of a vehicle; and
adjusting torque of an electric machine responsive to the electric machine torque request.

US Pat. No. 10,967,864

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle control device comprising:a vehicle speed sensor that detects a vehicle speed of a host vehicle;
a vehicle stop position detecting unit that detects a vehicle stop position in front of and in a traveling direction of the host vehicle;
one or more processors, wherein the one or more processors are configured to:
calculate a remaining distance from the host vehicle to the detected stop position;
determine a reliability of the vehicle stop position or information concerning the calculated remaining distance; and
set repeatedly, using a predetermined setting method, a target speed of the host vehicle such that the host vehicle decelerates according to the calculated remaining distance,
wherein:
in the case that the reliability is less than a reliability threshold, the host vehicle decelerates such that the target speed changes in increments of a first length, and
in the case that the reliability is greater than the reliability threshold, the host vehicle decelerates such that the target speed changes in increments of a second length, wherein the second length is smaller than the first length.

US Pat. No. 10,967,863

CONTROL DEVICE OF VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control device of a vehicle provided with a stepped automatic transmission, configured to:acquire a gradient of a road on which the vehicle is scheduled to drive in the future;
calculate a maximum driving force when a gear stage of the automatic transmission is a current gear stage;
estimate a change of speed or acceleration of the vehicle in the future if the maximum driving force is applied, based on the acquired gradient of the road and the calculated maximum driving force;
control a gear stage of the automatic transmission; and
control an output torque of an internal combustion engine, wherein:
the control device is configured to prohibit change of the gear stage when the estimated speed of change of the speed or acceleration of the vehicle in the future if the maximum driving force applied, is within a reference range of speed of change where the occupants would not notice a change in speed or acceleration, and permit change of the gear stage when the estimated speed of change of the speed or acceleration of the vehicle in the future if the maximum driving force applied, is outside the reference range of speed of change; and
the control device is configured to:
calculate a current driving force when the gear stage of the automatic transmission is the current gear stage and the output torque of the internal combustion engine is the current output torque;
estimate a change of speed or acceleration of the vehicle in the future when it is assumed the current driving force continues, based on the acquired gradient of the road and the calculated current driving force; and
control the output torque so that when the estimated speed of change of the speed or acceleration of the vehicle in the future when assuming the current driving force continues, is outside a minimum range of speed of change narrower than the reference range of speed of change, the speed of change is within the minimum range of speed of change.

US Pat. No. 10,967,862

ROAD ANOMALY DETECTION FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE

UATC, LLC, San Francisco...

1. A network computing system comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the network computing system to:
receive sensor log data from one or more first autonomous vehicles (AVs) operating throughout a transport service region;
analyze the sensor log data against a set of road anomaly signatures;
based on analyzing the sensor log data against the set of road anomaly signatures, identify a road anomaly within the transport service region;
generate a resolution response for the road anomaly; and
transmit the resolution response to one or more second AVs to cause the one or more second AVs to respond to the road anomaly;
wherein the resolution response comprises a targeted label on an updated localization map indicating the road anomaly, and wherein the executed instructions cause the network computing system to transmit the resolution response by transmitting the updated localization map, including the targeted label indicating the road anomaly, to the one or more second AVs.

US Pat. No. 10,967,861

USING DISCOMFORT FOR SPEED PLANNING IN RESPONDING TO TAILGATING VEHICLES FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

1. A method of controlling a first vehicle, the method comprising:while maneuvering the first vehicle in an autonomous driving mode, identifying, by one or more processors, a second vehicle;
determining, by the one or more processors, that the second vehicle is a tailgating vehicle;
identifying, by the one or more processors, an initial allowable discomfort value representing expected discomfort of an occupant of the first vehicle and expected discomfort of an occupant of the second vehicle;
attempting, by the one or more processors, to determine a speed profile for a future trajectory of the first vehicle that meets the initial allowable discomfort value based on a set of factors corresponding to a reaction of the tailgating vehicle;
when a speed profile that meets the initial allowable discomfort value cannot be determined, adjusting, by the one or more processors, the initial allowable discomfort value until a speed profile that meets an adjusted allowable discomfort value is determined; and
using, by the one or more processors, the speed profile that meets the adjusted allowable discomfort value to control the first vehicle in the autonomous driving mode.

US Pat. No. 10,967,860

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle control device, comprising:a driving source of a vehicle;
a transmission which shifts rotation of a driving force from the driving source and transmits the rotation to a driving wheel side; and
a travel control device which controls the driving force of the driving source and a transmission ratio of the transmission,
wherein the travel control device is capable of operating in following modes comprising
a front car follow-up travel mode, in which the driving force and the transmission ratio are controlled based on a first accelerator position which is an accelerator position for an inter-vehicle distance to a preceding vehicle to be a target inter-vehicle distance or for a vehicle speed to be a target set vehicle speed; and
an override mode, in which the driving force and the transmission ratio are controlled based on a second accelerator position which is an accelerator position determined by an operation of an accelerator operator performed by a driver,
wherein a transmission characteristic, showing a relationship between the vehicle speed of the vehicle and the transmission ratio of the transmission, comprises a first transmission characteristic selected in the front car follow-up travel mode, and a second transmission characteristic selected in the override mode,
wherein, compared with the second transmission characteristic, in the first transmission characteristic, a threshold of the accelerator position at which at least downshift of the transmission occurs is set to a higher value or an amount of change of the transmission ratio along with the downshift of the transmission is set to a lower value,
wherein the travel control device selects,
when the driver operates the accelerator operator in the front car follow-up travel mode,
the second transmission characteristic instead of the first transmission characteristic in the front car follow-up travel mode, on the condition that the first accelerator position is a maximum value or a value close to the maximum value and the second accelerator position is larger than a first threshold which is a value smaller than the first accelerator position.

US Pat. No. 10,967,859

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS AND VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD

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

1. A vehicle control apparatus for controlling a vehicle that is performing automated driving traveling, comprising:a communication unit configured to acquire deceleration information of another vehicle by communication with the other vehicle;
a setting unit configured to set, for a deceleration of the vehicle, a range of an allowable deceleration that allows a vehicle speed change within a predetermined range;
a determination unit configured to compare the deceleration of the vehicle with a deceleration included in the deceleration information and determine whether deceleration control of matching the deceleration of the vehicle with the deceleration of the other vehicle can be performed within the range of the allowable deceleration; and
a control unit configured to perform the deceleration control of the vehicle based on a determination result of the determination unit,
wherein the control unit sets a deceleration matching between the vehicle and the other vehicle as a cooperative deceleration and performs the deceleration control of the vehicle based on the cooperative deceleration, and
the communication unit transmits a signal including information of the cooperative deceleration to the other vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,967,858

VEHICLE AND SPEED-LIMIT CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A speed-limit control method for a vehicle, comprising:determining, by a controller, whether a speed-limit control inactivation condition is satisfied by depression of an accelerator pedal in a state in which speed-limit control is activated;
in response to determining that the inactivation condition is satisfied, determining, by the controller, a candidate value of an accelerator pedal sensor and a candidate gear shift stage;
determining, by the controller, a speed margin based on the candidate value of the accelerator pedal sensor, the candidate gear shift stage, and a vehicle speed;
comparing, by the controller, the speed margin with a predetermined threshold;
determining, by the controller, the candidate gear shift stage as a transition gear shift stage and determining the candidate value of the accelerator pedal sensor as a transition value of the accelerator pedal sensor, when the speed margin is equal to or greater than the threshold; and
operating, by the controller, the vehicle to travel based on the transition gear shift stage and the transition value of the accelerator pedal sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,967,857

DRIVING SUPPORT DEVICE AND DRIVING SUPPORT METHOD

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A driving support device comprising:an object detection unit that detects an object moving in a direction crossing the traveling direction of a vehicle;
a collision prediction unit configured to calculate a collision between the object detected by the object detection unit and the vehicle;
a support performing unit configured to cause the vehicle to perform driving support for preventing the collision, when the collision prediction unit predicts the collision between the object and the vehicle;
a speed calculation unit that calculates a speed of the object; and
a time-to-collision calculation unit configured to calculate a time-to-collision that is a prediction time period before the occurrence of a collision between the object and the vehicle, based on information about the object detected by the object detection unit, wherein
the collision prediction unit establishes a first collision prediction area as an area in a determination plane defined by a lateral position axis indicating a position with respect to the vehicle in a lateral direction orthogonal to the traveling direction of the vehicle, and a prediction time period axis indicating the time-to-collision set in the traveling direction of the vehicle, and predicts a collision with the object depending on whether the object is present in the first collision prediction area in the determination plane,
the first collision prediction area along the lateral position axis has a width that is set based on a width of the vehicle, and
the lateral position of the first collision prediction area is set based on a product calculated by multiplying a speed of the object in a direction of the lateral position axis by the time-to-collision.

US Pat. No. 10,967,856

DETECTION OF PEDESTRIAN USING RADIO DEVICES

Waymo LLC, Mountain View...

1. An apparatus comprising:a sensor unit configured to:
transmit, using a radio technology, a device-discovery radio signal on at least two frequency channels of the radio technology, wherein the device-discovery radio signal is transmitted on the at least two channels without waiting for a response signal, and
receive, using the radio technology and in response to the device-discovery radio signal, a responsive radio signal on at least one of the frequency channels; and
a processor configured to:
determine that the responsive radio signal is associated with a pedestrian, and
control a vehicle based at least on the determination.

US Pat. No. 10,967,855

VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A vehicle, comprising:an image capturing device configured to detect an object by capturing an image of the object located in a peripheral region of a vehicle;
a detection sensor configured to acquire at least one position information of the object and speed information of the object;
an input configured to receive a command for starting an operation of an advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) of the vehicle; and
a controller configured to:
receive the command for starting the operation of the advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) of the vehicle;
start the operation of the advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) when a traveling environment and traveling status of the vehicle satisfy a predefined condition;
advance a warning start time based on the operation of the advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) by a predetermined period of time after starting operation of the advanced driver assistance system (ADAS); and
allow an operation release reference value for releasing the operation of the advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) to be greater than a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,967,854

LANE KEEPING SYSTEM RESPONSIVE TO STEERING INPUT

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A lane keeping system responsive to steering input configured to perform support of driving such that an own vehicle drives within a lane, the lane keeping system comprising:a camera configured to obtain object information relating to at least an object in an area;
a processor programmed to:
obtain a relative positional relationship between the own vehicle and the object located in the area and identified based on the object information obtained by the camera;
receive a steering operation value from a steering torque sensor, and inhibit the support of the driving when an absolute value of the steering operation value representing a magnitude of a steering operation performed by a driver is greater than an inhibition threshold value; and
determine the inhibition threshold value to a smaller value when the relative positional relationship between the object and the own vehicle which is obtained by the processor is a specific relationship in which it is estimated that the driver is to perform a steering operation in a direction in which the own vehicle avoids the object, than when the relative positional relationship between the object and the own vehicle which is obtained by the processor is not the specific relationship,
wherein the specific relationship occurs when an object-side distance that is a distance between the object and a lane line defining an own lane on which the own vehicle is running is less than or equal to a predetermined object-side distance, and (ii) at least one of (a) a vehicle-to-object distance between the object and the own vehicle is less than or equal to a predetermined vehicle-to-object distance and (b) the own vehicle is approaching the object at a speed greater than or equal to a predetermined speed, and
the relative positional relationship is not the specific relationship when the object-side distance that is the distance between the object and the lane line defining the own lane on which the own vehicle is running is longer than the predetermined object-side distance, or (ii) (a) the vehicle-to-object distance between the object and the own vehicle is longer than the predetermined vehicle-to-object distance and (b) the own vehicle is approaching the object at a speed smaller than the predetermined speed.

US Pat. No. 10,967,853

ENHANCED COLLISION MITIGATION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A system, comprising a computer including a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor to:determine a yaw rate for a host vehicle;
upon determining that the yaw rate is below a threshold, identify a target and a front corner point of the target;
determine a time to collision between the host vehicle and the front corner point of the target; and
activate suppression of actuation of one or more vehicle components performing threat mitigation between the host vehicle and the target when the time to collision exceeds a time threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,967,852

VISUAL RANGE ADAPTER BY HEAD DETECTION FOR A-PILLAR

VIA TECHNOLOGIES, INC., ...

1. A method for displaying an image of a vehicle blind spot, adapted to an electronic device including a connection device and a processor, the connection device coupling to at least one external camera disposed outside a vehicle, at least one internal camera disposed inside the vehicle with a lens facing towards a driver, and at least one display disposed inside the vehicle, the method comprising:capturing an image of the external environment of the vehicle by the external camera as an external image;
an image including the driver by the internal camera as an internal image, and recognizing a face of the driver and a displacement of the face in the internal image; and adjusting a position of a region of interest (ROI) in the external image according to the recognized displacement, to display an image of the ROI on the display corresponding to the external camera,
wherein adjusting a position of an ROI in the external image according to the recognized displacement comprises calculating an amount of movement of the ROI corresponding to a displacement of the face according to a conversion relationship between the displacement of the face and the amount of movement of the ROI; and
moving the ROI by the calculated amount of movement in a direction opposite to the displacement of the face.

US Pat. No. 10,967,851

VEHICLE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SETTING VARIABLE VIRTUAL BOUNDARY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising: a camera; a sensor; and processors configured to: detect an unoccupied parking spot while the vehicle traverses a detection path; define a variable virtual boundary based on at least one object detected on a side of the detection path excluding the unoccupied parking spot; generate at least one parking maneuver based on the unoccupied parking spot and the variable virtual boundary, wherein the processors automatically move the vehicle to the unoccupied parking spot; and responsive to the vehicle crossing the variable virtual boundary: adjust the variable virtual boundary to the farthest edge of the vehicle crossing the variable virtual boundary, wherein adjusting the variable virtual boundary to the farthest edge of the vehicle crossing the variable virtual boundary comprises extending the variable virtual boundary parallel to the previously defined variable virtual boundary by a maximum perpendicular distance that a vehicle edge extends from the previously defined variable virtual boundary.

US Pat. No. 10,967,850

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DRIVING OF VEHICLE, AND VEHICLE SYSTEM

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An apparatus for controlling driving of a vehicle, comprising:a determination device configured to determine a closed state of an engine clutch, based on a state of a motor or an engine of the vehicle when a state of the engine clutch is unknown by an engine clutch controller;
a state determination device configured to receive state information from the determination device to determine whether the engine clutch is in a closed state or an open state; and
a motor controller configured to control reverse rotation of the motor for reverse driving control of the vehicle in response to determining that the engine clutch is in the open state,
wherein when a reverse (R) stage signal is applied with the state of the engine clutch unknown, a driving controller is configured to adjust a hybrid starter generator (HSG) speed to 0 and a motor torque of the motor to a first torque within an HSG torque range, and
wherein the determination device is configured to determine that the engine clutch is in the open state when an absolute value of an HSG torque is less than a preset second torque for a predetermined period of time that the HSG speed and the motor torque of the motor is adjusted.

US Pat. No. 10,967,849

VEHICLE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A vehicle comprising:a plurality of wheels;
a motor configured to apply a driving force to the plurality of wheels;
a rain detector, arranged outside the vehicle, configured to detect a precipitation;
a temperature detector configured to detect an outside temperature;
a weight detector configured to detect at least one of a weight of a passenger or a weight of a load in the vehicle;
a speed detector configured to detect a driving speed of the vehicle;
a pressure detector configured to detect pressure applied on an accelerator pedal;
a storage device configured to store a first correction value corresponding to the weight of the vehicle, a second correction value corresponding to the precipitation and a third correction value corresponding to a frozen state of the road surface; and
a controller configured to:
obtain a torque of the motor based on the driving speed detected by the speed detector and the pressure detected by the pressure detector,
adjust the obtained torque based on the first correction value corresponding to the detected weight when the detected weight is greater than a reference weight,
adjust the obtained torque based on the second correction value corresponding to the detected precipitation when the detected precipitation is more than or equal to a reference precipitation, the detected outside temperature is higher than or equal to a reference outside temperature, and the detected weight is smaller than or equal to the reference weight, and
adjust the obtained torque based on the third correction value corresponding to the frozen state of the road surface when the detected precipitation is more than or equal to the reference precipitation, the detected outside temperature is lower than the reference outside temperature, and the detected weight is smaller than or equal to the reference weight,
wherein the frozen state of the road surface is determined by the outside temperature and the precipitation, and
wherein the outside temperature includes information to determine strength of ice formed on the road surface.

US Pat. No. 10,967,848

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR OPERATING A DRIVELINE OF A HYBRID VEHICLE POWERTRAIN

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A driveline operating method, comprising:propelling a vehicle in an electric only propulsion mode, wherein the vehicle is propelled only by an electric machine directly coupled to an output shaft of a dual clutch transmission and both of a first clutch and a second clutch of the dual clutch transmission are in an open state; and
responsive to a transmission shift being requested while propelling the vehicle in the electric only propulsion mode:
determining an amount of torque predicted to accelerate transmission components of the dual clutch transmission from a first speed to a second speed based on an inertia of the transmission components; and
accelerating the transmission components from the first speed to the second speed by providing the amount of torque to the transmission components by the electric machine.

US Pat. No. 10,967,847

CONTROLLING METHOD OF RPM FLARE OF TRANSMISSION FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for controlling revolutions per minute (RPM) flare, in which an RPM of a transmission increases due to clutch slip, for a hybrid vehicle, the method comprising:determining whether gear-shifting is performed in a transmission of the hybrid vehicle;
detecting whether RPM flare of the transmission occurs when it is determined that the gear-shifting is performed; and
controlling a torque of a motor of the hybrid vehicle so as to reduce the RPM flare of the transmission by reducing the torque of the motor when the RPM flare of the transmission is detected,
wherein the detecting of whether the RPM flare of the transmission occurs comprises:
determining that the RPM flare of the transmission occurs when a difference between an of the motor and an RPM flare control target speed of the transmission is greater than a specific RPM flare reference speed of the transmission; and
calculating the RPM flare control target speed of the transmission according to the following equation:
RPM flare control target speed=an output RPM of a transmission/current driving gear ratio of the transmission×LPF,
wherein “LPF” denotes a low-pass filter.

US Pat. No. 10,967,846

VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED...

1. A control system for a vehicle, comprising:torque control means for automatically causing application of positive and negative torque, as required, to one or more wheels of the vehicle to cause the vehicle to travel in accordance with a target speed value;
path prediction means for predicting a path of the vehicle in a direction of travel;
detection means for detecting one or more stationary objects ahead of the vehicle;
determining means to determine whether the one or more stationary objects detected by the detection means lie outside the predicted path; and
control means configured to, if said one or more detected stationary objects are determined to lie outside the predicted path, automatically reduce a speed of the vehicle in dependence on a distance of the one or more detected stationary objects from the predicted path and independent of any moving objects;
wherein reducing the vehicle speed comprises the control means limiting the vehicle speed to a speed limit value, and wherein said speed limit value is determined at least in part in dependence on the distance of the one or more detected stationary objects from the predicted path and/or a height of the one or more detected stationary objects.

US Pat. No. 10,967,845

DRIVE-FORCE TRANSMITTING APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A drive-force transmitting apparatus for a vehicle that includes a drive force source and drive wheels, said drive-force transmitting apparatus comprising:a drive gear that serves as a drive-force transmitting member configured to transmit a drive force from the drive force source to the drive wheels;
a fluid pump that is to driven by rotation of said drive gear; and
a casing that stores therein said drive gear and said fluid pump,
wherein said fluid pump includes:
a pump body that defines therein a pump chamber;
a pump cover that covers said pump chamber and is fixed to said pump body;
a rotor that is disposed in said pump chamber;
a driven gear that meshes with said drive gear; and
a pump shaft on which said rotor and said driven gear are mounted,
wherein said pump shaft has a supported portion and a free end portion, such that said pump shaft is rotatably supported at said supported portion by at least one of said pump body and said pump cover, and such that said driven gear is mounted on said free end portion of said pump shaft,
wherein said pump body has an outer peripheral portion that is located on an outer side of said pump body in a radial direction of said rotor, and said pump cover has an outer peripheral portion that is located on an outer side of said pump cover in said radial direction, and
wherein one of said outer peripheral portion of said pump body and said outer peripheral portion of said pump cover is supported by said casing, and the rest of said pump body and the rest of said pump cover are spaced apart from said casing.

US Pat. No. 10,967,844

CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING AN ELECTROMECHANICAL BRAKE BOOSTER

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

11. A brake system for a vehicle, comprising:an electromechanical brake booster for a brake system of a vehicle, including:
a control device, including:
an electronics device by which, taking into account a brake specification signal relating to a target vehicle deceleration requested by a driver of the vehicle or by an automatic speed control system of the vehicle, a target quantity is defined relating to a target motor torque that is performable by a motor of the electromechanical brake booster, and at least one control signal is outputtable to the motor of the electromechanical brake booster so that an actual motor torque corresponding to the defined target quantity is performable by the controlled motor;
wherein the electronics device is configured to compare a provided sensor signal relating to a differential path between a valve body, displaced by the controlled motor, of the electromechanical brake booster and an input rod of the brake system with a specified normal value range, and
wherein if the sensor signal relating to the differential path lies outside the specified normal value range, the electronics device is further configured to define a maximum limit value for the target quantity from a value range of at least two values for the maximum limit value, at least taking into account the sensor signal so that at least during a specified time interval after the determination of the maximum limit value the target quantity relating to the target motor torque is at most equal to the defined maximum limit value, and an actual motor torque at most corresponding to the defined maximum limit value is performable by the controlled motor;
wherein the valve body is settable into a displacement movement in a braking direction by the motor controlled by the control device, and
wherein the input rod is attached on the valve body so that the valve body, set into the displacement movement in the braking direction, is displace-able up to a differential path between the input rod and the valve body that is equal to a specified limit differential path in relation to the input rod, and subsequently the input rod is settable into a co-displacement movement by the valve body, which is set into the displacement movement in the braking direction, if at most a retaining force below a specified threshold value counteracts the co-displacement movement of the input rod in the braking direction.

US Pat. No. 10,967,843

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

WABCO Europe BVBA, Bruss...

1. A control valve (12) for applying a spring-loaded brake pressure (p3b) to spring-loaded parts (3b) of a rear-axle wheel brake (3), the control valve comprising a first control input and a second control input, a first control input and a second control input and a first control chamber, a second control chamber, and a third control chamber,wherein the control valve (12) is configured to be pneumatically actuated via the second control input (12b) with a parking-brake control pressure (p5), wherein the parking-brake control pressure (p5) is configured to act in such a manner on control arrangement (14b, 15b, 17c, 22, 23, 24) arranged in a valve housing (12f) of the control valve (12) that a spring-loaded brake pressure (p3b) arises at a working output (12c) of the control valve (12) as a function of the parking-brake control pressure (p5) for implementing a parking-brake braking demand (VP) with the spring-loaded parts (3b) of the rear-axle wheel brakes (3),
wherein the control valve (12) is further configured to receive, via the first control input (12a), a service-brake control pressure (pV; pR) which depends on a service-brake braking demand (VB), wherein the first control input (12a) is connectable to an adjustable first control chamber (14a), wherein the first control chamber (14a) is operatively connected, via a first control piston (15a), to the control arrangement (14b, 15b, 17c, 22, 23, 24) in the control valve (12) and, during an adjustment of the first control chamber (14a) as a result of pressurization with the service-brake control pressure (pV; pR), the spring-loaded brake pressure (p3b) at the working output (12c) is configured to be set as a function of the service-brake control pressure (pV; pR) and/or of the parking-brake control pressure (p5), wherein the first control piston (15a) is furthermore operatively connected to a third control chamber (14c),
wherein a first compressive force (X1) acts on the first control piston (15a) in a first direction (R1) when the first control chamber (14a) is pressurized with the service-brake control pressure (pV; pR), and a second compressive force (X2) in a second direction (R2) opposite to the first direction (R1) acts on the first control piston (15a) when the third control chamber (14c) is pressurized with the same service-brake control pressure (pV; pR),
wherein the control valve further comprises a switchable bypass valve (27) and the first control chamber (14a) is selectively connectable to the third control chamber (14c) for selectively charging the first and third control chambers (14a, 14c) with the same service-brake control pressure (pV; pR), the switchable bypass valve (27) comprising a bypass control piston (27d) controllable with two functionally independent control pressure sources (pU, p27).

US Pat. No. 10,967,842

BRAKE HYDRAULIC PRESSURE CONTROLLER AND MOTORCYCLE BRAKE SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A brake hydraulic pressure controller (1) comprisinga terminal (13T) of a motor (13), the terminal being a tab; and
a circuit board (7F) connected to the terminal (13) via a metal piece (7E) formed of a single metal sheet, wherein
an end (7Eb) of the metal piece (7E), on a side to which the terminal (13T) is connected, is configured by including:
a first portion (70) and a second portion (80) that are separated from each other;
a first coupling section (91) including a bulge in an insertion direction of the terminal (13T), the bulge coupling one end of the first portion (70) and one end of the second portion (80);
a second coupling section (93) including a bulge in the insertion direction of the terminal (13T), the bulge coupling an other end of the first portion (70) and an other end of the second portion (80); and
a penetrating section (90), an outer periphery of which is configured by including the first portion (70), the second portion (80), the first coupling section (91), and the second coupling section (93),
wherein tongue pieces (71, 81) that are projected to an inner side of the penetrating section (90) are respectively formed in a middle of the first portion (70) and a middle of the second portion (80),
wherein a slit-shaped clearance (7Ee) in which the terminal (13T) is inserted is formed between a tip of the tongue piece (71) of the first portion (70) and a tip of the tongue piece (81) of the second portion (80), and
wherein the tip of the tongue piece (71) of the first portion (70) and the tip of the tongue piece (81) of the second portion (80) are bent in the insertion direction of the terminal (13T).

US Pat. No. 10,967,841

BRAKE FLUID PRESSURE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

Autoliv Nissin Brake Syst...

1. A brake-by-wire, brake fluid pressure control system for a vehicle comprising:a master cylinder that is activated by operating a brake activator;
a motor cylinder device that is arranged between the master cylinder and a wheel cylinder and generates a brake hydraulic pressure in response to an operation amount of the brake activator;
a controller that controls for driving the motor cylinder device in relation to brake-by-wire braking operations;
a first brake fluid line that allows the master cylinder to communicate with the wheel cylinder;
a second brake fluid line that is connected to the first brake fluid line and allows the motor cylinder device to communicate with the wheel cylinder; and
a two-position three-way valve that is arranged at a connection point between the first brake fluid line and the second brake fluid line, wherein
during brake-by-wire braking operations involving brake hydraulic pressure generated by the motor cylinder device the two-position three-way valve is switchable between a first state in which the master cylinder communicates with the wheel cylinder and the motor cylinder device is shut off from the wheel cylinder and a second state in which the master cylinder is shut off from the wheel cylinder and the motor cylinder device communicates with the wheel cylinder, and
during a brake-by-wire braking operation when operation of the brake activator is released by a driver of the vehicle and power of the motor cylinder device is shut off, the controller switches the two-position three-way valve to the first state to prevent brake fluid from flowing into the second brake fluid line.

US Pat. No. 10,967,840

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING BRAKING OF ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Corporation...

1. A method of controlling braking of a vehicle, wherein friction braking force generated by a friction braking unit is applied to front wheels of the vehicle and regenerative braking force generated by a motor is applied to rear wheels of the vehicle, the method comprising:determining, with a controller, a braking force based on a braking-input value of a driver, wherein the braking force is requested by the driver;
detecting, with a detection unit, detected information of a vehicle, wherein the vehicle includes an electric vehicle, and wherein the detected information comprises driving information and state information of the vehicle; and
determining, with the controller, a braking mode of the vehicle satisfying the braking force based on the detected information and information of a running state of the vehicle obtained from the detected information,
wherein the braking mode comprises:
a regeneration priority mode, wherein the regeneration priority mode controls regenerative braking of the motor to generate only the regenerative braking force satisfying the braking force without generating the friction braking force; and
a stability priority mode, wherein the stability priority mode controls the regenerative braking of the motor and operation of the friction braking unit to generate the friction braking force and the regenerative braking force that are distributed, wherein distribution of the friction braking force and the regenerative braking force satisfying the braking force is performed based on an ideal braking distribution line,
wherein the regeneration priority mode is set to a default mode in the controller, and the braking mode is switched abruptly to the stability priority mode from the regeneration priority mode immediately before lock of the rear wheels occurs at a point where prior to lock of the rear wheels occurs and at the same time the regeneration priority mode is turned off.

US Pat. No. 10,967,839

SYSTEMS, VEHICLES, AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING TRAILER BRAKE OUTPUT IN COLLABORATION WITH DYNAMIC ELECTRONIC PARKING BRAKE

15. A method of controlling a trailer brake output circuit of a vehicle, the method comprising:receiving, by a trailer brake control electronic control unit (ECU) of the vehicle, a dynamic electronic parking brake (EPB) state flag indicating one of an ON state and an OFF state of a dynamic EPB;
receiving, by the trailer brake control ECU, a vehicle acceleration message indicating an acceleration of the vehicle; and
outputting, by the trailer brake control ECU, via the trailer brake output circuit, a trailer brake signal based on the acceleration of the vehicle indicated by the received vehicle acceleration message in response to determining that the received dynamic EPB state flag indicates the ON state.

US Pat. No. 10,967,838

VARIABLE CURVATURE WIPER

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A variable curvature wiper, comprising:a wiper arm having a first distal end and a second distal end, the first distal end pivotally supported on a pivot post, wherein the wiper arm pivots about a pivot post axis;
a flexible wiper blade having a first end, a second end and a mounting hub positioned between the first and second ends, wherein the mounting hub is pivotally attached to the second distal end of the wiper arm;
a cam fixedly mounted onto the pivot post;
a first hollow tube supported on the wiper arm and the wiper blade, the first hollow tube including a first end fixedly attached to the wiper blade at a distance from the first end of the wiper blade and a second end fixedly attached to the wiper arm at a distance from the first distal end of the wiper arm:
a first push rod including a first end and a second end, the first push rod slidably supported within the first hollow tube, the first end of the first push rod extending from the first end of the first hollow tube and the second end of the first push rod extending from the second end of the first hollow tube;
the first end of the first push rod being attached to the first end of the wiper blade;
the second end of the first push rod being in slidable engagement with a cam surface of the cam;
wherein pivotal motion of the wiper arm about the pivot post axis in a first direction decreases the distance between the cam surface and the second end of the first hollow tube, causing the first push rod to slide into the second end of the first hollow tube, extend further out from the first end of the first hollow tube and push against the first end of the wiper blade and flexing the wiper blade away from a substantially flat position, and pivotal motion of the wiper arm about the pivot post axis in a second direction increases the distance between the cam surface and the second end of the first hollow tube.

US Pat. No. 10,967,837

SECURITY DEVICE USING SEQUENCES OF FINGERPRINTS

United Services Automobil...

1. A vehicle security device integrated into a vehicle, the vehicle security device comprising:a set of fingerprint sensors including at least a first fingerprint sensor, a second fingerprint sensor, and a third fingerprint sensor, wherein the second fingerprint sensor is disposed proximally to the first fingerprint sensor and wherein the third fingerprint sensor is disposed proximally to the second fingerprint sensor;
a memory device storing an authentication sequence, the authentication sequence further comprising a predetermined ordered sequence of fingerprint to fingerprint sensor combinations;
wherein the authentication sequence includes a first fingerprint to fingerprint sensor combination comprised of information about a first fingerprint template and information about the first fingerprint sensor;
wherein the authentication sequence includes a second fingerprint to fingerprint sensor combination comprised of information about a second fingerprint template and information about the second fingerprint sensor, wherein the second fingerprint is different from the first fingerprint;
wherein the authentication sequence includes a third fingerprint to fingerprint sensor combination comprised of information about a third fingerprint template and information about the third fingerprint sensor, wherein the third fingerprint is different from the first fingerprint and the second fingerprint; and
wherein the vehicle security device is activated when the authentication sequence is entered using the set of fingerprint sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,967,836

PHONE AS A KEY VEHICLE ACCESS BASED ON TIME POLICIES, LICENSE INFORMATION AND VALIDATION AND ACCURACY OF A VEHICLE REAL TIME CLOCK

DENSO International Ameri...

1. An in-vehicle device for a phone as a key (PAK) system of a vehicle, the in-vehicle device comprising:a memory configured to store one or more applications and a date;
a clock configured to maintain a local time; and
a control module configured to execute the one or more applications and when executing the one or more applications the control module is configured to
determine an age of a latest certificate obtained by the control module, wherein the latest certificate comprises license information,
determine whether the latest certificate or signature of the certificate is outdated,
if the latest certificate or the signature is outdated, transmit an instruction signal from the vehicle to a mobile device of a user to obtain updated certificate,
if the certificate or the signature is not outdated, determine whether the license information is accurate,
based on whether the license information is accurate, determine an accuracy level of at least one of the local time or the date, and
based on the accuracy level of the at least one of the local time or the date, adjust an access tolerance time, permit the user to access the vehicle, or transmit the instruction signal from the vehicle to the mobile device to obtain the updated certificate.

US Pat. No. 10,967,835

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ELECTRONIC DEVICE

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a communication circuit; and
a processor electrically connected to the communication circuit,
wherein the processor is configured to:
receive, via the communication circuit, at least one signal from an external electronic device having a smart key,
perform authentication with the external electronic device, based on the at least one signal,
measure at least one of a reception angle of the at least one signal or a received signal strength indication (RSSI) of the at least one signal, based on a result of the performed authentication,
identify a position of the external electronic device, based on at least one of the measured reception angle or the measured RSSI, and
control at least some components of the electronic device, based on the identified position of the external electronic device,
wherein the processor is further configured to:
periodically transmit a request signal for requesting transmission of the at least one signal, based on the authentication result,
periodically identify and update the position of the external electronic device, and
vary a transmission period of the request signal, based on the updated position of the external electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,967,834

WORKING MACHINE, ANTI-THEFT SYSTEM FOR THE SAME, ANTI-THEFT METHOD FOR THE SAME

KUBOTA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. An anti-theft system for a working machine, comprising:a communication device disposed on the working machine, the communication device having
a first storage to store a first activation information and a first authentication information;
a first communicator to send a beacon containing the first activation information as a broadcast signal to outside of the working machine;
a mobile terminal having:
a second storage to store a second activation information and a second authentication information; and
a second communicator to send the second authentication information to the communication device when the first activation information matches with or corresponds to the second activation information; and
a control device disposed on the working machine, the control device having
an authentication processor to execute an authentication processing that authenticates the mobile terminal to permit the mobile terminal to drive a driving portion of the working machine when the second authentication information matches with or corresponds to the first authentication information,
wherein the control device has a requiring circuit to require execution of the authentication processing,
wherein the mobile terminal has a display to display a setting circuit, the setting circuit being configured to determine whether to permit the requiring,
wherein the requiring circuit sends a requiring signal to the communication device when the control device obtains the second authentication information, the requiring signal indicating requirement for the authentication processing,
and wherein the authentication processor executes the authentication processing when the permission is set to the setting circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,967,833

VEHICLE MONITORING SYSTEM USING MULTIPLE SECURITY CAMERAS

DENSO International Ameri...

1. A coordinated system of monitoring a group of vehicles for suspicious activity, the system comprising:a network in communication with a plurality of vehicles and configured to monitor and detect evidence of theft or unauthorized intrusion using existing theft detection sensors located in the plurality of vehicles, with one of the plurality of vehicles being designated as a master vehicle responsible for managing at least one control feature in the coordinated system;
at least one processor operably connected to the network and the master vehicle;
a memory device operably connected to the at least one processor;
the memory device comprising a detection module having instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to obtain at least one input from at least one theft detection sensor of the plurality of vehicles;
the memory device comprising a theft determination module having instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to:
analyze the input from the at least one theft detection sensor for suspicious information;
determine that the input represents or contains evidence indicative of a theft or unauthorized intrusion into one of the plurality of vehicles; and
the memory device comprising a communication module having instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to:
upon receiving a notification indicative of a theft or unauthorized intrusion from the theft determination module, provide a communication to at least one of another vehicle, a vehicle owner, and the network, with the communication indicating that one of the plurality of vehicles may have been subjected to a theft or unauthorized intrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,967,832

REMOTE STARTUP SYSTEM, CENTER SERVER, AND VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A remote startup system including a terminal of a user, a center server that is configured to communicate with the terminal, and a vehicle that is configured to communicate with the center server, the remote startup system being configured to start up an engine of the vehicle according to a startup request transmitted from the terminal to the center server, the remote startup system comprising:an engine electronic control unit (ECU) comprising a central processing unit (CPU), a random access memory (RAM), a read only memory (ROM) and configured to acquire lock information indicating whether or not the vehicle is locked when a function of transmitting the startup request that is included in the terminal is activated; and
a controller configured to change a startup manner of the engine based on the startup request according to whether the lock information indicates that the vehicle is locked, which is a state in which all of a plurality of doors of the vehicle are locked or indicates that the vehicle is unlocked, which is a state in which at least one of the doors of the vehicle is unlocked,
wherein the controller is configured to prohibit startup of the engine based on the startup request as long as the vehicle is not locked when the lock information indicates that the vehicle is unlocked,
wherein when the startup request is transmitted to the vehicle, the user is notified that the vehicle is unlocked if the vehicle is unlocked and prohibited from startup, and
wherein after the user is notified that the vehicle is unlocked, the controller is further configured to:
receive, via the center server, a lock request for requesting locking of the vehicle from the terminal;
lock, via a body electronic control unit (ECU) provided in the vehicle, the vehicle upon receiving the lock request from the center server, the vehicle being locked within a predetermined time after the user is notified that the vehicle is unlocked; and
upon the vehicle being locked, start up the engine of the vehicle without requiring transmission of another startup request from the terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,967,831

SEATBELT CONTROL DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A seatbelt control device comprising:a pre-tensioner configured to retract a seatbelt to increase tension of the seatbelt;
a force limiter configured to change a magnitude of a load at which to start reducing tension of the seatbelt retracted by the pre-tensioner;
a second detection sensor configured to detect a collision velocity; and
a controller configured to activate the pre-tensioner when a physical quantity relating to a magnitude of a collision detected by a first detection sensor for detecting the physical quantity exceeds a first threshold, the controller controlling the load of the force limiter when, within a predetermined period after activation of the pre-tensioner, the physical quantity detected by the first detection sensor has exceeded a second threshold set according to the collision velocity, so as to be a greater load than the load of the force limiter when the physical quantity has not exceeded the second threshold within the predetermined period.

US Pat. No. 10,967,830

COLLIDING OBJECT PROTECTION APPARATUS

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

1. A colliding object protection apparatus to inflate and deploy an airbag when the apparatus detects or predicts a collision with a colliding object, the apparatus comprising the airbag, whereinthe airbag includes
a first bag to be inflated and deployed in a vehicle width direction along a front edge part of a hood of a vehicle, and
a second bag to be inflated and deployed on an upper surface of the hood,
the second bag is continuous with a vehicle rear side portion of the first bag,
an internal space of the first bag and an internal space of the second bag communicate with each other through a first vent mechanism which includes a first communication hole and a first lid which covers the first communication hole, and
the first lid of the first vent mechanism is opened when an internal pressure of the first bag reaches a first predetermined pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,967,829

DRIVER SIDE AIRBAG MODULE

Joyson Safety Systems Acq...

1. An airbag module comprising:a cushion, wherein the cushion comprises a lower panel, an upper panel, and an extension panel;
wherein the extension panel is located between the lower panel and the upper panel, and is connected to the perimeter of the lower panel and the perimeter of the upper panel; and
an inflator configured to provide inflation gas to the cushion; and
a lateral tether connected to the extension panel at first and second lateral sides of the extension panel, wherein the lateral tether is configured to restrain the extension panel in the lateral direction at the first and second lateral sides when the inflator inflates the cushion.

US Pat. No. 10,967,828

VEHICLE SIDE AIRBAG DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle side airbag device comprising:an airbag disposed within a seatback of a vehicle seat, the airbag being configured to inflate and expand between a seated vehicle occupant and a side door, the airbag including:
a main body portion configured to restrain at least from a shoulder portion of the seated vehicle occupant to a chest region of the seated vehicle occupant; and
an extension portion configured to extend, at a height region of the main body portion, toward a vehicle rear end, wherein
as seen in a vehicle side view, at a vehicle occupant shoulder portion height region, the extension portion is configured, when the vehicle seat is mounted in a vehicle, to overlap an intermediate portion along a longitudinal length of a pillar disposed at a vehicle rear side of the seated vehicle occupant, the pillar forming a portion of a vehicle cabin side wall and projecting outward further toward a vehicle inner side than a side door glass, a rearward-most end of the extension portion being located forward of a rearward-most portion of the pillar that is overlapped by the extension portion, and the main body portion does not overlap the pillar,
the extension portion is configured so that, when the vehicle seat is mounted in the vehicle, substantially all of the extension portion is located further toward a vehicle upper direction than a door beltline of the vehicle, and
the main body portion is configured so that, when the vehicle seat is mounted in the vehicle, all portions of the main body portion disposed at a region further toward a vehicle lower direction than the door beltline does not overlap with the pillar as seen in the vehicle side view.

US Pat. No. 10,967,827

AIRBAG, IN PARTICULAR FOR A SIDE CURTAIN AIRBAG SYSTEM, AND VEHICLE SAFETY SYSTEM HAVING SUCH AN AIRBAG

DALPHI METAL ESPANA, S.A....

1. Airbag (10), for a side curtain airbag system (20) comprising an airbag interior (30) defining one single chamber (40) in the deployed state of the airbag (10), wherein the chamber (40) comprises a gas guiding device (50) by which the chamber (40) is divided into at least one primary filling zone (41) and at least one secondary filling zone (42), wherein the secondary filling zone is configured for head protection, and the primary filling zone is configured to extend below the secondary filling zone for thorax protection;wherein the airbag (10) comprises a gas supply orifice (60),
wherein the primary filling zone (41) is configured to protect a thorax,
wherein the gas guiding device (50) is formed by a tubing system (54) having at least one inlet opening (55) and at least one outlet opening (56), the inlet opening (55) being in fluid connection with the gas supply orifice (60) of the airbag (10) and the at least one outlet opening (56) ending in the at least one primary filling zone (41) of the chamber (40),
wherein the gas guiding device (50) is configured to guide gas supplied into the airbag interior (30) along the gas guiding device (50) first into the primary filling zone (41) and thereafter into the secondary filling zone (42) once the gas supplied into the primary filling zone reaches a primary filling level, and
wherein the gas guiding device (50) is configured to arrange the primary filling zone (41) spatially more distant from the at least one gas supply orifice (60) than the secondary filling zone (42) and fluidly less distant from the gas supply orifice (60) than the secondary filling zone (42) so that during filling of the airbag (10) the primary filling zone (41) is filled with gas before the secondary filling zone (42).

US Pat. No. 10,967,826

AIR BAG DEVICE AND VEHICLE SEAT PROVIDED WITH AN AIR BAG DEVICE

AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB, ...

1. An air bag device in combination with a vehicle seat, the vehicle set having a backrest, a seat cushion and a head rest, the seat having a forward direction pointing from the backrest towards a space where an occupant is intended to be seated, the backrest having a front side intended to be in contact with and facing towards the occupant seated in the vehicle seat, a back side facing away from the occupant seated in the vehicle seat and a first lateral portion, a second lateral portion, an upper portion close to the head rest and a lower portion close to the seat cushion, the seat having an upper side intended to be in contact with and facing towards the occupant seated in the vehicle seat and a lower side facing away from the occupant seated in the vehicle seat and a first lateral portion, a second lateral portion, a front portion and a back portion close to the backrest and the head rest having a front side intended to be in contact with and facing towards a head of the occupant seated in the vehicle seat, a back side facing away from a head of the occupant seated in the vehicle seat and a first lateral portion, a second lateral portion, an upper portion and a lower portion close to the backrest, the air bag device comprising:a first air bag portion attached to a first lateral backrest frame pillar located at or close to a first lateral side of the backrest; and
a second air bag portion to be attached to a second lateral backrest frame pillar located proximate to a second lateral side of the backrest,
wherein the first air bag portion and second air bag portion are connected to each other by a third air bag portion located along a part of an upper portion of the backrest, the air bag mounted to the vehicle seat such that the first and second portions of the air bag, when deployed, limit the lateral movement of a torso of the occupant, and
wherein the first and second portions of the air bag device are deployable in a forward direction from the lateral portions of the backrest and the third portion of the air bag device deploys in the forward direction to a location selected from above the head rest, to the sides of the head rest and combinations thereof and the third portion extends in the forward direction father than the head rest.

US Pat. No. 10,967,825

UTILITY VEHICLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A utility vehicle comprising:a chassis; and
a roll-over protective structure provided on the chassis and surrounding a cabin,
wherein the roll-over protective structure includes a pair of left and right front pillars, a pair of left and right side beams, a pair of left and right rear pillars, and a front beam and a rear beam which extend in a width direction of a vehicle body,
wherein a rear support supporting the roll-over protective structure is connected to a rear portion of the chassis,
wherein a rear end of the side beam, a side end of the rear beam, an upper end of the rear pillar, and a front end of the rear support are connected by a connecting portion,
wherein the connecting portion has a front mounting surface and a lower mounting surface on an inner side in a width direction of the vehicle body, and
wherein the front mounting surface and the lower mounting surface are on the same plane and form a flat connection mounting surface.

US Pat. No. 10,967,824

SITUATIONAL IMPACT MITIGATION USING COMPUTER VISION

Ambarella International L...

1. An apparatus comprising:a first capture device configured to generate a first plurality of video frames corresponding to an interior view of a vehicle;
a second capture device configured to generate a second plurality of video frames corresponding to an area outside of said vehicle; and
a processor configured to (i) perform operations to detect objects in (a) said first video frames and (b) said second video frames, (ii) detect occupants of said vehicle based on said objects detected in said first video frames, (iii) determine a likelihood of a potential collision based on said objects detected in said second video frames, (iv), continue without a reaction when said potential collision is determined to be avoidable, and (v) select a reaction when said potential collision is determined to be unavoidable, wherein
said potential collision is determined by tracking a trajectory of said objects with respect to said vehicle by using a feature detection window based on neural network weight values for each of said objects extracted from a plurality of layers over a series of said plurality of said second video frames, said neural network weight values are determined in response to an analysis of training data by said processor prior to feature extraction,
said reaction is selected to protect occupants determined to be vulnerable based on characteristics of said occupants, and
said characteristics are determined by performing said operations on each of said occupants.

US Pat. No. 10,967,823

RADIATOR STONE IMPACT PROTECTIVE GUARD

DENSO International Ameri...

1. An engine cooling module comprising:a radiator including a core having a plurality of coolant tubes, a first radiator bracket, and a second radiator bracket, the first radiator bracket and the second radiator bracket are configured to mount the radiator adjacent to an engine of a vehicle for cooling the engine; and
a stone guard directly mounted to the radiator with a first stone guard bracket and a second stone guard bracket both integral with the stone guard, the first stone guard bracket is mounted to the first radiator bracket, and the second stone guard bracket is mounted to the second radiator bracket, the stone guard including a grid having a plurality of first members and a plurality of second members extending perpendicular to the first members, an entirety of the grid is spaced apart from the core of the radiator such that no portion of the grid contacts the core.

US Pat. No. 10,967,822

COMBINED LIGHTING ASSEMBLIES FOR REAR BUMPERS AND VEHICLES INCORPORATING THE SAME

1. A vehicle comprising:a rear bumper having a license plate well recessed into the rear bumper;
a towing hitch extending beyond the rear bumper in the vehicle rearward direction; and
a combined lighting assembly disposed at the rear bumper, wherein the combined lighting assembly comprises:
a lighting body having an outward facing portion coupled to a sideward facing portion by a turned portion, wherein the sideward facing portion extends into the license plate well;
a rearward facing light unit comprising a rearward illumination region directed in a vehicle rearward direction from the outward facing portion; and
a license plate light unit comprising a sideward illumination region directed into the license plate well, wherein the license plate light is physically coupled to the sideward facing portion of the lighting body;
a towing hitch light unit comprising an angled illumination region that is directed towards and illuminates the towing hitch through a turned window disposed at the turned portion that spans between and is non-orthogonal to both the outward facing portion and the sideward facing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,967,821

VEHICLE BODY FRONT STRUCTURE

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

1. A vehicle body front structure, comprising a front bumper face positioned in front of a front bumper beam,wherein the front bumper face includes an upper face member provided with a license plate mounting portion, and a lower face member provided with an external air introduction opening,
a pedestrian protection member configured to be crushed upon collision with a pedestrian is attached to a part of the front bumper beam facing a rear side of the upper face member,
an object sensor is attached to a part of the upper face member located below the pedestrian protection member, and
the pedestrian protection member is provided with an opening positioned and dimensioned to receive the object sensor when, in a frontal collision, the part of the upper face member along with the object sensor has rotated rearward and upward about a front end part of the pedestrian protection member.

US Pat. No. 10,967,820

POWER SOURCE CONTROL DEVICE, BATTERY PACK, AND POWER SOURCE SYSTEM

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A power source control device to be provided in a power source system, the power source system including:a first power source;
a power generator;
a first electrical load electrically connected to each of the first power source and the power generator;
a second electrical load electrically connected to the power generator and brought into an OFF state when an amount of supplied power becomes less than a reset threshold;
a second power source electrically connected to each of the second electrical load and the power generator; and
a charge/discharge switch provided between the second power source and the power generator,
wherein, when an amount of charge of the second power source is less than a charge request threshold, the power generator is in a power generating state, and an amount of power generated by the power generator is equal to or more than a total power requirement as a total sum of respective amounts of power required by the second power source, the first electrical load, and the second electrical load, the charge/discharge switch is brought into a closed state to electrically connect the power generator to the second power source.

US Pat. No. 10,967,819

DYNAMIC CONTROL OF ON-BOARD GENERATOR INVERTER INPUT POWER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:power outlets configured to receive power from an inverter and including receptacles configured to receive a mating electrical plug; and
power sources configured to supply power to the inverter and a plurality of electrical systems; and
a controller programmed to, responsive to detecting a load connected to one of the power outlets, reduce a maximum power limit of the electrical systems by a maximum power associated with the one of the power outlets, wherein the maximum power includes a power provision efficiency factor to compensate for energy conversion efficiency between the power sources and the power outlets.

US Pat. No. 10,967,818

VEHICLE-MOUNTED CONTROL DEVICE

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. An in-vehicle control device, comprising:a first housing;
a second housing which is fixed to face the first housing and spaced apart from the first housing in a vertical direction to form a groove; and
a seal material which seals an inner space, the inner space being disposed between a flange of the first housing and a flange of the second housing and formed by the first housing and the second housing, wherein
the first housing comprises
a first bank-shaped portion which is set at a first height and is disposed on an inner side of the first housing near the inner space from the seal material, faces the flange of the second housing, and suppresses the moving of the seal material toward the inner space, and
a second bank-shaped portion which is set at a second height lower than the first height and is disposed on an outer side of the first housing from the seal material, wherein at least a portion of the second bank-shaped portion faces away from the flange of the second housing,
wherein the seal material fills the inner space to a third height higher than the second height, the seal material extending beyond the inner space to fill an entirety of the groove between the first housing and the second housing and to cover at least a portion of an outer peripheral edge of the flange of the first housing and an outer peripheral edge of the second housing,
the first bank-shaped portion is disposed between a third flat portion formed on an outer peripheral side of the first housing and a fourth flat portion formed on an outer peripheral side of the second housing,
the flange of the first housing projects from an outer side surface of the first housing,
the flange of the second housing projects from an outer side surface of the second housing,
the first bank-shaped portion at least partially overlaps with at least the third flat portion in a horizontal direction, the third flat portion and the fourth flat portion being spaced apart in a vertical direction orthogonal to the horizontal direction, wherein an entirety of the first bank-shaped portion is contained in an area between the third flat portion and the fourth flat portion in the vertical direction,
the third flat portion and the fourth flat portion are configured to be fixed to a fixing member of a vehicle, and
a gap communicating with the inner space formed between the first bank-shaped portion and the second housing, the gap providing a clearance in the vertical direction between the first bank-shaped portion and the second housing and a clearance in the horizontal direction between the seal material and the inner space.

US Pat. No. 10,967,817

VEHICLE AND METHOD OF PROVIDING FUEL CONSUMPTION INFORMATION THEREOF

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method of providing fuel consumption information related to a vehicle, the method comprising:detecting when one of an accelerator pedal and a brake pedal is operated;
determining, by a controller, guidance fuel consumption based on a change in an available coasting distance according to a change in a vehicle speed due to operation of the one of the accelerator pedal and the brake pedal, which is detected; and
outputting the determined guidance fuel consumption.

US Pat. No. 10,967,816

DC ENERGY TRANSFER APPARATUS, APPLICATIONS, COMPONENTS, AND METHODS

Richard H. Sherratt and S...

1. An apparatus comprising:an electrical generator;
an energy transfer device coupled to the generator through a high-energy terminal, and having:
a first capacitor,
a high-energy inductor having a high side coupled through a first switch to the first capacitor, and a low side,
a second capacitor coupled to the high energy inductor through the low side,
the first switch coupling the second capacitor to the first capacitor and charging the second capacitor through the low side at a lower voltage than the high side to constitute a first step down stage, and configured to store energy from the first capacitor in the second capacitor through the inductor when in a closed state,
one or more additional step down stages, each step down stage comprising an additional switch, an additional inductor, and an additional capacitor,
a service terminal coupled between the first switch and each additional switch,
an energy transfer controller controlling an open or closed state of the first switch and additional switches, and controlling a charging of each additional capacitor by analysis of state conditions at the service terminal; and
an electrical motor coupled to the energy transfer device and a mechanical drive system and receiving electrical power through the service terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,967,815

HARNESS MOUNTING STRUCTURE

Mazda Motor Corporation, ...

1. A harness mounting structure which is provided with an engine mounted in an engine compartment of a vehicle, a drive shaft extending in a vehicle width direction such that the drive shaft is disposed on a portion of the engine toward the rear of the vehicle in the engine compartment and passes a position where the drive shaft overlaps with the engine when viewed from the rear of the vehicle, and a harness disposed along at least a surface of the engine toward the rear of the vehicle, the harness mounting structure comprising:a laterally extending portion of the harness disposed along the surface of the engine toward the rear of the vehicle, and extending in the vehicle width direction within a predetermined height range in which the drive shaft is included; and
a projection disposed in at least one of a position above the laterally extending portion or a position below the laterally extending portion within the predetermined height range in the portion of the engine toward the rear of the vehicle, the projection projecting toward the rear of the vehicle further than the laterally extending portion.

US Pat. No. 10,967,814

VEHICULAR CIRCUIT BODY

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A vehicular circuit body, comprising:a first trunk line that includes a first power source line having a predetermined current capacity and a first communication line having a predetermined communication capacity, and that is routed in a vehicle body;
a second trunk line that includes a second power source line having a predetermined current capacity and a second communication line having a predetermined communication capacity, and that is routed in the vehicle body;
a branch line that is connected to an accessory; and
a plurality of control boxes that are disposed in a distribution manner along the first trunk line and the second trunk line, each having a control unit that is configured to distribute at least one of power from a respective one of the first power source line and the second power source line, supplied to a respective one of the first trunk line and the second trunk line, and a signal from a respective one of the first communication line and the second communication line, to the branch line when the branch line is connected to the control unit,
wherein the first trunk line is formed of a routing material having at least one kind of conductor among a flat conductor, a round bar conductor, and a stranded wire, and
wherein the second trunk line intersects the first trunk line.

US Pat. No. 10,967,813

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A vehicle control device comprising:a central processing unit configured to execute software of controlling an operation of a vehicle;
a memory storing data to be used by the central processing unit for the execution of the software; and
a memory protection unit configured to control an access authority to a storage area included in the memory, wherein
the memory protection unit includes a plurality of storage devices each storing information defining one access authority to the storage area,
part of the plurality of storage devices is allocated fixedly, in advance, to the storage area and a rest of the plurality of storage devices is allocated dynamically,
each of the plurality of storage devices allocated dynamically are shared by multiple tasks, and
the part of the plurality of storage devices allocated fixedly are each used only for a single task.

US Pat. No. 10,967,812

VEHICLE ACOUSTIC DASH PANEL SEAL AND GUIDE

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. An acoustic dash panel seal and assembly guide for a vehicle having a dash panel with a shaft aperture configured to receive a steering column shaft, the acoustic dash panel seal and assembly guide comprising:a guide portion having a converging wall that converges from a first end to an opposite second end as the converging wall extends toward the shaft aperture; and
a flange portion extending from the converging wall first end,
wherein the guide portion second end is configured to be disposed proximate to the dash panel shaft aperture, and
wherein the guide portion first end is configured to receive the steering column shaft therein from a passenger compartment of the vehicle during assembly of the vehicle, and the converging wall is configured to guide the steering column shaft toward and through the guide portion second end to thereby guide the steering column shaft through the dash panel shaft aperture,
wherein the guide portion first end defines a passenger compartment side aperture, and the guide portion second end defines an engine compartment side aperture, and,
wherein the passenger compartment side aperture is elliptical, and the engine compartment side aperture is circular.

US Pat. No. 10,967,810

VEHICLE ROOF STRUCTURE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A roof structure for a vehicle, comprising:a roof panel constituting a roof of a vehicle;
a roof headlining constituting a ceiling of a vehicle cabin; and
a stiffening board disposed between the roof panel and the roof headlining, the stiffening board being attached to a lower face of the roof panel by adhering at a plurality of adhesion portions, and a step being formed at the stiffening board between respective ones of the plurality of adhesion portions so as to widen a space between the stiffening board and the lower face of the roof panel,
wherein a sheet thickness direction central portion, at a portion of the stiffening board where a central portion of the step is formed, is disposed substantially equidistant between the lower face of the roof panel and an upper face of the roof headlining.

US Pat. No. 10,967,809

CLIP

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka (JP...

1. A clip for use in a vehicle body structure, including a vehicle body frame member, an airbag device attached to the vehicle body frame member, and a garnish covering the airbag device, to secure the garnish to the vehicle body frame member, the clip comprising:a first member configured to be fixed to the vehicle body frame member;
a second member configured to be fixed to the garnish, and engaged by the first member with a prescribed retaining force; and
a connecting portion for connecting the first member and the second member to each other so as to prevent the second member from being displaced from the first member beyond a prescribed distance;
wherein one of mutually opposing parts of the first member and the second member opposing each other with respect to a movement direction in which the garnish moves toward and away from the vehicle body frame member is provided with a first inclined planar surface which is inclined with respect to the movement direction, and another of the mutually opposing parts of the first member and the second member is provided with a sliding part configured to slide over the first inclined planar surface,
the first member and the second member being configured not to collide with each other in a direction that the sliding part is guided by the first inclined planar surface when the first member and the second member move away from each other, and
wherein the connecting portion is formed as a member separate from the first member and the second member.

US Pat. No. 10,967,808

INTERIOR COVER MOUNT ASSEMBLY

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. An interior cover mount assembly comprising:a base member; and
an interior cover that is attached to the base member from a vehicular interior side in a mounting direction, the interior cover including a clip with which the interior cover is fixed to the base member, the clip including
an arm section extending from the interior cover toward the base member, and
a head section that is included continuously from a distal end portion of the arm section and has a width greater than a width of the arm section,
the base member having an insertion stopper hole through which the head section is inserted and a projection projecting from a vehicular interior side surface of the base member toward the interior cover,
the insertion stopper hole including an insertion section through which the head section is inserted and a holding section extending from the insertion section and having a width smaller than a width of the head section and greater than a width of the arm section and in which the arm section is arranged, and
the projection being disposed near the holding section, wherein
when the interior cover is mounted on the base member, the clip is fit in the insertion stopper hole such that the head section overlaps the holding section and the projection in the mounting direction,
the clip is elastically deformed toward the insertion section by contact with the projection according to movement of the interior cover toward the base member in the mounting direction in a mounting operation of the interior cover to the base member, and
according to further movement of the interior cover toward the base member in the mounting direction, the head section is inserted through the insertion section and the clip elastically restores its original shape and the arm section is fit in the holding section such that the clip is held in the insertion stopper hole.

US Pat. No. 10,967,807

SMARTPHONE HOLDING ASSEMBLY

1. A smartphone holding assembly being slidably integrated into a dashboard of a vehicle wherein said assembly is configured to position a smartphone within the line of sight of a driver, said assembly comprising:a drawer being slidably integrated into a dashboard of a vehicle, said drawer being positionable in an extended position having said drawer extending outwardly from the dashboard, said drawer being positionable in a stored position having said drawer being recessed into the dashboard;
a base being coupled to said drawer;
a disk being rotatably coupled to said base, said disk being exposed when said drawer is positioned in said extended position;
a stand being movably coupled to said disk, said stand being positionable in a folded position having said stand lying flat on said disk when said drawer is in said stored position, said stand being positionable in a deployed position having said stand angling upwardly from said disk when said drawer is in said extended position, thereby facilitating said stand to support a personal electronic device at a preferred angle for viewing during driving;
a pair of grips, each of said grips being slidably coupled to said stand thereby facilitating each of said grips to releasably engage the personal electronic device to retain the personal electronic device on said stand; and
a wireless charger being integrated into said base, said wireless charger being placed in wireless communication with the personal electronic device when the personal electronic device is positioned on said stand thereby facilitating said wireless charger to charge the personal electronic device, said wireless charger being in electrical communication with a power source comprising the electrical system of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,967,806

PASSENGER COMPARTMENT CELL PHONE HOLDER STRUCTURE

Nissan North America, Inc...

1. A passenger compartment cell phone holder structure, comprising:a support structure within a passenger compartment of a vehicle;
a first part supported to the support structure defining a downwardly facing recessed area, the first part defining an upper end of an opening of a storage compartment supported to the support structure within the passenger compartment, the storage compartment being dimensioned to receive a first mobile device or a second mobile device; and
a second part supported to the support structure below the first part defining a lower end of an opening of the storage compartment, the second part further defining a plurality of upwardly facing recessed areas, including at least a first recessed area and a second recessed area, the first recessed area and the downwardly facing recessed area being vertically spaced apart from one another by a first distance, the second recessed area and the downwardly facing recessed area being vertically spaced apart from one another by a second distance greater than the first distance, the first distance being dimensioned such that the first mobile device having first overall dimensions is insertable and retainable between the first recessed area and the downwardly facing recessed area, and the second mobile device having second overall dimension greater than the first overall dimension is insertable and retainable between the second recessed area and the downwardly facing recessed area such that a display of one of the first and second mobile devices is viewable by a vehicle operator seated within the passenger compartment with the one of the first and second mobile devices inserted between the first part and the second part.

US Pat. No. 10,967,805

BICYCLE FRONT WHEEL POSITIONING MEMBER OF BICYCLE CARRY RACK

KING RACK INDUSTRIAL CO.,...

1. A member of a bicycle carry rack comprising:a base;
a support unit connected to the base and comprising a rear wheel support assembly and a front wheel support assembly, the rear wheel support assembly and the front wheel support assembly connected to the base by a connection unit;
the rear wheel support assembly comprising a rear wheel securing unit, the rear wheel securing unit having a rear wheel tray, a rear wheel restricting unit and a rear wheel adjustment unit, the rear wheel restricting unit connected to the rear wheel tray which is adapted to support a bicycle rear wheel, the rear wheel restricting unit adapted to extend through the bicycle rear wheel and being connected to the rear wheel adjustment unit, and
the front wheel support assembly comprising a front wheel securing unit, the front wheel securing unit having a front wheel tray, a first restricting unit, a first adjustment unit, a positioning member, a second restricting unit and a second adjustment unit, the first restricting unit and the first adjustment unit located at a first end of the front wheel tray, the first restricting unit adapted to extend through a bicycle front wheel and being connected to the first adjustment unit, the positioning member located at a second end of the front wheel tray and pivotable relative to the front wheel support assembly, the positioning member adapted to be engaged with the bicycle front wheel, the second restricting unit and the second adjustment unit connected to the positioning member, the second restricting unit adapted to extend through the bicycle front wheel and being connected to the second adjustment unit.

US Pat. No. 10,967,804

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CARRYING A BICYCLE ON A VEHICLE

1. A bicycle carrier for a vehicle, comprising:a pivoting wheel anchor for securing a bicycle wheel configured to accept bicycle wheels of different sizes;
a tire receiving body having a bottom surface configured to be secured to a vehicle or to a rack connected to a vehicle, said tire receiving body having a top surface having a tire receiving recess therein, said tire recess having a length, a bottom, opposing sides, and an opening for receiving a tire therein,
a rotatable member for rotating relative to the tire receiving body from an open position, which provides tire access to operably position the tire within the tire receiving recess, to a closed position, wherein at least one arm associated with said rotatable member inhibits the tire from moving vertically out of the tire recess;
wherein a first portion of the rotatable member is secured within a recess of the body, and rotates therein when the rotatable member rotates between the open position and the closed position;
wherein the rotatable member includes two opposed tire retaining arms that move from an open position, wherein the tire retaining arms provide tire access for positioning the tire within the tire recess, and a closed position,
wherein the tire retaining arms inhibit the tire from moving vertically out of the tire recess, wherein when said retaining arms are in said open position, said tire retaining arms provide no obstruction to a tire from entering the tire recess, said rotatable member having an axis of rotation that extends from the bottom surface toward the axle of a tire when the tire is positioned within the tire retaining recess, the axis of rotation also being perpendicular to the rotational axis of the axle when the tire is positioned within the tire retaining recess,
a bar extending from and below the pivoting wheel anchor and to the tire receiving body, said bar being associated with the pivoting wheel anchor and movable when the pivoting wheel anchor is pivoted, said bar being moved in one of two ways: i) rotationally, such that one end of the bar causes a bevel gear to turn the rotational member to reversibly engage a tire wheel; and ii) horizontally, such that the rotational member is reversibly moved from an engaged tire wheel position to an unengaged tire wheel position; and wherein the tire retaining arms span three spokes between the tire retaining arms when in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,967,803

MATERIAL TRANSPORT CAGE AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME

1. A stackable apparatus, comprising:at least one vertically or horizontally stackable hollow containers (15), each container having the shape of six rectangular sides, each adjacent side forming a right angle where the adjacent sides join, comprising:
first and second lateral sides (18, 21),
wherein a top portion (38) of the first lateral side (18) comprises an open slot groove (130),
wherein a top portion (41) of the second lateral side (21) comprises an open slot groove (131) and a bottom portion (53) of the second lateral side comprises an open slot groove (135);
a front side (24),
wherein a top portion (44) of the front side (24) comprises an open slot groove (89) and a bottom portion (56) of the front side (24) comprises an open slot groove (85) and an open slot groove (88) in the front proximal and front distal edges (65, 71) of a wall (62) of the container (15);
a rear side (27);
wherein a top portion (47) of the rear side (27) comprises an open slot groove (90) and a bottom portion (59) of the rear side (27) comprises an open slot groove (86) in the rear proximal edge (68) and an open slot groove (87) in the rear distal edge 74) of a wall (62) of the container (15); and
a bottom side (33),
wherein the bottom side (33) comprises a recessed groove (34) that runs along the perimeter of the bottom side (33);
an open top (30),
wherein the first and second lateral sides, the front side, and the rear side run along a longitudinal axis of the container,
wherein the bottom side (33) and an opening in the top are each in a plane orthogonal to the longitudinal axis,
wherein adjacent sides of each container are operably coupled to form the wall (62) of the container,
wherein the wall includes front and rear proximal edges and front and rear distal edges,
wherein a proximal edge is defined as being closer to a longitudinal axis running along the center of a vehicle (83), by which the container is transported, than a distal edge,
wherein the front and rear proximal edges are formed by coupling a first lateral side to the front and rear sides, respectively, and the front and rear distal edges are formed by coupling the second lateral side to the front and rear sides, respectively;
interlocking spacers running along a longitudinal axis of the container that are orthogonal to the bottom side of the container; and
at least one cylinder(s) inserted between the spacers;
a removable lid having oppositely facing first and second surfaces,
wherein a recessed groove forms the perimeter of the second surface facing and adjacent to the top portions of the first and second lateral sides, the front side, and the rear side respectively, so the second surface facing and adjacent to the top portions of the first and second lateral sides, the front side, and the rear side respectively is operably coupled to the top portions of the first and second lateral sides, the front side, and the rear side, of the wall of the container(s);
a locking means embedded in a recess of the second surface of the lid,
wherein the locking means comprises a handle and a latch; and
at least one cylinder is secured in the container by rotating the handle of the locking means so the latch of the locking means engages a closed slot groove in the top portions of the front and rear sides.

US Pat. No. 10,967,802

STORAGE COMPARTMENT OF A VEHICLE

Volvo Car Corporation, G...

1. A storage compartment of a vehicle, comprising:a container body having a cavity adapted to store items or cargo, the container body adapted to be secured to the vehicle; and
a fabric cover attached to a top edge of the container body, wherein the fabric cover includes a frame section and a flap, wherein a first section of an outer edge of the flap is removably connected to a first section of an inner edge of the frame section by one or more zippers.

US Pat. No. 10,967,801

VEHICLE STEP MOUNTING ASSEMBLY

Nissan North America, Inc...

1. A vehicle step mounting assembly, comprising:a vehicle frame member;
a first mounting bracket attached to the vehicle frame member, with the first mounting bracket being cantilevered from the vehicle frame member in an outboard direction, the first mounting bracket having a recessed area along an underside thereof; and
a retractable step assembly having a second mounting bracket and at least one step retraction link attached to an underside of the second mounting bracket, with an upper side of the second mounting bracket being attached to the first mounting bracket, the upper side of the second mounting bracket including an upwardly extending projection dimensioned to fit within the recessed area of the first mounting bracket, the upwardly extending projection and the second mounting bracket being non-movable relative to one another once the second mounting bracket is fully installed to the first mounting bracket, the upwardly extending projection and the second mounting bracket being fixed to the first mounting bracket via a first mechanical fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,967,800

GARBAGE TRUCK REAR RIDER ASSEMBLY

1. A garbage truck rear rider assembly comprising:a riding step, the riding step comprising:
a platform, the platform having a platform top side, an open platform bottom side, a platform left side, a platform right side, a platform front side, and a platform back side, the platform back side being configured to be coupled to a garbage truck and the platform top side being configured to be stood on by a rider; and
a bounce protector coupled to the platform, the bounce protector having a bounce back side, an open bounce front side, a bounce left side, a bounce right side, a bounce top side, and an open bounce bottom side defining a foot cavity with the platform top side, the open bounce bottom side being coupled to the platform top side such that the bounce back side lies coplanar with the platform back side, the bounce front side being configured to partially receive the rider's feet into the foot cavity, a distance between the open bounce front side and the bounce back side being less than a distance between the platform back said and the platform front side wherein the bounce protector is configured to receive a front portion of a foot while a heel of the foot is supported on the platform; and
at least one grip bar, each grip bar having a medial grip portion and a pair of arms perpendicularly extending from the grip portion, a distal end of each of the pair of arms being configured to be coupled to the garbage truck.

US Pat. No. 10,967,799

COMBINED APPROACH LAMP AND LOGO LAMP

Motherson Innovations Com...

1. A combined approach lamp and logo lamp apparatus for use in an external rear view assembly comprising at least one aperture, the apparatus comprising:a housing comprising a rear view face and a front face with the at least one aperture;
a printed circuit board (PCB) mounted adjacent the rear face, the printed circuit board further comprising:
a power connector;
an electronic circuit;
a first light source mounted in a first location on the printed circuit board; and
a second light source mounted in a second location on the printed circuit board; and
a transparent lens component comprising a first lens portion and a second lens portion,
wherein the housing and the lens component are formed as a two component moulded part so that the first lens portion is orientated to focus light from the first light source and the second lens portion is orientated to focus light from the second light source via an optical assembly comprising a logo element, and
the first lens portion is angled relative to a plane containing the PCB surface so that a distance from the first light source to an outer surface of the first lens portion is less than a distance from the second light source to an outer surface of the second lens portion, with, in use, the housing being mounted so that the first lens portion and the second lens portion are adjacent the at least one aperture in the side mirror housing,
wherein the at least one aperture comprises a first aperture and a second aperture separated by an opaque bridging portion,
the first lens portion is located in the first aperture and the second lens portion is located in the second aperture, and
the second lens portion is separated from the first lens portion by a joining portion, with the joining portion being covered by the opaque bridging portion.

US Pat. No. 10,967,798

CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD FOR IMAGE DISPLAY

Qisda Corporation, Taoyu...

1. A control device for image display, disposed on a vehicle, comprising:a mirror display unit, comprising:
a mirror generating a first image via reflection;
a display module having a display surface, wherein the display surface partially overlaps with the mirror; and
a switch detection unit coupled to a control module of the mirror display unit;
a backward camera unit disposed on the mirror display unit and configured to capture a second image, wherein the area of the first image is within the area of the second image; and
an image processing module determining a relative position of a driver based on content of the second image, determining an area correspondence between the first image and the second image based on the relative position of the driver, and generating a display image from the second image based on the area correspondence,
wherein the first image has a first object, and when the first object in the first image of the mirror is touched, the switch detection unit detects a switch action and generates a switch command;
wherein the display module displays the display image when receiving the switch command; and
wherein the display image has a second object, the first object and the second object are the same object, the switch command is a touch command, and when the switch action is detected to generate the touch command, the display module displays the display image and the second object is touched.

US Pat. No. 10,967,797

VIDEO DISPLAY MIRROR AND VIDEO DISPLAY MIRROR SYSTEM

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A video display mirror comprising:a half mirror used by a passenger of a vehicle for looking toward a rear of the vehicle and installed on a front of the vehicle;
a monitor installed on the front of the vehicle; and
an interlocking mechanism which is configured to interlock with display of a video image on a display surface of the monitor, to change an angle of a reflective surface of the half mirror from a position of the half mirror when the rear of the vehicle is looked at,
wherein the interlocking mechanism is configured to direct the reflective surface of the half mirror to a first direction higher or lower than a second direction that a normal line of the reflective surface has when the rear of the vehicle is looked at by the passenger,
wherein the half mirror and the monitor are arranged with inclination,
wherein a direction perpendicular to the display surface of the monitor is a direction in which an eye of the passenger is located when the reflective surface of the half mirror directs towards the first direction,
wherein, in the first direction, the rear of the vehicle is not looked at by the passenger and the video image is displayed on the display surface to the passenger,
wherein the direction perpendicular to the display surface of the monitor is not the direction in which the eye of the passenger is located when the reflective surface of the half mirror directs towards the second direction, and
wherein, in the second direction, the rear of the vehicle is looked at by the passenger and the video image is not displayed on the display surface to the passenger.

US Pat. No. 10,967,796

INTERIOR REARVIEW MIRROR ASSEMBLY WITH LOW PROFILE MIRROR

MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA,...

1. An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle, said interior rearview mirror assembly comprising:a mirror mount configured to attach at an interior portion of a vehicle equipped with said interior rearview mirror assembly, said mirror mount comprising a ball element;
a mirror head comprising a mirror casing and a mirror reflective element, said mirror head comprising a socket element;
wherein said mirror reflective element comprises a variable reflectance electro- optic mirror reflective element;
wherein said variable reflectance electro-optic mirror reflective element is attached at an attachment plate;
circuitry for controlling an electro-optic mirror dimming feature of said variable reflectance electro-optic mirror reflective element, wherein said circuitry is disposed at said mirror mount;
wherein said attachment plate comprises electrically conductive elements insert molded therein, and wherein a connector end of said electrically conductive elements is configured to electrically connect to a connector for electrically connecting said electrically conductive elements to a vehicle wire harness when said mirror mount is attached at the interior portion of the vehicle, and wherein a reflective element connecting end of each of said electrically conductive elements is configured to electrically connect to a respective electrically conductive coating of said variable reflectance electro-optic mirror reflective element;
wherein said socket element pivotally attaches at said ball element forming a ball and socket joint to pivotally mount said mirror head at said mirror mount;
wherein said mirror head comprises a reduced profile mirror head having a side region thickness dimension spanning between a front planar surface of said mirror reflective element and a rear surface of a laterally sideward region of said mirror casing, and wherein the side region thickness dimension is less than 20 mm;
wherein a central region of said mirror casing has a central region thickness dimension spanning between the front planar surface of said mirror reflective element and a rear surface of said central region of said mirror casing, and wherein the central region thickness dimension is greater than 20 mm to accommodate said socket element; and
wherein said socket element is disposed at an aperture through the central region of said mirror casing.

US Pat. No. 10,967,795

SIDE VIEW MIRROR FOR AUTOMOBILE

1. A side view mirror for an automobile, configured to maximize viewing area and minimize image distortion; the side view mirror comprising:a flat portion, having a flat portion major axis, a flat portion minor axis and a flat portion height, a flat portion upper boundary and a flat portion lower boundary spanning a flat portion y-axis dimension from a flat portion first edge; wherein the a flat portion upper boundary and the flat portion lower boundary are perpendicular to the flat portion first edge;
a transition portion, extending distally from the flat portion opposite the flat portion first edge; wherein the transition portion extends outward from the flat portion y-axis dimension while extending continuously away from the flat portion first edge;
a convex portion, smoothly joined to the flat portion with the transition portion, the convex portion having an ellipsoid shape; wherein the convex portion extends beyond the y-axis dimension both above the flat portion upper boundary and below the flat portion lower boundary, extending beyond distal points of the flat portion and having a convex portion major axis, a convex portion minor axis, a convex portion height; wherein the convex portion is configured to be defined around an origin point.

US Pat. No. 10,967,794

ZOOM LENS SYSTEM, IMAGING DEVICE HAVING ZOOM LENS SYSTEM, AND VEHICLE HAVING IMAGING DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A zoom lens system, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:a first lens group having negative power;
a second lens group having positive power; and
a third lens group having positive power,
wherein the first lens group includes at least two negative lenses, and
when zooming, the first lens group and the third lens group are fixed relative to an imaging surface, the second lens group moves along an optical axis to change an angle of view, and a total angle of view at a wide angle extremity is at least 120 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,967,793

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETECTING OBSTRUCTIONS IN A CAMERA FIELD OF VIEW

MOBILEYE VISION TECHNOLOG...

1. A system comprising:a camera array mountable on an interior of a vehicle to capture an environment in front of the vehicle through a windshield, the camera array including a first camera having a first focal range and a second camera having a second focal range shorter than the first focal range, and the first camera and the second camera having overlapping fields-of-views; and
a processor to:
access a plurality of images from the camera array, the plurality of images including images captured from the first camera and the second camera which include a portion of the windshield;
determine whether the plurality of images include an obstruction on the portion of the windshield, the processor to use a trained image classification method to identify the obstruction, wherein the obstruction includes rain on the windshield; and
transmit a signal toward a windshield wiper assembly in response to identification of the rain on the windshield using the trained image classification method.

US Pat. No. 10,967,792

APPARATUS FOR MONITORING PERIPHERY OF A VEHICLE AND DISPLAYING A VIEW OF THE PERIPHERY ON A DISPLAY DEVICE

1. An apparatus for monitoring periphery of a vehicle, the apparatus comprising:imaging units coupled at sides, a rear end and a front end of a vehicle, said imaging units further defined as a first imaging unit, a second imaging unit, a third imaging unit, a fourth imaging unit and a fifth imaging unit, said first imaging unit and said third imaging unit being at said sides, said second imaging unit and said fifth imaging unit being located at said rear end, said fourth imaging unit being located at said front end, wherein the imaging units at the sides are coupled to a fender of the vehicle, said fourth imaging unit and said fifth imaging unit being hingedly mounted to said vehicle, said fourth imaging unit and said fifth imaging unit are pointed to one side of said vehicle and are adapted to intermittently show traffic perpendicular to the vehicle, said fifth imaging unit being opened when said vehicle is in reverse, said first imaging unit, said second imaging unit, said third imaging unit are constantly activated, said fourth imaging unit being centrally located on said front end and extending away from said front end when said fourth imaging unit is opened, said fifth imaging unit being centrally located on said rear end and extending away from said rear end when said fifth imaging unit is opened, said fourth imaging unit being opened when said vehicle is stopped and in drive;
an image-processing unit to process images captured by the imaging units; and
a display device provided at an interior of the vehicle, said display device being atop of a dashboard of said vehicle, said display device being entirely in constant abutting constant with said dashboard, wherein the display device includes a plurality of display areas, each configured to display the images captured by the imaging units, wherein the number of said plurality of display areas corresponds with the number of said imaging units, said plurality of display areas being parallel to each other and on a same horizontal plane, said plurality of display areas corresponding to said first imaging unit, said second imaging unit, and said third imaging unit are constantly activated.

US Pat. No. 10,967,791

SYSTEM AND PROCESS FOR VIEWING IN BLIND SPOTS

Serge B. Hoyda, Great Ne...

1. A viewing system coupled to a motor vehicle having a frame having a roof, at least one support, and a body with the at least one support supporting the roof over the body, and at least one side view mirror, the system comprising:at least one camera coupled to the side view mirror;
at least one camera cleaning system coupled to the side view mirror and configured to clean a cover on a camera wherein the camera cleaning system comprises at least one of a blower or a wiper;
at least one screen coupled to the motor vehicle wherein said at least one camera coupled to the at least one support and wherein said at least one screen is in communication with said at least one camera, wherein said at least one screen displays images presented by said at least one camera.

US Pat. No. 10,967,790

IMAGE SYNTHESIZER FOR A SURROUND MONITORING SYSTEM

KNORR-BREMSE SYSTEME FUER...

1. An image synthesizer for a surround monitoring or display system for a vehicle, comprising:a receiving module for receiving a first image, a second image, and a control signal, wherein the surround monitoring system includes a first camera, a second camera, and a control module, the first camera being configured to capture the first image from a first scene, the second camera being configured to capture the second image from a second scene, the control module being configured to generate the control signal indicating a condition external to the vehicle or feedback information, wherein the first scene and the second scene partly overlap in an overlapping region of a surveillance area of the vehicle; and
a combining module for combining the first image and the second image in the overlapping region, and, depending on the control signal, to generate a combined image;
wherein, when a 3D object is present in the overlapping region, the control signal indicates a position of the 3D object in the overlapping region, and wherein the combining module is configured to combine the first image and the second image by: (i) stitching the first image and the second image along a stitching line in an area of the overlapping region without crossing the position of the 3D object, and (ii) blending the first image and the second image in a blending region being part of the overlapping region such that the position of the 3D object is outside the blending region,
wherein the stitching line is moveable freely in the overlapping area of the two camera views so that the combining module dynamically updates or adjusts the combined image based on positions or movements of the 3D object, so that the stitching line is moved to an area where the 3D object is not present,
wherein the stitching line can be placed at any position, where no 3D object is visible while cutting off one of a plurality of projections of the 3D object, either in the first image or in the second image,
wherein the combining module is configured to perform the blending dependent on a condition external to the vehicle or the feedback information,
wherein the condition external to the vehicle includes a driving condition and at least one of the following: a defective camera, an environmental condition of the vehicle, and/or further input, and wherein the combining module is configured to select a characteristic of the blending based on the condition external to the vehicle or the feedback information, and
wherein the characteristic of the blending includes at least one of a blending width and a granularity of the blending.

US Pat. No. 10,967,789

SAFE DRIVING ASSISTANCE DEVICE

HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACH...

1. A safe driving assistance device comprising:a position detecting device that obtains current position information of a vehicle;
a vehicle speed sensor and a steering angle sensor that obtain travel data including a traveling direction and a speed;
a storage device that stores a vehicle specification including a size of the vehicle;
an environment recognition device that obtains environment data including an altitude of a geography;
a vehicle-to-vehicle communication device that wirelessly and communicatively couples the vehicle to another vehicle;
a region setting section that sets a collision risk determination region used for determining presence or absence of a collision risk of a host vehicle; and
a determination section that:
sets a host vehicle collision risk determination region, the host vehicle collision risk determination region being the collision risk determination region of the host vehicle, based on travel data of the host vehicle, the vehicle specification of the host vehicle, and the environment data obtained by the host vehicle,
obtains an other vehicle collision risk determination region through the vehicle-to-vehicle communication device, the other vehicle collision risk determination region being the collision risk determination region of the other vehicle as a collision risk determination target with the host vehicle set by the other vehicle, and
determines a collision risk between the host vehicle and the other vehicle using the host vehicle collision risk determination region, the other vehicle collision risk determination region, and the environment data,
wherein the determination section includes:
an overlap determination section that determines presence or absence of an overlap between the host vehicle collision risk determination region and the other vehicle collision risk determination region to determine that the collision risk is present when the overlap is present; and
a redetermination section that redetermines the collision risk by referring to the environment data and using the travel data and the vehicle specification to determine that no collision risk is present when an obstacle region is present as a region having a height equal to or more than a height which can be gone over by the host vehicle between a current position of the host vehicle and a current position of the other vehicle on the environment data even if the overlap determination section determines that the collision risk is present.

US Pat. No. 10,967,788

CHARGE PORT LOCATING ASSEMBLY AND METHOD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A locating assembly, comprising:a display within an electrified vehicle;
a vehicle symbol presented on the display; and
a charge port symbol presented on the display, the charge port symbol positioned relative to the vehicle symbol to indicate a position of a charge port.

US Pat. No. 10,967,787

VEHICLE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A vehicle comprising:a speaker configured to output a virtual engine sound;
a microphone configured to receive external sound generated outside of the vehicle; and
a controller configured to:
extract a noise by separating the virtual engine sound from the external sound;
determine each peak sound pressure of a plurality of peak sound pressures as a peak point;
identify a plurality of equalizer (EQ) filters having a predetermined bandwidth;
generate an amplification filter by combining the plurality of EQ filters;
apply the amplification filter to the virtual engine sound;
control the speaker to output the virtual engine sound;
divide the noise into a plurality of regions based on a frequency; and
determine at least one peak sound pressure in each region of the plurality of regions.

US Pat. No. 10,967,786

EL COATING UNDER HEADLINER FABRIC

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

1. A headliner for covering an associated interior surface of a roof of a vehicle, the headliner including:an electroluminescent light source having a sheet-like structure defining two major surfaces that are oppositely directed from one another, the electroluminescent light source including a phosphor layer that when activated emits light from a first surface of the two major surfaces, and a rear electrode being in direct contact with the associated interior surface of the roof and defining a second surface of the two major surfaces; and
a fabric layer covering the first surface;
wherein when the phosphor layer is activated, the emitted light is transmitted through the fabric layer and is visible through the fabric layer.

US Pat. No. 10,967,785

AIRCRAFT PASSENGER LIGHT WITH READING AND HALO LIGHTING

GOODRICH LIGHTING SYSTEMS...

1. An aircraft passenger light including:a reading light unit, comprising at least one reading light source and configured for emitting a targeted reading light output; and
a halo light unit, comprising at least one halo light source and configured for emitting a ring-shaped halo light output, at least partly surrounding the targeted reading light output, wherein the at least one halo light source is configured for selectively emitting light having a color different from white, including at least one of red, green, blue, yellow, purple, and orange light; and
a controller, which is configured for selecting a color of the halo light output depending on a category and/or an occupancy status of a passenger seat, associated with the aircraft passenger light, and for operating the at least one halo light source to emit the selected color.

US Pat. No. 10,967,784

VEHICLE CARGO COMPARTMENT LIGHT

1. A linear light emitting device for mounting in an interior of a vehicle cargo compartment, comprising:one or more linear extrusions collectively comprising a horizontal mounting extension, a vertical support physically coupled to the horizontal mounting extension, and a linear support platform physically coupled to the vertical support and oriented at an angle between 30 and 60 degrees to a bottom surface of the horizontal mounting extension; and
a linear array of light emitting diodes physically and thermally coupled to the linear support platform,
wherein the horizontal mounting extension extends behind the linear array of light emitting diodes in a first direction parallel to a horizontal direction and is configured to be mounted to a top rail of the vehicle cargo compartment, and the vertical support positions the linear array of light emitting diodes above the bottom surface of the horizontal mounting extension in a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,967,783

SOFT UPPER TRIM FOR SWITCH ASSEMBLY OF VEHICLE DOOR AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

SEOYON E-HWA CO., LTD., ...

1. A method of manufacturing a soft upper trim fora switch assembly of a vehicle door in which a molding layer and a transparent layer are formed in a state in which a light guide plate is assembled to an upper substrate, the method comprising:(a) injection-molding the upper substrate such that a lower recessed groove and an upper recessed groove communicate with each other, wherein a switch module is inserted into the lower recessed groove in a lower side of the upper substrate and a light guide plate engraved with a symbol is inserted into the upper recessed groove in an upper side of the upper substrate;
(b) assembling the light guide plate in the upper recessed groove, wherein the light guide plate is assembled such that an upper surface of the light guide plate is placed at a higher level than an upper surface of the upper substrate;
(c) forming the molding layer by injection-molding a transparent resin on upper surfaces of the upper substrate and the light guide plate in a state in which the upper substrate assembled with the light guide plate is inserted; and
(d) forming the transparent layer by ejecting a transparent paint on an upper surface of the transparent resin.

US Pat. No. 10,967,782

TAILLIGHT ASSEMBLY

Nissan North America, Inc...

1. A taillight assembly comprising:a lamp housing configured to be fixedly supported to a movable panel of a vehicle body structure, the lamp housing being positioned relative to an overhang of the movable panel such that the lamp housing and the overhang are separated by a space; and
a deformable member attached to the lamp housing and disposed within the space, the deformable member having a first exposed surface that substantially aligns with a second exposed surface of the lamp housing and a third exposed surface of the overhang.

US Pat. No. 10,967,781

ILLUMINATED VEHICULAR EMBLEM

Chicony Power Technology ...

1. An illuminated vehicular emblem, suitable for a means of transportation, the illuminated vehicular emblem comprising:a housing unit adapted to be disposed on the means of transportation, the housing unit comprising:
a bottom case;
a top case disposed on the bottom case; and
an emblem member disposed above the top case to achieve visual recognition, wherein a receiving space is defined between the top case and the bottom case;
a lighting unit disposed in the receiving space, the lighting unit comprising:
a light guide plate;
a plurality of light emitting components threaded through the light guide plate and disposed at a central area of the light guide plate to allow the light guide plate to receive light emitted from the plurality of light emitting components; and
a first light shielding film disposed on the light guide plate; and
a light dimming unit disposed on the light guide plate to change a direction of propagation of the light, wherein the light dimming unit comprises a first dot portion and a second dot portion; wherein the first dot portion is distributed on the light guide plate and along a projection of an outline of the emblem member, the second dot portion is distributed on the light guide plate and along the first dot portion, and disposed outside a region demarcated by the first dot portion, to allow part of the light passing through the light dimming unit to be scattered out of a gap between the top case and the emblem member.

US Pat. No. 10,967,780

MOTOR VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A motor vehicle, comprising:one or more environment sensors that are installed in a headlamp module on the front of the motor vehicle and that are arranged for detecting an area in front of the motor vehicle, wherein
the one or more environment sensors are rigidly connected to a movable element that can be moved by means of an actuator by turning and/or pivoting,
a control unit configured to control the actuator and a position sensor system configured to detect the position of the motor vehicle in space are provided in the motor vehicle,
the control unit controls the actuator while the motor vehicle is travelling depending on the position of the motor vehicle that is detected by the position sensor system in such a way that when the motor vehicle is tilted along a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal axis thereof, the movable element is moved by means of the actuator so that the position of a respective environment sensor is not rotated relative to the longitudinal axis of the motor vehicle when the motor vehicle is tilted compared to the position of the respective environment sensor when the motor vehicle is not tilted,
the motor vehicle is a single-track motor vehicle or a multi-track motor vehicle with tilt technology,
the headlamp module includes a first region that is rigid, and a second region that moves relative to the first region, and
the one or more environment sensors are disposed in the first region of the headlamp module.

US Pat. No. 10,967,779

LIGHTING APPARATUS FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A lighting apparatus for a motor vehicle, comprising:a laser light source, from the light of which light radiation is generated into an area around the motor vehicle during operation of the lighting apparatus;
a plurality of optical channels associated with the laser light source, wherein the light of the laser light source is guidable via each optical channel in order to generate in the area around the motor vehicle a separate light distribution associated with the optical channel from the guided light; and
an optical element, which is switchable by way of a control device to different switching states, arranged between the laser light source and the plurality of optical channels, wherein a separate switching state is associated with each optical channel and, in a respective switching state, light of the laser light source is fed only into the optical channel with which the respective switching state is associated, by way of the optical element;
wherein the control device is operable so as to cyclically switch over between at least two different switching states of the optical element, with the result that in one cycle the light of the laser light source is fed into at least two optical channels; and
wherein a repetition frequency of cycles is between 50 Hz and 2000 Hz.

US Pat. No. 10,967,778

EDGE PROTECTORS FOR LOAD SECUREMENT

1. An edge protector for protecting an edge of cargo from damage caused by a cable exerting force on the edge when securing the cargo, the edge protector comprising:a body complementarily configured with the edge of the cargo and configured to cover the edge when the cable secures the cargo, wherein the body is defined by a first arm and a second arm joined at a shoulder;
a first retainer mounted to the first arm of the body proximate to the shoulder and configured to receive and laterally retain the cable when the cable secures the cargo;
a first ramp mounted to the first arm of the body,
wherein the first ramp is proximate the first retainer,
wherein the first ramp is defined by at least a first rail that slopes upward from a surface of the first arm to a wall of the first ramp, and
wherein the wall of the first ramp opposes the first retainer and is configured to receive and laterally retain the cable when the cable secures the cargo;
a second retainer mounted to the first arm of the body distal from the shoulder,
wherein the second retainer is separated from the first retainer to define a set up channel between the first retainer and the second retainer, and
wherein the second retainer is configured to receive and laterally retain the cable when the cable secures the cargo; and
a second ramp mounted to the first arm of the body,
wherein the second ramp is proximate the second retainer,
wherein the second ramp is defined by at least a second rail that slopes upward from the surface of the first arm to a wall of the second ramp, and
wherein the wall of the second ramp opposes the second retainer and is configured to receive and laterally retain the cable when the cable secures the cargo,
wherein in response to orienting the edge protector in a setup orientation and placing the cable in the set up channel when the edge protector is in the setup orientation, the cable is between the first retainer and the second retainer,
wherein in response to rotating the edge protector from the setup orientation to a retention orientation, the first ramp guides the cable into the first retainer so that the wall of the first ramp cooperates with the first retainer to laterally retain the cable in the first retainer when the cable secures the cargo, and the second ramp guides the cable into the second retainer so that the wall of the second ramp cooperates with the second retainer to laterally retain the cable in the second retainer when the cable secures the cargo.

US Pat. No. 10,967,777

LIFT ASSIST DEVICE FOR FLUSH FLOOR SLIDE-OUT ROOM

LIPPERT COMPONENTS, INC.,...

1. A lift assist device for use with a structure having a structure floor, the structure floor defining an edge; a wall defining an opening; and a slide-out compartment having a compartment floor, the slide-out compartment configured to reciprocate through the opening between a retracted position in which the compartment floor is disposed above the structure floor and an extended position in which the compartment floor is disposed substantially level with the structure floor, the lift assist device comprising:a biasing member;
a base configured to receive and retain the biasing member; and
a floor support including a fixed portion configured for connection to the structure and a deflecting portion connected to the fixed portion,
wherein the biasing member is disposed between the base and the deflecting portion, and the biasing member is configured to bias the deflecting portion in a first deflection direction with respect to the base.

US Pat. No. 10,967,776

CONDIMENT HOLDER

Milkmen Design, LLC, Akr...

1. A condiment holder for selectively supporting any of three or more differently configured condiment containers therein, said condiment holder comprising:a body having a top surface and a bottom surface;
a member extending outwardly from the body and arranged to orient the body such that the top surface thereof is generally horizontal;
an interior peripheral wall provided on the body, said interior peripheral wall including:
a first side and an opposed second side that are substantially identical to one another and arranged as mirror images of one another;
a third side and an opposed fourth side extending between the first side and the second side, wherein the third side is dissimilar to the fourth side; and
a common aperture bounded and defined by the first side, the second side, the third side and the fourth side of the interior peripheral wall, said common aperture adapted to individually receive any of the three or more differently configured condiment containers therein;
wherein each of the first side and the second side of the interior peripheral wall comprises:
a first wall section, a second wall section, and another first wall section; wherein the first wall section and the another first wall section are identical to one another and are arranged as mirror images of one another, and the second wall section is interposed between the first wall section and the another first wall section;
wherein a third wall section extends between each first wall section and a respective one of the third side and the fourth side; and
wherein a further third wall section extends between each of the another first wall section and the other respective one of the third side and the fourth side.

US Pat. No. 10,967,775

INFLATABLE SEAT CUSHION APPARATUS

1. An inflatable seat cushion apparatus comprising:a cushion bladder, the cushion bladder having a bladder front side, a bladder back side, a bladder top side, a bladder bottom side, a bladder left side, and a bladder right side defining a bladder inside, wherein the cushion bladder is a single bladder that spans from a right to a left side of the cushion apparatus;
a pump coupled to the cushion bladder, the pump being coupled to the bladder left side within the bladder inside, the pump having an intake vent and a power switch extending through the bladder left side, the power switch activating the pump to inflate the bladder inside;
a release valve coupled to the cushion bladder, the release valve extending through the bladder left side to selectively deflate the bladder inside; and
first and second foam wings coupled to the cushion bladder, the first and second foam wings being respectively coupled to the bladder top side adjacent the bladder left side and the bladder right side, wherein the cushion apparatus is devoid of foam between the first and second foam wings.

US Pat. No. 10,967,774

VEHICLE SEAT

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle seat comprising:(i) a seatback frame that structures a framework of a seatback that supports a back area of a vehicle occupant, the seatback frame including:
(i)(a) a left and right pair of side frame portions that are spaced apart in a seat width direction; and
(i)(b) an upper frame portion that extends between and is joined to end portions, at a seat upper side, of the left and right pair of side frame portions in the seat width, direction; and
(ii) a headrest that supports a head area of the vehicle occupant, the headrest supported by the upper frame portion of the seatback frame, wherein
the upper frame portion includes a plastic deformation portion that plastically deforms and moves at least a portion of the upper frame portion that extends between the left and right pair of side frame portions toward a seat rear side together with the headrest that is supported by the upper frame portion, when a load toward the seat rear side that exceeds a predetermined value is applied to the plastic deformation portion.

US Pat. No. 10,967,773

HAPTIC SYSTEM: RECLINE ACTIVATION CONTROL

Safran Seats USA LLC, Ga...

1. A recline control system, comprising:a lockable hydraulic spring couplable to a passenger seat to control movement of a portion of the passenger seat, the lockable hydraulic spring actuatable between a locked state and an unlocked state;
a lock actuator coupled to the lockable hydraulic spring for controlling a lock state of the lockable hydraulic spring;
a sensor for sensing a tactile input, the sensor operatively coupled to the lock actuator to initiate actuation of the lockable hydraulic spring in response to sensing the tactile input; and
a controller operatively coupled to at least the sensor and the lock actuator, wherein the controller receives a master lockout signal and determines a disabled state or an enabled state of the lock actuator based on the master lockout signal.

US Pat. No. 10,967,772

VEHICLE SEAT CUSHION CARRIER ASSEMBLY FOR MODULAR VEHICLE SEAT OR THE LIKE

Volvo Car Corporation, G...

1. A vehicle seat cushion carrier assembly, comprising:a seat cushion carrier structure adapted to be selectively coupled to seat frame of a vehicle seat;
a seat cushion coupled to the seat cushion carrier structure; and
an upholstery material disposed about the seat cushion and secured to the seat cushion carrier structure using a plurality of strap fasteners and a plurality of clip fasteners;
wherein each of the plurality of strap fasteners comprises a strap root adapted to be selectively coupled to an underside of the upholstery material and an adjoining elongate member adapted to be disposed completely through the seat cushion and engage a locking boss coupled to one of an underside and a backside of the seat cushion carrier structure.

US Pat. No. 10,967,771

SEAT SUPPORT STRUCTURE AND A SEAT STRUCTURE INCLUDING THE SEAT SUPPORT STRUCTURE

1. A seat cushion comprising:an elastomeric panel, wherein said elastomeric panel positions and supports a seated occupant, wherein said panel is constrained on a forward side and a rearward side of the seat cushion with respect to a traveling direction of a vehicle, said elastomeric panel comprising an elastomeric portion, a first lateral elastomeric portion and a second lateral elastomeric portion, said elastomeric portion being located between said first lateral elastomeric portion and said second lateral elastomeric portion, said elastomeric portion being movable relative to said first lateral elastomeric portion and said second lateral elastomeric portion, said first lateral elastomeric portion, said second lateral elastomeric portion and said elastomeric portion being integrally connected to define a one-piece elastomeric panel, said first lateral elastomeric portion and said second lateral elastomeric portion defining at least a portion of an outer periphery of said one-piece elastomeric panel, at least one of said first lateral elastomeric portion and said second lateral elastomeric portion providing support to an occupant during ingress and egress and said at least one of said first lateral elastomeric portion and said second lateral elastomeric portion deflecting in a torsional manner to support the occupant;
wherein said elastomeric panel is constrained on said forward side of said seat cushion by a first support structure that receives a first portion of said elastomeric panel therein and on said rearward side of said seat cushion by a second support structure that receives a second portion of said panel therein;
wherein said elastomeric portion of said elastomeric panel is made from at least one thermoplastic elastomer, and
wherein said elastomeric portion of said elastomeric panel has a first area, a second area, and a third area, wherein an amount of displacement of said first area when a load is applied is greater than at least one of an amount of displacement of said second area and an amount of displacement of said third area, wherein said amount of displacement of said third area when said load is applied is less than at least one of said amount of displacement of said first area and said amount of displacement of said second area, and wherein said amount of displacement of said second area is at least one of less than said amount of displacement of said first area when said load is applied and greater than said amount of displacement of said third area when the load is applied.

US Pat. No. 10,967,770

SEAT FRAME FOR VEHICLE SEAT

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

1. A seat frame for a vehicle seat comprising:first and second side frames which are disposed at opposing ends of a seat back frame of a seat back of the vehicle seat in a width direction of the vehicle seat;
a connection frame which connects respective lower ends of the first and second side frames to each other;
a reclining mechanism which comprises a rotation shaft extending in the width direction and pivots the seat back with respect to a seat cushion of the vehicle seat by the rotation of the rotation shaft; and
an actuator which is driven to rotate the rotation shaft,wherein:the reclining mechanism is attached to first and second side walls of the side frames while the rotation shaft penetrates the first and second side walls of the side frames,
the connection frame includes an attachment bracket configured to attach the actuator to one of the first and second side frames;
the actuator is fixed to the attachment bracket, which is bonded to an inner surface of the one of the first and second side walls in the width direction, while engaging with a portion of the rotation shaft penetrating the one of the first and second side walls of the side frames,
the attachment bracket includes an actuator attachment portion to which the actuator is attached;
the actuator attachment portion protrudes inward in the width direction and is separated from the one of the first and second side frames;
an upper end of the connection frame is provided with a bent portion which is bent inward in the width direction; and
the bent portion is provided at a position which overlaps the actuator attachment portion in an up and down direction of the vehicle seat.

US Pat. No. 10,967,769

CLIP FOR FASTENING A SEAT COVER TO A FOAM PART OF A SEAT CUSHION, FOAMING TOOL, PRODUCTION ARRANGEMENT, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A FOAM PART OF A SEAT CUSHION

1. A clip for fastening a seat cover to a foam part of a seat cushion, the clip comprising:at least one fastening element for temporarily fastening the clip on a foaming tool by a form-fit connection,
wherein said at least one fastening element has a first portion with a lower portion comprising two spaced apart bars and an upper portion comprising a spring-hook nose on an outer surface and a hook on an opposite inner surface,
wherein a spring element is angled away from said first portion, wherein said spring element has an inner surface and an opposite outer surface, the inner surface consisting essentially of a lower planar surface and an upper planar surface, and the outer surface having latching nose.

US Pat. No. 10,967,768

VEHICLE SEAT

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a seat main body having a seat back, and disposed at a vehicle front side of a seating position at an end side in a vehicle width direction of a rear seat;
a flow path having a first end and a second end, conditioned air flowing through the first end, the conditioned air being produced by an air-conditioning device mounted at the vehicle, the second end of the flow path opening at a vehicle rear side of the seat back, and the conditioned air flowing through an inside of the flow path and being blown towards the vehicle rear side of the seat back; and
an opening/closing device provided at the flow path or at the seat back so as to be able to open and close the flow path, when the opening/closing device is in an open state, the opening/closing device allowing the conditioned air to be blown towards the vehicle rear side of the seat back, and when the opening/closing device is in a closed state, the opening/closing device closing off the flow path so as to inhibit or prevent the conditioned air from being blown towards the vehicle rear side of the seat back, the opening/closing device further comprising an inhibiting portion and a plate spaced apart from the inhibiting portion, the inhibiting portion having an opening formed therein for receiving a container.

US Pat. No. 10,967,767

CONNECTOR FOR A CLIMATE CONTROLLED SUPPORT DEVICE

GENTHERM AUTOMOTIVE SYSTE...

1. A connector to connect an air mover with an air distribution system located within a vehicle seat, the connector comprising:a base;
a diverter that is spaced apart from a top surface of the base;
a passage defined in the base; and
one or more biasable fingers extending from a bottom surface of the base and configured to connect the air mover to the connector;
wherein the diverter has a diverter surface that intersects a center axis of the passage, the diverter surface is configured to deflect and/or redirect an air flow that is supplied through the passage by the air mover.

US Pat. No. 10,967,766

ENERGY ABSORBER FOR A VEHICLE SEAT, LINEAR ADJUSTER FOR A VEHICLE SEAT HAVING AN ENERGY ABSORBER, AND VEHICLE SEAT

1. A linear adjuster for a vehicle seat comprising at least one energy absorber, the at least one energy absorber comprising:a deformation element deformable by forces occurring in a vehicle collision; and
a bending element which releases the deformation element, wherein, upon achieving a bending load acting on the bending element, the bending element bends and the bending element thereby releases the deformation element to a lesser extent;
wherein the linear adjuster has a first point of articulation and a second point of articulation, wherein the spacing between the first point of articulation and the second point of articulation is adjustable;
wherein the at least one energy absorber comprises one energy absorber that is arranged in a region of the first point of articulation and one further energy absorber that is arranged in a region of the second point of articulation of the linear adjuster.

US Pat. No. 10,967,765

SUPPORT FOR VEHICLE SEATING ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seating assembly comprising:a seatback including:
a frame assembly having first and second portions;
a primary structure extending between the first and second portions and defining a seating surface;
a secondary structure extending between the first and second portions; and
a retractor mechanism disposed on one of the first and second portions and selectively positionable in an unlocked, a locked, or a pre-tensioned position, wherein the secondary structure includes a belt including a first end coupled to one of the first and second portions and a second end coupled to the retractor mechanism disposed on a respective opposing first or second portion, wherein the first portion includes a first longitudinal portion, wherein the second portion includes a second longitudinal portion, wherein the secondary structure includes a mat having a first edge aligned with the first longitudinal portion and a second edge aligned with the second longitudinal portion, wherein the mat includes a third edge, and wherein the belt is attached to the third edge of the mat.

US Pat. No. 10,967,764

RETENTION DEVICE FOR VEHICLE SEAT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a floor;
a seating assembly attached to the floor and including a seat that is rotationally operable relative to a seatback; and
a retention device attached to the seat, wherein when the seat is pivoted upright to a stadium position the retention device is selectively deployable from a stored position to a cargo storage position that defines an enclosure at least partially defined by the seat and the floor, wherein the retention device is pivotably coupled to the seat at a first attachment point and a second attachment point, wherein the retention device comprises a bracket including a first side extending away from the first attachment point and a second side extending away from the second attachment point, wherein the bracket includes a third side extending between the first side and the second side, and further comprising a strap extending between the third side of the bracket and the seat when the bracket is in a cargo storage position and when the seat is in the stadium position.

US Pat. No. 10,967,763

REMOVABLE AND CONVERTIBLE SEAT ASSEMBLY

1. A removable or mountable seat assembly, comprising:a seat back;
a seat pan; and
a locking device in mechanical communication with the seat back and the seat pan and pivotally connecting the seat back to the seat pan via at least one pivot point, wherein the locking device has a locked mode and an unlocked mode,
wherein, when the locking device is in the locked mode, the seat back and seat pan are locked into position relative to one another along at least one common axis of rotation,
wherein, when the locking device is in the unlocked mode, the seat back or the seat pan is unlocked and is able to move freely along the at least one common axis of rotation,
wherein the removable or mountable seat assembly is configured to be removable or mountable from or to a support structure,
wherein the seat back and the seat pan substantially lie along a common plane to form a stretcher and are locked into position relative to one another along the at least one common axis of rotation,
wherein the seat pan is rotated in a forward direction with respect to the seat pan along the at least one common axis of rotation defined as a first angle such that the seat back and the seat pan are at the first angle from one another forming a seat, and
wherein the seat pan is rotated in a backward direction to be folded in a second angle which is reversed from the first angle along the at least one common axis of rotation such that a back surface of the seat pan is substantially flush with a back surface of the seat back in a folded state.

US Pat. No. 10,967,762

CHILD SAFETY SEAT

Kioma, LLC, Dallas, TX (...

1. A car seat comprising:a chassis including a chassis back, a chassis handle assembly, and chassis side impact supports, the chassis formed as an interrupted shell defining a protected chassis interior with a top opening; and
a back plate rigidly fixed inside the protected chassis interior, the back plate defining a back plate back and a back plate bottom and oriented within the protected chassis interior such that the back plate bottom forms a seat and the back plate back forms a seat back;
wherein the chassis handle assembly further includes a handle affixed to the chassis and oriented above the top opening so as to act as a handle and a roll bar providing protection against intrusion into the protected chassis interior and protection against frontal and rearward impacts; and
wherein the chassis back, the chassis handle assembly, and the chassis side impact supports are rigid, integral, and immovable with respect to one another.

US Pat. No. 10,967,761

POD SEAT WITH ROTATION

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

1. A vehicle, comprising:one or more tires;
a body;
a door; and
an occupant compartment including:
a rotatable platform;
a central pod seat and one or more companion pod seats disposed on the rotatable platform; and
one or more rear seats,
wherein the rotatable platform is configured to rotate the central pod seat and the one or more companion pod seats toward a front of the vehicle in a first mode and toward a rear of the vehicle in a second mode; and
wherein the central pod seat is further configured to translate linearly away from a center of the rotatable platform into a first position and toward the center of the rotatable platform into a second position.

US Pat. No. 10,967,760

LIGHTWEIGHT C-RING CROSSMEMBER AND BRACKET ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE

Volvo Car Corporation, G...

1. A bracket assembly for coupling a component to a vehicle, the bracket assembly comprising:a bracket body comprising a C-ring retainer that is adapted to translatably engage and retain a T-shaped guide rail coupled to one of a crossmember and a floor structure of the vehicle, wherein the bracket body defines a hole or includes an attachment structure adapted to receive and retain the component, wherein the bracket body further comprises one or more flanges adapted to secure the bracket body to one or more of the crossmember and the floor structure of the vehicle via bolting and/or welding.

US Pat. No. 10,967,759

MOTOR VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A motor vehicle comprising:at least one individual seat, where the individual seat includes a seat part and a backrest, wherein
the seat part includes a main seat part shell and a lateral seat part shell arranged on each side thereof, and/or the backrest includes a main backrest shell and a lateral backrest shell arranged on each side thereof,
a rail system is provided and, via actuators, adjusts the respective lateral seat part shell and/or the respective lateral backrest shell,
a width of a surface of the seat part is adjustable via the lateral seat part shells,
a width of a surface of the backrest is adjustable via the lateral backrest shells, and
when the motor vehicle is at a standstill and a vehicle door is open, the lateral seat part shell adjacent to the open vehicle door is in a state in which it has been adjusted out of a retracted position into an extended position such that the width of the surface of the seat part is increased.

US Pat. No. 10,967,758

CONDITION CORRECTION UNIT

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

1. A posture condition correction unit comprising:an operating unit configured to operate to correct a body posture condition of a seated person seated in a conveyance seat;
a measurement unit configured to measure a current value of an indicator for determining the body posture condition;
a plan storage unit configured to store correction plans showing contents of correction of the body posture condition;
a presentation unit configured to read a correction plan from the stored correction plans based on the current value from the plan storage unit and present the correction plan to the seated person seated in the conveyance seat;
a processing execution unit configured to execute processing to correct the body posture condition by controlling the operating unit; and
a vibrator configured to apply vibrations to a predetermined part of the body of the seated person,
wherein the processing execution unit executes the processing to first activate the vibrator to apply the vibration to the predetermined part of the body, wherein the vibration is configured to relax the muscles of the seated person and then correct the body posture condition according to the contents of the correction shown by the read correction plan.

US Pat. No. 10,967,757

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE PLANT

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

1. A control apparatus for a vehicle plant installed on a vehicle, comprising:storage means for storing a data group of one set of reference periodic function values having a predetermined reference frequency;
periodic function value generation means configured to be capable of generating n periodic function values having n frequencies (n represents an integer), which are an integer times as high as the reference frequency and different from each other, using the data group of the one set of reference periodic function values stored in the storage means, the periodic function value generation means selectively generating one of the n periodic function values as a selected periodic function value;
electric signal generation means electrically connected to the vehicle plant, for generating an electric signal including the selected periodic function value as a component, using an output from the vehicle plant;
operating state parameter acquisition means for acquiring an operating state parameter indicative of an operating state of the vehicle plant at a time when the electric signal is being generated; and
control means for controlling the vehicle plant using the operating state parameter,
wherein the periodic function value generation means generates one of the n periodic function values by using the data group of the one set of reference periodic function values as it is, and generates n?1 periodic function values other than the one periodic function value by periodically thinning out data from the data group of the one set of reference periodic function values, in accordance with the frequency of the selected one of the n?1 periodic function values.

US Pat. No. 10,967,756

LIQUID COOLING MODULE

National Chung-Shan Insti...

1. A liquid cooling module comprising:a cooling plate, including a plurality of cooling channels having at least two different outlet ports and at least two different inlet ports for liquid flowing into the cooling plate and flowing out the cooling plate; and
a pump block, integrated with the cooling plate and including a pump and a heat exchange chamber connecting to the plurality of cooling channels of the cooling plate, to form a circulation loop;
wherein the heat exchange chamber includes a flow channel, a converging nozzle and a diverging nozzle;
wherein each cooling channel includes an inlet port and an outlet port connecting to the converging nozzle and the diverging nozzle respectively;
wherein a wide expansion part of the converging nozzle and a wide expansion part of the diverging nozzle are used for collecting fluid for the inlet port and the output port, and a narrow part of the converging nozzle and a narrow part of diverging nozzle are used for fluid converging;
wherein the wide expansion part of the converging nozzle is closer to the inlet port than the narrow part of the converging nozzle such that the converging nozzle is widest on a first side near the inlet port and narrowest on a second side near the flow channel, and the wide expansion part of the diverging nozzle is closer to the outlet port than the narrow part of the diverging nozzle such that the diverging nozzle is widest on a third side near the outlet port and narrowest on a fourth side near the flow channel.

US Pat. No. 10,967,755

CONTROLLING BATTERY STATES OF CHARGE IN SYSTEMS HAVING SEPARATE POWER SOURCES

ZincFive Power, Inc., Tu...

1. A method of controlling a state of charge of one or more aqueous nickel-zinc batteries in a battery pack for a system having (i) a separate power source working in conjunction with the battery pack and (ii) a full charge mode and a float charge mode, the method comprising:(a) determining that the state of charge of the one or more aqueous nickel-zinc batteries in the battery pack is below a defined level associated with the full charge mode;
(b) after it is determined that the state of charge of the one or more aqueous nickel-zinc batteries in the battery pack is below the defined level associated with the full charge mode, applying charge to the battery pack at a first voltage to charge the one or more aqueous nickel-zinc batteries of the battery pack to a fully charged state in the full charge mode, wherein the charge to the fully charged state is provided from the separate power source; and
(c) subsequent to (b), while operating the system in the float charge mode, applying a second voltage to the battery pack maintaining the one or more aqueous nickel-zinc batteries of the battery pack at a float charged state, wherein the state of charge of the one or more aqueous nickel-zinc batteries in the battery pack in the float charged state is lower than in the fully charged state, wherein the second voltage for the float charge state is provided from the separate power source, and wherein the magnitude of the second voltage is below the magnitude of the first voltage,
wherein the state of charge of the one or more aqueous nickel-zinc batteries in the battery pack is monitored continuously or intermittently during operation of the system, and wherein the operations (a)-(c) are repeated when monitoring indicates that the state of charge of the one or more aqueous nickel-zinc batteries in the battery pack is below the defined level associated with the full charge mode.

US Pat. No. 10,967,754

ELECTRIFIED VEHICLE CONTACTOR STATUS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system for a vehicle comprising:a contactor, including a coil, arranged to close responsive to current magnitude through the coil exceeding a first threshold; and
a controller programmed to,
following a request to open the contactor, apply current to the coil at a magnitude less than the first threshold for a duration, and
responsive to peak current through the coil during the duration being less than a second threshold, prevent start of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,967,753

VEHICLE, CHARGER, CHARGING SYSTEM INCLUDING CHARGER, AND ABNORMALITY DIAGNOSIS METHOD FOR CHARGER

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle configured to perform communication with a charger provided outside of the vehicle through a charging cable, the vehicle comprising:an inlet configured to allow a connector of the charging cable to be inserted into the inlet, the inlet includes an inlet terminal and the connector includes a connector terminal configured to output electric power in a state where the connector terminal is electrically connected to the inlet terminal;
an electric storage device configured to be charged from the charger through the connector and the inlet;
a communication device configured to perform communication with an external apparatus other than the charger provided outside of the vehicle;
a charging line;
a voltage sensor configured to detect voltage of the charging line; and
a current sensor configured to detect electric current that flows along the charging line; and
an electronic control unit configured to control charging through the connector and the inlet, wherein:
the electronic control unit being configured to diagnose whether there is an abnormality in the charger, when the charger and the vehicle are connected to each other through the charging cable, the abnormality being able to be diagnosed in a state where the connector has been inserted into the inlet, and
the electronic control unit being configured to send information indicating an abnormality occurrence, to the external apparatus through the communication device, when the electronic control unit diagnoses the charger as having the abnormality, the information indicating the abnormality occurrence is information indicating a connection abnormality between the inlet terminal and the connector terminal in the state where the connector has been inserted into the inlet,
the electronic control unit is configured to calculate a supply electric power from the charger based on detection results of the voltage sensor and the current sensor, and
the electronic control unit is configured to send the information indicating the abnormality occurrence, to the external apparatus, when the electronic control unit gives a notice of a command including an electric power command value, to the charger and the electronic control unit determines that the supply electric power does not satisfy the electric power command value in the state where the connector has been inserted into the inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,967,752

AUTONOMOUS MOBILE DEVICE AND WIRELESS CHARGING SYSTEM THEREOF

Positec Power Tools (Suzh...

1. An autonomous moving device wireless charging system, comprising an autonomous moving device and a wireless charging station, wherein:the wireless charging station comprises a wireless charging transmitting end; and
the autonomous moving device comprises:
a wireless charging receiving end, wherein the wireless charging transmitting end wirelessly transmits a charging signal to the wireless charging receiving end to transmit electric energy;
a charging battery, electrically connected to the wireless charging receiving end, to receive the electric energy transmitted from the wireless charging receiving end;
a wireless charging locating module, wherein the wireless charging locating module determines whether the autonomous moving device is at a charging location;
a driving module, driving the autonomous moving device to move;
a control module, connected to the wireless charging locating module and driving module, and when the wireless charging locating module determines that the autonomous moving device is at the charging location, controlling the driving module, to make the autonomous moving device dock at the charging location;
wherein the autonomous moving device further comprises a receiving and processing circuit, and the receiving and processing circuit is in communication connection with the wireless charging receiving end and is configured to: detect the energy received by the wireless charging receiving end, and when detecting that the energy is greater than a first threshold, output a second electrical signal; otherwise, not output the second electrical signal; and
the control module is in communication connection with the wireless charging receiving end and is in communication connection with the receiving and processing circuit, and the control module detects a first electrical signal of the charging receiving end, and is configured to: receive the second electrical signal, when detecting the first electrical signal and the second electrical signal is not detected, determine, by means of comparison, whether the first electrical signal is greater than a second threshold, and if the first electrical signal is greater than the second threshold and the second electrical signal is not detected within a time T, control the autonomous moving device to move in a direction distant from the wireless charging station, and then dock the wireless charging receiving end to the wireless charging transmitting end again.

US Pat. No. 10,967,751

METHOD TO DETECT THE PROPER CONNECTION OF A VEHICLE CHARGING CABLE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method to detect a sufficient charging cable connection, the method comprising:capturing, via a camera, an image of at least a portion of a vehicle body wherein the camera is mounted to the vehicle body;
determining, via a processor, whether the image includes a charging cable being sufficiently engaged with the portion of the vehicle body, wherein the processor implements an object recognition technique to determine whether the image includes the charging cable being sufficiently connected to the portion of the vehicle body, wherein the object recognition technique includes identifying a region of interest within the image, comparing the region of interest to one or more reference images of sufficiently connected charging cables to arrive at a matching percentage value, and determining that the image includes the charging cable being sufficiently connected to the portion of the vehicle body in response to the matching percentage value exceeding a threshold value; and
based on the determination of whether the image includes the charging cable being sufficiently connected to the portion of the vehicle body, via the processor, producing a connection notification.

US Pat. No. 10,967,750

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CHARGING PLUG-IN HYBRID VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

4. A non-transitory computer readable medium containing program instructions executed by a processor, the computer readable medium comprising:program instructions that measure a voltage of a battery;
program instructions that increase a frequency of operation of a cooler and consequently increase an intensity of cooling associated with the cooler when the voltage of the battery is out of a reference voltage range that is previously stored after measuring the voltage of the battery; and
program instructions that reduce the frequency of operation of the cooler and consequently reduce the intensity of cooling associated with the cooler when the voltage of the battery is within the reference voltage range that is previously stored after measuring the voltage of the battery,
wherein the cooler comprises a water pump configured to cause a cooling medium to circulate when an on-board charger is required to be cooled and a radiator fan configured to adjust a temperature of the cooling medium that circulates to cool the on-board charger,
wherein in increasing the frequency of operation of the cooler and consequently increasing the intensity of cooling associated with the cooler, when the voltage of the battery is lower than the reference voltage range, the controller controls the radiator fan to operate when a temperature of the on-board charger has reached an operating temperature range that is previously stored, and
wherein in reducing the frequency of operation of the cooler and consequently reducing the intensity of cooling associated with the cooler, when the voltage of the battery is within the reference voltage range, the controller controls the radiator fan to operate in a corrected temperature range that is previously set as higher than the operating temperature range.

US Pat. No. 10,967,749

ELECTROSTATIC DISCHARGE SYSTEMS FOR AUTONOMOUS MOBILE ROBOTS

iRobot Corporation, Bedf...

1. An autonomous mobile robot comprising:a housing infrastructure;
a drive system comprising one or more wheels to support the housing infrastructure above a floor surface;
electrical circuitry positioned within the housing infrastructure, the electrical circuitry including a controller to initiate a cleaning operation in which the drive system propels the robot across the floor surface while the robot cleans the floor surface;
an electrostatic discharge assembly comprising an electrostatic discharge member having a metallic contact electrically connected to the electrical circuitry, the electrostatic discharge member extending to an exterior of the housing infrastructure; and
a charging contact configured to recharge a power system of the robot,
wherein the metallic contact and the charging contact are on a bottom portion of the housing infrastructure, and wherein the electrostatic discharge member is configured to touch a portion of a docking station as the robot docks with the docking station to enable the charging contact to recharge the power system of the robot.

US Pat. No. 10,967,748

ELECTRIC VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An electric vehicle comprising:a battery that stores electric power for traveling;
a sensor that detects a temperature of the battery;
a communication circuitry programmed to communicate with a server programmed to collect information as to a plurality of vehicles, the information as to the vehicles including at least an ambient temperature in a surrounding area of each vehicle;
a temperature adjusting circuitry programmed to adjust the temperature of the battery; and
a control circuitry programmed to control the temperature adjusting circuitry, the control circuitry programmed to selectively switch a mode of operation of the temperature adjusting circuitry using a first result of a first determination of whether to adjust the temperature of the battery based on whether the temperature of the battery is below a first predetermined value, and a second result of a second determination of whether to increase the temperature of the battery based on whether the ambient temperature collected in the server is below a second predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,967,747

VEHICLE SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING CHARGING OF A TRACTION BATTERY OF A VEHICLE

Jaguar Land Rover Limited...

1. A controller for controlling charging of a traction battery of a vehicle, the controller comprising an electronic processor and a memory device with instructions stored therein, the electronic processor being configured to access the memory device and execute the instructions such that the controller is configured to:determine a state of charge of the traction battery;
determine, dependent upon the state of charge of the traction battery and at least part of a next vehicle journey, one or more of: a target state of charge to be achieved, a rate of charging of the traction battery, a duration of charging of the traction battery, a start time of charging of the traction battery; and
temporarily override any user-programmed vehicle settings controlling the target state of charge to be achieved and/or the rate of charging of the traction battery and/or the duration of charging of the traction battery and/or the start time of charging of the traction battery.

US Pat. No. 10,967,746

VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle comprising:a drive unit;
a battery pack including
a plurality of power storage units, and
a switching relay configured to switch between a first state and a second state, the first state being a state where the power storage units are electrically connected to each other, and the second state being a state where the power storage units are electrically disconnected from each other;
a plurality of charging ports configured to be electrically connected to the power storage units, respectively; and
a main relay device provided between the battery pack and the drive unit, the main relay device including a first main relay and a second main relay, the main relay being connected to the battery pack by a positive electrode line which is connected to the first main relay, and a negative electrode line which is connected to the second main relay.

US Pat. No. 10,967,745

PARKING ASSISTANCE METHOD AND PARKING ASSISTANCE DEVICE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A parking assistance method for providing parking assistance, using an image controller for generating a bird's-eye image including a vehicle and a circumference of the vehicle as viewed from above the vehicle from a camera image of the circumference of the vehicle captured and a display for displaying the bird's-eye image, when parking the vehicle in a parking space equipped with a ground coil for supplying electric power via a wireless connection to a vehicle coil mounted on the vehicle, at least two ground marks indicating a position of the ground coil, and a parking frame provided in the parking space, the method comprising:switching from the bird's-eye image to an enlarged image showing a relative position between the ground coil and the vehicle coil on a larger scale than the bird's-eye image when an absolute value of a relative angle of a straight line connecting the ground marks to a straight line passing through a center of the vehicle coil and parallel to a vehicle width direction of the vehicle is a predetermined value or smaller.

US Pat. No. 10,967,744

ELECTRICALLY OPERATED WORKING VEHICLE

HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACH...

1. An electrically operated working vehicle, comprising:a DC bus that is composed of a positive electrode and a negative electrode and to which a DC voltage is applied;
an inverter that is connected to the DC bus;
an electric motor that is connected to the inverter;
a voltage divider that is connected to the positive electrode and the negative electrode of the DC bus and divides a voltage applied to the DC bus to form a neutral point; and
a ground fault detection device that detects a ground fault detection voltage as a difference between a voltage between the positive electrode of the DC bus and the neutral point and a voltage between the neutral point and the negative electrode of the DC bus and detects a ground fault based upon the ground fault detection voltage,
wherein the ground fault detection device includes:
a DC component determining section that extracts a DC component from the ground fault detection voltage and determines a ground fault based upon the DC component; and
a drive frequency component determining section that extracts a drive frequency component of the inverter from the ground fault detection voltage and determines a ground fault based upon the drive frequency component,
wherein the DC component determining section includes a DC component extracting section that extracts a DC component from the ground fault detection voltage, and a DC component comparing section that compares the DC component with a predetermined criteria value for DC ground fault detection, and
wherein the drive frequency component determining section includes a drive frequency component extracting section that extracts a drive frequency component of the inverter from the ground fault detection voltage, and a drive frequency component comparing section that compares the drive frequency component with a predetermined criteria value for AC ground fault detection.

US Pat. No. 10,967,743

HYBRID DRIVE SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of controlling a powertrain comprising:by a controller,
modulating switches of a first inverter to generate phase signals for a 6-phase or 9-phase wye wound electric machine; and
offsetting the phase signals by a direct current (DC) bias applied to less than all phases of the electric machine such that a rotational torque of the electric machine associated with the DC bias is zero.

US Pat. No. 10,967,742

MOTOR VEHICLE ACCESSORY TO INCREASE POWER SUPPLY AND REDUCE FUEL REQUIREMENTS

Hyliion Inc., Cedar Park...

1. A trailer suitable for use in a tractor-trailer vehicle configuration, the trailer comprising:one or more on-trailer motor-generators coupled to a respective one or more drive axles of the trailer to provide, in one mode of operation, an assistive motive rotational force at wheels of the trailer and to provide, in another mode of operation, a regenerative braking force at wheels of the trailer, the one or more on-trailer motor-generators responsive to a controller operatively coupled to one or more sensor inputs to independently transition each of the one or more on-trailer motor-generators between the one and the other mode of operation, during motion of the tractor-trailer vehicle over a roadway, using the one or more sensor inputs; and
an on-trailer battery from which stored energy is supplied to power the one or more on-trailer motor-generators in the one mode of operation and to which regenerated braking energy is supplied in the other mode of operation;
wherein, based on a first sensory condition, the controller transitions a first one of the one or more on-trailer motor-generators between the one and the other mode of operation; and
wherein, based on a second sensory condition, the controller transitions a second one of the one or more on-trailer motor-generators between the one and the other mode of operation.

US Pat. No. 10,967,741

ELECTRIC DRIVE SYSTEM WITH MULTIPLE SEPARATE ELECTRICAL BUSSES OPERATING AT DIFFERENT VOLTAGES

1. An electric drive system for mechanical machinery, the electric drive system comprising:a first electrical bus;
a first generator configured to provide electric current to the first electrical bus at a first voltage;
a second electrical bus;
a second generator configured to provided electric current to the second electrical bus at a second voltage, the second voltage being different from the first voltage;
a first electric motor coupled to the first electrical bus and configured to operate on electrical power from the first electrical bus at the first voltage, wherein the first electric motor generates mechanical power for the mechanical machinery;
a second electric motor coupled to the second electrical bus and configured to operate on electrical power from the second electrical bus at the second voltage, wherein the second electric motor generates mechanical power for the mechanical machinery; and
a first inverter operatively coupled between the first generator and the first electrical bus,
wherein the first generator is configured to provide the electric current to the first electrical bus at the first voltage by providing an electrical output to the first inverter which is converted by the first inverter to an AC output at the first voltage that is provided by the first inverter to the first electrical bus.

US Pat. No. 10,967,740

INDUCTIVE POWER COUPLING SYSTEMS FOR ROADWAYS

1. A wireless vehicle recharging apparatus for providing recharging power to an energy storage element of a vehicle, the apparatus comprising at least one drive unit arrangement coupled to at least one drive coil arrangement disposed for generating a magnetic field extending from the at least one drive coil arrangement, and includes a corresponding vehicle-mounted pickup coil arrangement coupled to a power conditioning circuit arrangement for receiving the extending magnetic field for providing power to recharge the energy storage element, and wherein:(i) the at least one drive unit arrangement is operable to excite the at least one drive coil arrangement at a fundamental frequency (f0); and
(ii) the at least one drive coil arrangement has non-ferromagnetic and non-conducting components providing a path for the extending magnetic field coupling to the pickup coil.

US Pat. No. 10,967,739

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CHARGING AN ELECTRIC BICYCLE FROM THE POWER SUPPLY OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for charging an electric bicycle from a power supply of a motor vehicle, comprising:the motor vehicle, having the power supply and an electrical trailer connection coupled to the power supply, wherein the electrical trailer connection includes at least a positive terminal and a negative terminal;
the electric bicycle, having a battery with a charge connection which includes at least a positive terminal and a negative terminal;
an electrical adapter which, on the input side, is coupled to the electrical trailer connection of the motor vehicle and which includes an output connection which includes at least a positive terminal and a negative terminal, wherein the positive terminal of the output connection is coupled via the electrical adapter to the positive terminal of the electrical trailer connection of the motor vehicle and the negative terminal of the output connection is connected via the electrical adapter to the negative terminal of the electrical trailer connection; wherein,
a) the motor vehicle sends the battery a query signal relating to identification data of the battery via a communication channel;
b) the motor vehicle listens in on the communication channel upon transmission of the identification data of the battery;
c) for the case in which the motor vehicle receives incorrect information data or no identification data from the battery, an alarm signal is output by an alarm system of the motor vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,967,738

MIXED-LEVEL ELECTRIC VEHICLE SUPPLY EQUIPMENT (EVSE) AND ASSOCIATED CHARGING METHODS FOR MULTI-TYPE ELECTRIC VEHICLES AND NON-ELECTRIC VEHICLE DEVICES

Evercharge, Inc., San Fr...

1. A multi-level electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) unit, comprising:a Level 2 charge handle;
a receptacle configured to receive the Level 2 charge handle;
a Level 1 outlet including one or more plug outlets configured to receive one or more corresponding Level 1 plugs;
a power relay section configured to enable or disable charging through the Level 1 outlet; and
a charging logic and relay section configured to control a pilot signal max charge level over a period of time in which an electric vehicle is charged via the Level 2 charge handle,
wherein the charging logic and relay section is configured to gradually decrease the pilot signal max charge level over the period of time in which the electric vehicle is charged via the Level 2 charge handle.

US Pat. No. 10,967,737

INPUT DEVICE FOR VEHICLE AND INPUT METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An input device for a vehicle, the input device performing input for operating a user interface (UI) displayed by a display disposed in the vehicle, the input device comprising:a touch sensor that receives a touch input performed with at least one of fingers of a user;
a controller selects, when the touch input into the touch sensor is a touch in which at least two of the fingers is in contact with the touch sensor simultaneously, a region corresponding to a count of the contacts of the touch from a plurality of regions constituting a display region of the display, the controller selecting, when the touch input into the touch sensor is a tap in which at least one of the fingers repeats a contact with the touch sensor within a predetermined time, a region corresponding to a count of the contacts of the tap from the plurality of regions constituting the display region of the display,
the touch sensor includes the first touch sensor, the first touch sensor being disposed at a position within a range where a hand of the user almost reaches while the user aboard the vehicle is seated on a seat of the vehicle, the position excluding a steering wheel of the vehicle; and
a dial switch that is disposed adjacent to a first touch sensor and receives dial input, wherein
when the touch input into the touch sensor is a first gesture input by one of the touch and a second gesture input after the tap, the controller performs switching processing to switch from a first display screen displayed by the display to a second display screen different from the first display screen and to cause the display to perform display,
when the count of contacts of the touch of the first gesture input that is input into the first touch sensor is the count of contacts of a first touch, the controller causes the display to display as the second display screen an operation guide screen indicating an operation for adjusting a setting to a vehicle-mounted device included in the vehicle when the dial switch is operated, and
the controller switches a type of the operation indicated on the operation guide screen according to a type of the gesture of the first gesture input that is input into the first touch sensor, and the controller switches a type of the setting adjusted by operating the dial switch.

US Pat. No. 10,967,736

VEHICLE DASHBOARD

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A vehicle dashboard instrument display comprising:one or more vehicle instruments for displaying vehicle operating information to a driver;
a lens system adjacent the one or more instruments and interposed between the driver and the one or more instruments, the lens system comprising a variable focus lens operable for, responsive to input from a lens controller, adjusting to a focal length suitable for countering the visual impairment of the driver to render the one or more instruments more easily readable by the driver,
wherein the lens system comprises a variable focus lens comprising a cell structure enclosing a transparent liquid, the cell structure comprising a transparent resilient sheet providing at least one of the optical surfaces of the cell structure, and operable for adjusting the lens focal length by changing the volume of the liquid in the cell structure.

US Pat. No. 10,967,735

CONTROL DEVICE FOR FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control device for a four-wheel drive vehicle, which is to be applied to a four-wheel drive vehicle,the four-wheel drive vehicle including:
a drive device configured to generate a driving force;
a front-wheel differential device configured to transmit the driving force to a front left wheel axle and a front right wheel axle and to allow a differential between the front left wheel axle and the front right wheel axle;
a transfer gear device configured to transmit the driving force to a rear wheel side via a propeller shaft;
a rear-wheel final gear device configured to transmit the driving force from the propeller shaft to a rear left wheel axle and a rear right wheel axle;
a first coupling device interposed between a drive output device of the rear-wheel final gear device and the rear left wheel axle; and
a second coupling device interposed between the drive output device and the rear right wheel axle,
the control device comprising:
wheel speed sensors each configured to generate a signal based on a rotation speed of a corresponding one of wheels coupled to the front left wheel axle, the front right wheel axle, the rear left wheel axle, and the rear right wheel axle, respectively;
a wheel speed calculator configured to calculate a wheel speed of each of the wheels based on the signals generated by the wheel speed sensors;
an estimated vehicle body speed calculator configured to estimate a vehicle body speed of the four-wheel drive vehicle based on a specific wheel speed among the calculated wheel speeds; and
a controller configured to change a coupling torque of the first coupling device and a coupling torque of the second coupling device independently of each other,
wherein the controller is configured to execute, when the four-wheel drive vehicle is accelerating, a specific control of setting the coupling torque of any one of the first coupling device and the second coupling device to a value larger than zero and setting the coupling torque of another one of the first coupling device and the second coupling device to zero, and
wherein the estimated vehicle body speed calculator is configured to use, as the specific wheel speed, the wheel speed of one of the wheels that corresponds to one of the first coupling device and the second coupling device that has the coupling torque set to zero.

US Pat. No. 10,967,734

VALVE DEVICE FOR FUEL TANK

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka (JP...

1. A valve device for a fuel tank, comprising:an upper-portion including a first valve opening and a second valve opening for communicating inside and outside of a fuel tank;
a lower-portion assembled with the upper-portion, and including a first valve chamber formed below the first valve opening, a second valve chamber formed below the second valve opening and partitioned from the first valve chamber, a partition wall separating the first valve chamber and the second valve chamber, a first support portion having a passage portion for a fluid so that the first valve chamber has an open end below the first support portion, and a second support portion having another passage portion for a fluid;
a first float disposed inside the first valve chamber and supported on the first support portion to be movable up and down; and
a second float disposed inside the second valve chamber and supported on the second support portion to be movable up and down,
wherein the first valve chamber and the second valve chamber are assembled by fitting the lower-portion including the first support portion for the first valve and the second support portion for the second float to the upper-portion, and
the upper-portion forming the first valve chamber includes a fitted portion having an oval shape in a horizontal cross section, and the lower-portion fitting into the fitted portion has a fitting portion in a horizontal cross section substantially matching with the oval shape of the fitted portion when the upper-portion and the lower-portion fit together.

US Pat. No. 10,967,733

FUEL SHUTOFF VALVE

KYOSAN DENKI CO., LTD., ...

1. A fuel shutoff valve comprising:a valve configured to open or close an air passage of a fuel tank;
a float floating on fuel and moving in a valve closing direction to close the valve, or moving in a valve opening direction opposite to the valve closing direction to open the valve; and
an auxiliary member having a predetermined weight, the auxiliary member abutting on the float to apply a weight on the float in the valve opening direction, or separating from the float not to apply the weight on the float in the valve closing direction, wherein
the float has
an outermost diameter portion, and
an inner diameter portion smaller than the outermost diameter portion in diameter,
the auxiliary member is surrounding the outermost diameter portion of the float in a radial direction, and
the auxiliary member is provided with the valve and the float to separate from the float and abut on the valve to apply the weight on the valve in the valve closing direction.

US Pat. No. 10,967,732

FUEL TANK

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

1. A fuel tank comprising:a tank main body made of a resin material; and
a cover member which is formed using threads made of a fiber-reinforced composite material containing a thermoplastic resin fusible to a surface of the tank main body, wherein
the cover member has a twill weave structure at least in its portion fused to the upper surface of the tank main body, and
the threads each have a core-sheath structure in which a fiber made of a polypropylene resin is coated with a polyethylene resin.

US Pat. No. 10,967,731

TANK DEVICE, IN PARTICULAR IN A VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

16. A tank device, comprising:a pressure tank for storing gaseous fuel to be filled at a filling pressure; and
a fuel line for filling the pressure tank, the fuel line extending from outside the pressure tank through a tank opening in the pressure tank up to a free line end in the interior of the pressure tank, wherein
between the tank opening and the free line end, the fuel line comprises a flexible line section that freely moves in a radial direction in an unrestricted manner when filling the pressure tank with the gaseous fuel, and
the fuel line in the pressure tank has a first line outlet disposed at the free line end and a second line outlet disposed between the tank opening and the first line outlet, through which first and second line outlets fuel is flowable out of the fuel line into the pressure tank.

US Pat. No. 10,967,730

METHOD FOR SWITCHING MODES OF ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSMISSION SYSTEM

Beijing Institute of Tech...

1. A method for switching modes of an electromechanical transmission system which comprises a clutch CL0, a motor A, a clutch CL1, a brake B1, a motor B and three planet rows K1, K2 and K3, comprising the steps of achieving two different structural modes of EVT1 and EVT2 by changing states of the clutch CL0 and the brake B1, wherein the EVT1 mode is formed when the clutch CL0 is engaged, the clutch CL1 is disengaged, and the brake B1 is engaged; the EVT2 mode is formed when the clutch CL0 is engaged, the clutch CL1 is engaged, and the brake B1 is disengaged; in the EVT1 mode, mechanical power is input through an input shaft and shunted at a planet carrier of the planet row K2; at the planet row K2, a part of the mechanical power directly flows to an output end through a sun gear of the planet row K2, and another part is transmitted to a planet carrier of the planet row K1 through a gear ring of the planet row K2 for shunting; at the planet row K1, a part of the mechanical power flows to the output end through a sun gear of the planet row K1, and another part is transmitted to the motor A through a gear ring of the planet row K1; the motor A is in a power generation state and converts the mechanical power transmitted from an engine into electric power which is transmitted to the motor B through an electrical control system, and the motor B is in an electric state and converts the electric power into mechanical power which is then directly transmitted to an output shaft; in the EVT2 mode, the mechanical power is input from the input shaft and shunted at the planet carrier of the planet row K2; at the planet row K2, a part of the mechanical power is transmitted to the planet carrier of the planet row K1 through the gear ring of the planet row K2 and flows from the planet carrier of the planet row K1 to the output end, and another part is shunted through the sun gear of the planet row K2; at the planet row K1, a part of the mechanical power is transmitted to the planet carrier of the planet row K1 through the sun gear of the planet row K1 and flows to the output end from the planet carrier of the planet row K1, and another part flows to the motor B; and the motor B is in the power generation state and converts the mechanical power into the electric power which is transmitted to the motor A through the electrical control system, and the motor A is in the electric state and converts the electric power into mechanical power which is transmitted to the planet carrier of the planet row K1 through the gear ring of the planet row K1 and then transmitted to the output shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,967,729

POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM AND VEHICLE HAVING SAME

BYD COMPANY LIMITED, Gua...

1. A power transmission system for a vehicle, comprising:a power source;
a speed change unit, wherein the speed change unit is selectively power-coupled to the power source;
a first motor generator unit;
a system power output portion; and
a mode conversion device, wherein the mode conversion device is power-coupled to the speed change unit and comprises: a conversion device input portion and a conversion device output portion, the conversion device input portion is configured to output power from at least one of the power source and the first motor generator unit, the conversion device output portion is connected to an input end of the system power output portion, and the conversion device input portion is selectively power-coupled to the conversion device output portion; andwhen the conversion device input portion is power-coupled to the conversion device output portion, the rotational speed of the conversion device input portion is greater than or equal to the rotational speed of the conversion device output portion,wherein the mode conversion device further comprises a first conversion portion and a second conversion portion, the conversion device output portion is selectively connected to one of the first conversion portion and the second conversion portion, and the conversion device input portion is fixedly connected to the first conversion portion.

US Pat. No. 10,967,728

MULTI-MODE ELECTROMECHANICAL VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

Oshkosh Corporation, Osh...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a drive axle;
a connecting shaft;
a multi-mode transmission selectively coupled to the connecting shaft and the drive axle, the multi-mode transmission including:
a first gear set having a first planetary gear carrier and a second gear set having a second planetary gear carrier, wherein the first gear set is coupled to the connecting shaft, and wherein the first planetary gear carrier and the second planetary gear carrier are rotatably coupled;
a first motor/generator coupled to the first gear set; and
a second motor/generator electrically coupled to the first motor/generator with a bus, coupled to the second gear set, and selectively coupled to the connecting shaft;
a brake positioned to selectively limit movement of a portion of the second gear set when engaged;
a clutch selectively rotationally coupling the second motor/generator to the connecting shaft when engaged; and
a controller coupled to the multi-mode transmission and configured to selectively configure the multi-mode transmission into an active neutral startup mode of operation by engaging the clutch and the brake such that at least one of the first motor/generator and the second motor/generator produces a voltage that is applied to the bus.

US Pat. No. 10,967,727

POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM AND VEHICLE HAVING SAME

BYD COMPANY LIMITED, Gua...

1. A power transmission system for a vehicle, comprising:a power source;
a speed change unit, wherein the speed change unit is configured to be selectively power-coupled to the power source;
a first motor generator unit;
a system power output portion;
a first mode conversion device, wherein at least one of the speed change unit and the first motor generator unit is power-coupled to or power-decoupled from the system power output portion through the first mode conversion device; and
a second mode conversion device, wherein the speed change unit is configured to be power-coupled to or power-decoupled from the first mode conversion device through the second mode conversion device, and the speed change unit is power-coupled to the first mode conversion device through the second mode conversion device, so that power from the power source is decelerated sequentially through the speed change unit and the second mode conversion device and then output to the first mode conversion device.

US Pat. No. 10,967,726

CONTROLLER AND CONTROL METHOD FOR HYBRID SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A controller employed in a hybrid system, whereinthe hybrid system includes
an internal combustion engine as a drive source,
an electric motor as a drive source different from the internal combustion engine, and
a clutch that is disposed between a crankshaft of the internal combustion engine and a drive shaft of the electric motor,
the clutch is configured to be switched among
an engaged state, in which rotation torque is transmitted between the crankshaft and the drive shaft without relative rotation between the crankshaft and the drive shaft,
a slipping state, in which rotation torque is transmitted between the crankshaft and the drive shaft with relative rotation between the crankshaft and the drive shaft, and
a disengaged state, in which rotation torque cannot be transmitted between the crankshaft and the drive shaft,
the hybrid system includes
an engine-side rotating body that rotates integrally with the crankshaft, and
a motor-side rotating body that rotates integrally with the drive shaft, the controller is configured to perform balance control, and
in the balance control, the controller
causes the engine-side rotating body and the motor-side rotating body to rotate relative to each other by bringing the clutch into the slipping state, and then
switches the clutch to the engaged state such that a position of a center of gravity of the engine-side rotating body and a position of a center of gravity of the motor-side rotating body are farther from each other in a circumferential direction than before bringing the clutch into the slipping state.

US Pat. No. 10,967,725

MANUAL TRANSMISSION FOR A HYBRID DRIVE, METHOD FOR OPERATING A HYBRID DRIVE, AND HYBRID DRIVE

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

1. An automated manual transmission for a hybrid drive of a motor vehicle, the automated manual transmission comprising:a transmission input shaft as a first shaft, a transmission output shaft as a second shaft, a further transmission input shaft as a third shaft;
an electric machine being drive-connected to the further transmission input shaft;
a main transmission comprising at least first and second partial transmissions, the first partial transmission having at least a first fourth shaft and at least one gear plane coupled thereto, the second partial transmission having at least one further fourth shaft and at least one gear plane coupled thereto, and the first fourth shaft and the further fourth shaft being arranged at least one of concentrically and coaxially to each other;
a plurality of shift elements being arranged in the main transmission and selective shifting of the shift elements resulting in different gear ratios at least one of between the transmission input shaft and the transmission output shaft, and between the further transmission input shaft and the transmission output shaft;
a range group being couplable to the main transmission, the range group comprising at least one planetary gearset which has a first transmission element, a second transmission element and a third transmission element;
the first transmission element being operatively connected to at least one of the transmission input shaft and the further transmission input shaft (3) by at least one of the shift elements;
the second transmission element being operatively connected to at least one of the transmission input shaft and the further transmission input shaft by at least one of the shift elements, and the second transmission element being disengageable from all of the gear planes of the first and the second partial transmissions, and the second transmission element being operatively connected to the transmission output shaft;
the third transmission element, by a shifting device, being either selectively:
retained by a first component attached to a housing, or
coupled to the second transmission element.

US Pat. No. 10,967,724

VEHICLE

Richard Chi-Hsueh, San D...

1. A mobile vehicle, comprising:a car body having two wheels on two laterals of each of a front side and a rear side thereof, and a chassis bracket at a bottom thereof;
a gasoline engine in the car body;
an electricity generator connected to the gasoline engine in the car body;
a power and motor controller connected to the electricity generator in the car body and having at least one signal cable;
at least one capacitive battery connected to the power and motor controller in the car body and having at least one power cable;
a drive motor disposed on a front side or a rear side of the chassis bracket and connected to the at least one capacitive battery by the at least one power cable and to the power and motor controller by the at least one signal cable, wherein the drive motor has a motor body disposed along an X-axis on the chassis bracket, a stator unit accommodated in the motor body, a rotor unit corresponding to the stator unit, and a rotational shaft passing through a center of the motor body along a Y-axis for assembling to the rotor unit for fixation, and wherein a volume of the motor body, the stator unit and the rotor unit can be simultaneously amplified toward one or more of the X-axis, the Y-axis, and a Z-axis, the motor body of the drive motor including a casing base having a chamber at a first end thereof, a first assembling part at a bottom center of the chamber and having a shaft hole at a center thereof, a first assembling slot corresponding to the first assembling part at a second end thereof and having a stop flange at an opening thereof, at least one bearing accommodated in the first assembling slot, a retaining ring in the first assembling slot for screwing to the stop flange by plural fasteners and sealing the opening of the first assembling slot to position the at least one bearing in the first assembling slot, a fixing flange formed on an outer wall thereof and having plural lock holes for the plural fasteners to be inserted and fixed to the chassis bracket, a cable outlet hole on a lateral wall of the chamber, and a fixing ring at a bottom of the chamber; and a shell cover for correspondingly covering on an opening of the chamber of the casing base and having a second assembling part at a center at a first end thereof, a second assembling slot at a second end thereof and corresponding to the second assembling part, a bearing disposed in the second assembling slot, and a buckle ring disposed at an opening of the second assembling slot to position the bearing in the second assembling slot; wherein the stator unit further comprises a stator ring made of a long steel strip that is wound and tightly fixed into a ring body to be accommodated in the chamber and having a first end and a second end fixed to the fixing ring, a through hole at a center of the stator ring, plural coil holes arranged at intervals on an inner wall of the stator ring, plural ditches at the first end of the stator ring for correspondingly communicating with the plural coil holes, and plural coils for respectively winding between the two adjacent coil holes and connected in series by the two adjacent coils thereof for passing through the cable outlet hole to connect the at least one power cable of the at least one capacitive battery and connect the at least one signal cable of the power and motor controller; the rotor unit further comprising a rotor base accommodated in the chamber of the casing base and having a first end and a second end corresponding to the stator ring, a shaft sleeve at a center of the rotor base, a shaft hole at a center of the shaft sleeve, a first positioning part on a wall of the shaft hole, plural fixing slots around the shaft sleeve at the second end of the rotor base, and plural permanent magnetic sheets respectively and correspondingly connected to the plural fixing slots for further corresponding to the plural coils on the stator ring; and wherein the rotational shaft is inserted into the shaft hole on the rotor base and further provided with a first end protruded from the first end of the rotor base and passing through the buckle ring in the second assembling slot for connecting the bearing in the second assembling slot and locking the shell cover to the casing base by the plural fasteners, a second end passing through the second end of the rotor base, the through hole on the stator ring, the shaft hole of the first assembling part, the at least one bearing and the retaining ring and protruded from the second end of the casing base, a second positioning part corresponding to the first positioning part, a fixing element for connecting the second positioning part to the first positioning part and fixing the rotational shaft to the rotor base, and a positioning ring contacting the at least one bearing in the first assembling slot through the shaft hole of the first assembling part of the casing base for positioning; and
a transmission connected to one end of the rotational shaft protruded from the motor body and having a differential disposed on the front side or the rear side of the car body and connected to the two wheels on the two laterals of each of the front side and the rear side of the car body.

US Pat. No. 10,967,723

FLUID-FILLED VIBRATION DAMPING DEVICE

SUMITOMO RIKO COMPANY LIM...

1. A fluid-filled vibration damping device comprising:an inner member;
an outer member including: (a) a tubular part, and (b) a stepped face that is disposed on a radially inner surface of the tubular part;
a main rubber elastic body elastically connecting the inner member and the outer member to each other, the main rubber elastic body having an axial end portion anchored to an radially inner surface of the tubular part of the outer member, and the axial end portion including a sealing rubber;
a partition disposed on a radially inner side of the tubular part of the outer member, the partition including a press-sealing face positioned at an outer peripheral edge of an axial end face of the partition, the partition being pressed against an axial end face of the sealing rubber at the press-sealing face;
a primary liquid chamber and an auxiliary liquid chamber formed on opposite sides of the partition, the primary liquid chamber and the auxiliary liquid chamber being filled with a non-compressible fluid; and
an orifice passage through which the primary liquid chamber and the auxiliary liquid chamber communicate with each other, the orifice passage being formed in the partition; and
a seal rib protruding axially outward from the press-sealing face of the partition is more strongly pressed against the axial end face of the sealing rubber than a portion of the press-sealing face that is away from the seal rib such that a fluid-tight sealing is provided axially between the sealing rubber and the partition, wherein:
the radially inner surface of the tubular part includes: (i) on an upper axial side of the stepped face, a rubber anchoring face to which an outer peripheral surface of the axial end portion of the main rubber elastic body is anchored, and (ii) on a lower axial side of the stepped face, a partition mounting face in which the partition is arranged in an inserted state, the radially inner surface of the tubular part having a larger diameter at the upper axial side of the stepped face than at the lower axial side of the stepped face,
the axial end portion of the main rubber elastic body is anchored to the rubber anchoring face and the stepped face,
the sealing rubber of the main rubber elastic body protrudes further inward than the stepped face, and
an entirety of the seal rib is provided on the outer peripheral edge of the partition, and is provided on a radially inner side than the partition mounting face having a smaller diameter at the lower axial side of the stepped face than the upper axial side.

US Pat. No. 10,967,722

VEHICLE LOWER STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle lower structure comprising:a battery pack stored under a floor panel,
a lower frame that is a framework member provided on a bottom surface of the battery pack, and having fastening portions formed at both ends that project outward from the battery pack in a vehicle width direction,
a pair of side members that are framework members, the side members being provided on both sides of the floor panel in the vehicle width direction and extending in a vehicle front-rear direction, wherein the fastening portions of the lower frame are fastened to the side members, wherein
the battery pack comprises a lower-stage battery stack fixed to the lower frame and an upper-stage battery stack mounted in an upper stage of the lower-stage battery stack,
the upper-stage battery stack is separated from the lower-stage battery stack in a vehicle height direction,
a reinforcing member is arranged at a height position that matches a height position of a separation space between the upper-stage battery stack and the lower-stage battery stack in the vehicle height direction, and
the reinforcing member comprises a pair of transverse frames extending in the vehicle width direction and provided in the vehicle front-rear direction, and a pair of longitudinal frames connected to both ends of the pair of transverse frames in the vehicle width direction and extending in the vehicle front-rear direction, and the longitudinal frames project outward from the upper-stage battery stack in the vehicle width direction.

US Pat. No. 10,967,721

VEHICLE HAVING SEPARABLE DRIVER AND PROPULSION MODULES

BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL P...

1. A vehicle comprising:a driver module; and
a propulsion module selectively connected to the driver module, the driver and propulsion modules being separable from each other as independent units,
the driver module comprising:
a driver module frame defining a channel;
at least one front wheel operatively connected to the driver module frame;
at least one front suspension assembly operatively connecting the at least one front wheel to the driver module frame; and
a seat connected to the driver module frame;
the propulsion module comprising:
a propulsion module frame;
at least one rear wheel operatively connected to the propulsion module frame;
at least one rear suspension assembly operatively connecting the at least one rear wheel to the propulsion module frame, the at least one rear suspension assembly being pivotally connected to the propulsion module frame;
a motor operatively connected to the at least one rear wheel; and
an energy storage device operatively connected to the motor and mounted to the propulsion module frame,
at least a portion of the propulsion module, including the energy storage device, being received in the channel when the propulsion module is connected to the driver module.

US Pat. No. 10,967,720

BODY-ON-FRAME ELECTRIC VEHICLE WITH BATTERY PACK INTEGRAL TO FRAME

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A body-on-frame vehicle comprising:a left frame rail having a plurality of side walls that cooperate to define a unitary left structure that extends longitudinally with respect to a longitudinal axis of the vehicle;
a right frame rail having a plurality of side walls that cooperate to define a unitary right structure that extends longitudinally with respect to the longitudinal axis of the vehicle;
a plate attached directly to the unitary left structure and the unitary right structure;
a plurality of cross-members attached directly to the unitary left structure and the unitary right structure, adjacent cross-members cooperating with the plate, the unitary left structure, and the unitary right structure to define compartments;
a plurality of power storage modules disposed within a plurality of the compartments; and
a first electric motor supported by a section of the unitary left and right structures forward or rearward of the power storage modules.

US Pat. No. 10,967,719

VEHICLE COVER AND INTEGRATED SECURITY SYSTEM

SinchTech Covers, LLC, H...

1. An integrated vehicle cover and security system, the system comprising:a vehicle cover comprising a main cover panel, a bottom edge, and a security cable, the main cover panel being configured to at least partially cover a body of a vehicle with the bottom edge surrounding the body of the vehicle when the vehicle cover is in an in-use configuration, the security cable being at least partially integrated into a fabric of the bottom edge and having a first end and a second end;
a mechanical tensioning device comprising:
a plurality of wheel attachment arms for attaching the mechanical tensioning device to a first wheel of the vehicle;
a first cable attachment point located proximate a front end of the first wheel configured to detachably connect to the first end of the security cable;
a second cable attachment point located proximate a back end of the first wheel configured to detachably connect to the second end of the security cable;
at least one rotational reel assembly connected to the first and second cable attachment points;
at least one tensioning motor in communication with the at least one rotational reel assembly, configured to apply tension to the first end and the second end of the security cable; and
a load sensor configured to monitor the tension placed on the security cable when the mechanical tensioning device is secured to the first wheel, the first end of the security cable is attached to the first cable attachment point, and the second end of the security cable is attached to the second cable attachment point;
one or more processors in communication with the mechanical tensioning device; and
a memory in communication with the one or more processors and storing instructions, that when executed by the one or more processors, are configured to cause the system to:
receive, from a first computing device, a first signal;
transmit a second signal to the at least one tensioning motor to tension the security cable to a predetermined tension;
monitor for a change in tension by the load sensor;
responsive to detecting the change in tension, generate one or more security measures; and
execute the one or more security measures.

US Pat. No. 10,967,718

TRIMMING AND SEALING ASSEMBLY FOR AN EDGE OF A WINDOW OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

COOPER-STANDARD AUTOMOTIV...

1. A trimming and sealing assembly for an upper portion of a frame of a window in a door of a motor vehicle, the window having a transparent pane, movable between a lowered opening position and a raised closing position,said upper portion of the frame of the window including at least one longitudinal support flange, including a sheet metal member having an L shaped cross-section, the sheet metal member comprising an upper wing forming an angle with respect to said transparent pane and provided with coupling means in the form of longitudinally spaced and downwardly protruding tabs, and a rear lateral wing or flap turned towards an inside of the motor vehicle and extending at least in part downwards; wherein
the trimming and sealing assembly comprises:
a rigid bearing profile having an L-shaped cross-section, the rigid bearing profile comprising an upper wing extending above the upper wing of said longitudinal support flange and a front lateral wing turned, in use, towards an environment outside the motor vehicle and facing the rear lateral wing of said longitudinal support flange, such that between the longitudinal support flange and the rigid bearing profile a downwardly-open seat is formed;
an external trimming profile connected to the front lateral wing of the rigid bearing profile;
a sealing strip mounted in the downwardly-open seat and having an inverted U-shaped cross-section, the sealing strip comprising first and second lateral branches respectively adjacent the front lateral wing of the rigid bearing profile and to the rear lateral wing of the longitudinal support flange, and provided with respective longitudinal sealing lips adapted to contact opposite surfaces or faces of said transparent pane when the transparent pane is in said raised closing position;
an upper longitudinal space formed in the rigid bearing profile and extending adjacent said downwardly-open seat, said support flange extending in said upper longitudinal space; and
a plurality of anchoring clips having C- or U-shaped cross-section, predisposed in longitudinally-spaced positions in the upper longitudinal space of the rigid bearing profile and retained therein by said coupling means, each anchoring clip of said plurality of anchoring clips having an upper branch and a lower branch, opposite one another and resiliently divaricated, said longitudinal support flange being fitted with interference and snap-engaged between said upper branch and said lower branch.

US Pat. No. 10,967,717

DOOR STRUCTURE

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

1. A door structure comprising:a door installed capable of opening and closing a door opening part of a vehicle body;
a decorative member attached to a surface of the door which faces an outside of a vehicle;
a sealing member arranged along an end part of the door which faces an outside of the door, and sealing the door opening part,
wherein
the sealing member includes:
a base part which extends in a front-rear direction and in an upper-lower direction;
a seal lip part which extends from an end portion of the base part which faces the outside of the door, and is formed in an arc shape which curves convexly toward the outside of the door, the seal lip part including an elastic contact part which gets into elastic contact with the vehicle body;
a sealing part which extends toward the outside of the vehicle from the end portion of the base part which faces the outside of the door; and
an attachment part attached to the door, the attachment part formed in a position on the base part near an inside of the door,
the sealing part includes a thick part which becomes thicker toward the inside of the door, and which is inserted into a gap formed between the end part of the door which faces the outside of the door and an end part of the decorative member which faces the outside of the door,
the sealing member is biased toward an inside of the vehicle,
the door is installed turnable to and away from the vehicle body, and
the elastic contact part is closer to the outside of the door than a turn center of the door.

US Pat. No. 10,967,716

CONVERTIBLE TOP HAVING TWO LINKS CONNECTED TO EACH OTHER VIA A COUPLING LINK

WEBASTO SE, Stockdorf (D...

1. A top for a convertible vehicle, the top comprising:a top linkage which is displaceable between a closed position, in which a vehicle interior is covered, and a storage position, in which the vehicle interior is uncovered, and which has a link assembly on either side of a vertical longitudinal center plane of the top, each link assembly comprising a first link and a second link, the first link and the second link being pivotable relative to a common base and connected to each other via a coupling link which is hinged to the first link via a fixed joint and to the second link via a mobile joint,
wherein the second link comprises a guide track for a guiding element of the coupling link, the guide track keeping the mobile joint in position relative to the second link when the two links are being pivoted in a defined angle range, the mobile joint being shifted relative to the second link when the two links are being pivoted outside of the defined angle range.

US Pat. No. 10,967,715

BRACKET TO CONNECT INTERIOR DOOR TRIM GRAB HANDLE WITH INTEGRATED WINDOW REGULATOR CARRIER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An integrated window regulator carrier for a door of a vehicle comprising:a side;
a vertical channel recessed into the side, with a first channel wall and a second channel wall defining lateral edges of the vertical channel;
a first receiver disposed to a first side of the vertical channel, and projecting away from the side; and
a second receiver disposed to a second side of the vertical channel and projecting away from the side, and opposing the first receiver;
wherein, each of the first receiver and the second receiver comprise:
a bottom retaining surface;
a first retaining surface extending upward from the bottom retaining surface;
a second retaining surface opposing the first retaining surface, the second retaining surface extending upward from the bottom retaining surface; and
a lateral retaining surface that extends upward from the bottom retaining surface;
wherein, the lateral retaining surface of the first receiver opposes the lateral retaining surface of the second receiver;
wherein, the first retaining surface and the second retaining surface of both the first receiver and the second receiver are separated by a distance; and
wherein, the lateral retaining surface of the first receiver has a length that is parallel to the bottom retaining surface of the first receiver and longer than the distance between the first retaining surface and the second retaining surface of the first receiver; and
wherein, the lateral retaining surface of the second receiver has a length that is parallel to the bottom retaining surface of the second receiver and longer than the distance between the first retaining surface and the second retaining surface of the second receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,967,714

COLLAPSIBLE SIDE DOOR LATCH MODULE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A latch module assembly for a vehicle door comprising:a channel including a tab and catch, the channel securable within a vehicle door;
a bracket supported on the tab and catch and movable between a collapsed position and an installed position, the bracket includes a top supporting the handle assembly and a back including a first slot receiving the tab and a second slot receiving the catch; and
a handle assembly attached to the bracket, wherein the top includes slots receiving tabs of the handle assembly for attaching the handle assembly to the bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,967,713

VEHICLE SIDE DOOR

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle side door comprising:a door main body configured to open and close a side face opening of a vehicle, the door main body includes an outer panel and an inner panel;
a mirror stay fixed to the door main body so as to be at least partially placed outwardly from the door main body in a vehicle right-left direction, the mirror stay including a support portion placed outwardly from the door main body in the vehicle right-left direction;
a mirror unit including a mirror holder supported by the support portion, and a mirror supported by the mirror holder; and
a spacer disposed in a gap between the inner panel and the outer panel, the spacer being placed behind the mirror stay so as to be fixed to the inner panel or a member fixed to the inner panel, wherein:
the outer panel constituting an outer face of the door main body in the vehicle right-left direction, the inner panel placed inwardly from the outer panel in the vehicle right-left direction and fixed to the outer panel, and a reinforcing member fixed to the inner panel or the outer panel and extending in a front-rear direction;
the mirror stay is fixed to the reinforcing member;
a section of the outer panel when the outer panel is cut along a horizontal plane has an arcuate shape;
a part, of the arcuate shape, placed on an outermost side in the vehicle right-left direction when the door main body closes the side face opening is an outwardly projecting portion projecting outwardly in the vehicle right-left direction; and
the spacer faces the outwardly projecting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,967,712

REGISTER PANEL MOUNTING STRUCTURE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA J...

1. A register panel mounting structure comprising:a retainer having a cylindrical shape and having a flow path formed therein to permit passage of air for air conditioning; and
a register panel mounted at an edge portion of the retainer, the edge portion forming an opening at a downstream side of the flow path and having the circumferential shape of the retainer,
the register panel having a shape only covering, from a front side, one portion of the edge portion in a circumferential direction of the cylindrical shape,
the register panel including
an inner panel disposed at a side at which the opening is located when viewed from the edge portion, wherein the inner panel has a C-shape that curves in conformity with the one portion of the edge portion of the retainer in the circumferential direction, and
an outer panel disposed opposite to the side at which the opening is located when viewed from the edge portion,
the inner panel and the outer panel sandwiching the one portion of the edge portion in the circumferential direction, wherein
the inner panel has:
a main body portion disposed at an inner side of the opening of the retainer; and
an engagement piece protruding from the main body portion in a direction toward an upstream side of the flow path, and disposed at an outer side of the opening of the retainer, wherein a portion of the edge portion of the retainer is located between the main body portion and the engagement piece, and the portion of the edge portion engages with the engagement piece, and
the outer panel is provided with an opening and a tip of the engagement piece is disposed in the opening of the outer panel.

US Pat. No. 10,967,711

CLOSING MECHANISM FOR AN AIRFLOW OUTLET OF AN HVAC AIRFLOW DISTRIBUTION MODULE

DENSO International Ameri...

1. A heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) airflow distribution module with an outlet closing mechanism for a vehicle comprising:a driver face airflow outlet of a HVAC case having a center face outlet portion and a side face outlet portion;
a passenger face airflow outlet of the HVAC case having a center face outlet portion and a side face outlet portion;
a telescoping door sub-assembly mounted over the passenger face airflow outlet, the telescoping door sub-assembly is movable between a retracted position at which the telescoping door sub-assembly does not obstruct the passenger face airflow outlet, and movable to any one of a plurality of extended positions at which the telescoping door sub-assembly obstructs the side face outlet portion of the passenger face airflow outlet or both the side face outlet portion and the center face outlet portion of the passenger face airflow outlet at different airflow blocking levels, the telescoping door sub-assembly including a plurality of panels, adjacent ones of the plurality of panels are in nesting cooperation with each other; and
a door driving mechanism in cooperation with the telescoping door sub-assembly to move the telescoping door sub-assembly between the retracted position and any one of the plurality of extended positions.

US Pat. No. 10,967,710

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMPRESSOR OF VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A system for controlling a compressor of a vehicle, the system comprising:an engine controller (ECU) that controls a fuel injection amount corresponding to an engine load and an opening amount of a throttle according to a required torque required for an air conditioner (A/C);
an operation information detector connected to the ECU and configured for detecting operation information according to a driving state of the vehicle;
a compressor that generates pressure through operation of a piston in a cylinder utilizing power of an engine during operation of the A/C; and
a controller which is connected to the ECU and determines a negative pressure stored in a brake booster at a value obtained by subtracting an intake manifold pressure from atmospheric pressure detected by the operation information detector,
wherein while the negative pressure is below a first threshold value when a brake is operated, the controller enters a negative pressure recovery mode for a negative pressure drop condition that falls below a second threshold value which is an A/C cut control condition and reduces an A/C duty of the compressor, and
wherein the controller enters the negative pressure recovery mode when a fluctuation rate of the negative pressure detected during a predetermined time period is changed to be equal to or greater than a third threshold value when a condition in which the negative pressure is not more than the first threshold value is not satisfied.

US Pat. No. 10,967,709

GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACES FOR REMOTELY MANAGING CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEMS OF A FLEET OF VEHICLES

BERGSTROM, INC., Rockfor...

1. A method of displaying energy parameters or characteristics of a vehicle climate control system of at least one vehicle, the climate control system comprising a controller coupled to an electrically driven compressor powered by an auxiliary power source, the method comprising:receiving, at the controller from a fleet server remote from the at least one vehicle, at least one graphics instruction relating to a state of the at least one vehicle's auxiliary power source; and
displaying on a graphical user interface (GUI), (i) a parameter associated with the climate control system of the at least one vehicle, and (ii) a ring surrounding the parameter,
wherein the ring represents the state of the auxiliary power source that changes color, intensity, or size based on a degree of energy efficiency of the climate control system of the at least one vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,967,708

DOOR DRIVE DEVICE

KEIHIN CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A door drive device comprising:an air conditioner case including a channel inside the air conditioner case;
a plurality of doors disposed in the channel and configured to adjust an opening degree of the channel;
a plurality of door drive shafts configured to drive the doors; and
a link unit connected to the door drive shafts, wherein:
the link unit includes a drive unit, a base member secured to the air conditioner case, and a plurality of levers supported by the base member;
each of the door drive shafts includes a toothed portion and a positioning portion, the toothed portion being disposed in a vicinity of an end of the door drive shaft and configured to mesh with the link unit, the positioning portion being disposed between the toothed portion and the end so as to be spaced away from the toothed portion by a predetermined distance and to protrude radially outward;
the base member includes insertion holes in which the door drive shafts are inserted respectively, groove portions formed around the respective insertion holes and configured to allow the respective positioning portions to be inserted into the respective groove portions, and guide portions including respective inclined portions configured to guide the respective positioning portions to the respective groove portions; and
a distance between each of the positioning portions and each of the toothed portions is larger than a length of each of the guide portions, in an axial direction of each of the door drive shafts.

US Pat. No. 10,967,707

AUTOMATIC VENTILATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VEHICLES

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. An automatic ventilation system for vehicles, comprising:a ventilator configured to control a ventilation operation of an indoor space of a second vehicle; and
a controller configured to:
when a first vehicle performs an automatic ventilation based on change in CO2 concentration inside the first vehicle, receive information of the automatic ventilation from the first vehicle,
determine an initiation time point of an automatic ventilation operation of the second vehicle based on the received automatic ventilation information, and
control the ventilator of the second vehicle to ventilate the indoor space of the second vehicle at the determined initiation time point,
wherein the received automatic ventilation information comprises operation result information of an automatic ventilation system performing the automatic ventilation of the first vehicle and at least one feature information of the first vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,967,706

INTELLIGENT IN-VEHICLE AIR-QUALITY CONTROL

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A computer-implemented method, in a data processing system comprising a processor and a memory coupled to the processor, for controlling an internal air-quality of a vehicle, the method comprising:determining, by the data processing system, a changing trend of the in-vehicle air-quality based on usage status of the vehicle;
responsive to the determined changing trend of the in-vehicle air-quality, signaling, by the data processing system, a control system of the vehicle to control the usage status of the vehicle based on a control policy; and
validating an effectiveness of the control of usage status of the vehicle by continuously monitoring the control the usage status of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,967,705

AIR PURGE METHOD IN A VEHICLE AND AN AIR PURGE SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies ...

11. An air purge system in a vehicle, comprisinga ventilation device, wherein the ventilation device is operated at a greater power in response to an unlocked door condition; and operated at a less power in response to an opened door condition;
a controller configured to start the ventilation device to exchange air inside the vehicle with an outside air in response to ventilation instruction, and determine a current air purge status in response to an operation time of the ventilation device, wherein the current air purge status is a ratio of the operation time to a predetermined air purge time and the predetermined air purge time is a time when all air in the vehicle is replaced; wherein the current air purge status is determined by adding a first air purge percentage and a second air purge percentage, wherein the first air purge percentage is determined based on a first operation time when the ventilation device is operating at the greater power and a first predetermined time, and the first predetermined time is a time needed to replace all air in the vehicle at the greater power; and wherein the second air purge percentage is based on a second operation time when the ventilation device is operating at the less power and a second predetermined time, and the second predetermined time is a time needed to replace all the air in the vehicle at the less power; and
an air purge indication device configured to receive an air purge indication signal and indicate the current air purge status in response to the air purge indication signal.

US Pat. No. 10,967,704

CLIMATE SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING AIR TO A CAB OF A VEHICLE

VOLVO CONSTRUCTION EQUIPM...

20. A climate system for providing air to a cab of a vehicle, the climate system comprising a first conduit, an outlet end of the first conduit being adapted to be arranged inside of the cab, wherein the climate system comprises a pressurized air source, an inlet end of the first conduit being connected to the pressurized air source for supplying compressed air into the cab by means of the first conduit,wherein the climate system comprises a first fluid circuit and a first heat exchanger arranged so as for heat to be exchanged between the air supplied by the first conduit from the pressurized air source into the cab, and a fluid in the first fluid circuit, and
wherein the climate system comprises a further heat exchanger and also a heat source and/or an air conditioning circuit, the further heat exchanger being arranged so as for heat to be exchanged between on one hand the fluid in the first fluid circuit and on the other hand a fluid in a further circuit connected to the heat source and/or a fluid in the air conditioning circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,967,703

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR VEHICLE CABIN HEATING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:scheduling a regeneration event of a particulate filter (PF) coupled to an exhaust passage of a vehicle engine system based on a soot load on the PF;
predicting an amount of exhaust heat flow from the engine to a tailpipe via a gas to coolant heat exchanger having coolant flowing therethrough during the scheduled regeneration event;
flowing coolant from the heat exchanger to a heater core coupled to an on-board heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system via one or more coolant lines, where exhaust heat extracted by the coolant flowing through the heat exchanger is transferred to the heater core via the coolant;
determining an amount of power to be supplied to an electric heater coupled to the HVAC system based on the predicted amount of exhaust heat flow and a cabin heating demand; and
prior to the scheduled regeneration event, supplying the determined amount of power to the electric heater.

US Pat. No. 10,967,702

OPTIMAL SOURCE ELECTRIC VEHICLE HEAT PUMP WITH EXTREME TEMPERATURE HEATING CAPABILITY AND EFFICIENT THERMAL PRECONDITIONING

Tesla, Inc., Palo Alto, ...

10. A vehicle thermal management system comprising:a vehicle heat pump system including a compressor, a cabin condenser, a cabin evaporator, a cabin blower, and a chiller;
control electronics configured to, based upon at least an ambient temperature and a cabin temperature, control the compressor to operate:
during a first time interval, in an efficient mode; and
during a second time interval, in a lossy mode in which the compressor generates a greater amount of heat than when in the efficient mode,
wherein the cabin evaporator and the cabin condenser are configured in at least one heating mode to operate concurrently.

US Pat. No. 10,967,701

AIR CONDITIONER

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An air conditioner, comprising:a blower unit configured to blow cold air and warm air simultaneously;
a blowing duct including
a target blowing portion through which air is sent to a space that is an air-conditioning target, and
a non-target blowing portion through which the air is sent to a space that is not an air-conditioning target, and
an air switching portion configured to switch the airs sent to the target blowing portion and the non-target blowing portion, wherein
the air switching portion is configured to switch between
a cold air supply state in which the cold air is sent to the target blowing portion while the warm air is sent to the non-target blowing portion, and
a warm air supply state in which the warm air is sent to the target blowing portion while the cold air is sent to the non-target blowing portion,
the blower unit includes an evaporator and a condenser constituting a refrigeration cycle,
the cold air is air having passed through the evaporator configured to evaporate the refrigerant,
the warm air is air having passed through the condenser configured to condense the refrigerant,
the air switching portion is configured to switch between
the cold air supply state in which the cold air is sent to the target blowing portion by opening a path between the evaporator and the target blowing portion and by closing a path between the evaporator and the non-target blowing portion, while the warm air is sent to the non-target blowing portion by opening a path between the condenser and the non-target blowing portion and by closing a path between the condenser and the target blowing portion, and
the warm air supply state in which the cold air is sent to the non-target blowing portion by opening the path between the evaporator and the non-target blowing portion and by closing the path between the evaporator and the target blowing portion, while the warm air is sent to the target blowing portion by opening the path between the condenser and the target blowing portion and by closing the path between the condenser and the non-target blowing portion,
the blower unit includes an opening plate having
a cold air opening through which the cold air supplied from the evaporator flows out, and
a warm air opening through which the warm air supplied from the condenser flows out,
the air switching portion includes
an opening portion configured to open the path between the target blowing portion or the non-target blowing portion and the evaporator or the condenser, and
a closing portion configured to close the path between the target blowing portion or the non-target blowing portion and the evaporator or the condenser,
the air switching portion has a flat plate shape and is configured to rotate along the opening plate, and
the air switching portion switches between the cold air supply state and the warm air supply state by rotating.