US Pat. No. 10,167,094

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MAKING A FILLED SACHET

DESIGNED BY M.E., LLC, B...

1. An apparatus for making a filled sachet comprising:an input module comprising a hopper;
a sachet maker module comprising a sachet maker; and
a dispensing module comprising a dispensing slide;
wherein the apparatus is about 14 inches or less in height and each module comprises a housing frame and can be removably attached to one another;
the sachet maker comprising:
a downtube, for delivering a content into an end portion of a sock formed from a permeable material;
a sealer, positioned proximate to the downtube, configured to seal the sock at a first seal position to form a sealed portion between the first seal position and the end portion of the sock, and to simultaneously seal the sock at a second seal position contained in a portion of the sock extraneous to the sealed portion, wherein the content is confined in the sealed portion, wherein each activation of the sealer to seal the sock requires a separate respective manual initiation;
a separator positioned proximate to the downtube, configured to separate the sealed portion of the sock from the sock at a separation position between the first seal position and the second seal position;
a dosing mechanism configured to release a predetermined quantity of the content, the dosing mechanism comprising a portion creator comprising a receiving plate physically coupled to and simultaneously rotatable with a knob, the receiving plate and an interior surface of the portion creator defining a predetermined volume within the portion creator when the receiving plate is in a substantially horizontal configuration, wherein rotation of the knob is configured to rotate the receiving plate, and wherein the rotation of the receiving plate to a vertical configuration is configured to release the predetermined quantity of the content into the downtube; and
a receiver located between the hopper and the portion creator, where the receiver has a diameter smaller than that of the portion creator.

US Pat. No. 10,167,092

PERCH FOR SCREENING DRONES

Cisco Technology, Inc., ...

1. A screening perch, comprising:a landing site configured to receive a drone for screening, wherein the drone is an unmanned vehicle;
a sensor configured to scan at least a portion of the drone; and
a drone verifier communicatively coupled to the sensor and is configured to:
evaluate data outputted from the sensor when scanning the portion of the drone;
determine whether the data satisfies a predefined criteria corresponding to a restricted geographic region; and
upon determining the predefined criteria is satisfied, permit the drone to enter the restricted geographic region.

US Pat. No. 10,167,091

ADAPTIVE SCAN RATE SPACE SURVEILLANCE SENSOR FOR SUPER-GEO ORBITS

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A method for space surveillance, the method comprising:scanning, by at least one sensor on at least one satellite in super-geostationary earth orbit (super-GEO), a raster scan over a field of regard (FOR),
wherein the scanning is at a variable rate, which is dependent upon a target dwell time for detecting a target of interest,
wherein the target dwell time is a function of a characteristic brightness of the target, and
wherein the field of regard (FOR) of the at least one sensor is a function of a geometry between a sun and the at least one satellite and a function of an angle that the at least one satellite is pointing.

US Pat. No. 10,167,090

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FATIGUE MONITORING

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A method of monitoring usage to determine accumulated component fatigue damage, comprising:evaluating, by a processor, available data for calculating an accumulated component fatigue damage for a component over a pre-determined time frame;
determining, by the processor, at least one available method for calculating the accumulated component fatigue damage based on the available data; and
determining, by the processor, the accumulated component fatigue damage for the component using the at least one available method; and
performing maintenance on the component based on the determined accumulated component fatigue damage,
wherein when the at least one available method is a plurality of available methods, determining the accumulated component fatigue damage includes determining the accumulated component fatigue damage using all of the plurality of available methods to generate multiple accumulated component fatigue damage calculations, and cross-checking the multiple accumulated component fatigue damage calculations with one another to flag inaccurate calculations.

US Pat. No. 10,167,089

GATEWAY FOR AIRCRAFT SENSOR DATA

1. An aircraft management device comprising:a processor; and
a non-transitory computer-readable medium storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations, the operations comprising:
receiving non-flight performance related sensor data from a first sensor of an aircraft;
receiving additional non-flight performance related sensor data from a second sensor of the aircraft;
determining a condition based upon the non-flight performance related sensor data, wherein the non-flight performance related sensor data comprises seat occupancy data pertaining to a seat of the aircraft, wherein the condition is determined to exist when the seat occupancy data indicates that the seat has been unoccupied for greater than a threshold period of time;
determining an additional condition based upon the additional non-flight performance related sensor data;
selecting a single recommended action based upon both the condition that is determined based upon the non-flight performance related sensor data and the additional condition that is determined based upon the additional non-flight performance related sensor data; and
sending the single recommended action to a device of a flight crew member of the aircraft, wherein the single recommended action comprises an instruction to the flight crew member to check on an individual assigned to the seat.

US Pat. No. 10,167,088

CROSSWIND PERFORMANCE AIRCRAFT ENGINE SPINNER

General Electric Company,...

1. A spinner for mounting to a rotor of an aircraft gas turbine engine, the spinner comprising:a conical upstream or forward spinner section extending aftwardly from a spinner tip, the conical upstream or forward spinner section having a decreasing slope which transitions directly into a convex downstream or aft spinner section, the convex downstream or aft spinner section initially having a decreasing slope and subsequently having an increasing slope extending aftwardly to a spinner end which transitions directly into a leading edge of a fan blade platform,
the spinner circumscribed about a centerline axis,
the spinner having a spinner aspect ratio greater than 1.8, and
wherein the spinner aspect ratio is an axial distance between the spinner tip and a spinner end divided by a radial distance from the engine axial centerline axis to the spinner end.

US Pat. No. 10,167,087

COLLAPSIBLE INFLATABLE ASPIRATOR SYSTEM

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. An aspirator system for inflating an inflatable evacuation device, the aspirator system comprising:an aspirator body having a plurality of flapper doors configured to open to allow intake of atmospheric gas;
an aspirator barrel connecting the aspirator body to the inflatable evacuation device, having connected inflation chambers wrapping around a circumference of the aspirator barrel and arranged along a length of the aspirator barrel, and being configured to provide an aspirator barrel chamber for guiding the atmospheric gas to the inflatable evacuation device in response to the aspirator barrel being inflated; and
a showerhead nozzle disposed within the aspirator body, connected to the connected inflation chambers, configured to direct a first portion of high-pressure gas to the connected inflation chambers to inflate the aspirator barrel, and configured to direct a second portion of high-pressure gas through the aspirator barrel and compel intake of atmospheric gas through the plurality of flapper doors, to inflate the inflatable evacuation device;
wherein the aspirator barrel comprises a relief valve configured to release gas into the aspirator barrel chamber in response to a pressure inside the connected inflation chambers exceeding a threshold pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,167,086

ANTI-ICING SYSTEM FOR AN AIRCRAFT

SHORT BROTHERS PLC, Belf...

1. An anti-icing system for use within a chamber of an aircraft having an exterior wall of which an outer surface can be subject to ice formation, the anti-icing system comprising:a nozzle arranged to inject hot gas within the chamber; and
a gas-mixing device defining an inlet, an outlet, and an airflow channel extending between the inlet and the outlet for receiving hot gas from the nozzle, the gas-mixing device comprising a swirl-inducing feature for causing gas from the chamber to be drawn into the airflow channel with a swirling effect when hot gas from the nozzle is injected into the airflow channel,
wherein the swirl-inducing feature comprises a plurality of various recesses at the inlet of the gas-mixing device,
wherein the airflow channel has a converging section that extends from the inlet toward the outlet of the gas-mixing device,
wherein the converging section of the airflow channel is followed by a diverging section in a direction toward the outlet, and
wherein the inlet has a diameter that is superior to that of the outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,167,085

NOZZLE AND VANE SYSTEM FOR NACELLE ANTI-ICING

General Electric Company,...

6. A method for preventing icing of an inlet lip of an aircraft engine, said method comprising:directing a high temperature gas stream at a first direction from a nozzle into an inlet lip comprising an outer shell attached to a bulkhead, the inlet lip enclosing an annular housing volume;
redirecting the high temperature gas stream through a first turn angle from the first direction to a second direction using a first vane positioned downstream from the nozzle, the second direction directed toward an inner circumference of the inlet lip and configured to reduce a direct impingement of the high temperature gas stream on an inner surface of the inlet lip;
redirecting the high temperature gas stream through a second turn angle from the first direction to a third direction using a second vane positioned downstream from the nozzle, wherein:
the second vane is positioned farther from the inner circumference of the inlet lip relative to the first vane; and
the second turn angle is directed more toward the inner circumference relative to the first turn angle.

US Pat. No. 10,167,084

AIRCRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL SYSTEM AIR DUCT ARRANGEMENT

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. An air duct arrangement for an aircraft, the arrangement comprising:an environmental control system air inlet arranged to ingest a low velocity portion of a first boundary layer air flow adjacent an aircraft external surface, and to deliver a flow of air to an environmental control system air intake; and
an ejector arranged to receive an environmental control system exhaust and having an ejector inlet, different from the environmental control system air inlet, arranged to receive a second boundary layer air flow adjacent the aircraft external surface from an aft region of the aircraft, the ejector being further arranged to exhaust air from an ejector exhaust to an ambient airstream at an aft portion of the aircraft,
wherein the ejector comprises an annular housing extending about a periphery of rear portion of the fuselage and defining a gap between an outer surface of the fuselage and the annular housing through which the second boundary layer air flow may flow in use.

US Pat. No. 10,167,083

CRADLE RECLINE MECHANISM FOR FIXED-SHELL AIRCRAFT SEAT

1. An aircraft passenger seat, comprising:a seat bottom having a front edge and a rear edge;
a seatback pivotably attached to the seat bottom proximate the rear edge and positioned forward of a fixed-shell; and
a cradling recline mechanism directly coupled to a movable pivot axis of the seat bottom proximate the seatback, the cradling recline mechanism including an arcuate side rail, connected to the seat bottom, and a linkage arm coupled to a fixed frame member and the arcuate side rail that glides along a roller track, articulating the seat bottom between a first position and a second position by guiding the movable pivot axis along a curvature of the roller track;
whereby, as the seat bottom moves from the first position to the second position, the cradling recline mechanism causes the seat bottom to translate forward and lower, wherein the rear edge of the seat bottom lowers more than the forward edge of the seat bottom such that the seat bottom is inclined to a greater degree when in the second position as compared to the seat bottom when in the first position, and causes the seatback to translate forward, lower, and recline.

US Pat. No. 10,167,081

FLYING WING WITH SIDE CARGO COMPARTMENT

AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS, T...

1. A flying wing for passenger transport comprising:a leading edge;
a passenger cabin fitted with multiple passenger seats; and
a first hold and a second hold, positioned laterally outwardly respectively on either side of said passenger cabin for transporting luggage and/or goods, wherein each of the first hold and the second hold is fitted with at least one hold access door incorporated in the leading edge of said flying wing and leading to the hold, wherein each of the first hold and the second hold is delimited by a respective floor opposite a ceiling wherein the respective floor is located at a height above that of a floor of said passenger cabin,
wherein the flying wing is devoid of any hold for transporting luggage and/or goods under the passenger cabin.

US Pat. No. 10,167,080

STORAGE MODES FOR TILTROTOR AIRCRAFT

Bell Helicopter Textron I...

1. A tiltrotor aircraft having a VTOL flight mode, a forward flight mode and a storage mode, the aircraft comprising:a fuselage;
a wing rotatably mounted to the fuselage and having first and second outboard ends, the wing reversibly rotatable between a flight orientation, substantially perpendicular to the fuselage, in the flight modes, and a stowed orientation, substantially parallel to the fuselage, in the storage mode;
first and second pylon assemblies respectively positioned proximate the first and second outboard ends of the wing;
first and second mast assemblies respectively rotatable relative to the first and second pylon assemblies, the first and second mast assemblies reversibly rotatable between a substantially vertical orientation, in the VTOL flight mode, and a substantially horizontal orientation, in the forward flight mode and the storage mode; and
first and second proprotor assemblies respectively rotatable relative to the first and second mast assemblies, the first and second proprotor assemblies each including first, second and third rotor blades and each having a radially extended orientation, in the flight modes, and a stowed orientation, in the storage mode, wherein the first rotor blade of each proprotor assembly is folded beamwise below the wing substantially conforming with the respective pylon assembly and the second and third rotor blades of each proprotor assembly are folded beamwise above the wing substantially conforming with the respective pylon assembly;
wherein, the tiltrotor aircraft is configured to fold the first rotor blade of each proprotor assembly beamwise from the radially extended orientation to the stowed orientation while the first and second mast assemblies are rotated from the substantially vertical orientation to the substantially horizontal orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,167,079

MAIN ROTOR ROTATIONAL SPEED CONTROL FOR ROTORCRAFT

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. An aircraft comprising:an airframe having an extending tail;
a counter rotating, coaxial main rotor assembly disposed at the airframe including an upper rotor assembly and a lower rotor assembly;
a translational thrust system positioned at the extending tail and providing translational thrust to the airframe; and
a flight control system including an engine controller configured to control a main rotor rotational speed of the upper and the lower rotor assemblies of the main rotor assembly as a function of airspeed of the aircraft to maintain rotor blade tip speed of the upper and lower rotor assemblies below a threshold rotor tip speed.

US Pat. No. 10,167,078

ROTARY OR FIXED WING AIRCRAFT WITH THRUST VECTORING TAIL

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. An aircraft assembly, comprising:a first member extending from an aircraft airframe;
a propeller, which is drivable to rotate; and
a second member on which the propeller is supported and which is aerodynamically pivotable with respect to the first member;
wherein a rotational axis of the propeller is variable relative to a longitudinal axis of the second member.

US Pat. No. 10,167,077

ROTOR DOME, A ROTOR, AND A ROTORCRAFT

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS, Mari...

1. A dome for a rotor of a rotorcraft, the dome comprising a cap extending radially and in elevation from a center of the cap on an axis of rotation towards a periphery of the cap and in azimuth over 360 degrees, the cap extending in thickness from a bottom face for facing a hub of the rotor towards a top face above the bottom face, the dome including notches enabling blades to pass therethrough in order to allow the blades to flap;wherein the dome includes a plurality of slots between the periphery and the axis of rotation in elevation, each slot being distinct from the notches, each slot passing through a thickness of the cap by extending in elevation from the bottom face to the top face, the dome including in azimuth along at least one circular path about the axis of rotation a succession of solid surfaces defined by parts of the top face and two adjacent slots, respectively, of the plurality of slots, the solid surfaces facing an incident air stream so that the incident air stream impacts in succession against a solid surface of the solid surfaces and a slot of the plurality of slots during rotation of the dome about the axis of rotation in elevation, wherein the solid surfaces comprise a plurality of arms extending spanwise from the axis of rotation in elevation towards the periphery, each arm extending in azimuth between two adjacent slots, respectively, of the plurality of slots, each arm presenting an airfoil profile extending in azimuth between a leading edge in the vicinity of one slot of the two adjacent slots, respectively, and a trailing edge in the vicinity of the other slot of the two adjacent slots, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,167,075

JOINT ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF FORMING THEREOF

The Boeing Company, Chic...

16. A method of forming a joint assembly, said method comprising:providing a first component including a plurality of layers formed from a first material, and a plurality of strips formed from a second material;
forming a second component including a plurality of retention members and a plurality of recesses defined between adjacent retention members;
extending a portion of a second component at least partially into the first component, the portion having an uneven outer profile;
coupling a first layer of the plurality of layers to the plurality of retention members and within the plurality of recesses;
coupling a strip of said plurality of strips to the first layer within each recess;
surrounding the second component and the plurality of strips with a second layer of the plurality of layers such that an entirety of the second component is inward of an entirety of the plurality of layers and the second component is not exposed to an exterior environment;
wherein a first layer of said plurality of layers is coupled to said plurality of retention members and positioned within said plurality of recesses, and wherein each strip of said plurality of strips is coupled to said first layer within each recess, wherein a second layer of said plurality of layers is coupled to said plurality of strips opposite said first layer such that said each strip is positioned between said first layer and said second layer.

US Pat. No. 10,167,074

STRUCTURE FORMED FROM COMPOSITE MATERIAL

Airbus Operations Limited...

1. A composite structure comprising:a composite structural member formed from a synthetic composite material;
a sealant layer disposed on a surface of the composite structural member;
a first metallic layer disposed on the sealant layer; and
a second metallic layer comprising a fastener region, in which one or more fasteners are located, an extent of the first metallic layer being spaced from the fastener region by a predetermined distance,
wherein the second metallic layer is disposed in or on a surface of the composite structural member and is overlapped by the first metallic layer, and
wherein the sealant layer overlaps the second metallic layer.

US Pat. No. 10,167,073

MULTI-PIECE BEZEL FOR ELECTRO-OPTIC WINDOW ASSEMBLY

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A window mounting assembly, comprising:a multi-piece bezel comprising:
a first portion having an attachment feature, and
a second portion having a retention feature configured to engage the attachment feature such that an inner opening is defined having an inner wall, wherein the inner wall defines a channel;
wherein the multi-piece bezel is configured to couple to an aircraft pressure pane and an aircraft pressure pane frame; and
an electro-optic element disposed in the opening and configured for reception in the channel of the inner wall.

US Pat. No. 10,167,072

ATMOSPHERIC BALLOON DESCENT SYSTEM

Raven Industries, Inc., ...

1. An atmospheric balloon descent system comprising:a system housing including a drogue chamber and a parachute chamber, the system housing includes:
a drogue cover, the drogue cover configured to open the drogue chamber, and
a parachute cover, the parachute cover configured to open the parachute chamber;
a drogue chute within the drogue chamber;
a parachute within the parachute chamber, the parachute coupled with the drogue chute with a drogue tether; and
a riser tether assembly coupled with the parachute, the riser tether assembly includes:
a riser tether extending between a descent system end portion and a balloon system end portion, the descent system end portion coupled with the parachute, and
a drogue cover release coupled between the riser tether and the drogue cover.

US Pat. No. 10,167,071

DUAL DIFFERENTIAL RUDDER SYSTEM

Townsend Marine Design, I...

1. A dual differential rudder system for steering a marine vehicle, the rudder system comprising:a port side differential rudder system comprising:
a port side upper linkage assembly bar;
a port side lower linkage assembly bar;
a port side outside rudder; and
a port side inside rudder;
a starboard side differential rudder system comprising:
a starboard side upper linkage assembly bar;
a starboard side lower linkage assembly bar;
a starboard side outside rudder; and
a starboard side inside rudder,
wherein the port side differential rudder system is configured to turn the port side outside rudder at a different angle than the port side inside rudder angle, and the starboard side differential rudder system is configured to turn the starboard side outside rudder at a different angle than the starboard side inside rudder angle.

US Pat. No. 10,167,070

MARINE ELECTRIC POWER STEERING SYSTEM WITH CABLE ASSEMBLY

STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOL...

1. A marine electric power steering system comprising:an actuator assembly having an actuator assembly input, an actuator assembly output, and an electric motor arranged to actuator the actuator assembly output, the actuator assembly input being operatively connected to a steering shaft that extends along a steering column axis;
a step down gear assembly, comprising:
a first gear driven by a second gear, and
a crank arm extending from the first gear, the crank arm is disposed transverse to the steering column axis; and
a cable assembly extending from an end of the crank arm to a steering device, in response to rotation of the steering shaft about the steering column axis, the actuator assembly output rotates the second gear, and the second gear rotates the first gear, such that the crank arm moves the cable assembly to move the steering device.

US Pat. No. 10,167,069

MOUNTING AND ACTUATION DEVICE

SIDESHIFT INC., Carleton...

1. A mounting and actuation device comprising:a mounting body adapted to mount the device to an external surface, the mounting body having a first end and a second end, at least one mounting surface, and a first side wall element and a second side wall element, the at least one mounting surface having an upper surface configured to abut the external surface, the at least one mounting surface further having a lower surface, the first side wall element downwardly projecting from the lower surface of the at least one mounting surface, the second side wall element downwardly projecting from the lower surface of the at least one mounting surface, the first side wall element having an inner surface and an outer surface, the second side wall element having an inner surface and an outer surface; and
an actuation arm operable for movement from a first stowed position to a second actuated position, the actuation arm operably connected to the mounting body at a first proximal end, the actuation arm having a second distal end, the second distal end having a mounting surface adapted to receive an accessory;
wherein the actuation arm is configured to be generally parallel to the external surface in the first stowed position.

US Pat. No. 10,167,068

APPARATUS FOR ROWING IN THE DIRECTION THE ROWER IS FACING

1. An apparatus for rowing in the direction the rower is facing, the apparatus comprising:a counteracting four-bar linkage system comprising:
a base frame, the base frame comprising first bearings and second bearings,
a grip lever, the grip lever having a grip lever axis and being a crank of the counteracting four-bar linkage system,
an oar lever, the oar lever having an oar lever axis and being a driven arm of the counteracting four-bar linkage system, and
a linkage,
a first bearing body mounted in the base frame via the first bearings and comprising a first main axle, the linkage being connected to the first bearing body, the oar lever being mounted in the first bearing body so as to be rotatable about the oar lever axis,
a second bearing body mounted in the base frame via the second bearings and comprising a second main axle, the grip lever being mounted in the second bearing body so as to be rotatable about the grip lever axis, the linkage being connected to the second bearing body,
a rotary drive at the first bearing body, the rotary drive comprising a first actuator rod, the first actuator rod being coaxial with the first main axle of the first bearing body, the oar lever being connected to the rotary drive,
a second actuator rod, the second actuator rod being actuated by the grip lever and being coaxial with the second main axle, and
a seesaw mounted on the base frame and having a first side and a second side, the second actuator rod engaging with the first side of the seesaw, the first actuator rod engaging with the second side of the seesaw,
wherein an actuation of the second actuator rod causes the seesaw to shift the first actuator rod.

US Pat. No. 10,167,067

VESSEL PROPULSION APPARATUS AND VESSEL INCLUDING THE SAME

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A vessel propulsion apparatus comprising:a duct including a stator;
a propeller including a rim that includes a rotor facing the stator and defining an electric motor in combination with the stator, and a blade on an inner side in a radial direction of the rim;
a fluid bearing provided on the duct, and that defines a gap into which surrounding water is introduced between the fluid bearing and the rim, and is water-lubricated with respect to the rim due to water introduced into the gap from the surroundings; and
a motor controller configured or programmed to drive the electric motor by rotation speed control in a rotation speed control region in which an output command is not more than a predetermined value, and drives the electric motor by torque control in a torque control region in which an output command is more than the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,167,065

AUXILIARY WAKE BALLAST SYSTEM

1. A system comprising:a primary ballast tank;
an auxiliary ballast tank; and
a Venturi valve having a fluid input channel, a first fluid output channel, and a second fluid output channel that outputs fluid at a pressure that is higher than that of the first fluid output channel,
wherein the first fluid output channel of the Venturi valve is coupled to the primary ballast tank for filling the primary ballast tank with fluid, and the second fluid output channel of the Venturi valve is coupled to the auxiliary ballast tank for filling the auxiliary ballast tank with fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,167,064

SIDE CUTAWAY SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR KAYAKS

1. A side cutaway system for a kayak comprising:a deck and hull;
a side cutaway on both sides of the kayak in an area where a kayaker's knuckles and paddle shaft pass by the kayak, and
a bow sheer line ends at the bow end of the side cutaway, and
a stern sheer line ends at the stern end of the side cutaway, and
a top edge of the side cutaway intersects with the deck, and
a bottom edge of the side cutaway intersects with the hull, and
the side cutaway creates a discontinuity in the shape of the kayak which allows the paddle shaft to pass closer to the center of the kayak.

US Pat. No. 10,167,062

CABLE LOADING STRUCTURE

JDR Cable Systems Ltd., ...

15. A cable loading method for loading cable to or from a floating tank, the outer periphery of the floating tank being generally circular around a vertical axis, the method comprising providing:a floatable structure having a plurality of tank engaging members, wherein at least one of said tank engaging members is moveable between a first position and a second position such that in said first position said tank is moveable towards or away from said cable loading structure and in said second position, said tank is restrained against movement towards or away from said cable loading structure; and
a drive system on said floatable structure frictionally engageable with the outer periphery of the tank for rotating the tank; and
the method further comprising:
moving said moveable tank engaging member into said first position;
moving said tank into engagement with said floatable structure;
moving said moveable tank engaging member into said second position to engage said tank;
frictionally driving the sides of said tank to rotate within said floatable structure; and
feeding cable to or from the tank via the floatable structure;
wherein said cable loading structure has a main body and two arms defining a reception region for receiving the tank.

US Pat. No. 10,167,060

BUOYANT STRUCTURE WITH FRAME AND KEEL SECTION

1. A buoyant structure comprising:a. a hull having a main deck, the hull further comprising:
(i) a lower inwardly-tapering frustoconical side section that extends from the main deck;
(ii) a lower generally rounded section extending from the lower inwardly-tapering frustoconical side section;
(iii) a generally rounded keel;
b. a fin-shaped appendage secured to a lower and an outer portion of the exterior of the hull proximate the generally rounded keel;
c. a first frame extending from the generally rounded keel; and
d. a first keel extension connected to the first frame;
e. a plurality of support structures connected to a plurality of cross members, with a plurality of concentric supports connected to the plurality of cross members.

US Pat. No. 10,167,058

RETRACTABLE ROOF

TAYLOR MADE GROUP, LLC, ...

1. A retractable roof positionable in an opening, the retractable roof comprising:a pair of tracks oriented lengthwise along opposite sides of the opening;
an end frame assembly extending across the opening between the tracks and including a bow frame secured to end frame traveler cars movably mounted on the tracks, the bow frame including at least two bows secured together by a framework with at least one connector plate, and the bow frame extending across the opening between the tracks; and
a flexible roof material sized to cover the opening and secured to the end frame assembly,
wherein the end frame assembly is displaceable between a closed position and an opened position, the flexible roof material being configured to fold on itself as the end frame assembly is displaced to the opened position.

US Pat. No. 10,167,057

JET BOAT

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

11. A jet boat comprising:a hull;
a first jet propulsion unit provided to the hull, the first jet propulsion unit having a first steering deflector with a first propulsion axis, the first steering deflector being movable with respect to the hull;
a second jet propulsion unit provided to the hull, the second jet propulsion unit having a second steering deflector with a second propulsion axis, the second steering deflector being movable with respect to the hull; and
a user control switch operatively coupled to at least one of the first and second jet propulsion units to adjust a tilt of at least one of the first and second propulsion axes with respect to a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,167,056

BICYCLE TRANSMISSION CONTROL APPARATUS

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle transmission control apparatus comprising:a controller configured to operate a transmission to be operated according to a parameter representing a running state of a bicycle and a predetermined shifting condition,
the controller being further configured to set the predetermined shifting condition based on the parameter representing the running state of the bicycle and a tilt angle of the bicycle, the predetermined shifting condition including a threshold value related to the parameter representing the running state of the bicycle, and
the controller being further configured to set the predetermined shifting condition by changing the threshold value, the controller changing the threshold value based on changes of the bicycle running state when the tilt angle changes from a predetermined angle.

US Pat. No. 10,167,055

VARIABLY EXPANDING CHAIN TRANSMISSION

1. A transmission for a bicycle, comprising:(a) a rigid base plate for rotating about a central axis of rotation;
(b) a plurality of adjustment glide tracks attached between an outer portion of the rigid base plate and a central portion of the rigid base plate, each of the plurality of adjustment glide tracks comprising at least two locking notches;
(c) a plurality of gear segments, each one of the plurality of gear segments having a plurality of teeth for engaging a drive chain, each of the plurality of gear segments being attached to said rigid base plate to allow said plurality of gear segments to slide radially inward and outward along one of the plurality of adjustment glide tracks, and each one of the plurality of gear segments comprising a sliding pin for engaging the one of the plurality of adjustment glide tracks via one of the locking notches;
(d) a non-rotating control guide for engaging a sliding pin of each of the plurality of gear segments with one of the plurality of adjustment glide tracks, the non-rotating control guide comprising an inner plate and an outer plate, the inner plate and outer plate non-pivotably connected to the non-rotating control guide and adapted so that the inner plate urges the sliding pin of each of the plurality of gear segments toward the outer portion of the base plate and the outer plate urges the sliding pin of each of the plurality of gear segments toward the central portion of the base plate; and
(e) a control cable for movement of the non-rotating control guide by an operator of the bicycle,
wherein operation of the control cable moves the non-rotating control guide backward or forward for engaging a sliding pin of each of the plurality gear segments, moving each of the plurality of gear segments in a direction toward the outer portion of the rigid base plate or toward the central portion of the base plate and changing an effective radius of a curved path formed by the plurality of gear segments.

US Pat. No. 10,167,054

MOTORCYCLE

SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION,...

1. A motorcycle comprising:a vehicle body frame including a right and left pair of main frames extending from a head pipe while widening rearward, and pivot frames welded to the main frames, the pivot frames extending toward a rear downward direction;
an engine arranged under the main frames;
a heat replacer equipped on a vehicle front side of the engine, the heat replacer comprising a radiator and an oil cooler; and
hanging portions holding and fastening the engine to the main frames, the hanging portions comprise:
a front hanging portion set to a front portion of the main frames; and
a rear hanging portion set to a center portion of the main frames,
wherein the front hanging portion includes a separate engine suspending bracket,
wherein the main frames include a front portion having a bulge portion on a vehicle-widthwise outer side, and one of the hanging portions is settable to the bulge portion,
wherein the engine suspending bracket is mounted on the engine by being fastened with bolts to a suspension boss portion disposed integrally with one of a crankcase and a cylinder block, and mounted on the vehicle body frame by being fastened with bolts to a bracket installation surface disposed integrally with a distal end of the bulge portion of the main frames,
wherein the engine suspending bracket overlaps a part of the engine in a vehicle side view, and
wherein the engine suspending bracket has an inner surface having a gap with a cylinder and a cylinder head of the engine in a vehicle top view, the inner surface guiding heat generated in the radiator to a rear side of a vehicle body, and the engine suspending bracket has an inner surface shape formed expanding outward.

US Pat. No. 10,167,053

BICYCLE DRIVE UNIT

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle drive unit comprising:a transmission having a plurality of gear shift stages; and
a motor configured to transmit torque to the transmission,
the transmission comprises
a first input side rotating body and a second input side rotating body rotatably disposed around a first rotational axis;
a first output side rotating body rotatably disposed around a second rotational axis that is parallel to the first rotational axis, and coupled to the first input side rotating body;
a second output side rotating body rotatably disposed around the second rotational axis and coupled to the second input side rotating body;
an output unit configured to receive rotation of the first output side rotating body and the second output side rotating body; and
a switching mechanism configured to switch between a first state in which the rotation of the first input side rotating body is transmitted to the output unit, and a second state in which the rotation of the second input side rotating body is transmitted to the output unit;
the output unit being configured to receive only torque from the motor via the first input side rotating body and the second input side rotating body, and
the output unit being configured such that torque outputted from the output unit merges with a manual drive force in a drive force transmission path from the output unit to a wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,167,051

ASSISTIVE DRIVING SYSTEM FOR A WHEELCHAIR AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ASSISTIVE DRIVING SYSTEM

MAX MOBILITY, LLC, Antio...

1. A method for activating an assistive drive force to a wheelchair, comprising:providing a user with an element configured to be worn on the user's hand or wrist and comprising a sensor configured to detect acceleration;
activating the assistive drive force in response to a detection of at least a first acceleration and a second acceleration, each of the first and second accelerations having
(i) an axis that is substantially normal to the user's palm, and
(ii) a threshold magnitude,and wherein(iii) the second acceleration occurs within a predefined time interval after the first acceleration.

US Pat. No. 10,167,050

ELECTRIC ASSIST DEVICE FOR A BICYCLE AND BICYCLE EQUIPPED WITH SUCH A DEVICE

Compagnie Generale des Et...

1. An electrical assistance device for a bicycle, the device comprising:an electrical machine that includes a support arm and a rotor shaft, wherein the rotor shaft supports a drive roller via a free-wheel member, wherein the support arm includes a pivot shaft that is mountable on the bicycle, wherein a pivot axis of the pivot shaft is located at a distance from an axis of the rotor shaft, and wherein the support arm is pivotable in a first pivoting direction in order to place the drive roller in contact with an annular contact region of a wheel of the bicycle when in a driving position for a forward movement, and is pivotable in a second pivoting direction to a separated position in order to separate the drive roller from the annular contact region when not in a driving position for forward movement;
a restoring device that acts on the support arm in the first pivoting direction;
an actuatable positioner that holds the support arm releasably in the separated position of the drive roller; and
a controller that controls operation of the electrical machine,
wherein the controller supplies the electrical machine with electrical energy to produce a motive torque in a direction of the wheel of the bicycle being driven in the forward movement via a free-wheel member and the drive roller, and
wherein the controller delivers an electrical pulse to the electrical machine to produce a reaction torque in a direction opposite to the direction of the motive torque when the bicycle is not being driven in the forward movement, causing the support arm to pivot in the second pivoting direction, and causing actuation of the positioner.

US Pat. No. 10,167,048

POWER STORAGE DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A power storage device comprising:a storage battery;
a mount that detachably mounts the power storage device on a motor-driven moving object having a motor;
an output controller that controls output of driving power from the storage battery to the motor; and
a controller programmed to, when the motor-driven moving object is within a particular area, cause the output controller to reduce the driving power supplied from the power storage device to the motor, compared to the driving power when the motor-driven moving object is outside the particular area,
wherein the output controller and the controller are provided in the power storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,167,047

BICYCLE DRIVE UNIT

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle drive unit comprising:a crankshaft;
a housing includes a synthetic resin first portion, a synthetic resin second portion and a metallic third portion, the synthetic resin first portion including a first axle bearing portion that rotatably supports a first end of the crankshaft, the synthetic resin second portion including a second axle bearing portion that rotatably supports a second end of the crankshaft, the metallic third portion disposed in between the synthetic resin first portion and the synthetic resin second portion, the metallic third portion defining an internal space of the housing along with the synthetic resin first portion and the synthetic resin second portion;
an output unit coaxially disposed on the second end of the crankshaft and operatively coupled to the crankshaft to receive rotation of the crankshaft;
an electric motor disposed in the internal space of the housing and being in contact with the metallic third portion, the electric motor further being operatively coupled to the output unit to transmit rotation of the electric motor to the output unit; and
a control board disposed in the internal space of the housing and electrically coupled to the electric motor, the control board being mounted on the metallic third portion.

US Pat. No. 10,167,046

VEHICLE WITH WEIGHT-BASED DRIVE MECHANISM

Cyclazoom, LLC, Evanston...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a frame;
a seat mounted to said frame;
a wheel rotatably mounted on said frame and having an axle;
a main drive sprocket plate spaced apart from said axle of said wheel;
a drive chain that couples said main drive sprocket plate to said axle of said wheel such that rotation of said main drive sprocket plate causes rotation of said axle of said wheel and thus rotation of said wheel, said drive chain passing around said axle of said wheel;
at least one drive mechanism that causes rotation of said main drive sprocket plate and thereby cause rotation of said wheel;
each of said at least one drive mechanism comprising:
an arm pivotally attached at a first end region to said frame to pivot about a fixed pivot axis relative to said frame;
a weight arranged on said arm at an opposite, second end region;
a pedal attached to said weight, said pedal and thus said weight being movable by a user of the vehicle when present in said seat to cause pivoting of said arm; and
an energy transfer system that converts pivotal movement of said arm about the fixed pivot axis into motive power to rotate said main drive sprocket plate and thus said wheel,
said energy transfer system comprising:
an overrunning clutch mechanism having an outer ring and an inner ring configured such that rotation of said outer ring in a first direction causes rotation of said inner ring while rotation of said outer ring in a second, opposite direction does not cause rotation of said inner ring, said inner ring being motively coupled to said drive chain such that rotation of said inner ring causes movement of said drive chain and results in rotation of said wheel; and
an elongate link having a first end region that moves when said pedal moves and a second, opposite end region coupled to said outer ring, pivotal movement of said arm causing pulling of said link and rotation of said outer ring in the first direction; and
a roller attached to said frame and over which said link passes.

US Pat. No. 10,167,045

POLE PROPELLED VELOCIPEDE

1. A two-wheeled vehicle comprising:a forward structural member supported by a front wheel rotatably mounted thereto, the forward structural member pivotally connected to a rearward structural member supported by a rear wheel rotatably mounted thereto, the front wheel pivotable about a substantially vertical steering axis, the steering axis and a point-of-contact of the rear wheel with the ground defining a first plane, the steering axis and a point-of-contact of the front wheel with the ground defining a second plane, the point-of-contact of the front wheel with the ground and the point-of-contact of the rear wheel with the ground defining a longitudinal axis, the first plane and the second plane capable of an alignment on the longitudinal axis whereby the front wheel aligns with the rear wheel;
a first support means attached to the rearward structural member in a fixed, non-rotatable position relative to the steering axis and rearward of the steering axis, configured to support a body mass of the rider above the longitudinal axis disposed symmetrically on opposing sides of the first plane, wherein a first center-of-mass forms that includes the body mass of the rider;
a second support means attached to the forward structural member extending forward of the steering axis disposed symmetrically on opposing sides of the second plane, and configured to support a weight of feet and legs of the rider at a fixed location relative to the forward structural member, wherein a second center-of-mass forms that includes the weight of the feet and the legs of the rider; and
at least one accessory contact means attached to the vehicle capable of bracing the rider and configured to contact a part of a body of the rider other than a hand or an upper limb;
wherein when the rider tilts the vehicle in a direction, the first center-of-mass rotates about the longitudinal axis, and the second center-of-mass rotates about the steering axis causing the front wheel to pivot about the steering axis and steers the vehicle in the direction.

US Pat. No. 10,167,044

NON-METALLIC BRACKET

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A non-metallic bracket for a bicycle hydraulic component, the non-metallic bracket comprising:a non-metallic body having a hydraulic hose attachment port and an internal fluid passage, the hydraulic hose attachment port having an insertion opening disposed at an exterior surface of the non-metallic body and an internal attachment bore extending from the insertion opening towards the internal fluid passage, the internal attachment bore of the hydraulic hose attachment port including an internal screw thread portion that threadedly receives a hose fastening fitting; and
a force receiving member, provided to the non-metallic body, so as to receive force applied to the non-metallic body in an area of the hydraulic hose attachment port caused by screwing the hose fastening fitting into the internal screw thread portion of the non-metallic body, the force receiving member including a tubular insert disposed in the internal attachment bore of the hydraulic hose attachment port, the tubular insert having a bushing contact surface that at least partially faces in an axial direction of the internal attachment bore of the hydraulic hose attachment port; wherein the bushing contact surface limits insertion of a bushing, located adjacent the tubular insert, in a direction towards the internal fluid passage.

US Pat. No. 10,167,043

VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A vehicle comprising:a body frame;
a right front wheel and a left front wheel aligned side by side in a left-and-right direction of the body frame;
a right brake that applies a brake force to the right front wheel;
a left brake that applies a brake force to the left front wheel;
a brake operator that operates at least one of the right brake and the left brake;
a grip that a rider grips; and
a steering force transmission that transmits a steering force from the grip to the right front wheel and the left front wheel, the steering force transmission including:
a steering shaft that turns about an intermediate turning axis which extends in an up-and-down direction of the body frame;
a handlebar located at an upper portion of the steering shaft and the grip is located on at least one end of the handlebar; and
a tie rod that transmits a turning motion of the steering shaft to the right front wheel and the left front wheel; wherein
a rubber damper that suppresses the transmission of vibration, which is due to a difference between a frictional force that is generated between the right front wheel and a corresponding road surface and a frictional force that is generated between the left front wheel and a corresponding road surface, to the grip is provided in the steering force transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,167,042

CLUTCH CONTROL SYSTEM

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

11. A clutch control apparatus comprising:a clutch lever supported so as to be rotatable about a rotary shaft;
operation amount detector to detect an operation amount of said clutch lever; and
a reaction force applying device configured to apply operation reaction force to said clutch lever, the reaction force applying device including a spring as a reaction force generation source,
wherein said reaction force applying device includes a plurality of reaction force generation cylinders arranged parallel to one another,
each of said plurality of reaction force generation cylinders includes a cylinder body accommodating a spring,
each of the springs of said plurality of reaction force generation cylinders has a different load characteristic from one another, and
said clutch lever includes an input/output arm extending from the vicinity of said rotary shaft toward an input/output part of each of said plurality of reaction force generation cylinders, to allow transmission of operating force and reaction force between said clutch lever and said reaction force applying device,
wherein:
said clutch lever is attached in front of a handlebar of a vehicle by a clamp-type lever holder; and
said plurality of reaction force generation cylinders are provided in the front of said handlebar and includes an upper cylinder and a lower cylinder, the upper cylinder being located above the lower cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,167,041

BICYCLE OPERATING DEVICE

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle operating device comprising:a base member configured to be mounted to a free end of a bicycle handlebar, the base member having a longitudinal axis defined along a center axis of the free end of the bicycle handlebar in a mounting state where the base member is mounted to the free end of the bicycle handlebar, the base member including a cylinder bore having a cylinder center axis, the cylinder bore being at least partly arranged in the bicycle handlebar in the mounting state, the base member including a proximal portion extending within an interior of the bicycle handlebar in the mounting state, the proximal portion being disposed farther from the free end of the bicycle handlebar than the cylinder bore and having a center axis;
an operating member pivotally coupled to the base member about a pivot axis, the cylinder center axis being inclined relative to the longitudinal axis by an inclination angle equal to or larger than 4 degrees and inclined relative to the center axis of the proximal portion of the base member; and
a piston movably provided in the cylinder bore and operatively coupled to the operating member to move in the cylinder bore in response to a pivotal movement of the operating member.

US Pat. No. 10,167,040

BICYCLE SUSPENSION STEM WITH INTEGRATED PIVOT

Redshift Sports LLC, Phi...

1. A bicycle suspension stem mountable between a steerer tube of a fork and a handlebar to secure the handlebar to a bicycle, the bicycle suspension stem comprising:a static part configured to connect to a steerer of a bicycle fork, the static part comprising a connection portion and a protrusion portion having an end disposed away from the connection portion;
a suspended part rotatably connected to the static part and configured to connect to a handlebar;
a biasing member disposed between the protrusion portion and an inside surface of the suspended part to resist rotation of the suspended part about an axis of rotation; and
a wedge connected to said end of the protrusion portion to secure the biasing member between the protrusion and the inside surface of the suspended part and to limit rotational movement of the suspended part.

US Pat. No. 10,167,039

RIDER SAFETY SYSTEM FOR A MOTORCYCLE

1. A rider safety system, comprising:a handlebar assembly, comprising:
a handlebar mount comprising:
a handlebar mount first side;
a handlebar mount second side; and,
a handlebar mount third side;
a post secured at a post first end to said handlebar mount second side extending away from said handlebar mount second side;
a quick-connect fastener assembly secured to said post at a post second end opposite said handlebar mount second side;
a first handlebar having a first handlebar first end and a first handlebar second end; and,
a second handlebar having a second handlebar first end and a second handlebar second end;
wherein said first handlebar first end and said second handlebar first end are secured to said quick-connect fastener assembly;
at least one foot peg assembly, comprising:
a foot peg mount;
a fixed arm, having a fixed arm first end secured to said foot peg mount;
an extendable arm, having an extendable arm first end slidably engaging a fixed arm second end; and,
a foot peg affixed to an extendable arm second end;
wherein said handlebar mount is configured to be secured to a motorcycle frame; and,
wherein said foot peg mount is configured to be secured to said motorcycle frame.

US Pat. No. 10,167,038

SELF-BALANCING SCOOTER WITH FOLDABLE FOOTHOLD FOR ADDITIONAL RIDER

ROBO3 CO., LTD., Seoul (...

1. A self-balancing scooter with a foldable foothold for an additional rider comprising:a housing;
a controller mounted inside the housing for controlling running and direction change;
motors respectively mounted at both sides of the housing;
wheels respectively mounted on shafts of the motors;
a battery mounted on a bottom surface of the housing;
a riding board mounted on an upper part of the housing for allowing a main rider to put his or her feet thereon;
a foldable foothold attached to a side wall of the riding board and configured to be folded on an upper surface of the riding board for a single rider and to be unfolded and disposed at a rear of the riding board for allowing an additional rider to put his or her feet on the unfolded foldable foothold;
casters mounted at one side of the foldable foothold;
a fitting hole formed at another side of the foldable foothold; and
a bracket assembled to the fitting hole through a rotary shaft and attached to the side wall of the riding board, the bracket having assembly holes.

US Pat. No. 10,167,037

HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTIVE MOTION APPARATUS

HANGZHOU CHIC INTELLIGENT...

1. A human-machine interactive motion apparatus comprising:a first frame and a second frame rotatable relative to each other;
a rotating mechanism disposed between the first frame and the second frame to rotatably connect the first frame to the second frame;
a rotation stop member fixed on at least one of the first frame and the second frame; and
a function extension member rotatably connected to the rotation stop member;
wherein the function extension member is connected to the rotation stop member in a stop connection manner to limit a rotation angle of the function extension member relative to the at least one of the first frame and the second frame;
the rotating mechanism comprises a stop shaft disposed between the first frame and the second frame configured to limit a maximum rotation angle between the first frame and the second frame.

US Pat. No. 10,167,036

ELECTRIC BALANCE VEHICLE

HANGZHOU CHIC INTELLECTUA...

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

US Pat. No. 10,167,035

BLOW MOLDED TOY CYCLE

Custom-Pak, Inc., Clinto...

1. A blow molded toy cycle comprising:a body having a seating surface and an arm;
said arm having a hole with a first axis, said hole defining a female bearing area with a first tapered section and a first recess section, a taper of said first tapered section disposed at an angle with respect to said first axis, said first recess section located adjacent to said first tapered section;
a fork having a shaft at a proximal end, said shaft having a second axis passing through a center of said shaft;
a male bearing area located on said shaft, said male bearing area having a second tapered section;
a protrusion section on said shaft located adjacent to said male bearing area;
said male bearing area adapted to contact said female bearing area when said shaft is inserted into said female bearing area such that said first and second tapered sections are in contact and said protrusion section on said shaft contacts said body at said arm adjacent to said female bearing area and said protrusion section is in contact with said first recess section;
said protrusion section adapted to lock said fork to said body when said protrusion section is in contact with said first recess section.

US Pat. No. 10,167,034

VEHICLE WITH A SLOPING STEERING COLUMN

1. A scooter type vehicle comprising:a deck suitable for supporting a user directly or indirectly and having a support plane and a longitudinal axis;
tail gear having a single contact device;
a steering assembly comprising at least one steering column having a first axis, the steering column being mounted to pivot relative to the deck about the first axis, the first axis and the support plane forming a first angle;
nose gear having at least first and second ground contact device;
the nose gear being pivotally mounted relative to the deck about a second axis;
the steering column being arranged so that pivoting the steering column about the first axis causes the nose gear to pivot about the second axis;
the first axis and the second axis sloping relative to each other and defining a second angle; and
the second axis sloping relative to the support plane of the deck, the second axis and the support plane forming a third angle, the third angle being an obtuse angle;
wherein the first angle is not variable while the vehicle is in use, and wherein the deck tilts about the longitudinal axis towards a center of rotation of the vehicle when the steering column is pivoted about the first axis.

US Pat. No. 10,167,033

AIRFLOW SHAPING ENCLOSURE REDUCING DRAG BEHIND CYCLIST

1. An airflow shaping enclosure mounted behind a cyclist, the enclosure having a front width profile substantially matching a width of the cyclist's lower back, hips and buttocks, a front height substantially midway between the cyclist's waist and shoulder height, a shape tapered from a maximum area cross sectional area at a front to a minimum cross sectional area at a rear, and a top of the enclosure is located entirely above a plane defined by a back of the cyclist.

US Pat. No. 10,167,032

ARRANGEMENT FOR SECURING VEHICLE TOOLS

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. An arrangement for a motor vehicle seat for receiving one or more vehicle tools, the arrangement comprising:a tool carrier which is made from at least one elastically deformable material and has a plurality of cavities with, in each case, one plug-in opening for inserting a section of a vehicle tool into a receiving space of the cavity, the tool carrier being at least one of integral with a seat shell of the seat and configured to conform to an underside surface of the seat shell, wherein the cavities are movable from a storage position into a plug-in or removal position on account of their elasticity, an outer enveloping shape of the cavities is of an either parallelepiped-shaped, cylindrical or partially cylindrical configuration and has a circumferential section and a bottom section, and in each case, one cavity pair comprising two cavities which are spaced apart from one another is provided for one or more of the vehicle tools, the pairs being arranged with respect to one another such that their plug-in openings are oriented at an angle between 0° and 90° with respect to one another.

US Pat. No. 10,167,031

ANTI-OSCILLATING LUGGAGE SYSTEM

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A luggage system for a single-track motor vehicle, comprising:a rigid luggage-accommodating container to be fastened on the motor vehicle; and
a decoupling device in an interior of the luggage-accommodating container,
wherein
the decoupling device interacts with an item of luggage to be accommodated and at least partially decouples, from the luggage-accommodating container, travel-induced forces exerted by the item of luggage, and
the decoupling device includes at least one handle configured to interact with at least one holder on an inner wall of the luggage-accommodating container such that decoupling is provided by way of the item of luggage being suspended on a suspension device formed on the luggage-accommodating container or by way of the at least one handle being accommodated elastically on the inner wall of the luggage-accommodating container.

US Pat. No. 10,167,030

MOUNTABLE MAGNETIC RETRACTABLE TETHERED PUCK FOR TWO WHEELED VEHICLES

Cindy Smith, Cocoa, FL (...

1. A retractable kickstand support apparatus for two wheeled vehicles comprising:a removable base plate having a magnet, the base plate having a deployed position for being magnetically attachable about an underside of a kickstand of a two-wheeled vehicle;
a cord having one end attached to the base plate and a second end;
a mount for releasably attaching the second end of the cord to be adjacent to handlebars of the two-wheeled vehicle; and
a spring in the mount for automatically retrieving the cord from an extended position to a retracted position, the retracted position of the cord allows the base plate to be attached to the mount, wherein the cord in the extended position allows the base plate to be positioned underneath the kickstand in order to provide stability to the two-wheeled vehicle when the kickstand is lowered.

US Pat. No. 10,167,029

RUBBER CRAWLER

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A rubber crawler, comprising a crawler main body formed of vulcanized rubber, a ridge protruding radially inward from an inner circumferential surface of the crawler main body, an adhesive means entirely located on an inner circumferential surface of the ridge, and projections formed of vulcanized rubber and attached via the adhesion means to the ridge, wherein the inner circumferential surface of the ridge and the adhesive means have the same width in a widthwise direction.

US Pat. No. 10,167,028

SPARE TIRE PRESENTATION APPARATUS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A spare tire presentation apparatus for a motor vehicle, comprising:a base;
a four bar linkage connecting said base to the motor vehicle, said four bar linkage including a first bar, a second bar, a third bar and a fourth bar wherein all four bars are unconnected from one another; and
a sliding platform supported on said base.

US Pat. No. 10,167,026

SPOILER ARRANGEMENT FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A spoiler arrangement for a motor vehicle comprising:a carrier configured to attached on a body of the motor vehicle; and
a lamella arranged on the carrier, the lamella including an elongated elastic bending rod and at least one surface segment;
wherein the surface segment is connected to the bending rod along a side edge.

US Pat. No. 10,167,025

SLIDABLE CONVEYANCE ASSEMBLY

CURRENTWRX, LLC, St. Geo...

1. A device, comprising:a first support channel, defined by a first support side, and including a first primary support bearing and a first tertiary support bearing; and
a first slide channel, defined by a first slide side, and including a first primary slide bearing and a first tertiary slide bearing,
wherein, in an assembled state, the first slide channel fits around the first support channel such that:
the first primary support bearing contacts the first slide side and the first primary slide bearing contacts the first support side such that the first slide channel is configured to slide longitudinally with respect to the first support channel; and
the first tertiary support bearing contacts the first slide channel and the first tertiary slide bearing contacts the first support channel to restrict lateral transition of the first slide channel with respect to the first support channel.

US Pat. No. 10,167,024

PANEL MEMBER, PRESS MOLD, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF PANEL MEMBER

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A panel member, comprising:first wall portions that form undulations of a waved plate section molded from a fiber reinforced plastic material; and
second wall portions that configure upper and lower end portions in a wave height direction of the waved plate section, and that are connected to the first wall portions by bent portions, wherein:
the second wall portions each include a general portion extending along a wavelength direction of the waved plate section, and the general portions are set with a thinner plate thickness than the first wall portions;
an array direction of reinforcing fibers disposed in the general portions is set in a direction running along the wavelength direction of the waved plate section; and
extension portions extend out from the bent portions at an opposite side to a first wall portion side, and the extension portions are integrally formed with the bent portions.

US Pat. No. 10,167,022

VEHICULAR UNDERFRAME STRUCTURE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A vehicular underframe structure comprising:a lower panel including a composite material and having a central portion curved upwards along a longitudinal direction thereof;
an upper panel including a composite material and combined on the lower panel wherein an undersurface thereof faces an upper surface of the lower panel with an internal compartment formed therebetween; and
a rib portion provided in the internal compartment and having a lower rib integrally protruding upwards from the upper surface of the lower panel and an upper rib integrally protruding downwards from the undersurface of the upper panel.

US Pat. No. 10,167,021

VEHICULAR RESIN PANEL STRUCTURE AND LUGGAGE DOOR

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicular resin panel structure comprising:a resin inner panel:
formed in a polygonal shape including a first edge portion, a second edge portion adjacent to the first edge portion, and an angular portion formed at an inner side of an angle formed by the first edge portion and the second edge portion,
fixed to a vehicle body at a plurality of fixing points including a first fixing point provided at the first edge portion and a second fixing point provided at the second edge portion, and
provided with a first rib further to an in-plane direction outer side of the resin inner panel than an imaginary line connecting the first fixing point and the second fixing point, the first rib running along a direction intersecting the imaginary line, the first rib has a generally S-shape, the first rib is provided so as to straddle a bend portion that is formed further to an in-plane direction inner side than inner end portions of the first edge portion and the second end portion; and
a resin outer panel having an outer end portion overlapping with the inner panel, the outer end portion of the outer panel adhered to the inner end portion of the inner panel with an elastic glue having a thickness 5 mm or less, and the resin outer panel having a larger linear expansion coefficient than that of the inner panel.

US Pat. No. 10,167,020

ROOF SEGMENT FOR A VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A ROOF SEGMENT

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method for producing a roof segment for a vehicle that has a front windscreen and a rear window, the method comprising:forming the roof segment as a flat base element with a wall configured to extend from the front windscreen to the rear window;
forming the wall from a single, plastically deformed starting material;
forming a closed hollow cross section; and
enclosing one or more cavities with the wall.

US Pat. No. 10,167,019

AUTOMOBILE VEHICLE BODY AND AUTOMOBILE VEHICLE BODY MANUFACTURING METHOD

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

1. An automobile vehicle body in which a lower skeleton, formed into a bathtub shape using a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), comprises a vehicle body floor a front wall that rises from a front end of the vehicle body floor, a rear wall that rises from a rear end of the vehicle body floor, and a pair of side members that are connected to upper faces of vehicle width direction opposite side parts of the vehicle body floor, and an upper skeleton, connected to the lower skeleton, comprises a roll bar formed into an inverted U-shaped using a CFRP and having a lower end thereof joined to an upper face of the side member via a metal joint,wherein the metal joint is divided into an upper joint that is fixed to the side member and supports the lower end of the roll bar and a lower joint that is fixed to the vehicle body floor,
the upper joint comprises an upper wall, a vehicle width direction inner wall and a vehicle width direction outer wall that are fitted to an upper face, an inside face, and an outside face of the side member respectively, and the upper joint is further divided into an inside and an outside in the vehicle width direction and supports the lower end of the roll bar so as to sandwich the lower end from the inside and the outside in the vehicle width direction,
the lower joint comprises a lower wall and a vehicle width direction outer wall that are joined to a lower face and a vehicle width direction outer face of the vehicle body floor respectively, the vehicle width direction outer wall of the upper joint and the vehicle width direction outer wall of the lower joint are fastened by a first bolt, and the vehicle width direction inner wall of the upper joint and the inside face of the side member are fastened by a second bolt.

US Pat. No. 10,167,018

AUXILIARY FRAME FOR A VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING AN AUXILIARY FRAME

Volkswagen AG, (DE)

1. A subframe for a vehicle for supporting at least one wheel-controlling component, the subframe comprising:at least one shell element; and
at least one mount section for the mounting of a transverse link element,
wherein a first subsection of the mount section has at least one first passage opening for receiving a fastener for the transverse link element,
wherein a further subsection of the mount section is bent relative to the first subsection,
wherein the mount section has an embossment, and
wherein the embossment is arranged in an end region of the first subsection and in an edge region of the bend section.

US Pat. No. 10,167,017

STEERING WHEEL

TAKATA CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A steering wheel comprising:a steering hub portion;
a wheel portion; and
a spoke portion that extends from the steering hub portion and that is connected with the wheel portion,
wherein the wheel portion includes:
a core metal which circles around the steering wheel; and
a cover layer which covers the core metal,
a vibrator housing portion is provided at a part in a circling direction of the core metal,
the core metal includes a U-shaped cross section in the vibrator housing portion in a radial direction of the wheel portion,
a partition wall is provided inside of the core metal to divide and form the vibrator housing portion,
a case is attached to the core metal to cover the vibrator housing portion,
the vibrator is disposed in the vibrator housing portion between the core metal and the case, and
the vibrator is attached to the case
wherein the case includes:
a bottom surface which has a rectangular shape;
longitudinal sidewalls which rise up from side portions of the bottom surface in a longitudinal direction; and
lateral sidewalls which rise up from the side portions of the bottom surface in a lateral direction,
wherein a partition is vertically installed from the bottom surface to divide the inside of the case,
the partition extends along the lateral direction, and
the vibrator is attached to the partition,
wherein the vibrator includes a motor main body, a rotation driving shaft which protrudes from the motor main body, and a weight which is attached to the rotation driving shaft,
a notch is provided in the partition,
the rotation driving shaft is inserted into the notch, and
the motor main body is attached to the partition,
wherein a dimension of the weight of the vibrator in a direction orthogonal to the rotation driving shaft is smaller than a width of the motor main body, and
the dimension of the weight of the vibrator is smaller than a height of the motor main body.

US Pat. No. 10,167,016

VEHICLE WITH PARK ASSIST

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:motor(s), steering, sensors, processor(s) configured to:
(a) load a stored parking spot;
(b) via the sensors, generate a map comprising the stored parking spot;
(c) intersect virtual segments with intersection points on the map such that two of the virtual segments intersect one of the intersection points;
(d) compare a current heading, based on (c), to a desired heading, based on (a);
(e) automatically steer the vehicle based on (d).

US Pat. No. 10,167,015

SYSTEM FOR RETROFITTING VEHICLE AUTOMATION

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. An autonomous vehicle retrofit system comprising:a central computer; and
a braking interface configured to decelerate a wheel of a vehicle via actuation of a brake caliper, the braking interface comprising:
a brake pedal,
a first master cylinder assembly mechanically coupled between the brake pedal and the brake caliper such that actuation of the brake pedal causes actuation of the first master cylinder assembly;
a first hydraulic brake line hydraulically coupled to the first master cylinder assembly such that actuation of the first master cylinder assembly causes an increase in hydraulic fluid pressure in the first hydraulic brake line;
a second master cylinder assembly coupled between the central computer and the brake caliper such that the central computer controls actuation of the second master cylinder assembly;
a second hydraulic brake line hydraulically coupled to the second master cylinder assembly such that actuation of the second master cylinder assembly causes an increase in hydraulic fluid pressure in the second hydraulic brake line; and
an actuator selector hydraulically coupled to the brake caliper, further hydraulically coupled to the first hydraulic brake line and to the second hydraulic brake line, that selectively actuates the brake caliper in response to actuation of at least one of the first master cylinder assembly and the second master cylinder assembly; wherein selective actuation is determined by hydraulic fluid pressures of the first and second hydraulic brake lines
a pedal sensor, detectably coupled to the brake pedal and communicatively coupled to the central computer; wherein the pedal sensor monitors a condition of the brake pedal and communicates pedal sensor data based on the condition of the brake pedal to the central computer; wherein the central computer controls the second master cylinder assembly based on the pedal sensor data, wherein the pedal sensor data comprises a change in a position of the brake pedal per unit time; wherein the central computer controlling the second master cylinder based on the pedal sensor data comprises the central computer actuating the second master cylinder to perform emergency braking based on the change in the position of the brake pedal per unit time exceeding a threshold brake pedal rate.

US Pat. No. 10,167,014

ACTUATOR CONTROL DEVICE

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. An actuator control device for controlling an actuator generating a force that causes a steering operation mechanism of a vehicle to steer a steered wheel, comprising:an assist control circuit configured to calculate a first assist component on a basis of an operational state amount changing in accordance with an operation applied by a user to the steering operation mechanism; and
an automatic steering control circuit configured to calculate a second assist component on a basis of an environment surrounding the vehicle,
wherein:
the assist control circuit is configured to calculate the first assist component while the operational state amount is equal to or more than a first threshold value,
the automatic steering control circuit is configured to calculate the second assist component while the operational state amount is less than the first threshold value,
the automatic steering control circuit is configured to further calculate the second assist component by performing feedback control that uses a control term including at least an integral term that is obtained by accumulating an integral element on a basis of a deviation between target and actual values of a directional state amount that is a component indicative of a direction of travel of the vehicle, the target value of the directional state amount being set on a basis of the environment surrounding the vehicle,
when the operational state amount is less than the first threshold value and equal to or more than a second threshold value, the automatic steering control circuit performs a limitation process that limits the control term used in the feedback control by limiting the integral element to be added to the integral term to a zero value, such that it is harder for the control term to increase when the operational state amount is equal to or more than the second threshold value, than when the operational state amount is less than the second threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,167,013

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

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,167,012

ELECTRIC POWER STEERING DEVICE

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,167,011

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

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,167,010

DRIVING DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

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

US Pat. No. 10,167,009

ELECTRIC POWER STEERING SYSTEM

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

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

US Pat. No. 10,167,008

STROLLER FRAME

SUNNYLOVE BABY PRODUCTS Z...

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

US Pat. No. 10,167,007

GAME CART APPARATUS AND METHODS

Mainstream Holdings, Inc....

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

US Pat. No. 10,167,006

DOCK CART COVER

Boates LLC, Port Jeffers...

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

US Pat. No. 10,167,005

ROUTE EXAMINING SYSTEM AND METHOD

General Electric Company,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,167,004

SENSOR SYSTEM

General Electric Company,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,167,003

AUTOMATED RAIL INSPECTION SYSTEM

voestalpine SIGNALING USA...

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

US Pat. No. 10,167,002

METER GAUGE POWER BOGIE AND METER GAUGE VEHICLE

CRRC Tangshan Co., Ltd., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,167,000

FUEL SUPPLY SYSTEM FOR A LOCOMOTIVE

Progress Rail Lovomotive ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,998

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,997

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE, VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,996

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ADAPTIVELY COMMUNICATING NOTICES IN A VEHICLE

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,995

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

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,994

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE OPERATING STATUS ASSESSMENT

STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOB...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,993

CUSTOMER DRIVING MODE FOR VEHICLES

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,992

IMPAIRMENT EVALUATION SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,991

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

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,990

VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,989

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

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,988

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

GM Global Technology Oper...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,987

CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

Jaguar Land Rover Limited...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,986

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

Audi AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,985

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE PERFORMANCE CAPABILITY

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,984

METHOD FOR DRIVER INFORMATION AND MOTOR VEHICLE

Audi AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,983

PEDAL CRUISE CONTROL (PCC)

Continental Automotive Gm...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,982

AUTOMOBILE-SPEED CONTROL USING TERRAIN-BASED SPEED PROFILE

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,980

VEHICLE MASS COMPUTATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,979

PARKING ASSIST SYSTEM AND METHOD

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,978

METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY PARKING A VEHICLE AND ASSOCIATED CONTROL DEVICE

Audi AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,976

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

International Business Ma...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,975

TRANSMISSION WITH TORQUE CONVERTER DISCONNECT CLUTCH AND ENGINE BRAKING FRICTION CLUTCH

GM Global Technology Oper...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,974

CONTROL SYSTEM OF POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM OF VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,973

VEHICLE AND SHIFTING CONTROL METHOD AND POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM THEREOF

BYD Company Limited, She...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,972

HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE CONTROLLER AND METHOD

Jaguar Land Rover Limited...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,971

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENERGY RATE BALANCING IN HYBRID AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS

Allison Transmission, Inc...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,970

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,969

METHOD AND CONTROL APPARATUS FOR RECUPERATING ENERGY IN A HYBRID VEHICLE

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,968

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COASTING DRIVE OF ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,967

SHIFTING CONTROL METHOD FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,966

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,965

METHOD FOR SELECTING A MODE OF OPERATION OF A HYBRID VEHICLE

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,963

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

ARFESAN ARKAN FREN ELEMAN...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,962

NOISE REDUCTION DEVICE FOR NEGATIVE PRESSURE LINE OF BRAKE BOOSTER

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,961

VACUUM SCAVENGING IN HYBRID VEHICLES

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,960

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

Lucas Automotive GmbH, K...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,959

METHOD FOR DIAGNOSING ELECTRIC BRAKE SYSTEM

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,958

SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING AUTO VEHICLE HOLD FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,957

HYDRAULIC BRAKING SYSTEM FOR A LAND CRAFT

Lucas Automotive GmbH, K...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,956

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,955

MANUAL RELEASE DEVICE FOR PARKING LOCK MECHANISM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,954

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

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,953

VEHICLE SHIFT CONTROL SYSTEM

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,952

FLAT WIPER BLADE

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,951

WINDSHIELD WIPER CONNECTOR

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,950

ELECTRONIC KEY SYSTEM, ONBOARD APPARATUS, AND PORTABLE APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,949

VEHICLE SAFETY AND SECURITY SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,948

MOBILE DEVICE SYSTEM FOR REMOTE STARTING AND MANAGEMENT OF A VEHICLE

KYUNGPOOK NATIONAL UNIVER...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,947

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

Shield Restraint Systems,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,946

VEHICULAR AIRBAG DEVICE

AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,945

FAR SIDE AIRBAG DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,944

AIR BAG SYSTEM

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,943

AIRBAG APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,942

MOTOR VEHICLE SEAT ARRANGEMENT OCCUPANCY DETECTION

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,941

LIGHT HOUSING FOR MOUNTING LIGHT ON BUMPER OF AUTOMOBILE

WARNER SCIENCE APPLICATIO...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,940

EXTENDABLE VEHICLE GRILLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,939

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

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,938

VEHICLE POWER SUPPLY BOX DEVICE

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,937

EXTERIOR MEMBER AND WIRE HARNESS

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,936

DAMPING MATERIAL

Nishikawa Rubber Co., Ltd...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,935

TRIM ARTICLE WITH REFLECTANCE REDUCING FEATURES

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,933

FASTENING ARRANGEMENT FOR SECURING A UNIT MOUNT AND A STABILIZER MOUNT

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,932

BICYCLE MOUNT DEVICE

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,931

SUPPORT BARS AND CYCLE CARRIERS

HORIZON GLOBAL AMERICAS I...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,929

STORAGE BOX

THUNDER POWER ELECTRIC VE...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,928

STORAGE COMPARTMENT DIVIDER HAVING PARTITION WITH HINGED TELESCOPING SECTIONS

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,927

REARVIEW MIRROR ASSEMBLY FOR VEHICLE

DONNELLY CORPORATION, Ho...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,925

REAR VIEW ELEMENT FOLDING DEVICE

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,923

IMAGE GENERATION DEVICE AND IMAGE GENERATION METHOD

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,922

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

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,921

BRIGHTNESS AND COLOR MATCHING VIDEO FROM MULTIPLE-CAMERA SYSTEM

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,920

TRACTOR-TRAILER CONNECTIONS FOR IMAGE CAPTURE DATA

Trimble Navigation Limite...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,918

DRIVE ASSISTING APPARATUS

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,917

TRANSMISSION OF UNCOMPRESSED VIDEO IN CELLULAR NETWORKS

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,916

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

STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOB...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,915

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

Continental Automotive Gm...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,914

SEPARABLE DISPLAY ARTICLE

GM Global Technology Oper...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,913

SIDE MARKER ILLUMINATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,912

AUTOMOTIVE LED DRIVING APPARATUS

SL Corporation, Daegu (K...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,909

OPTICAL SENSOR DISPOSITION STRUCTURE FOR SADDLE RIDING VEHICLE

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,908

VEHICULAR LAMP CLEANING SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,907

RETRACTOR WITH SPACE-SAVING FEATURES

Valeda Company, , FL (US)...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,906

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,905

HEATING AND COOLING CUP HOLDER

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,904

SINGLE COMPONENT CUP HOLDER MECHANISM

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,903

VEHICULAR SEAT BACK TABLE

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,902

TRAVEL SUPPORT DEVICE

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,901

SEAT FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,900

INTERNAL UPPER SEATBACK SUPPORT FOR DRIVING AND SLEEPER SEATS

Ford Global Technologies,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,899

RATCHETING HEADREST ASSEMBLY

DAIMAY NORTH AMERICA AUTO...

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,898

TRAVELER'S PERSONAL ARM REST DEVICE

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

US Pat. No. 10,166,897

SEAT

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

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