US Pat. No. 10,689,162

BAG WITH ZIPPER TAPE

IDEMITSU UNITECH CO., LTD...

1. A zipper-tape bag comprising:a bag body defining a housing space for containing a content;
a zipper tape provided to an inside of the bag body, the inside of the bag body defining a first inner surface and a second inner surface facing the first surface, the zipper tape comprising:
a first member comprising a first belt-shaped base bonded to the first inner surface of the bag body, and a first engaging portion provided to the first belt-shaped base; and
a second member comprising a second belt-shaped base bonded to the second inner surface of the bag body, and a second engaging portion provided to the second belt-shaped base and engageable with the first engaging portion; and
a tab provided to an outside of the bag body at a position closer to the housing space than a bonded position of each of the first belt-shaped base and the second belt-shaped base;
wherein one of the first belt-shaped base and the second belt-shaped base is bonded to the bag body only at a portion near the housing space with respect to a position of the first engaging portion or the second engaging portion in the width direction, and
one of the first engaging portion and the second engaging portion comprises a neck area projecting from the first belt-shaped base or the second belt-shaped base, and
the first belt-shaped base or the second belt-shaped base from which the neck area projects comprises: a thickened area continuous in the width direction from a base end of the neck area, which projects from the first belt-shaped base or the second belt-shaped base, toward the tab; and a thinned area adjacent to the thickened area and thinner than the thickened area.

US Pat. No. 10,689,161

FASTENER WITH GUIDE POSTS AND METHODS THEREFOR

WL RECLOSABLES LLC, Fore...

1. A fastener, comprising:a male closure element comprising:
a base member;
one or more male interlocking members extending distally from a first side of the base member; and
a plurality of guide posts extending distally from a second side of the base member;
the plurality of guide posts defining boundaries of a sealing region to which a heat seal bar can thermally adhere a plastic web by passing between the plurality of guide posts, the sealing region defined by a planar portion of the base member that spans between inner surfaces the plurality of guide posts.

US Pat. No. 10,689,160

FLEXIBLE LAMINATE STRUCTURE WITH INTEGRATED ONE-WAY VALVE

SONOCO DEVELOPMENT, INC.,...

1. A flexible laminate structure for a package including an integrated one-way valve feature, said flexible laminate structure comprising:an outer film layer;
an inner film layer laminated to the outer film layer via a permanent adhesive that is pattern-applied to at least one of the outer or inner film layers, wherein the outer film layer includes a first cut line and the inner film layer includes a second cut line offset from the first cut line; and
a valve area defined in the laminate, the valve area including the first and second cut lines and being devoid of the permanent adhesive, wherein the valve area comprises a viscous medium that is pattern-applied to at least one of the outer or inner film layers and is disposed between the outer and inner film layers so as to occupy at least a portion of the valve area,
wherein a coating is applied to an opposing surface of at least one of the outer or inner film layers, such that the coating is disposed between the outer and inner film layers and wherein the coating is configured to decrease an amount of surface energy between the outer and inner film layers.

US Pat. No. 10,689,159

SLURRY ICE CONTAINMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A container comprising:an external base for supporting the container on a support surface;
a container membrane defining a hollow interior having a storage volume for containing a slurry mixture comprising a liquid component and a frozen component, the container membrane comprising a bottom membrane and a top membrane such that when the external base supports the container on a horizontal support surface, the hollow interior extends vertically from the bottom membrane to the top membrane;
at least one catch surface for impeding migration of the frozen component of the slurry mixture toward the top membrane, the at least one catch surface being attached to the container membrane and located between the bottom membrane and the top membrane; and,
an inlet/outlet port for providing the slurry mixture to the hollow interior and for draining the slurry mixture from the hollow interior.

US Pat. No. 10,689,158

CLOSURE

Berry Plastics Corporatio...

1. A closure cap for a container comprisinga top wall having a central cover and a spacer wall arranged to extend radially away from the central cover,
an annular inner sleeve arranged to extend downwardly away from the top wall,
the central cover and annular inner sleeve cooperating to define a product-receiving region configured to receive product therein,
an annular outer sleeve coupled to the top wall and arranged to extend around the annular inner sleeve, wherein the annular outer sleeve is arranged to extend downwardly away from the top wall, and
an outer shell arranged to extend around the inner annular sleeve and coupled to the top wall via the annular outer sleeve,
wherein the annular outer sleeve is coupled to the spacer wall and spaced radially outward from the annular inner sleeve and the annular inner sleeve, spacer wall, and annular outer sleeve cooperate to define a residual-product catch basin,
wherein the residual-product catch basin is configured to collect residual product remaining on the annular inner sleeve after a user discharges product into the product-receiving region to allow the residual product to flow back out of the residual-product catch basin away from the spacer wall, and
wherein the outer shell includes an annular inner sidewall and an annular outer sidewall, the annular inner sidewall is configured to engage with a neck of the container, and the annular outer sidewall is arranged to extend around the inner sidewall.

US Pat. No. 10,689,157

FOOD AND BEVERAGE COOLER ASSEMBLY

Otter Products, LLC, For...

19. A cooler assembly for the storage of one or more objects, the cooler assembly comprising:a cooler portion, the cooler portion comprising:
a main portion having one or more side walls having one or more interior surfaces that at least partially define an interior portion that is adapted to receive the one or more objects, wherein one or more exterior surfaces of the one or more side walls of the main portion define an exterior portion of the cooler portion;
a cover portion at least one of pivotably coupled to or removably secured to the main portion, wherein when the cover portion is in a closed position relative to the main portion, one or more interior surfaces of the cover portion at least partially define the interior portion, wherein the cover portion includes a contact area that extends along a portion of one or more exterior surfaces of the cover portion;
a cover attachment portion removably secured to one or more portions of the cover portion, the cover attachment portion including a support portion extending from a first end to a second end, and a cushion portion coupled to the support portion, wherein the support portion of the cover attachment portion includes a first body arm and a second body arm, the first body arm having a first lip adapted to removably engage a first slot formed in a first portion of the cover portion and the second body arm having a second lip adapted to removably engage a second slot formed in a second portion of the cover portion;
a label extending over all or a portion of the contact area of the cover portion and inmolded with all or a portion of the contact area of the cover portion;
a first main portion securement feature disposed at a first location on at least one of the one or more side walls of the main portion; and
a second main portion securement feature disposed at a second location on at least one of the one or more side walls of the main portion.

US Pat. No. 10,689,156

FOLDABLE TOTE BOX

ECOBIZ CO., LTD., Osaka-...

1. A foldable tote box, comprising a box body,the box body including:
a square or rectangular bottom surface part;
front and rear side wall parts and right and left side wall parts corresponding to respective sides of the bottom surface part;
a lid extending from an upper edge of the rear side wall part; and
a reinforcement plate configured to reinforce the bottom surface part,
wherein the reinforcement plate is pivotably mounted on a lower edge of the front side wall part or the rear side wall part,
wherein the right and left side wall parts are inwardly foldable when a center portion of the bottom surface part is pulled up,
wherein each of the side wall parts is formed of a frame member configured to define an outline of the side wall part and maintain a shape of the side wall part, and a sheet material supported by the frame member, and
wherein the sheet material includes a transparent portion, and the transparent portion enables a content of the foldable tote box to be visually checked,
in the front side wall part, the frame member has a frame shape in conformity with the outline of the front side wall part,
in the rear side wall part, the frame member has a frame shape in conformity with the outline of the rear side wall part, and
each of the right and left side wall parts comprises two frame member portions enclosed in transparent sheets under a state of being laterally arrayed at a predetermined interval, wherein the transparent sheets are sewed between the two frame member portions, and wherein each of the right and left side wall parts is inwardly foldable between the two frame member portions.

US Pat. No. 10,689,155

MODULAR STORAGE CONTAINER SYSTEM

1. A modular storage container system comprising one or more modular storage containers, each modular storage container comprising:a multitude of panels, each panel comprising edges; joining elements affixed proximate to the edges;
a multitude of rods slideably engaging the joining elements; and
at least one corner block having holes through adjacent faces configured to engage the ends of the rods joining adjacent panels in a substantially perpendicular alignment
wherein the joining elements comprise an array of male joining protrusions and female receptacles arranged along the at least one edge of each panel,
wherein each male joining structure comprises an orifice, and
wherein the array of male joining protrusions and female receptacles on the edge of each panel is interlaced with an array of complimentary female receptacles and male joining protrusions of an edge of an adjacent panel.

US Pat. No. 10,689,154

WEDGE DISSECTORS FOR A MEDICAL BALLOON

Cagent Vascular, LLC, Wa...

1. A medical balloon catheter, comprising:an elongate member comprising a lumen, the elongate member defining a longitudinal axis;
an expandable balloon connected to the elongate member proximate a distal end of the elongate member;
a plurality of strips, each strip of the plurality of strips including a plurality of wedge dissectors spaced apart along a surface of each strip, each strip extending longitudinally along an outer surface of the expandable balloon,
a ramp of material covering lateral ends of each of the strips, the material being relatively more flexible than that of each of the strips;
a base layer on the outer surface of the expandable balloon; and
a bonding layer on top of the base layer and on an underside of each of the plurality of strips;
wherein the wedge dissectors comprise a strip-facing base surface directly adjacent the surface of each of the strips, an unhoned radially outward facing surface having a length between a proximal edge of the unhoned radially outward facing surface and a distal edge of the unhoned radially outward facing surface and defining a height of each wedge dissector, and lateral surfaces between the strip-facing base surface and the unhoned radially outward facing surface, wherein the unhoned radially outward facing surface has a first width at the proximal edge, a second width smaller than the first width between the proximal edge and the distal edge, and a third width at the distal edge larger than the second width,
wherein the expandable balloon comprises a plurality of pleats extending from the outer surface and spaced apart from the plurality of strips, wherein the expandable balloon comprises a first reduced configuration in which the wedge dissectors of each strip lie between two adjacent pleats such that a longitudinal axis of each wedge dissector of each strip is in a tangential non-perpendicular orientation with respect to the outer surface of the expandable balloon directly below each wedge dissector of each strip, and wherein the expandable balloon comprises a second expanded configuration wherein the longitudinal axis of each wedge dissector of each strip is in a perpendicular orientation with respect to the outer surface of the expandable balloon directly below each wedge dissector of each strip,
wherein the ramp of material slopes from the outer surface of the balloon to the lateral ends of each of the strips.

US Pat. No. 10,689,153

MAINTAINABLE PALLET

1. A method for maintaining a maintainable pallet, the method comprising:detecting a stress via a sensor embedded in the maintainable pallet, wherein the pallet comprises interchangeable parts fastened using releasable fasteners;
identifying one or more damaged pieces in the maintainable pallet based on the detected stress;
unfastening the releasable fasteners to remove the identified one or more damaged pieces; and
replacing the removed one or more damaged pieces with one or more corresponding new pieces.

US Pat. No. 10,689,152

DISPENSER AND PROCESS

James Alexander Corporati...

1. A dispenser comprising:a first container having an outer wall and membrane collectively defining a first chamber configured to contain a first flowable material, the membrane having a thickness and a weld seam, the weld seam having a thickness less than the thickness of the membrane, wherein the weld seam has a thickness in the range of 0.010 inches to 0.014 inches, the first container further having a fracturing mechanism operably connected to the first container, the fracturing mechanism having an extending member projecting from the outer wall of the first container, the extending member having a projection positioned proximate the membrane; and,
a second container configured to hold a second flowable material, the second container operably associated with the first container wherein the second container is contained within the first container,
wherein the second container is rupturable and configured such that the second flowable material can mix with the first flowable material to form a mixture in the first chamber, and
wherein in response to deflection of the extending member, the projection deflects the outer wall proximate the membrane wherein the weld seam fractures creating an opening through the membrane configured to allow the mixture to pass therethrough and from the dispenser.

US Pat. No. 10,689,151

TAMPER EVIDENT HYBRID RESEALABLE CONTAINER

SONOCO DEVELOPMENT, INC.,...

1. A resealable container comprising a container body having at least four sidewalls, a top wall, and a bottom wall, wherein at least one of the walls has a composite structure which comprises:a bottom film layer;
a top film layer at least partially adhered on its lower surface to the upper surface of the bottom film layer, wherein:
the top film layer is scored to form at least one resealable flap and at least one pull tab continuous with the resealable flap, wherein the resealable flap is resealably adhered to the bottom film layer and the pull tab is not adhered to the bottom film layer; and
the bottom film layer comprises at least one cavity opening;
a cardboard layer adhered on its lower surface to at least part of the upper surface of the top film layer, wherein:
the cardboard layer has at least one cavity opening which is substantially aligned with the scoring of the top film layer resealable flap; and
the cardboard layer is perforated to define a perimeter of at least one cardboard pull tab which is substantially aligned with and adhered, on its underside, to the upper surface of the top film layer pull tab.

US Pat. No. 10,689,150

CONTAINER AND METHOD FOR STORAGE AND TRANSPORT OF SUPPORTED CONTENTS

Alliance Packaging, LLC, ...

1. A container for transporting an item, the container comprising:an outer case member having a plurality of sidewall panels and a plurality of base panels, the outer case member erectable from a collapsed configuration, in which the container is substantially flat, to an erected configuration, in which the plurality of sidewall panels and the plurality of base panels collectively define an interior cavity to receive the item to be transported; and
a pair of support members, each support member being separate and distinct from the other and from the outer case member, and being fixedly coupled to a respective one of the plurality of the sidewall panels of the outer case member, and each support member being at least partially erectable to project from a respective side of the outer case member to at least one of partially support or partially secure the item to be transported within the interior cavity of the outer case member, and
wherein at least one of the support members comprises:
a first base panel;
a second base panel foldably coupled to the first base panel and being fixedly attached to the first base panel in a face-to-face relationship to form a folded, dual-layer structure;
a first functional portion foldably coupled to the first base panel and being foldable to form a structure to at least one of partially support or partially secure the item to be transported within the outer case member; and
a second functional portion foldably coupled to the second base panel and being foldable to form another structure to at least one of partially support or partially secure the item to be transported within the outer case member.

US Pat. No. 10,689,149

PARTY ACCESSORY STORAGE AND DISPLAY UNIT

1. A party accessory storage and display unit, comprising:a central portion having a first planar panel and a second planar panel, the first and second planar panels being spaced apart from each other and connected to each other to form a U-shaped opening there between;
a display panel hingeably and detachably mounted on central portion to move between an open position upright with respect to the central portion and a closed position adjacent to the central portion;
a first pivotal member and a second pivotal member being pivotally connected to the central portion to move into and out of the U-shaped opening between a storage condition inside the U-shaped opening and a serving position in which the first pivotal member and the second pivotal member are located outside the U-shaped opening;
the first pivotal member and the second pivotal member each having a surface which is a top surface comprising a plurality of compartments constructed to support items for a social event; and
the central portion having a top surface and a plurality of compartments constructed to support items for the social event.

US Pat. No. 10,689,148

REUSABLE BREAK PACK CARTON

Walmart Apollo, LLC, Ben...

1. A reusable break pack carton, comprising:a single sheet of cardboard material having a perimeter with a first end and a second end;
a plurality of fold lines formed in the single sheet of material, the plurality of fold lines including first and second fold lines extending in parallel to each other from the first end of the perimeter to the second end of the perimeter;
a plurality of wall portions, each wall portion being bounded by at least three of the plurality of fold lines;
a first plurality of flap portions bounded by the first fold line and the perimeter; and
a second plurality of flap portions bounded by the second fold line and the perimeter, each of the flap portions in the second plurality having a different shape.

US Pat. No. 10,689,147

SELF FOLDING POLYGONAL IMPERMEABLE FOOD BOX AND A TOOL FOR ITS FORMING

Ivan Nikolic, Belgrade (...

1. A self folding polygonal impermeable food box, comprising:a polygonal cover of the self folding polygonal impermeable food box; and
a polygonal bottom, of the self folding polygonal impermeable food box, including lateral sides, corner sides, and a polygonal bottom, the polygonal bottom being attached to the lateral sides, each of the lateral sides being adjacent to one side of the polygonal bottom, the corner sides being located at each corner of the polygonal bottom, with folding lines that engage each side of the polygonal bottom with one lateral side, each of the lateral sides being engaged with two adjacent corner sides, with said polygonal bottom, the lateral sides, and the corner sides being made of cardboard covered by a Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) layer;
wherein the corner sides of the polygonal bottom have a triangular shape and are comprised of triangular cut out openings in the cardboard which extend from the corner sides of the polygonal bottom and along edges of adjacent lateral sides and include the PET layer and one side of the triangular corner side which is not adjacent to the corner of the polygonal bottom comprises cardboard covered by the PET layer.

US Pat. No. 10,689,145

METHOD OF FORMING A SHIPPING CASE FROM A WRAPAROUND SHIPPING BOX BLANK

GREENONE LOGISTIC, LLC, ...

1. A method of forming a shipping case (10), comprising:providing to a case packer multiple foldable wraparound blanks (10A), wherein each of said multiple foldable wraparound blanks (10A) comprises;
a front-wall panel (20) comprising at least two front stacking tabs (21) at least two front-wall cutout opening edges (28) defining a first portion of at least two front receiving slots (29), and opposing right (22) and left (24), front-wall end flaps;
a base-wall panel (30) comprising at least two first base-wall cutout opening edges (33) defining a second portion of said at least two front receiving slots (29), at least two second base-wall cutout opening edges (38) defining a first portion of at least two rear receiving slots (49), and opposing right (32) and left (34) base-wall panel end flaps;
a back-wall panel (40) comprising at least two back-wall cutout opening edges (48) defining a second portion of said at least two rear receiving slots (49), at least two back stacking tabs (41), and opposing right (42) and left (44) back-wall panel end flaps;
an upper-wall panel (50) comprising at least two first upper-wall cutout opening edges (43), at least two second upper-wall cutout opening edges (53) defining the edges of a first portion of at least two channel slots (69), and opposing right (52) and left (54) upper-wall panel end flaps; and
a lapping-wall panel (60) comprising at least two lapping-wall cutout opening edges (68) defining a second portion of said at least two channel slots (69);
selecting a single wraparound blank (10A) from said multiple foldable wraparound blanks (10A);
partially folding said single wraparound blank (10A); wherein said base-wall panel (30) is positioned downward, said front-wall panel (20) extends upwardly, said back-wall panel (40) extends upwardly, and said stacking tabs (21) extend upwardly;
receiving a set of product containers into the partially folded said single wraparound blank (10A);
folding said upper-wall panel (50) downward in a manner to cause said at least two front stacking tabs (21) to extend upwardly and protrude through said at least two (21) channel slots (69) and in a manner to cause said at least two back stacking tabs (41) to extend upwardly;
applying hot melt adhesive to adhere said lapping-wall panel (60) to said front-wall panel (20); and
applying hot melt adhesive to adhere said opposing right (22) and left (24) front-wall end flaps, said opposing right (32) and left (34) base-wall panel end flaps, said opposing right (42) and left (44) back-wall panel end flaps, and said opposing right (52) and left (54) upper-wall panel end flaps to form opposing end walls (75) of said shipping case (10).

US Pat. No. 10,689,144

PLASTIC CONTAINER WITH A CUT NECK PRODUCED IN A STRETCH BLOW-MOLDING METHOD

1. A plastic container, comprising:a body formed from a plastic preform, wherein the preform is formed through an injection molding process and is configured to establish a shape of the plastic container through stretch-blow molding;
a neck produced from the plastic preform via a mold cavity of a blow-mold tool of a stretch blow-molding device, with a stretch mandrel used to form the shape of the plastic container; and
a cut periphery of the neck, beneath which is an encircling, essentially radially tapered portion that encircles an outside wall of the plastic container and, on an opposing inside wall, forms a substantially radially encircling step, which step is configured for interaction with a sealing cone, which projects from a closure part, when mounted on the cut periphery of the plastic container,
wherein the neck has a beveled edge at the cut periphery and the neck extends substantially in a vertical direction along an axial distance between the cut periphery and the encircling portion.

US Pat. No. 10,689,143

TAG TOOL PROTECTIVE DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A protective assembly for a tag tool, the protective assembly comprising:a shoe configured to be readily attached and detached from the tag tool, the tag tool comprising a tag tool needle that extends from a tag tool body, and wherein the shoe includes a shoe bore that extends through the shoe such that at least a portion of the shoe bore is aligned with a longitudinal dimension of the tag tool needle and the shoe bore is maintained at a fixed distance from the tag tool body;
a fixed distance between a fully retracted state of the tag tool needle and the shoe
a first member and a second member directly adjacent the first member, the first and second members configured for the temporary securing of a fabric material therebetween and, a projecting member that includes a bore and one or more portions configured to pass through the shoe bore and exert a force against the first and second members.

US Pat. No. 10,689,142

APPARATUS TO FORM EDGES IN A PACKAGE MADE OF FLEXIBLE MATERIAL

PRIMAPAK, LLC, Elgin, IL...

1. An apparatus for forming an edge seal along an edge portion of a flexible package that is made from a sheet of flexible material, the apparatus comprising:a first flap folder extending along a widthwise axis from an engagement end to a support end, the widthwise axis being perpendicular to a transport path of the sheet of flexible material, wherein the first flap folder is arranged to receive a flexible package having a leading and/or trailing seal extending from a panel of the package, substantially parallel to the transport path, the first flap folder being configured to actuate between a disengaged position and an engaged position, the leading or trailing seal being arranged to be in a path of the first flap folder when it actuates between the disengaged position and the engaged position, and in the engaged position, the engagement end forces the leading or trailing seal over towards the panel of the package from which it extend such that the leading or trailing seal is perpendicular to the transport path and is disposed in the plane parallel to the panel; and
a second flap folder extending along a widthwise axis from an engagement end to a support end, wherein the widthwise axis of the first flap folder is aligned with or parallel to the widthwise axis of the second flap folder, and wherein the first flap folder is linearly displaceable from the engaged position towards the second flap folder and/or the second flap folder is linearly displaceable towards the first flap folder in the engaged position thereby shifting the first and second flap folders between a first position and a second position, wherein in the first position, a portion of the sheet of flexible material of the panel and corresponding to the edge portion of the flexible package is disposed in a gap between the engagement end of the first flap folder and the engagement end of the second flap folder and in the second position, one or both of the first and second flap folders linearly displace to reduce a width of the gap and engage the portion of the sheet of flexible material disposed in the gap to form the edge seal along the edge portion of the flexible package.

US Pat. No. 10,689,141

THERMOFORM PACKAGING MACHINE WITH 2-AXIS ROBOT

12. A thermoform packaging machine comprising:a forming station for thermoforming troughs in a bottom film web adapted to be conveyed in the thermoform packaging machine in a conveying direction in a conveying plane;
a closing station for closing the troughs with a cover film;
a machine frame carrying the forming station and the closing station and including a plurality of interconnected vertical members, longitudinal members and cross members;
at least one substantially U-shaped or O-shaped portal being coupled to the machine frame at a fixed position thereon, wherein the at least one portal includes two columns, and a crossbar extending from one of the two columns to the other column and above the conveying plane transversely to the conveying direction; and
a 2-axis robot provided on the at least one portal, wherein the 2-axis robot comprises a robot head movable relative to the fixed at least one portal in a first degree of freedom that is a vertical direction relative to a substantially horizontal conveying direction, and a second degree of freedom that is transverse to both the first degree of freedom and the substantially horizontal conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 10,689,140

STRAPPING APPARATUS

Signode Industrial Group ...

1. A strapping head for an apparatus for strapping objects, the strapping head comprising:a first roller, a second roller, and a third roller configurable to transmit an advancement movement, a retraction movement, and a tensioning movement to a strapping band received in the strapping head;
a first drive device operatively connected to at least one of the first and second rollers and configured to rotate the at least one of the first and second rollers about a rotational axis to cause the advancement movement, the retraction movement, and the tensioning movement,
a second drive device operatively connected to the third roller and configured to move the third roller relative to the first and second rollers from a first position in which the first roller and the third roller contact opposing sides of the strapping band to transmit the advancement movement and the retraction movement to the strapping band to a second position in which the second roller and the third roller contact opposing sides of the strapping band to transmit the tensioning movement to the strapping band; and
a controller operatively connected to the second drive device and configured to, independent of operation of the first drive device, control the second drive device to initiate movement of the third roller from the first position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,689,139

REINFORCING BAR BINDING MACHINE

MAX CO., LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A reinforcing bar binding machine, comprising:a guiding part that is configured to guide feeding of a wire from a wire reel;
a curl guide which guides and curls the wire fed from the guiding part, wherein the curl guide includes a first guide member, a second guide member, and a third guide member which contact surfaces of the wire to guide and curl the wire, with the surfaces of the wire including an inner surface which forms a radially inner portion of a curl and an outer surface which forms a radially outer portion of the curl;
the first guide member is positioned to contact the outer surface to curl the wire with the outer surface forming the radially outer portion of the curl;
the second guide member is positioned to contact the inner surface to curl the wire with the inner surface forming the radially inner portion of the curl; and
the third guide member is positioned to contact the outer surface to curl the wire with the outer surface forming the radially outer portion of the curl,
wherein the first guide member is located downstream from the guiding part in a wire feeding direction, the second guide member is located downstream from the first guide member, and the third guide member is located downstream from the second guide member, and
wherein any one of the first guide member, the second guide member and the third guide member comprises a cutting part which cuts the wire after a predetermined length of the wire is fed from the guiding part.

US Pat. No. 10,689,138

SELF-PROPELLED WRAPPING MACHINE AND WRAPPING SYSTEM AND METHOD

NOXON S.P.A., Acquaviva ...

17. A self-propelled wrapping machine movable around a load to wrap the load with a film made of plastic material, self-propelled wrapping machine comprising:a self-propelled carriage including:
traction wheels;
at least one directional wheel; and
guide means for directing said self-propelled carriage;
a column that is fixed to said self-propelled carriage and slidably supports an unwinding unit of the film;
sensor means for detecting, during rotation of said self-propelled wrapping machine about the load, at least one of surfaces or external edges of the load in total extension along a detection direction nearly orthogonal to a support plane of the load, and process related signals; and
a control unit for receiving from said sensor means the related signals and controlling said guide means in order to guide said self-propelled wrapping machine around the load in order to avoid collisions with the at least one of the surfaces or the external edges that are detected by said sensor means.

US Pat. No. 10,689,137

CONTINUOUS VERTICAL FORM, FILL AND SEAL MACHINE AND METHOD FOR MAKING RECLOSABLE PACKAGES

Triangle Package Machiner...

1. A form, fill and seal machine for making a reclosable package with a reclosable fastener comprising:a reclosable fastener handling assembly comprising:
a flattening device reciprocally and longitudinally moveable in a machine direction, wherein the flattening device is configured to move with a reclosable fastener material and successively flatten the reclosable fastener material at spaced apart locations;
a reclosable fastener feed device configured to move the reclosable fastener material in the machine direction; and
a feedback sensor configured to measure a characteristic of the reclosable fastener material upstream and/or downstream of the reclosable fastener feed device and provide an input to the reclosable fastener feed device, wherein the reclosable fastener feed device adjusts the speed of the movement of the reclosable fastener material in response to the input;
a forming tube disposed downstream of the feedback sensor, the forming tube configured to receive a film and form a film tube;
a vertical seal assembly disposed adjacent the forming tube, wherein the vertical seal assembly is positionally fixed in the machine direction, wherein the vertical seal assembly is continuously operable so as to continuously seal the film tube and reclosable fastener material; and
a sealing jaw assembly disposed downstream of the vertical seal assembly, wherein the sealing jaw assembly comprises a pair of sealing jaws reciprocally moveable in a machine direction wherein the pair of sealing jaws is configured to move with the film tube and fastener material, wherein the sealing jaws are movable toward and away from each other in a transverse direction, and wherein the sealing jaws are configured to form a transverse seal on the film tube and fastener material in alignment with the spaced apart locations of flattened reclosable fastener material.

US Pat. No. 10,689,136

THERMO-FORMING PACKAGING MACHINE

13. A thermo-forming packaging machine comprising:a forming station with a forming tool for forming troughs in a lower film;
an inserting track for filling the troughs with products;
a sealing station with a sealing tool for sealing the troughs with an upper film;
a cutting station for separating the sealed troughs;
a transport device that is configured to convey the lower film in a film transport surface along a transport direction from the forming station via the inserting track to the sealing station and further to the cutting station; and
a machine rack having a side frame, wherein the side frame is arranged along the transport direction and has an upper interfering edge;
wherein the film transport surface comprises a first ascending area ascending along the transport direction and being followed by a first even area;
wherein the film transport surface is guided to a level above the interfering edge of the side frame through the first ascending area; and
wherein the forming station and the sealing station are arranged in a common horizontal plane.

US Pat. No. 10,689,135

METHOD OF PACKAGING OF POLYSILICON

WACKER CHEMIE AG, Munich...

1. A method for packaging polysilicon in the form of chunks of comminuted polysilicon rods into a plastic bag, the method comprising:a) cleaning the polysilicon in a process bowl to provide cleaned polysilicon;
b) securing the process bowl containing cleaned polysilicon onto a filling unit which is rotatable about an axis;
c) mounting a plastic bag to the filling unit; and
d) rotating the filling unit about the axis such that the cleaned polysilicon slides from the process bowl into the plastic bag.

US Pat. No. 10,689,134

DEVICE FOR CONTROLLED SEPARATION BETWEEN TWO PARTS AND USE OF SUCH A DEVICE

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE ...

1. A separation device for controlled separation of a first stationary part and a second mobile part, the stationary part having a thermal expansion coefficient different from that of the mobile part, the separation device comprising:at least one bonding agent placed in a layer between a stationary connecting surface of the stationary part and an opposite mobile connecting surface of the mobile part,
at least one device for heating at least one of the stationary part and the mobile part, and
at least one control system of the heating device,
wherein the at least one bonding agent has a decomposition temperature greater than a heating temperature of the heating device.

US Pat. No. 10,689,133

SATELLITE WITH CYLINDRICAL MAIN BODY, STACK COMPRISING SUCH A SATELLITE AND LAUNCH ASSEMBLY FOR SUCH A SATELLITE

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE ...

1. A satellite comprising:a main body having a cylindrical shape, the main body having an inner wall delimiting an inner space and an outer wall extending along a main axis between a lower end surface and an upper end surface, the lower end surface comprising an interface mechanism configured to engage with a complementary interface mechanism of a launcher;
at least one internal item of equipment, fixed onto the inner wall of the main body and extending at least partially into the inner space in which the outer wall of the main body comprises at least a portion of plane surface, forming a facet, the internal item of equipment comprising an optical imaging instrument, and electronics associated with the optical instrument, the optical instrument comprising a sighting axis oriented parallel to the main axis of the main body; and
at least one external item of equipment fixed onto the outer wall of the main body, the external item of equipment extending as a transverse projection from the outer wall with respect to the main axis, the at least one external item of equipment being either a tank of propellants or an inertial actuator, the external item of equipment being fixed on the at least portion of plane surface that forms the facet.

US Pat. No. 10,689,132

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING PROPULSION OPERATIONS USING ELECTRIC PROPULSION SYSTEMS

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. An apparatus comprising:means to use an electric propulsion system coupled to a frame of a spacecraft, the electric propulsion system including a tank and at least a first thruster and a second thruster, the first thruster adjacent a first side of the frame, the second thruster adjacent a second side of the frame, the tank to store one or more propellants, the tank having a first end and a second end opposite the first end, the first end coupled to the spacecraft via a first pivotable mount, the second end coupled to the spacecraft via a second pivotable mount; and
means to allow at least one of the first thruster or the second thruster for momentum control of the spacecraft, no other propulsion system than the electric propulsion system provided on the spacecraft for control of the spacecraft including the momentum control.

US Pat. No. 10,689,131

SECTIONED SELF-MATING MODULAR SATELLITE BUSES

Lockheed Martin Corporati...

1. A sectioned satellite bus arrangement comprising:a plurality of separate satellite buses each having a polygonal shape formed using at least side panels mated using nesting joggle features;
wherein the plurality of separate satellite buses each fit together to form a regular polygon; and
wherein each of the plurality of separate satellite buses comprise:
a plurality of side panels arranged into the polygonal shape by at least nesting flanged longitudinal edges of each side panel into flanged longitudinal edges of adjacent side panels;
each of the plurality of side panels comprising a compressed composite material forming a front surface flanked by a first longitudinal edge and a second longitudinal edge;
the first longitudinal edge of each side panel comprising a flange forming an angle with the front surface;
the second longitudinal edge of each side panel comprising a flange forming an angle with the front surface; and
wherein a surface of the flange along the first longitudinal edge of each side panel nests with a surface of the flange along the second longitudinal edge of the adjacent side panel to form a joggle.

US Pat. No. 10,689,130

TRANSPORT ARM FOR TRANSPORTING OBJECTS

LIFTS ALL AB, Jarfalla (...

1. A transport arm for transporting objects comprising:a carriage configured to be supported in a holder arranged above ground surface and;
an elongate beam coupled to the carriage and extending along a first horizontal axis, wherein the elongate beam is moveable in relation to the carriage in the direction of the first horizontal axis;
a first arm section having a first and a second end, wherein the first end is movable along the elongate beam and;
a second arm section having a first and a second end, wherein the first end is pivotally attached to the second end of the first arm section such that the second arm section is pivotal around a second horizontal axis;
an object engagement means for engaging an object to be transported arranged on the second arm section and comprising an operator handle for allowing an operator to manually move the first arm section along the elongate beam and;
a drive unit coupled to the first and the second arm section and arranged to pivot the second arm section in relation to the first arm section, wherein the operator handle comprises a control means which is connected to the drive unit such that an operator by operating the control means may control the drive unit to pivot the second arm section.

US Pat. No. 10,689,129

INTEGRATED ELECTRICAL POWER AND UTILITIES MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

1. An aircraft utilities and DC power distribution system comprising:a primary power distribution unit coupled between a plurality of sources and two power feeders; and
a secondary power distribution unit coupled to the primary power distribution unit through both of the two power feeders, and including:
a power module;
an I/O module; and
a computing control logic module and current sensors coupled to each one of the two power feeders by mini-contactors that include data acquisition and control capabilities, whereby DC power from a plurality of sources may be applied to a plurality of aircraft power loads.

US Pat. No. 10,689,128

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR A GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE OF AN ELECTRONIC AVIATION CHECKLIST

Honeywell International I...

1. A method for updating a graphic user interface (GUI) of a vehicle, the method comprising:generating and displaying a checklist GUI with a plurality of tasks on a display;
determining whether information indicating that a task of the plurality of tasks has been completed has been received;
in response to determining that the information indicating that the task has been completed has been received, determining whether a user or a system indicated that the task is complete;
in response to determining that the user indicated that the task is complete, updating the checklist GUI to change a status indicator of the task to a first type of status indicator; and
in response to determining that the system indicated that the task is complete, updating the checklist GUI to change the status indicator of the task to a second type of status indicator.

US Pat. No. 10,689,127

IN-FLIGHT DAMAGE DETECTION SYSTEM AND DAMAGE DETECTION METHOD

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A damage detection system comprising:a storage that stores:
instructions for flying an aircraft in an active damage detection flight mode that causes physical changes to the aircraft to facilitate detection of suspected damage, and
a plurality of reference physical quantities associated with the active damage detection flight mode and a structural object of the aircraft,
wherein the plurality of reference physical quantities include at least one of a strain, a vibration, or an acceleration of the structural object that is expected when the aircraft is in flight, in the active damage detection flight mode, without damage to the structural object;
a physical quantity detection unit, including at least one sensor, configured to detect a value of a first physical quantity of the structural object during a flight of the aircraft in a passive damage detection mode in which the physical quantity detection unit is operating during normal flight operations;
a flight condition changing circuit configured to change the flight of the aircraft to the active damage detection mode, to determine whether a damage arose in the structural object, when the value of the first physical quantity detected by the physical quantity detection unit indicates that the damage may have occurred in the structural object;
a damage detection circuit configured to determine whether the damage arose in the structural object, based on an additional value of the first physical quantity or a value of a second physical quantity of the structural object detected by the physical quantity detection unit while the aircraft is flying in the active damage detection flight mode; and
wherein the damage detection circuit is adapted to determine whether the damage arose in the structural object, based on a comparison of the additional value of the first physical quantity or the value of the second physical quantity with a corresponding one of the plurality of reference physical quantities for the active damage detection flight mode without damage to the structural object.

US Pat. No. 10,689,126

TWO-PIECE FIREWALL AND INLET PLENUM

BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON I...

1. An inlet plenum assembly for a rotary aircraft, comprising:an inlet plenum defined on a first side by an inlet plenum wall and on a second side by a forward firewall assembly;
the inlet plenum wall having a mechanical interface for receiving a reduction gearbox (RGB) to provide reduction gearing to the drive shaft; and
the forward firewall assembly having an inlet aperture configured to receive a drive shaft to rotatably couple to an engine;
wherein the forward firewall assembly comprises a forward firewall upper and a forward firewall lower, the forward firewall upper configured to removably seat to the forward firewall lower.

US Pat. No. 10,689,125

NACELLE FOR AN AIRCRAFT TURBOJET ENGINE WITH HYBRID AIR INLET AND FAN COWL

1. A nacelle for an aircraft turbojet engine, the nacelle comprising:an air inlet comprising a leading edge of the nacelle extending downstream by an inner wall and an outer wall of the air inlet; and
a fan cowl, defining in a closed position an aerodynamic continuity with the outer wall of the nacelle, the fan cowl surrounding a fan casing of the aircraft turbojet engine, wherein the air inlet defines at least one portion of the fan cowl,
wherein the fan cowl comprises two fan half-cowls together extending over a circumferential portion of the nacelle between 145° and 250°.

US Pat. No. 10,689,124

ADJUSTABLE OFFSET MOUNT (AOM) FOR ENGINES OF MODEL AIRPLANES

1. An Adjustable Offset Mount (AOM) and a shim-less device (30) for an engine of a model airplane, the device is made of durable materials and comprised of:(a) a vertical angle base component (51) and a vertical angle adjustment component (52) with adjustment slots, a means for removably securing (56) the vertical adjustment component (52) in a pre-determined angle to the vertical angle base component (51) wherein together the vertical base component and vertical angle adjustment component form a vertical adjustment section (51), (52);
(b) a horizontal angle base component (53) and a horizontal angle adjustment component (54) with adjustment slots, a means (56A) for securing the horizontal adjustment component (54) in a pre-determined angle to the horizontal angle base component (53) wherein together the horizontal base component (53) and the horizontal angle adjustment component (54) form a horizontal adjustment section (53), (54);
(c) a means (57) for fastening and connecting the horizontal adjustment section (53), (54) to the vertical adjustment section (51), (52) and form the AOM device (30);
(d) a means (55) for connecting the vertical adjustment section (51), (52) to a fuselage (59); and
(e) a means (61) for connecting the horizontal adjustment section (53), (54) to a motor (58);wherein the AOM device when connected to the engine and a propeller can be removably secured to a fuselage of the model airplane and readily adjusted to set the horizontal and vertical thrust angles of the propeller of the model airplane to easily correct flight direction and stabilize a flight pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,689,123

PARACHUTE INLET CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A parachute inlet control system for facilitating controlled inflation of a main parachute canopy, the parachute inlet control system comprising:a parachute component comprising an inlet parachute, wherein the inlet parachute is configured to cause a perpendicular component of airflow around the inlet parachute and between the inlet parachute and the main parachute canopy to force a skirt of the main parachute canopy into an opened shape;
a reefing component comprising a first inlet control suspension line and a second inlet control suspension line each having a proximal end coupled to the inlet parachute; and
a release component coupled to the distal inlet line suspension line end of at least one inlet suspension line of the plurality of inlet control suspension lines, and comprising a reefing cutter configured to cause separation of the inlet parachute from the main parachute canopy,
wherein the first inlet control suspension line is threaded through a first reefing ring coupled to the main parachute canopy,
wherein the second inlet control suspension line is threaded through a second reefing ring coupled to the main parachute canopy,
wherein each of the first inlet control suspension line and a second inlet control suspension line have a distal end that is coupled to an anchor point, and
wherein the anchor point is located, when the first inlet control suspension line and the second inlet control suspension line are under tension arising from inflation of the inlet parachute, at a location below the skirt of the main parachute canopy in the downward direction.

US Pat. No. 10,689,122

ICING DETECTION SYSTEMS

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A system for detecting icing, comprising:an optical sensor configured to view at least a portion of an exterior surface or component of an aircraft and to output sensor data indicating at least one optical quality of the exterior surface or component, wherein the optical sensor is further configured to create a 3D point cloud of the exterior surface or component; and
an icing detection module configured to:
receive the sensor data from the optical sensor;
compare the sensor data to predetermined quality data indicating at least one known optical quality of the exterior surface or component without icing;
determine the presence of icing on the exterior surface or component based on a difference between the sensor data and the predetermined quality data; and
determine whether a deice system is sufficient to counteract the determined icing and to alert a pilot when the deice system is not sufficient to counteract the determined icing for which a rate of buildup, based on at least one of a current reflectance and a current shape of the exterior surface or component, continues even after having activated the deice system.

US Pat. No. 10,689,121

HEAT EXCHANGER WITH EXTERNAL PLENUM

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

1. An environmental control system assembly for an aircraft, the environmental control system assembly comprising:a heat exchanger assembly comprising:
a first heat exchanger in fluid communication with a source of bleed air from an engine of the aircraft, wherein the first heat exchanger comprises:
a first endwall;
a first inlet header;
a first outlet header connected to the first endwall; and
a first endcap located on the first outlet header;
a second heat exchanger disposed adjacent to the first heat exchanger, wherein the second heat exchanger comprises:
a second endwall;
a third heat exchanger disposed adjacent to the second heat exchanger, wherein the third heat exchanger comprises:
a third endwall;
a third inlet header connected to the third endwall;
a third outlet header; and
a third endcap located on the third inlet header;
an end sheet disposed along an end of the heat exchanger assembly, wherein the end sheet comprises the first, second, and third endwalls; and
a plenum attached to the end sheet along a length of the plenum, wherein the plenum fluidly connects the first outlet header of the first heat exchanger to the third inlet header of the third heat exchanger, wherein the plenum and the end sheet form a sealed conduit configured to transport a fluid from the first outlet header of the first heat exchanger to the third inlet header of the third heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,689,120

STOWABLE REVERSIBLE SEAT

Textron Innovations, Inc....

21. A stowable reversible seat for a vehicle, comprising:a first member pivotally coupled to a floor for supporting a seat base;
a second member releasably secured to the floor for supporting the seat base;
a seat back pivotally coupled to the first member, wherein the first member, the second member, the seat base, and the seat back pivot between a folded configuration for stowing and a deployed configuration for seating; and
wherein the seat base and seat back are reversible for switching between a first direction and a second direction, opposite the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,689,119

SEAT SYSTEM

HAECO Americas, LLC, Gre...

1. A seat system for a passenger aircraft, said seat system comprising:(a) a passenger seat frame having at least one pair of generally parallel spar tubes laterally positioned across said passenger seat frame; and
(b) an articulating seat pan assembly including
(i) at least two pairs of opposed crescent-shaped seat pan roller assemblies attached to said spar tubes wherein each of said seat pan roller assemblies include a seat pan roller attached to its upper surface;
(ii) a seat pan adapted to be mounted onto said pairs of opposed seat pan roller assemblies whereby said seat pan articulates along said seat pan rollers from back to front of said passenger seat frame; and
(iii) a cross brace adapted to prevent the rotation of each pair of opposed seat pan roller assemblies about the radius of each of said spar tubes.

US Pat. No. 10,689,118

BACK BREAKOVER RATE CONTROL DEVICE FOR HIC/NIJ DAMAGE REDUCTION

Rockwell Collins, Inc., ...

1. A device for controlling the breakover rate of a seatback, comprising:at least one bracket rigidly attachable to a seatback of a seat, the at least one bracket including at least one opening configured to accept at least one pin fixed to the seat and capable of transmitting a breakover energy associated with the seatback and corresponding to a dynamic event, the opening having at least one of a first diameter and a first volume,
the at least one bracket including at least one breakover control element having at least one of a second diameter greater than the first diameter and a second volume greater than the first volume, the breakover control element configured to be driven by the at least one pin through the opening to at least one of a) restrict a breakover velocity of the seatback and b) absorb at least a portion of the breakover energy by deforming at a predetermined deformation rate.

US Pat. No. 10,689,117

SEAT DEVICE

18. A seat device with a seat, in particular a flight passenger seat, with a seat belt and with at least one functional unit, which at least substantially differs from a functional opening and closing unit of the seat belt, whereinthe at least one functional unit is at least connected to the seat belt and/or is at least partly integrated in the seat belt,
the at least one functional unit is embodied as an operating unit comprising at least one operating element,
the operating element is embodied as a mechanical press button, wherein the mechanical press button is adapted to transfer a mechanical force for actuating an element that is to be triggered via actuation,
the at least one functional unit comprises at least one transfer element for a coupling of the operating element with the element that is to be triggered, and
the transfer element is coupled with the seat belt and the transfer element is an element for transferring a force and/or movement, wherein the transfer element is provided to transfer an operating force originating from the operating element and provided to actuate the element that is to be triggered.

US Pat. No. 10,689,116

SEAT SYSTEM WITH MOUNTING OPTION

HAECO Americas, LLC, Gre...

1. A seat system for a passenger aircraft, said seat system comprising:(a) at least one passenger seat; and
(b) a mounting option for electronic devices attached to said passenger seat, said mounting option including a first mount including a tilt assembly, adapted to receive a first electronic device having a monitor or a knockout blank for a monitor and a second mount including a bracket attached to said tilt assembly and a plate mounted onto said second mount, adapted for receiving a second electronic device having a monitor, wherein said second mount positions the second electronic device overlaying the first electronic device having a monitor or a knockout blank for a monitor.

US Pat. No. 10,689,115

AIR DELIVERY LOCK FOR A CARGO LOCATED IN AN AIRCRAFT AND A RESTRAINT SYSTEM

Airbus Defence and Space ...

1. Air delivery lock for a cargo pallet located in an aircraft, comprising:a housing;
a restraining device having an engagement end for contacting and restraining the cargo pallet, and a force reaction end;
a bell crank having a bell crank joint for swivably mounting the bell crank;
an elastically deformable force introduction unit; and
a latching unit;
wherein the restraining device is swivably mounted on a first leg of the bell crank around a restraining device axis;
wherein the force introduction unit is attached to a second leg of the bell crank and the force reaction end of the restraining device;
wherein the latching unit comprises a first guide means and a second guide means;
wherein the first guide means is attached to a structurally fixed point of the housing and the second guide means is attached to the restraining device;
wherein the first guide means, the second guide means, the restraining device, the bell crank and the force introduction unit are designed that the first guide means allows a rotation of the restraining device around the restraining device axis, thereby deforming the force introduction unit, and prevents a rotation of the bell crank by limiting the motion of the second guide means, if the force acting on the engagement end is below a predetermined release force, and that the first guide means releases the second guide means if the force acting on the engagement end equals or exceeds the predetermined release force, thereby allowing the bell crank to rotate.

US Pat. No. 10,689,114

AIRCRAFT CARGO HOLD MOUNTING DEVICE

Telair International GmbH...

1. A mounting device for a cargo hold of an aircraft, the mounting device comprising at least one surface unit, and a plurality of functional devices are mountable on the surface unit in such a way that the surface unit, together with the functional devices mounted thereon, are insertable into the cargo hold in such a way that all functional devices come to lie in the cargo hold at defined mounting positions and are mountable without adjustment relative to the surface unit on support structures of the aircraft or of the cargo hold respectively, wherein the surface unit comprises a sandwich structure comprising:a. a first core layer of fibre-reinforced plastic;
b. a second core layer of fibre-reinforced plastic;
c. at least an intermediate layer, which is embedded between the first and second core layer,
and wherein the thickness of the intermediate layer decreases in a transition region towards an edge region.

US Pat. No. 10,689,113

ACTIVE POSITION CONTROL OF TETHERED HOOK

Wing Aviation LLC, Mount...

1. A system comprising:an aerial vehicle;
a sensor coupled to the aerial vehicle;
a winch system coupled to the aerial vehicle, wherein the winch system comprises a tether disposed on a spool, a motor operable to apply a torque to the tether, and a payload coupling apparatus coupled to a leading end of the tether and configured to mechanically couple to a payload;
a repositioning apparatus mounted on the payload coupling apparatus and configured to reposition the payload coupling apparatus in at least a horizontal direction by applying at least a horizontal force directly to the payload coupling apparatus; and
a control system comprising a processor and a non-transitory computer readable medium having stored thereon instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations comprising:
identifying the payload to be picked up by the aerial vehicle within an environment;
controlling the aerial vehicle to hover above the payload;
controlling the winch system to deploy the payload coupling apparatus by unwinding the tether from the spool;
receiving, while the aerial vehicle hovers above the payload and from the sensor, sensor data indicative of a position of the payload coupling apparatus in relation to the payload; and
while the aerial vehicle hovers above the payload, repositioning, using the repositioning apparatus and based on the sensor data, the payload coupling apparatus in the horizontal direction to mechanically couple to the payload.

US Pat. No. 10,689,112

UNMANNED FLYING OBJECT, CONTROL METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY RECORDING MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM THAT SWITCH FLIGHT STATE UPON CAPTURING AN OBJECT IN THE AIR

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An unmanned flying object that flies in air, comprising:a capturer, including at least one of a net, a sucking device, a stick, a rope or a spear, that captures an object other than the unmanned flying object in the air;
a sensor that detects that the capturer has captured the object; and
a processor performs operations including:
receiving a manual operation signal via wireless communication, the manual operation signal being transmitted from a remote controller in response to an operation on the remote controller by a human operator;
performing a manual flight control that controls the unmanned flying object on the basis of the manual operation signal from the remote controller; and
switching from the manual flight control to an autonomous flight control that controls the unmanned flying object to not be dependent on the manual operation signal via wireless communication, when the sensor detects the capture of the object while the manual flight control is being performed.

US Pat. No. 10,689,111

STORAGE CONTAINER AND METHOD FOR HOLDING A CONSIGNMENT

DEUTSCHE POST AG, Bonn (...

1. A receiving container for keeping a consignment transferred to the receiving container by an unmanned flyable transporting device, comprising:a slide extending between a beginning of the slide and an end of the slide; and
a plurality of receiving compartments provided in the region of the end of the slide, the plurality of receiving compartments configured for receiving at least one consignment;
an access restricting device for a roof of the receiving container and/or a roof of a building on which the receiving container is installed, the access restricting device configured to block access onto the roof of the receiving container and/or the roof of the building when the transporting device is on the receiving container or is on an approach flight to the receiving container,
wherein the slide is one or more of rotatable about the vertical, pivotable about the horizontal and adjustable in length between the beginning of the slide and the end of the slide in order to deliver the consignment obtained from the transporting device at the beginning of the slide into one of the plurality of receiving compartments at the end of the slide.

US Pat. No. 10,689,110

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PERFORMING INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE TASKS OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL STRUCTURES USING DRONES

Wipro Limited, Bangalore...

1. A method of performing a task with respect to a three-dimensional (3D) structure, the method comprising:receiving, by a drone subsystem comprising at least one drone, a simulated 3D view of the 3D structure, wherein the simulated 3D view comprises a hierarchy of augmented views to different degrees;
configuring, by the drone subsystem, one or more paths for performing the task based on the hierarchy of augmented views, historical data on substantially similar tasks, and a capability of the at least one drone;
learning, by the drone subsystem, maneuverability and operations with respect to the one or more paths and the task based on the historical data on substantially similar tasks; and
effecting, by the drone subsystem, performance of the task based on the learning through the at least one drone.

US Pat. No. 10,689,109

INTERCEPTOR UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEM

1. An interceptor unmanned aerial system comprising:a rigid, fixed effector frame forming an outer perimeter of the interceptor unmanned aerial system;
an effector attached directly to the frame such that the effector spans between at least two sides of the frame, wherein the effector is releasable from the effector frame;
at least two propulsion elements connected to the effector frame and positioned at or proximate to said outer perimeter; and
at least one replacement effector positioned in a replacement effector storage compartment connected to the effector frame, wherein said replacement effector is configured to deploy upon release of the effector.

US Pat. No. 10,689,108

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE WITH OMNIDIRECTIONAL THRUST VECTORING

Advance Technology Holdin...

1. An unmanned aerial vehicle with a omnidirectional thrust vectoring system, the unmanned aerial vehicle comprising:a central unit;
a plurality of propulsion units, each propulsion units comprising:
an omnidirectional frame comprising a rotational structure and a rotational joint mechanism enabling the rotational structure multiple degrees of freedom with respect to the central unit, and
a plurality of independently controllable thrust sources, wherein the plurality of independently controllable thrust sources enable vectored thrust of an independently controllable and autonomous sub-vehicle operatively connected to the omnidirectional frame of the respective propulsion unit and to enable vectored thrust of the sub-vehicle within the omnidirectional frame,
wherein the plurality of propulsion units enable the central unit orientation and translation with uncoupled six degrees of freedom; and
a connective structure operatively connecting the plurality of propulsion units to the central unit.

US Pat. No. 10,689,107

DRONE-BASED SMOKE DETECTOR

International Business Ma...

1. A method comprising:receiving a request to release a utility holder detachably mounted to a surface mount, wherein the utility holder maintains a utility payload, and a set of rotatable holding brackets is coupled to the surface mount in a pivotable fashion to engage the holding brackets with the utility holder in order to mount the utility holder to the surface mount; and
in response to receiving the request:
powering on a drone attached to the utility holder; and
releasing the utility holder from the surface mount by actuating rotation of the holding brackets to disengage the holding brackets from the utility holder, enabling the drone to transport the utility holder from the surface mount to a desired location.

US Pat. No. 10,689,106

FIXED OUTBOARD ENGINE TILTROTOR WITH LEADING EDGE DRIVE SYSTEM AND ANGLED ROTATION SPINDLE CONFIGURATION

BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON I...

1. A rotorcraft drive system comprising:a fixed engine positioned at a wingtip of a wing member between a mid-wing spar and an aft-wing spar, wherein a center of gravity of the fixed engine is forward from the aft-wing spar;
a spindle positioned forward from the engine, the spindle capable of rotation between a hover and forward flight position, wherein the spindle rotates about a rotation bearing on an inboard split rib and an outboard tip rib or in a cantilevered spindle configuration supported by the inboard tip rib;
an interconnect drive shaft connected to the fixed engine, wherein the interconnect drive shaft passes through the wing member between a forward wing spar and a mid-wing spar of the wing member; and
a tilt axis driveshaft connected to the engine, wherein the tilt axis drive shaft connects to a plurality of gears and shafts that transmit power from the engine to a proprotor gear box when the spindle is in: a forward position, a hover position, and during a transition between the forward position and the hover position without loss of power to the proprotor gear box.

US Pat. No. 10,689,105

PASSENGER-CARRYING ROTORCRAFT WITH FIXED-WINGS FOR GENERATING LIFT

1. A passenger-carrying rotorcraft with fixed-wings for generating lift comprising:an occupiable structural body;
a control unit;
a plurality of lift-generating rotors;
a portable power source;
a bi-wing structure;
the occupiable structural body comprising a fuselage, a landing gear, and a plurality of pylons;
the plurality of lift-generating rotors comprising a set of front rotors and a set of rear rotors;
the landing gear being laterally mounted to the fuselage;
the plurality of pylons being radially mounted around a yaw axis of the fuselage;
each of the plurality of lift-generating rotors being operatively mounted to a corresponding pylon from the plurality of pylons, wherein the plurality of pylons is used to lift the fuselage with the plurality of lift-generating rotors;
the bi-wing structure being integrated perpendicular to the fuselage;
the bi-wing structure being positioned offset from the plurality of lift-generating rotors;
the bi-wing structure being positioned in between the set of front rotors and set of rear rotors;
the portable power source and the control unit being mounted within the fuselage;
the portable power source being electrically connected to the plurality of lift-generating rotors; and the control unit being electronically connected to the plurality of lift-generating rotors;
the bi-wing structure comprising a primary wing and a secondary wing;
the fuselage centrally traversing through the primary wing and the secondary wing;
the primary wing being positioned adjacent to the plurality of lift-generating rotors;
the secondary wing being positioned adjacent to the primary wing, opposite to the plurality of lift-generating rotors; and
the primary wing and the secondary wing being positioned offset from each other along the yaw axis of the fuselage.

US Pat. No. 10,689,104

TAIL ROTOR INTEGRATED DAMPER ATTACHMENT

TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC.,...

1. A device comprising:a rotor blade comprising:
a blade core having a root end and a tip end opposite the root end, the blade core having an upper surface and a lower surface opposite the upper surface, the upper surface and the lower surface extending between the root end and the tip end; and
a material covering the upper surface and the lower surface, the material extending outwards away from the blade core past the root end, wherein the material covering the upper surface of the blade core comprises an upper skin, and the material covering the lower surface of the blade core comprises a lower skin;
wherein the material extending outwards away from the blade core forms a cuff that is integral with the upper surface and the lower surface, wherein the cuff has an upper side and a lower side, and wherein the cuff further has an opening between the upper side and the lower side, and wherein the upper side of the cuff has an upper lug disposed beyond the root end of the blade core, wherein the lower side of the cuff has a lower lug disposed beyond the root end of the blade core, wherein the upper lug is formed from an extension of the upper skin beyond the root end of the blade core, and wherein the lower lug is formed from an extension of the lower skin beyond the root end of the blade core;
wherein the cuff is configured to receive a first end of a damper inside the cuff between the upper lug and the lower lug, and wherein the opening has a width configured to accept the first end of the damper;
wherein the upper lug has a first hole extending therethrough to the opening, and wherein the lower lug has a second hole extending therethrough to the opening, wherein the first hole is disposed across the opening from, and is aligned with, second hole, and wherein the first hole and the second hole have substantially same diameters; and
wherein the cuff is configured to accept attachment of the first end of the damper between the upper lug and the lower lug by a bolt disposed in the cuff through the first hole and the second hole and extending through the first hole, through a third hole in the first end of the damper and through the second hole, and wherein the first end of the damper is an outboard rod end of the damper, the damper having the third hole through the outboard rod end.

US Pat. No. 10,689,103

QUICK RELEASE FOLDING PROPELLER BLADES FOR A MODEL AIRCRAFT

Landing Products, Inc., ...

1. A propeller for a model aircraft, comprising:a hub configured to be rotationally mounted to the aircraft, the hub comprising a curved slot and a shoulder, the curved slot having an open end;
a propeller blade comprising a pin configured to fit within the curved slot, the pin in the curved slot rotationally mounting the propeller blade to the hub, the propeller blade configured to be locked to the hub by the shoulder preventing movement of the pin along the slot when the propeller blade is oriented at less than a predefined threshold angle with respect to an axis of the hub, and the propeller blade configured to be removable from the hub by allowing the pin to slide along the slot and out the open end when the propeller blade is oriented at the predefined threshold angle with respect to the axis of the hub.

US Pat. No. 10,689,102

VERTICAL TAKE-OFF AND LANDING AIRCRAFT

1. A multicopter vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft comprising:an airframe implemented with a spatial design,
a distributed control system,
the airframe including a central section and at least two peripheral sections,
the central section and the at least two peripheral sections being implemented with the spatial design,
each of the at least two peripheral sections including at least three interconnected standard engine compartments,
each engine compartment housing an engine unit, the engine unit including at least one engine, at least one horizontally rotatable propeller, and a control hardware having been installed within the respective engine compartment;
the control hardware comprising at least:
an individual power supply source for powering on the at least one engine;
an individual engine controller with an autopilot module, implemented as part of the distributed control system, configured to control the at least one engine of the respective engine compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,689,101

INDIRECT MOTOR DRIVE TRAIN FOR RC VEHICLES

Horizon Hobby, LLC, Cham...

1. An RC rotorcraft comprising:a housing comprising a plurality of housing arms extending radially outward from the housing;
wherein each of the plurality of housing arms at least partially encloses:
a motor with a motor output shaft that rotates around a motor axis of rotation;
a first gear coupled to the motor output shaft; and
a second gear;
wherein each second gear is coupled to a propeller drive shaft that rotates around a propeller axis of rotation that is not parallel to the motor axis of rotation;
wherein each first gear meshes with each second gear to translate motion between the motor axis of rotation and the propeller axis of rotation; and
wherein at least one propeller is coupled to each propeller drive shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,689,100

AIRCRAFT LANDING GEAR ASSEMBLY

Safran Landing Systems UK...

1. An aircraft landing gear assembly comprising:a main strut;
a bogie beam pivotally coupled to the main strut via a coupling assembly that defines a bogie beam pivot axis that is spaced from the landing gear assembly, wherein the coupling assembly comprises:
an arcuate handle portion defined by a first one of the bogie beam and the main strut, and
an arcuate passage defined by the other one of the bogie beam and main strut,
wherein the arcuate handle portion is slidably housed within the arcuate passage, and
wherein the arcuate handle portion and the arcuate passage each define a respective pivot point, the respective pivot points being coaxial to define the bogie beam pivot axis.

US Pat. No. 10,689,099

LOCKING DEVICE OF AN AIRCRAFT LANDING GEAR

1. An aircraft landing gear locking device, comprising:a landing gear leg which is elongated in a longitudinal direction and which is pivotally rotatable between a retracted and an extended position;
a locking cylinder arranged on the landing gear leg;
a locking bolt arranged in the locking cylinder and moveable in a direction transverse to the longitudinal direction between a locked position, where a first end of the locking bolt extends outside of the locking cylinder, and an unlocked position, where the first end of the locking bolt is fully withdrawn into the locking cylinder;
a first connection point which is engaged by the locking bolt when the landing gear leg is in the retracted position and the locking bolt is in the locked position so as to lock the landing gear leg in the retracted position; and
a second connection point which is engaged by the locking bolt when the landing gear leg is in the extended position and the locking bolt is in the locked position so as to lock the landing gear leg in the extended position.

US Pat. No. 10,689,098

ADAPTIVE LANDING GEAR ASSEMBLY FOR ROTARY WING AIRCRAFT

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. An adaptive landing gear assembly for a rotary wing aircraft, the adaptive landing gear assembly comprising:a controller;
a first landing gear support having a first ground contact element; and
a second landing gear support having a second ground contact element;
a sensor to monitor at least one condition of the aircraft; and
the controller independently controlling the first landing gear support and the second landing gear support in response to the sensor;
wherein the sensor monitors oscillation in an airframe of the aircraft or in a rotor system of the aircraft and the controller independently controls the first landing gear support and the second landing gear support to actuate an airframe response or rotor system response that dampens oscillation in the airframe or the rotor system due to ground resonance.

US Pat. No. 10,689,097

ACTUATORS AND METHODS FOR AIRCRAFT FLIGHT CONTROL SURFACES

BOMBARDIER INC., Dorval ...

1. An electromechanical actuator for actuating a flight control surface of an aircraft, the actuator comprising:a motor;
a first screw configured for translation movement relative to a structure of the aircraft when driven by the motor;
a second screw mounted in series with the first screw, the first screw and the second screw defining a load path between the aircraft structure and the flight control surface;
a fuse element coupling the first screw and the second screw together to permit translation movement of the second screw together with the first screw, the fuse element permitting at least partial disengagement of the second screw from the first screw to permit translation of the second screw relative to the first screw.

US Pat. No. 10,689,096

ADJUSTABLE CYCLIC STICK

Bell Helicopter Textron I...

1. A cyclic stick for transmitting control commands to blades of a rotorcraft via at least one transmission member, the cyclic stick comprising:a grip configured for engagement with a pilot's hand;
a first arm portion having a bottom end configured for connection to the at least one transmission member and for rotational connection to a base support structure, and a top end opposite the bottom end;
a second arm portion having opposed first and second ends, the first end pivotally connected to the top end of the first arm portion via at least one first revolute joint, the second end pivotally connected to the grip via at least one second revolute joint; and
at least one locking mechanism selectively preventing rotation of the at least one first revolute joint for a plurality of discrete relative angular positions of the second arm portion relative to the first arm portion and selectively preventing rotation of the at least one second revolute joint for a plurality of discrete relative angular positions of the grip relative to the second arm portion.

US Pat. No. 10,689,095

FIBER SHEET STACKED ROTOR DESIGN

Wing Aviation LLC, Mount...

1. A rotor unit comprising:a hub that is configured to rotate about an axis in a first rotational direction; and
a stacked rotor blade fixed to the hub such that the stacked rotor blade is rotatable about the axis, the stacked rotor blade comprising:
a first blade element comprising a first leading edge and a first alignment feature, and
a second blade element comprising a second leading edge and a second alignment feature,
wherein the first blade element and the second blade element are arranged in a stacked configuration,
wherein the first alignment feature of the first blade element couples to the second alignment feature of the second blade element, and
wherein at least a portion of the first leading edge and at least a portion of the second leading edge form a leading edge of the stacked rotor blade.

US Pat. No. 10,689,094

DEVICE FOR LOCKING THE PITCH AND FOR FEATHERING ADJUSTABLE-PITCH FAN BLADES OF A TURBINE ENGINE PROPELLER

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A device for locking the pitch and for feathering adjustable-pitch fan blades of a turbine engine propeller, the device comprising:an actuator having at least one movable portion extending parallel to an axis of rotation of the propeller and designed to be coupled to pivots of the fan blades of the propeller in order to modify their pitch angle when it slides;
a movable part that is movable relative to the actuator having first mechanical means suitable for co-operating with the actuator when in a fan blade pitch-unlocking position in order to enable the actuator movable portion to slide over an extended actuator stroke; and second mechanical means distinct from the first mechanical means and suitable for co-operating with the actuator when in a fan blade pitch-locking position in order to enable the actuator movable portion to slide over an actuator stroke that is shorter than the extended actuator stroke; and
drive means for moving the movable part between the unlocking position of the actuator and the locking position of the actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,689,093

VARIABLE PITCH PROPELLER MECHANISMS USING SHAPE MEMORY MATERIALS

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. An aerial vehicle, comprising:a frame;
a motor coupled to the frame; and
a propeller hub rotated by the motor, the propeller hub comprising:
at least one propeller blade rotatably coupled to the propeller hub;
a shape memory actuator disposed within an interior of the propeller hub;
a latch mechanism configured to be actuated by the shape memory actuator; and
a linkage arm operatively connected between the latch mechanism and the at least one propeller blade;
wherein actuation of the latch mechanism by the shape memory actuator causes the latch mechanism to move between a plurality of positions, thereby causing a change in pitch of the at least one propeller blade via the linkage arm.

US Pat. No. 10,689,092

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR INTEGRATING ROTARY ACTUATORS IN FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEMS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method for distributing reaction forces from a rotary actuator to an aircraft structure, comprising:rotatably coupling a first end of a first reaction link to the housing of the rotary actuator;
rotatably coupling a second end of the first reaction link to a first fitting of the aircraft structure;
rotatably coupling a first end of a second reaction link to the housing of the rotary actuator;
rotatably coupling a second end of the second reaction link to a second fitting of the aircraft structure; and
activating the rotary actuator to actuate rotation of a control surface during flight,
wherein reaction loads produced during rotation of the control surface are transmitted from the rotary actuator to the aircraft structure by way of the first and second reaction links.

US Pat. No. 10,689,091

TILTROTOR AIRCRAFT WINGS HAVING BUCKLE ZONES

Textron Innovations Inc.,...

1. A wing airframe for a wing of a tiltrotor aircraft, the wing including a left outboard section, a midwing section and a right outboard section, the tiltrotor aircraft including a fuselage underneath the midwing section of the wing, the wing airframe comprising:a wing airframe core assembly having a bottom side; and
a wing skin assembly disposed on the wing airframe core assembly, the wing skin assembly including a lower wing skin assembly disposed on the bottom side of the wing airframe core assembly, the lower wing skin assembly forming a plurality of access holes including a pair of first outboard access holes located outboard of the midwing section of the wing and proximate to the fuselage to form buckle zones, each of the buckle zones further comprising one of the first outboard access holes;
wherein the pair of first outboard access holes of the lower wing skin assembly are sized such that the buckle zones have a structural failure load threshold, the buckle zones locally susceptible to buckling when an impact compression force exceeds the structural failure load threshold, thereby protecting the fuselage from being crushed by the wing;
wherein the impact compression force is caused by the downward inertia of the wing during an impact; and
wherein the wing skin assembly is thickened at the midwing section of the wing to enable the wing to buckle outboard of the midwing section in response to the impact.

US Pat. No. 10,689,090

AIRCRAFT COMPRISING A CLEARANCE BETWEEN AN OPENING AND A DOOR WHICH COMPRISES AN UPSTREAM EDGE WITH A SHARP EDGE

Airbus Operations S.A.S.,...

1. An aircraft comprising:an opening;
a door configured to close the opening in the closed position;
a clearance between said opening and said door when said door is in the closed position, said clearance communicating with a cavity and being oriented in a direction intersecting a flow direction of an air flow to the outside of the aircraft in flight;
an upstream outer surface situated in front of the clearance against which the air flow flows; and
an upstream edge delimiting the clearance and situated in front of the clearance,
wherein the upstream edge and the upstream outer surface are joined by a sharp edge with a bend radius of less than or equal to 1 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,689,089

ENTRY HANDLE FOR AN AIRCRAFT DOORWAY

Textron Innovations, Inc....

1. A removable handle for an aircraft doorway, comprising:a stationary member for mounting along an inner edge of the aircraft doorway;
a mounting device configured for removably securing the stationary member to an existing aperture in the aircraft doorway;
a pivoting member having a hub configured for rotating about an axle, wherein the axle is coupled to an interface of the stationary member such that the pivoting member pivots about the axle between a collapsed position adjacent the stationary member and an extended position protruding outside the aircraft doorway, wherein the interface comprises a first receptacle configured to house a first spring-loaded spud, and wherein the hub comprises a slot configured to receive the first spring-loaded spud, such that the first spring-loaded spud extends into the slot for locking the pivoting member in place when the first receptacle is aligned with the slot; and
an actuator having a leg configured for inserting into the slot of the hub opposite the interface, wherein the leg is configured to push the first spring-loaded spud into the first receptacle upon actuation of the actuator thereby enabling unlocking the pivoting member for pivoting.

US Pat. No. 10,689,088

EXTENDED REAR PRESSURE BULKHEAD

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. A fuselage comprising:a fuselage section with an inner surface having a non-circular contour; and
a pressure bulkhead with an outer edge, an inner surface, and a plurality of stiffening units having elongated shapes arranged on the inner surface;
wherein the outer edge of the pressure bulkhead is attached to the inner surface of the fuselage section and extends along a line, wherein the line is non-circular and non-planar; and
wherein the line extends in a three-dimensional space extending parallel to the inner surface of the fuselage section.

US Pat. No. 10,689,087

TUBULAR STRUCTURE AND A METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THEREOF

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A tubular structure comprising:a composite tubular member, wherein the composite tubular member includes one or more sections having an increased thickness compared to other sections of the composite tubular member;
a geodesic frame disposed within and contacting the composite tubular member, wherein the geodesic frame comprises two oppositely-wound spirals joined at intersection points of the two oppositely-wound spirals, wherein pitch and number of coils of the two oppositely-wound spirals cause the geodesic frame to have space for windows to be formed at the one or more sections having the increased thickness; and
an end plate coupled to respective ends of the two oppositely-wound spirals.

US Pat. No. 10,689,086

SPLICE JOINTS FOR COMPOSITE AIRCRAFT FUSELAGES AND OTHER STRUCTURES

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A device comprising:a circumferential joint having:
at least one splice plate overlapping panels, wherein:
the at least one splice plate has a first end portion and a second end portion; and
the first end portion and the second end portion extend into regions between stiffeners to connect the panels together; and
at least a first stiffener attached to a first skin having a first edge cut-out portion.

US Pat. No. 10,689,085

STRINGER STIFFENED COMPOSITE PANELS HAVING IMPROVED PULL-OFF STRENGTH

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A stringer comprising:a first surface;
a second surface located opposite the first surface, the second surface to be coupled to a composite structure of an aircraft;
an edge extending from the second surface toward the first surface, the edge having a thickness of at least 0.10 inches; and
a chamfer extending from the first surface to the edge at an angle between twelve and eighteen degrees relative to the first surface.

US Pat. No. 10,689,084

MULTIFUNCTIONAL BALLOON MEMBRANE

SPACE DATA CORPORATION, ...

1. A system comprising:a lighter-than-air device comprising a balloon comprising an outer enclosure and an active surface enclosure located inside the outer enclosure, the active surface enclosure being made of a material comprising: a flexible substrate; and an active material disposed on at least a portion of the flexible substrate, wherein the active material deforms mechanically on application of an electrical stimulus across the active material, wherein disposal of the active material on the portion controllably changes a surface area of at least the portion of the flexible substrate when the electrical stimulus is applied to the active material;
a payload box;
an altitude control vent mechanism;
a meteorological data collection package;
a communication unit; and
an antenna.

US Pat. No. 10,689,083

SELECTION BETWEEN EXPLORE MODE AND CONTROL MODE FOR AERIAL VEHICLE

LOON LLC, Mountain View,...

1. A distributed system for controlling a fleet of aerial vehicles, the system comprising:a central control system configured to communicate with one or more regional control systems; and
one or more regional control systems configured to communicate with the central control systems and to the fleet of aerial vehicles comprising two or more aerial vehicles,
wherein the fleet of aerial vehicles forms an aerial network,
wherein the central control system and the one or more regional control systems collectively are configured to:
determine flight data for an aerial vehicle in the aerial network,
based at least in part on the flight data, make a selection between a first mode and a second mode, wherein operation in the first mode comprises causing the aerial vehicle to (i) navigate to each of a plurality of altitudes and (ii) collect sensor data at each of the plurality of altitudes, and wherein operation in the second mode comprises causing the aerial vehicle to (i) select at least one altitude based at least in part on the sensor data collected at each of the plurality of altitudes in the first mode and (ii) reposition to the at least one selected altitude, thereby causing the aerial vehicle to travel in a desired direction; and
based on the selection, operate the aerial vehicle according to the first mode or operating the aerial vehicle according to the second mode.

US Pat. No. 10,689,082

MECHANICALLY AND ELECTRICALLY DISTRIBUTED PROPULSION

Rolls-Royce North America...

1. A distributed propulsion system that is part of a vehicle, the distributed propulsion system comprising:a first turbine engine including a first engine shaft;
a second turbine engine including a second engine shaft;
a first mechanically driven propulsor, wherein a first propulsor shaft of the first mechanically driven propulsor is:
not co-axial with the first engine shaft, and
driven by the first engine shaft;
a second mechanically driven propulsor, wherein a second propulsor shaft of the second mechanically driven propulsor is:
not co-axial with the second engine shaft, and
driven by the second engine shaft;
a first generator driven by rotation of at least one of: the first engine shaft or the first propulsor shaft;
a second generator driven by rotation of at least one of: the second engine shaft or the second propulsor shaft;
first power conversion circuitry configured to convert electricity produced by the first generator to a first direct-current (DC) electricity;
a first DC bus configured to receive the first DC electricity;
second power conversion circuitry configured to convert the first DC electricity from the first DC bus to a first alternating-current (AC) electricity;
third power conversion circuitry configured to convert electricity produced by the second generator to a second DC electricity;
a second DC bus configured to receive the second DC electricity;
a first electrically driven propulsor, wherein a propulsor motor of the first electrically driven propulsor drives a propulsor fan of the first electrically driven propulsor based on the first AC electricity; and
a second electrically driven propulsor, wherein a propulsor motor of the second electrically driven propulsor drives a propulsor fan of the second electrically driven propulsor based on electricity produced by the second generator concurrently with the propulsor motor of the first electrically driven propulsor driving the propulsor fan of the first electrically driven propulsor based on the first AC electricity,
wherein the first generator, the first mechanically driven propulsor, and the second electrically driven propulsor are positioned on a first side of a central axis of the vehicle, and
wherein the second generator, the second mechanically driven propulsor, and the first electrically driven propulsor are positioned on a second side of the central axis of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,689,081

MOUNT AND CONTROL SYSTEM FOR AN ELECTRIC OUTBOARD

1. A motor control system for controlling a motor on a watercraft, the system comprising:a motor steering apparatus comprising:
a housing configured to receive a shaft for connecting to a motor;
a first peg linkage connected to a first foot peg; and
a second peg linkage connected to a second foot peg, wherein movement of the first and second foot pegs moves the corresponding first and second peg linkages to rotate the shaft to thereby rotate the motor;
a motor mount apparatus configured to be disposed rearward of an operator of the watercraft and comprising an elbow configured to attach to the housing of the motor steering apparatus and to the watercraft;
an electrical unit comprising a motor throttle control,
wherein at least a portion of the first and second peg linkages and the motor throttle control are configured to be located forward of the operator;
a stabilizing member having a starting position and configured to couple with the first peg linkage;
a rotational member having a starting rotational position and coupled with the stabilizing member, the rotational member configured to couple with a motor so that displacement of the stabilizing member in a first direction rotates the rotational member in a first rotation direction, wherein rotation of the rotational member in the first rotation direction rotates the motor in a first motor rotation direction; and
a stabilizing spring coupled with the rotational member,
wherein, upon decreasing a first pressure applied to the first peg linkage, the stabilizing spring rotates the rotational member in the second rotation direction and displaces the stabilizing member in a second direction opposite the first direction, and
wherein, upon removing the first pressure applied to the first peg linkage, the stabilizing spring rotates the rotational member to the starting rotational position and displaces the stabilizing member to the starting position.

US Pat. No. 10,689,080

OSCILLATING LEVER DRIVEN REVERSIBLE MOTOR

1. A motor for the conversion of an oscillating input to a rotary output which is reversible by user selection, comprising:one or more oscillating torque inputs;
one or more torque conversion units, comprising:
an inner cam lobe configured to transfer torque to a rotary shaft;
a bell housing configured to apply torque and freewheel on alternating phases of the oscillating torque inputs;
a directional selection switch configured to select the rotational direction of torque output; and
a drive shaft configured to transfer the selected unidirectional rotational torque to an output device.

US Pat. No. 10,689,079

JET PUMP SYSTEMS

Pennestri Products, LLC, ...

1. A pump assembly for creating a jet of water, the pump assembly comprising:a first body including:
a front surface;
a back surface opposite the front surface;
at least a portion of a cavity arranged between the front surface of the first body and the back surface of the first body;
a motor arranged adjacent to the front surface of the first body, the motor comprising:
a rotor having a shaft extending from the motor and through the first body, the shaft including a substantially single unit of material and having an end arranged adjacent to the back surface of the first body;
an impeller coupled to the end of the shaft, the impeller including a bearing surface received by a cooperating bearing surface arranged in a second body, the second body arranged adjacent to the back surface of the first body, and wherein the bearing surface of the impeller, and the cooperating bearing surface of the second body, support the impeller rotationally on the shaft such that when the shaft is rotatably displaced by the motor, the impeller displaces the water into the cavity arranged between the front surface of the first body and the back surface of the first body and into the second body to create the jet of water;
wherein the first body includes a receptacle arranged in the back surface of the first body and communicatively coupled to the cavity arranged between the front surface of the first body and the back surface of the first body, and at least a portion of the impeller is received by the receptacle arranged in the back surface of the first body; and
a plate arranged between the front surface of the first body and the motor arranged adjacent to the front surface of the first body, the plate comprising:
a through hole for receiving at least a portion of the shaft extending from the motor;
a sealing surface arranged around the through hole; and
a gasket arranged around the shaft extending from the motor, the gasket to seal an interface between sealing surface of the plate and the motor.

US Pat. No. 10,689,078

WATERJET PROPULSION SYSTEM AND WATERCRAFT HAVING A WATERJET PROPULSION SYSTEM

ANDREAS DESCH, Zell an d...

1. A waterjet propulsion drive for a watercraft, comprising:an intake region;
an impeller region adjoining the intake region;
a single-stage impeller arranged in the impeller region and including an impeller drive shaft, said impeller including only one single blade;
an outlet nozzle at least indirectly adjoining the impeller region; and
a drive motor connected at least indirectly to the impeller drive shaft of the impeller, said drive motor embodied as an electric motor,
wherein both the intake region and the outlet nozzle are formed in a drive-shaft-free manner,
wherein the blade has a base body and is configured as a substantially conical spiral arranged about the blade base body,
wherein the blade is guided more than once around the blade base body.

US Pat. No. 10,689,077

WATER PUMP FOR WATERCRAFT

1. A self-propelling watercraft system, comprising:a hull comprising:
a base, the base having recess, and
a plurality of sidewalls extending from the base to form a cockpit; and
a pump system detachably connected to the hull and positioned within the recess, the pump system comprising:
an intake port on a first end of the pump system, the intake port configured to intake water;
a nozzle on a second end of the pump system opposite the first end, at least a portion of the nozzle positioned within the recess and configured to jettison water received in the pump through the intake port;
a grate covering the intake port;
a plurality of oval-shaped openings formed on a face of the grate and extending through the grate at an angle between 5 and 60 degrees with respect to the face; and
a reversible impeller configured to operate in forward and reverse rotational directions, the impeller having a symmetrical design such that the impeller generates substantially same thrust in the forward and reverse rotational directions when operating at the same number of revolutions per minute.

US Pat. No. 10,689,076

SHIP'S SAIL MADE UP OF ARTICULATED PANELS AND SHIP EQUIPPED THEREWITH

1. A sail of a vessel, said sail comprising:a luff side, a leach side, and a foot side, said sail comprising an assembly of panels having transverse edges substantially parallel to said foot side and longitudinal edges which are substantially parallel respectively to said luff side and said leach side, each of said assembly of panels being hinged to an adjoining said panel around an axis parallel or substantially parallel to said foot side;
each of said assembly of panels including a plurality of reinforcing elements each having the shape of an elongated strip;
said reinforcing elements being distributed at least into the following two groups:
(a) a first group in which said reinforcing elements extend parallel and in proximity to said transverse edges of said assembly of panels; and
(b) a second group in which said reinforcing elements extend parallel and in proximity to the longitudinal edges of said assembly of panels;said assembly of panels being connected two by two by connection parts which are situated in continuation of said reinforcing elements of said second group, so that forces assumed by said reinforcing elements are transmitted longitudinally from one of said panels to another, without discontinuity, via said connection parts.

US Pat. No. 10,689,075

COMMAND AND CONTROL DEVICE FOR KITES

MX PRODUCTION, Bidart (F...

1. A command and control bar of a kite associated with two front cables and two rear cables, wherein the rear and front cables are configured to be connected at one end to the kite, the command and control bar has a substantially elongated cylindrical shape, the rear cables are connected to the command and control bar and the front cables are configured to be connected to a user; wherein the command and control bar comprises an adjustment element to shorten or extend the front or rear cables to vary an inclination or incidence of the kite, wherein the adjustment element to shorten or extend the rear cables are incorporated into the command and control bar so as to allow control with one hand of the user without releasing the command and control bar; wherein each rear cable is associated with a mobile deflection system that creates, for each rear cable, a cable strand of a variable length, the mobile deflection system is displaceable parallel to an axis of the command and control bar and connected to a return element; and wherein the command and control bar comprises a locking element configured to lock or release a position of the mobile deflection system along the command and control bar depending on traction forces applied on the rear cables, the locking element is accessible by at least one finger of the user from outside the command and control bar.

US Pat. No. 10,689,074

RETRACTABLE THRUSTER SYSTEM

GustoMSC B.V., Schiedam ...

1. Retractable thruster system for moving a thruster on a vessel between an extended position, in which the thruster is extended below a hull's bottom, and at least one retracted position, in which the thruster is located above the hull's bottom, the system comprising a canister to which a thruster is mountable, wherein the canister is configured to be movable in a trunk in a vessel's hull structure between said extended position and said at least one retracted position, wherein the canister is arranged to provide frictional contact between at least one canister contact surface on said canister and at least one corresponding trunk contact surface on the trunk when the thruster is in said extended position in order to transfer thrust load from the thruster in operation onto the vessel's hull structure, wherein the system further comprisesa pressure unit configured to increase pressure of the canister onto the at least one trunk contact surface, and
a lifting system configured to move the canister in the trunk between said extended position and said at least one retracted position.

US Pat. No. 10,689,073

APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR MARINE PROPELLER BLADE DOVETAIL STRESS REDUCTION

General Electric Company,...

1. A propeller assembly comprising:a plurality of circumferentially-spaced blades, each blade comprising a dovetail comprising a first circumferential end, a second circumferential end, and a radial inner surface defining a plane extending between the first circumferential end and the second circumferential end, the radial inner surface extending completely between the first circumferential end and the second circumferential end along the plane;
a plurality of circumferentially-spaced wedges, each wedge including a first wedge sidewall, a second wedge sidewall circumferentially spaced opposite the first wedge sidewall, and a radial inner wedge surface extending between the first wedge sidewall and the second wedge sidewall; and
a hub defining a plurality of dovetail grooves, each dovetail groove comprising a circumferentially-spaced dovetail receiving portion, each dovetail receiving portion configured to receive a corresponding dovetail of said plurality of blades, wherein at least one gap is formed between said radial inner surface and at least a portion of said dovetail receiving portion, each dovetail groove further comprising a circumferentially-spaced wedge receiving portion, each wedge receiving portion configured to receive a corresponding wedge of said plurality of wedges such that the first wedge sidewall is positioned adjacent to the second circumferential end of a blade of the plurality of blades, wherein each wedge includes a relief cut at an intersection of the radial inner wedge surface and the second wedge sidewall such that a relief gap is formed between said radial inner wedge surface and at least a portion of said wedge receiving portion.

US Pat. No. 10,689,072

DEVICE FOR REPAIRING A LEASH

1. A device for repairing a leash comprising:a threaded elongate body defining an elongate slot for receiving at least one severed end of the leash, a longitudinal axis of the body being coaxial with that of the slot and the slot having a wider section and a narrower section at one or both slot ends spaced apart from the wider section by a taper; and
one or two threaded nuts movable along the longitudinal axis of the body between a disengaged position in which the nuts are spaced apart from one or both slot ends and an engaged position in which each severed end is wedged and held captive between a nut and a slot end;
the body further having a transversely extending stopping formation at or near one of the slot ends arranged to stop a nut when threaded against the stopping formation.

US Pat. No. 10,689,071

STABILIZED FLOATING PLATFORM STRUCTURE

ELTA SYSTEMS LTD., Ashdo...

1. A floating structure, comprising:a floating platform disposed at a water surface;
a mooring system configured for mooring one side of the floating platform to a sea floor, to thereby permit rotation of the floating structure and to provide a desired orientation down-wind with respect to an anchor point; and
a damping system arranged at said one side of the floating platform and configured for absorbing wave energy and stresses imparted by motion of waves in order to stabilize a horizontal position of the floating structure during a storm,
wherein the mooring system includes an anchor resting on the sea floor, an anchor-connecting element configured for providing connection of the floating platform to the anchor; and a shock absorbance buoy configured to assist in carrying the weight of the anchor-connecting element and to absorb the wave shock associated with the impact of incoming waves.

US Pat. No. 10,689,070

BOAT AND PERSONAL WATERCRAFT

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A boat comprising:an engine disposed in a boat body;
a display that displays a speed setting image of the boat body and an acceleration setting image of the boat body side by side;
an operator including a speed setting operator through which an operation of setting a speed set value of the boat body is received and an acceleration setting operator operated independently of the speed setting operator and through which an operation of setting an acceleration set value of the boat body is received; and
an engine controller configured or programmed to control driving of the engine based on the operation of setting the speed set value and the operation of setting the acceleration set value received by the operator.

US Pat. No. 10,689,069

PERSONAL WATERCRAFT

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A personal watercraft comprising:a body including a deck; and
a seat disposed on the deck at a location that is forward of a rear end of the deck,
wherein the deck includes a depressed part formed by depressing a portion of the deck which is rearward of a rear end of the seat,
wherein the depressed part includes:
a bottom wall surface extending in a forward and rearward direction and in a rightward and leftward direction, the bottom wall surface being configured for seating of a player; and
side wall surfaces extending upward from side ends of the bottom wall surface and inclined outwardly in the rightward and leftward direction, and
wherein, in a top view, the bottom wall surface has a dimension in the rightward and leftward direction which increases from a front to a rear, and the side wall surfaces have a dimension in the rightward and leftward direction which decreases from the front to the rear.

US Pat. No. 10,689,068

HOLDING HOLE STRUCTURE ON SHIP SIDE

MLRB SDN, BHD, Sarawak (...

1. A holding hole structure on an external surface of a ship comprising:an inner ring, having a first outer flange on a top; wherein the first outer flange is set in a middle area of an external surface of a ship; and
a cylindrical through hull fitting having a second outer flange on a top thereof, the cylindrical through hull fitting being fastened to the inner ring;
wherein inside the inner ring there is a first inner thread;
wherein the inner ring is connected with an external reinforcement ring; wherein outside the external reinforcement ring there is a first outer thread and at the top a third outer flange; wherein the first outer thread is screwed with the first inner thread of the inner ring, whereby the external surface of a ship is pressed between the first outer flange of the inner ring and the third outer flange of the external reinforcement ring.

US Pat. No. 10,689,067

BICYCLE SPROCKET ASSEMBLY AND BICYCLE DRIVE TRAIN

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle sprocket assembly comprising:a first sprocket including:
a first sprocket body;
a plurality of first sprocket teeth extending radially outwardly from an outer periphery of the first sprocket body; and
a first pitch circle having a first diameter;
a second sprocket including:
a second sprocket body;
second sprocket teeth extending radially outwardly from an outer periphery of the second sprocket body; and
a second pitch circle having a second diameter that is smaller than the first diameter, the second sprocket being adjacent to the first sprocket without another sprocket between the first sprocket and the second sprocket in an axial direction parallel to a rotational center axis of the bicycle sprocket assembly,
the first sprocket teeth including
a large-sprocket downshifting tooth to first receive a bicycle chain from the second sprocket in a first chain-phase-state in which the bicycle chain is shifted from the second sprocket to the first sprocket, and
an additional large-sprocket downshifting tooth to first receive the bicycle chain from the second sprocket in a second chain-phase-state in which the bicycle chain is shifted from the second sprocket to the first sprocket, the second chain phase state being different from the first chain phase state, the additional large-sprocket downshifting tooth being adjacent to the large-sprocket downshifting tooth without another tooth between the large-sprocket downshifting tooth and the additional large-sprocket downshifting tooth, the additional large-sprocket downshifting tooth being disposed on an upstream side of the large-sprocket downshifting tooth in a driving rotational direction in which the bicycle sprocket assembly is rotated about the rotational center axis during pedaling,
the second sprocket teeth including
a first small-sprocket downshifting tooth to facilitate a downshifting operation in which the bicycle chain is shifted from a third sprocket to the second sprocket, the third sprocket being adjacent to the second sprocket without another sprocket between the second sprocket and the third sprocket in the axial direction,
a second small-sprocket downshifting tooth to facilitate a downshifting operation in which the bicycle chain is shifted from the third sprocket to the second sprocket, the second small-sprocket downshifting tooth being spaced apart from the first small-sprocket downshifting tooth in a circumferential direction with respect to the rotational center axis,
a first adjacent tooth adjacent to the first small-sprocket downshifting tooth without another tooth between the first small-sprocket downshifting tooth and the first adjacent tooth in the circumferential direction, the first adjacent tooth being disposed on an upstream side of the first small-sprocket downshifting tooth in the driving rotational direction, and
a second adjacent tooth adjacent to the second small-sprocket downshifting tooth without another tooth between the second small-sprocket downshifting tooth and the second adjacent tooth in the circumferential direction, the second adjacent tooth being disposed on a downstream side of the second small-sprocket downshifting tooth in the driving rotational direction,
a circumferential area being defined from a driving surface of the first adjacent tooth to a non-driving surface of the second adjacent tooth in the driving rotational direction about the rotational center axis when viewed in the axial direction, the circumferential area having an angle equal to or smaller than 180 degrees about the rotational center axis, and
the large-sprocket downshifting tooth being disposed in the circumferential area when viewed in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,689,066

METHOD FOR ASCERTAINING A WHEEL CIRCUMFERENCE OF A DRIVEN WHEEL, CONTROL METHOD FOR A DRIVE MOTOR, CONTROL UNIT, AND VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method comprising:measuring, using a rotation speed sensor mounted on a bicycle, a rotational speed of a driven wheel of the bicycle during a predefined time span;
measuring, using an acceleration sensor mounted on the bicycle, an acceleration of the bicycle in a direction of a longitudinal axis of the bicycle during the predefined time span;
determining, using a control unit mounted on the bicycle, a distance traveled by the bicycle during the predefined time span using the measured acceleration obtained from the acceleration sensor;
determining, using the control unit, a wheel circumference of the driven wheel of the bicycle using the measured rotational speed obtained from the rotation speed sensor and the determined distance; and
controlling, using the control unit, a drive motor of the bicycle based on the determined wheel circumference;
prior to the predefined time span and while the bicycle is at rest, calibrating the acceleration sensor wherein the calibrating includes, based on a measured acceleration by the acceleration sensor, determining an acceleration offset in the direction of the longitudinal axis of the bicycle, which is applied in the determining of the wheel circumference.

US Pat. No. 10,689,065

BICYCLE PEDAL AND BICYCLE CLEAT

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle pedal comprising:a pedal body;
a first engagement member movably coupled to the pedal body between a clamping position and a releasing position, the first engagement member being pivotable about a pivot axis in a pivot direction and slidable in a slide direction between the clamping position and the releasing position, the slide direction being different from the pivot direction; and
a biasing member biasing the first engagement member toward the clamping position,
wherein the first engagement member is positioned at the clamping position in a state where a bicycle cleat is clamped by the first engagement member.

US Pat. No. 10,689,064

GEAR FOR A BICYCLE TRANSMISSION

Move Bikes GmbH, Muhlhau...

1. A gear for a bicycle transmission, the gear comprised of a body having an outer contour with teeth, wherein the outer contour is defined by a maximum pitch diameter Ømax and a minimum pitch diameter Øm, has no axes of symmetry, and is formed exclusively with point symmetry with respect to its center of symmetry, and has a curvature that changes at each point.

US Pat. No. 10,689,063

BICYCLE DISC BRAKE CALIPER

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle disc brake caliper comprising:a caliper body including:
a first body portion;
a second body portion coupled to the first body portion so as to provide a slot therebetween;
a mounting surface configured to face a pipe portion of a bicycle body in a mounted state where the bicycle disc brake caliper is mounted to the bicycle body;
a first receiving hole provided on the mounting surface, the first receiving hole being configured to be threadedly engaged with a fastener to mount the bicycle disc brake caliper to the bicycle body;
a first cylinder bore provided on the first body portion; and
a second cylinder bore provided on the first body portion, wherein
the first receiving hole includes a first threaded hole having a first center axis,
the first cylinder bore has a first cylinder center axis non-parallel to the first center axis,
the caliper body further includes a second receiving hole provided on the mounting surface,
the second receiving hole includes a second threaded hole having a second center axis,
the second cylinder bore has a second cylinder center axis non-parallel to the second center axis,
the second center axis is parallel to the first center axis,
the first cylinder bore is partially arranged in and partially arranged outside of an entire area of the caliper body between a first line coaxial with the first center axis and a second line coaxial with the second center axis as viewed in a direction that is both perpendicular to the first center axis and parallel to the first cylinder center axis, and
the second cylinder bore is partially arranged in and partially arranged outside of the entire area of the caliper body between the first line coaxial with the first center axis and the second line coaxial with the second center axis as viewed in the direction that is both perpendicular to the first center axis and parallel to the first cylinder center axis.

US Pat. No. 10,689,062

BICYCLE REAR WHEEL SUSPENSION SYSTEM

VASTTECH IP PTY LTD, Sou...

1. A bicycle rear wheel suspension system comprising a frame comprising a bottom bracket and a first chain stay, the system further comprising a rear wheel comprising an axle, and a first linkage member pivotally connected with respect to the first chain stay at a first main pivot point, the first linkage member extending rearwardly from the main pivot point to bridge the main pivot point and the axle, wherein the main pivot point is in a position higher than the bottom bracket, and closer to the axle than the main pivot point is to the bottom bracket, wherein at least the first linkage member further comprises a pivotable connection point for a shock absorbing mechanism bridging the pivotable connection point and a portion of a remainder of the frame, wherein the first main pivot point, the axle, and the pivotable connection point for the shock absorbing mechanism comprise a triangular geometry on the first linkage member, wherein the pivotable connection point for the shock absorbing mechanism is higher than the main pivot point, and wherein the axle is rearward of the pivotable connection point for the shock absorbing mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,689,061

SUSPENSION ASSEMBLY FOR A CYCLE

TRVSTPER, INC., Salt Lak...

1. A suspension assembly for a cycle, the suspension assembly comprising:a first arm, the first arm having a first end and a second end;
a multi-bar linkage operatively connected to the first arm; and
a shock absorber operatively connected to the multi-bar linkage, the shock absorber being at least partially housed in a hollow portion of the first arm,
wherein multi-bar linkage includes a first fixed pivot and a first floating pivot, the first fixed pivot and the first floating pivot being arranged in a trailing configuration where the first fixed pivot is forward of the first floating pivot in the forward direction of travel.

US Pat. No. 10,689,060

BICYCLE OPERATING DEVICE

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle operating device comprising:a support structure;
a control body rotatably supported on the support structure about a rotational axis, the control body including a wire take-up member;
a first release member movably supported on the support structure between a first non-releasing position and a first releasing position;
a second release member movably supported on the support structure between a second non-releasing position and a second releasing position;
a first release pawl, the first release pawl being biased toward engagement with the first release member;
a second release pawl, the second release pawl being biased toward engagement with the second release member;
a first operating member movably supported on the support structure between a rest position and an operated position, the first and second release pawls being mounted on the first operating member; and
a select member movably supported on the support structure between at least a first select position and a second select position, the select member being configured such that
while the select member is in the first select position, the select member permits movement of the first release member with respect to the support structure in response to a movement of the first operating member to the operated position by permitting the first release pawl to engage with the first release member, and prevents movement of the second release member with respect to the support structure in response to the movement of the first operating member by contacting the second release pawl such that the second release pawl does not engage with the second release member, and
while the select member is in the second select position, the select member permits movement of the second release member with respect to the support structure in response to the movement of the first operating member by permitting the second release pawl to engage with the second release member, and prevents movement of the first release member with respect to the support structure in response to the movement of the first operating member by contacting the first release pawl such that the first release pawl does not engage with the first release member.

US Pat. No. 10,689,059

CONTROL DEVICES FOR OPERATING BICYCLE COMPONENTS

SRAM, LLC, Chicago, IL (...

1. A control device for changing an operating state of a component of a bicycle, the control device comprising:a housing having an opening to receive a handlebar of the bicycle;
a rotating member rotatably coupled to the housing, the rotating member rotatable about a first axis, the rotating member configured to rotate between a first position and a second position to change the operating state of the component between a first state and a second state, respectively;
a securing mechanism configured to lock the rotating member in the second position; and
a release actuator coupled to the housing, the release actuator having an actuating surface to be engaged by a user and moved along a second axis that intersects the first axis, the release actuator configured to, when actuated, unlock the securing mechanism to enable the rotating member to rotate back to the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,689,058

BICYCLE HANDLEBAR ASSEMBLY WITH INTEGRATED OLEO-HYDRAULIC CONTROLS

CAMPAGNOLO S.R.L., Vicen...

1. Bicycle handlebar assembly, comprising:a handlebar rod that defines an outer surface and an inner cavity defining an inner surface;
a hydraulic brake actuated by pressurised fluid;
a brake control with a brake lever, a brake cable constrained at a first end thereof to the brake lever, a control lever constrained to the brake cable at a second end thereof, and a pin between the control lever and the handlebar rod;
at least one hydraulic assembly that controls the hydraulic brake and includes a fluid containing cylinder that is structurally unitized with the inner surface, and a piston slidable in the fluid containing cylinder,
wherein the piston is constrained to the control lever, so as to be actuated to compress fluid in the fluid containing cylinder following actuation of the brake lever, thereby providing the pressurised fluid to the hydraulic brake;
wherein the fluid containing cylinder is provided with two parallel ears in which two holes are formed; and
the handlebar rod comprises two holes at positions corresponding to the holes in the ears of the fluid containing cylinder, the pin being in engagement in both (i) the holes in the ears and (ii) the holes in the handlebar rod, and
the pin provides both: (i) anchoring between the fluid containing cylinder and the handlebar rod, and (ii) hinging of the control lever to both the handlebar rod and the fluid containing cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,689,057

BICYCLE FRAME HAVING LUG

KIA MOTORS CORPORATION, ...

1. A bicycle frame having a plurality of lugs connected with a plurality of tubes, wherein the plurality of lugs are produced by shaping and vertically or laterally bonding at least two plates, wherein the plurality of tubes comprise a head tube, a top tube, a down tube, a seat tube, a chain stay, and a seat stay;wherein one of the plurality of lugs comprises a bottom lug connected with a lower end of the seat tube, a rear end of the down tube, and with the chain stay at a rear side;
wherein the bicycle frame further comprises a chain stay lug that connects the rear side of the bottom lug and a front end portion of the chain stay; and
wherein the chain stay lug comprises a chain stay lug upper plate and a chain stay lug lower plate that is bonded to the chain stay lug upper plate.

US Pat. No. 10,689,056

APPARATUS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR PREVENTING MIGRATION OF CONTAMINANTS WITHIN TUBING OF A FRAME

1. A frame tube sealing system, comprising:a frame, comprising: a first tube extending longitudinally from a first end to a second end and defining a first at least partially hollow interior having a first interior surface defining a first cross-sectional shape; a second tube having a second interior surface defining a second at least partially hollow interior; the first at least partially hollow interior open to the second at least partially hollow interior through an intersection between the first and second tubes that is located between the first and second ends; and
an insert having a hollow body having a third interior surface defining a third at least partially hollow interior, the hollow body of the insert extending longitudinally from a bottom portion to a top portion, the bottom and top portions each having exterior surfaces defining a second cross-sectional shape sized and shaped to fit within and adjacent to the interior surface of the first tube, the bottom and top portions each comprising a seal configured to radially seal against the interior surface of the first tube on first and second sides of the intersection when the insert is positioned inside the first tube;
wherein the insert is positioned inside the first tube such that the seals on the bottom and top portions of the insert are radially sealed against the interior surface of the first tube on the first and second sides of the intersection, such that the third at least partially hollow interior is not open to the second at least partially hollow interior through the intersection.

US Pat. No. 10,689,055

FOLDED BICYCLE FRAME AND METHOD FOR MAKING THE SAME

1. A bicycle frame, comprising:a single sheet of metal, said single sheet of metal being cut to form a boundary of the bicycle frame,
said single sheet of metal comprising bulges and curves along said sheet of metal, said bulges and curves resulting from a hydroforming process, said single sheet of metal being essentially symmetrical,
said single sheet of metal being folded essentially along its axis of symmetry, wherein a folded form of said single sheet of metal forms the bicycle frame.

US Pat. No. 10,689,054

SHELL-TYPE FRAME UNIT, METHOD FOR PRODUCING A FRAME UNIT, AND USE OF A FRAME UNIT

thyssenkrupp AG, Essen (...

1. A frame unit for a two-wheeled vehicle, the frame unit comprising:a main frame that comprises a first partial shell and a second partial shell joined to the first partial shell at least for a portion substantially along a primary loading direction, the main frame further including an integrally formed head tube;
a rear section, separately formed from the main frame, the rear section comprising at least one closed profile portion; and
a bottom bracket housing, separately formed from the main frame and the rear section;
wherein the main frame, the rear section and the bottom bracket housing are joined together and are comprised of steel.

US Pat. No. 10,689,053

FOLDING SCOOTER FRAME

DONGGUAN PRESTIGE SPORTIN...

1. A folding scooter frame, comprising a front frame, a rear frame, a linkage rod, and a seat support frame, wherein the front frame and the rear frame are pivotally connected, a front end of the linkage rod is connected with the front frame, a rear end of the linkage rod is pivotally connected with a slider, a support rod of the seat support frame is pivotally connected with the slider, the slider is slidably disposed on the rear frame, and the linkage rod is urged to swing as the front frame is folded, thereby driving the slider to slide so as to fold the seat support frame.

US Pat. No. 10,689,052

MOUNTING STRUCTURE OF OIL CONTROL VALVE UNIT AND MOTORCYCLE

SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION,...

1. A mounting structure of an oil control valve unit configured to control a hydraulic pressure to a variable valve timing device of an engine,wherein the engine is provided with a transmission,
wherein a heat exchanger is mounted in front of the engine,
wherein the oil control valve unit is mounted at a side of the engine,
wherein a transmission cover configured to cover the transmission from a side bulges from a side surface of the engine and the oil control valve unit is mounted above the transmission cover,
wherein the oil control valve unit overlaps the transmissions cover, as seen from a front and rear direction.

US Pat. No. 10,689,051

DYNAMICALLY BALANCING VEHICLE

1. A dynamically balancing vehicle, comprising:a chassis including a lower frame and an upper frame, the upper frame fixedly connected to the lower frame and arranged above the lower frame in relation to a vehicle vertical axis,
a vehicle seat, which is borne by the upper frame, for a vehicle driver,
at least two wheels for supporting the lower frame on an underlying surface, the at least two wheels mounted on the lower frame so as to be rotatable about a common wheel axis of rotation that runs parallel to a vehicle transverse axis,
a drive device coupled to the at least two wheels for dynamically balancing the vehicle and for driving, braking and steering the vehicle,
a steering device for generating steering commands and including a steering rod that can be operated by the vehicle driver, wherein the steering rod is mounted via a handlebar mount on the lower frame so as to be pivotable about a steering axis that runs parallel to a vehicle longitudinal axis, and
a coupling device that connects the upper frame to the steering rod for transmission of tensile and compressive forces in the vehicle longitudinal axis and permits relative movements between the steering rod and the upper frame in the vehicle transverse axis.

US Pat. No. 10,689,050

REAR MOUNTED BICYCLE RACK SYSTEM

1. A bicycle rack system, comprising:a main frame configured to be mounted over a rear wheel of a bicycle,
wherein the main frame comprises:
a top platform for accommodating one or more first auxiliary devices, the top platform having a first platform section and a second platform section, at least one of the first and second platform sections configured to accommodate a respective first auxiliary device, wherein the top platform has a side support defining a side edge of the first and second platform sections, extending rearwardly beyond a rear-most outer periphery of the rear wheel of the bicycle, and parallel to a ground surface when a font wheel of the bicycle and the rear wheel of the bicycle contact the ground surface, and wherein the side support is configured to detachably mount a pair of passenger seats rearward of a primary seat of the bicycle;
a lower deck for accommodating one or more second auxiliary devices, the lower deck having a first deck section and a second deck section, wherein at least one of the first and second deck sections is configured to accommodate a respective second auxiliary device;
a plurality of support members connecting the side support of the top platform and the lower deck; and
a lateral member connecting the plurality of support members,
wherein the plurality of support members, the lateral member, and a portion of the side support together define a trapezoidal portion of the main frame disposed rearward of an axle of the rear wheel and configured to support at least one of the pair of passenger seats.

US Pat. No. 10,689,049

BICYCLE COMPONENT

DT SWISS INC., Grand Jun...

1. A bicycle component for an at least partially muscle-powered bicycle, comprising: a seat post device telescopically adjustable between at least two positions for adjusting a saddle height; at least one locking device for locking the seat post device in at least one of the positions; the seat post device having at least two support members movable relative to one another namely, a first support member and a second support member, wherein a saddle is mounted to the second support member; the first support member is disposed inside the second support member at least in sections; and for telescoping the seat post device, the second support member is movable at least in sections over the first support member; wherein the locking device is at least partially disposed inside the first support member; wherein the locking device comprises at least one bolt member, which in a locked state extends through at least one wall of the first support member into the second support member; and wherein the bolt member comprises, or is configured as, at least one sphere.

US Pat. No. 10,689,048

BICYCLE WITH SUSPENDED CRANK AND SADDLE

SPECIALIZED BICYCLE COMPO...

1. A bicycle comprising:a front wheel and a rear wheel;
a main frame supported on the front wheel and the rear wheel;
a suspension assembly coupled to the main frame; the suspension assembly including:
a dynamic crank support coupled to the main frame and movable along an arcuate path from an uncompressed position to a compressed position relative to the main frame; and
a spring mechanism biasing the dynamic crank support toward the uncompressed position; and
a crank assembly including a crank arm rotationally coupled to the dynamic crank support, wherein the crank assembly is movable with the dynamic crank support relative to the main frame between the uncompressed position and the compressed position.

US Pat. No. 10,689,047

GYRO-STABILIZER FOR A TWO-WHEELED SINGLE-TRACK VEHICLE

1. A gyro-stabilizer for a two-wheeled single-track vehicle, comprising:a gyroscope in a gimbal;
an outer ring of the gimbal having a first two-way axial swivel joint with a vehicle frame, and an axis of said first two-way axial swivel joint is directed along a longitudinal axis of the vehicle;
an inner ring of the gimbal having a second two-way axial swivel joint with the outer ring;
a gyroscope rotor shaft having a third two-way axial swivel with the inner ring of the gimbal;
wherein a) axes of all three swivel joints are mutually perpendicular;
b) the gyro-stabilizer has a lock for an outer ring rotation around the axis of the first swivel joint;
c) the gyro-stabilizer is located on a rear wheel pendulum of the vehicle;
d) the gyro-stabilizer has a lock for an inner ring rotation around the axis of the second swivel joint;
e) each said lock is implemented as a servomotor configured to cause forced rotation of the corresponding ring based on a command from a microcontroller that controls at least speed of the vehicle and permissible tilt angles of the vehicle; and
f) an additional load is attached to the inner ring on the axis of the third swivel joint.

US Pat. No. 10,689,046

APPARATUS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR SINGLE-SIDED LOCKS

Lyft, Inc., San Francisc...

1. An apparatus comprising:a pin that, when inserted between spokes of a wheel of a wheeled vehicle, limits the rotation of the wheel; and
a mount for securing the pin to the wheeled vehicle that comprises:
at least one insertion point for the pin that secures the pin in place;
at least one attachment point that enables the mount to be attached to the wheeled vehicle such that the at least one insertion point for the pin is positioned adjacent to the spokes of the wheel;
a slider that is configured to extend into the at least one insertion point and engage with the pin to secure the pin within the at least one insertion point;
a rotatable cam that is configured to engage with the slider at differing positions of the rotatable cam such that:
a first position of the rotatable cam permits the slider to move independently of the rotatable cam, permitting the pin to be inserted into the at least one insertion point;
a second position of the rotatable cam causes the slider to retract from the at least one insertion point, enabling the pin to be removed from the at least one insertion point; and
a third position of the rotatable cam secures the slider in a configuration that extends into the at least one insertion point, preventing the pin from being inserted into the at least one insertion point; and
wherein the slider comprises a concavity disposed on one side of the slider and configured to receive the cam therein.

US Pat. No. 10,689,045

SIDE-STAND-EQUIPPED VEHICLE

ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD., T...

1. A side-stand-equipped vehicle comprising:a pair of wheels;
a main body that supports the pair of wheels;
an engine portion attached to the main body;
a control unit that controls the engine portion;
a side stand portion rotatably attached to the main body;
an acceleration detector that detects acceleration; and
an operation unit that performs a computation on a detection signal from the acceleration detector; wherein
the acceleration detector is attached to the side stand portion,
the operation unit has a side stand state detection mode in which a state of the side stand portion is detected according to the detection signal and an orientation detection mode in which an orientation of the main body is detected,
the control unit controls an operation of the engine portion according to a signal from the operation unit, and
in the side stand state detection mode, the operation unit determines the state of the side stand portion according to acceleration of gravity applied to the acceleration detector.

US Pat. No. 10,689,044

RESILIENT, UNTETHERED SOFT ROBOT

President and Fellows of ...

1. A lightweight, high strength soft robot, comprising:a central body comprising at least two stiffening actuators and a reservoir configured to receive an on-board air compressor;
a plurality of leg actuators connected to the central body;
wherein each stiffening actuator and each leg actuator comprises a plurality of interconnected, pneumatic chambers comprising an extensible material, and each stiffening actuator and each leg actuator comprises void space or hollow spheres embedded in the extensible material; and
a strain limiting base as a bottom wall of each stiffening and each leg actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,689,043

SECURING MECHANISM FOR AERODYNAMIC SKIRT-SECURING MEMBER AND METHOD OF INSTALLATION THEREOF

Transtex Inc., Montreal,...

1. A method for securing a skirt-securing member to an I-beam of a vehicle's floor with a securing mechanism, the securing mechanism comprising:a pair of symmetrical clamps adapted to be latched together about a symmetry axis therebetween to engage and secure the skirt-securing member to the I-beam, each of the pair of clamps comprising
a gripping portion comprising
an inclined portion including an end proximal to the symmetry axis and an end distal to the symmetry axis;
a first contacting portion connected, at a first end thereof, to the distal end of the inclined portion, the first contacting portion being disposed at an angle with the inclined portion and substantially parallel with the symmetry axis; and
a second contacting portion connected, at a distal end thereof, to a second end of the first contacting portion and generally orthogonally disposed in respect with the first contacting portion and the symmetry axis,
each of the pair of clamps further comprising a securing portion connected to the gripping portion, the securing mechanism further comprising
a fastener for securing the pair of clamps toward each other,
the method comprising
disposing the skirt-securing member within the pair of opposed gripping portions, adjacent to the first contacting portions and the second contacting portions;
disposing a lower portion of the I-beam within the pair of opposed gripping portions, adjacent the inclined portion, adjacent the first contacting portion and superposed to the skirt-securing member;
moving the pair of clamps toward each other, wherein moving the pair of clamps toward each other is sliding the inclined portions on the lower portion of the I-beam, moving the second contacting portion and the skirt-securing member along the symmetry axis toward the lower portion of the I-beam; and
compressing the second contacting portion and the skirt-securing member against the lower portion of the I-beam to secure the skirt-securing member to the I-beam of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,689,042

VEHICLES AND METHODS FOR REDUCING AERODYNAMIC DRAG OF VEHICLES

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method for controlling operation of an unoccupied vehicle, the method comprising:determining that a vehicle is unoccupied;
analyzing one or more vehicle parameters selected from altitude, temperature, pressure, vehicle velocity and direction, vehicle yaw rate, air velocity and direction, and road profile to identify an energy savings resulting from a reduction of aerodynamic drag of the unoccupied vehicle due to a controlled vibration of an external surface of a component of the vehicle that impacts aerodynamic drag of the vehicle; and
reducing the aerodynamic drag of the component of the vehicle by applying the controlled vibration to the component of the vehicle to vibrate the external surface of the component of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,689,041

HIGH-FORMING MULTI-LAYER ALUMINUM ALLOY PACKAGE

NOVELIS INC., Atlanta, G...

1. An aluminum alloy rolled product comprising 0.2 to 0.6 wt. % Fe, 0.06 to 0.25 wt. % Mn, up to 0.15 wt. % Si, less than 0.05 wt. % Cu, up to 0.35 wt. % Mg, up to 0.4 wt. % Zn, 0.05 to 0.2 wt. % V, up to 0.15 wt. % impurities, and Al,wherein the aluminum alloy exhibits an elongation at break of at least 20% in directions longitudinal, transverse, and diagonal to a rolling direction of the aluminum alloy.

US Pat. No. 10,689,040

VEHICLE UNDERBODY

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle underbody comprising:a cross member extending along a transverse axis of a vehicle and connecting a pair of right and left side frames extending along a longitudinal axis of the vehicle;
a tunnel portion protruding upward at a transverse center portion of a floor member which forms a floor portion of a vehicle compartment, the tunnel portion extending rearward from a front of the vehicle to reach the cross member;
a shelf board portion on a side towards the front of the vehicle of the cross member, the shelf board portion protruding toward the front of the vehicle, the shelf board portion being longer than the tunnel portion along the transverse axis of the vehicle; and
a rear end portion of a top surface of the tunnel portion that is overlapped with and connected to the shelf board portion.

US Pat. No. 10,689,039

HOOD AND TRACTOR EQUIPPED WITH HOOD

YANMAR CO., LTD., Osaka ...

1. A hood of a vehicle, the hood comprising:an upper cover;
a center pillar coupled to a center portion of the upper cover at a front end of the upper cover;
a front grill coupled to and distinct from the center pillar, the front grill having a first and second end;
a first lower cover positioned adjacent to the first end of the front grill;
a second lower cover positioned adjacent to the second end of the front grill; and
a light unit coupled to the front grill.

US Pat. No. 10,689,038

VEHICULAR PILLAR STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicular pillar structure comprising:a first pillar which configures a part of a front pillar and extends along a generally upward and downward direction of a vehicle, and to which a front windshield glass is bonded;
a second pillar which configures another part of the front pillar, is arranged on a vehicle rear side at a predetermined spacing with respect to the first pillar, and extends along a generally upward and downward direction of the vehicle;
a transparent member bridging between the first pillar and the second pillar, and through which an exterior of the vehicle is visible from a driver side; and
a molding which is disposed at at least a peripheral portion on a front windshield glass side of the transparent member and includes a bond portion that attaches the transparent member to at least the first pillar, and a closure portion that closes a gap between the transparent member and the front windshield glass.

US Pat. No. 10,689,037

VEHICLE LOWER PORTION STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle lower portion structure comprising:a battery pack that is installed at a lower side of a floor panel of a vehicle;
rockers configured to be disposed at vehicle transverse direction outer sides of the battery pack, the rockers extending in a vehicle longitudinal direction; and
front wheel anchoring portions provided at regions, that face front wheels in the vehicle longitudinal direction, of front ends of the rockers, the front wheel anchoring portions being configured such that a wheel of one or the other of the front wheels, that moves toward a vehicle transverse direction inner side at a time of a front collision of the vehicle, anchors at one of the front wheel anchoring portions,
wherein an energy absorbing portion is disposed at each of the rockers,
wherein the front wheel anchoring portions have notched portions that are formed at transverse direction outer side end portions of the front ends of the rockers, and
wherein the notched portions are shaped such that the vehicle transverse direction outer side end portions of the front ends of the rockers are recessed toward an inner side in the vehicle transverse direction and toward a rearward side in the vehicle longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,689,036

VEHICLE ROOF JOINT ASSEMBLY

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A joint assembly for a vehicle roof comprising:a first longitudinal roof member;
a second longitudinal roof member spaced laterally from the first longitudinal roof member;
a first bracket extending laterally from the first longitudinal roof member at a location adjacent to a mid-pillar or rearward pillar of a vehicle body;
a cross-member sized for securement and partial disposal within the first bracket;
a rear C-bow mounted to the cross-member and extending from the first longitudinal roof member to the second longitudinal roof member, the rear C-bow including a first arc portion at a first end and a second arc portion at a second end, the rear C-bow arranged with the first and second longitudinal roof members such that the arc portions transition from a lateral to a longitudinal orientation relative to the vehicle body; and
a second bracket extending longitudinally and rearward and located at the rearward pillar of the vehicle body; and
a tubular roll bar having a first end sized for securement and disposal within the second bracket and a second end for securing to the vehicle body adjacent the rearward pillar,
wherein the members are arranged with one another to form a cage structure selectively removable from a vehicle body at a location adjacent a vehicle belt line.

US Pat. No. 10,689,035

SIDE RAIL AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF SIDE RAIL

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A side rail comprising:base members forming a main part of the side rail that extends along a vehicle body length direction and has a closed-section structure; and
plate members that are different in plate thickness and material from the base members, the plate members being fitted in a cutout or an opening formed at a portion of the base members, wherein
the plate members have a laser-welded joint that is a joint portion at which the plate members are joined to the base members by laser welding.

US Pat. No. 10,689,034

SUBFRAME FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A subframe for a motor vehicle, comprising;at least two structural elements extending in the longitudinal direction of the motor vehicle, provided with at least one structural element extending in the transverse direction of the motor vehicle and equipped with a plurality of first bearing elements for connecting the subframe to a chassis of the motor vehicle and with at least two second bearing elements for connecting an assembly at the subframe, wherein at least one of the first bearing elements and at least one of the second bearing elements are arranged at an at least one common bearing console, which is attached to the at least one structural element extending in the transverse direction of the motor vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,689,033

VEHICLE DRIVING ASSIST APPARATUS

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A vehicle driving assist apparatus comprising:a traveling environment recognizer configured to recognize a traveling environment of an own vehicle;
a target traveling path setting unit configured to set, on a basis of the traveling environment recognized by the traveling environment recognizer, a target traveling path onto a traveling lane of the own vehicle;
a traveling controller having an automatic driving mode, the automatic driving mode being configured to perform, on a basis of the target traveling path set by the target traveling path setting unit, a driving assist control that does not require a driver of the own vehicle to hold a steering wheel of the own vehicle;
a lane changing path setting unit configured to set a lane changing path and calculate a maximum steering speed, when the lane changing path setting unit determines, upon traveling in the automatic driving mode and on a basis of a preset condition, that making of a lane change is necessary, the lane changing path allowing the own vehicle to make the lane change from the traveling lane of the own vehicle to an adjacent lane, the maximum steering speed being a maximum speed of steering that is to be performed upon a steering control that causes the own vehicle to travel along the lane changing path;
a lane change controller configured to perform, on a basis of the lane changing path set by the lane changing path setting unit, a lane changing control that involves the steering control; and
a lane change urgency determining unit configured to determine, on a basis of information acquired by the traveling environment recognizer, urgency of making the lane change,
the lane change urgency determining unit being configured to change thresholds of the maximum steering speed to a second threshold that is greater than a first threshold when the urgency is determined by the lane change urgency determining unit as being high, the first threshold being a threshold of the maximum steering speed where the urgency is determined by the lane change urgency determining unit as not being high, and
the lane changing path setting unit being configured to restrain or prohibit execution of the making of the lane change when the maximum steering speed, upon the setting of the lane changing path by the lane changing path setting unit, is equal to or greater than the second threshold,
wherein the lane change urgency determining unit is configured to change the thresholds to the second threshold that is greater than the first threshold, through determining the urgency when an obstacle is present within a set distance ahead of the own vehicle in the target traveling path.

US Pat. No. 10,689,032

STEERING STABILIZING MEANS

SAF-HOLLAND GmbH, Bessen...

1. An actuating unit for use in a steering stabilizing apparatus, comprising:a housing;
a first transmission element; and
a second transmission element;
wherein the first transmission element and the second transmission element protrude into the housing from an outside and are configured to be displaced along a restoring axis;
wherein the first transmission element engages a first pressure element at a first end of the first transmission element and wherein the second transmission element engages a second pressure element at a first end of the second transmission element;
wherein the first pressure element and the second pressure element are disposed entirely within an interior of the housing and are subjected by a restoring arrangement to a restoring force acting along the restoring axis;
wherein the first transmission element comprises a first engagement section that is disposed outside of the housing and that is configured to transmit a force to a steering rod along the restoring axis in a first direction, and wherein the second transmission element comprises a second engagement section that is disposed outside of the housing and that is configured to transmit a force to the steering rod along the restoring axis in a second direction; and
wherein the first engagement section is configured to transmit no force to the steering rod opposite to the first direction, and/or wherein the second engagement section is designed to transmit no force to the steering rod opposite to the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,689,031

PASSIVE STEERING FOR TILTING VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A tilting vehicle having a front axle which can be actively steered by way of a steering system and a rear axle having two wheels that can be deflected individually in a vertical manner with respect to a vehicle body and that are independent of the steering system, wherein the wheels of the rear axle can be steered by a passive steering device configured to generate a steering force as a result of a vertical deflection of the wheels as the vehicle body tilts to one side and said steering force causes said wheels to steer towards the opposite-lying side.

US Pat. No. 10,689,030

DRIVING ASSIST SYSTEM

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A driving assist system comprising:a first detection unit configured to detect first rotational information that is information about rotation of a left wheel of a vehicle;
a second detection unit configured to detect second rotational information that is information about rotation of a right wheel of the vehicle; and
a processor configured to estimate a running turning radius of a running turning circle on a running route on which the vehicle drives from the first rotational information and the second rotational information,
wherein the processor calculates a correction value for correcting a steering angle of a steering unit configured to operate a steerable wheel of the vehicle based on the running turning radius, and
the processor calculates the correction value based on a provisional correction value obtained by multiplying a steering angle increase/decrease rate percent or an average steering angle increase/decrease rate percent value by a first correction coefficient, the steering angle increase/decrease rate percent being a ratio of a set turning radius of a set turning circle on a set route to a target point of travel to the running turning radius, the average steering angle increase/decrease rate percent value being an average value of a plurality of the steering angle increase/decrease rate percent, the first correction coefficient being less than one.

US Pat. No. 10,689,029

FOUR-WHEEL STEERING WITH FRONT/REAR MATCHING GEOMETRIES

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A high clearance sprayer with a four-wheel steering system, comprising:a steering input device configured to be manipulated by a user steering the high clearance sprayer to perform a steering maneuver;
a front steering system, comprising:
a pair of steerable front wheels that define:
a first wheel configured to pivot about a first generally vertical steering axis;
a second wheel configured to pivot about a second generally vertical steering axis;
a front steering actuator system configured to pivot the pair of steerable front wheels in a common direction during the steering maneuver to define a front steering direction and a front steering angle during the steering maneuver;
a rear steering system, comprising:
a pair of steerable rear wheels that define:
a third wheel configured to pivot about a third generally vertical steering axis;
a fourth wheel configured to pivot about a fourth generally vertical steering axis;
a rear steering actuator system configured to pivot the pair of steerable rear wheels in a common direction during the steering maneuver to define a rear steering direction and a rear steering angle during the steering maneuver; and
a steering control system configured to command the rear steering system to steer the pair of steerable rear wheels so that the rear steering angle has a common magnitude with the front steering angle.

US Pat. No. 10,689,028

CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MOTOR-DRIVEN POWER STEERING SYSTEM

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An apparatus for controlling a motor-driven power steering system, comprising:an information detection device programmed to detect information for a steering assistance and a pull-compensation control in a vehicle;
an MDPS basic logic device programmed to determine a steering-assist control value for the steering assistance from the information detected by the information detection device;
a state determination device programmed such that whether conditions corresponding to a state in which a driver does not manipulate a steering wheel and the vehicle is driven straight ahead, a state in which the vehicle is being decelerated, and a state in which a pulling of the vehicle occurs are satisfied, is determined based on the information detected by the information detection device;
a compensation logic device programmed wherein, when the conditions are determined to be satisfied, a pull-compensation control value is determined from the information detected by the information detection device using stored configuration information, a control target value is determined based on the steering-assist control value and the pull-compensation control value, and the control target value is output; and
a motor control logic device programmed to control an operation of a steering motor depending on the control target value output from the compensation logic device.

US Pat. No. 10,689,027

HYDRAULIC STEERING SYSTEM OF A WORK VEHICLE

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A hydraulic steering system of a work vehicle, comprising:a hydraulic cylinder assembly configured to receive hydraulic fluid, wherein the hydraulic cylinder assembly comprises:
a hydraulic cylinder comprising a first longitudinal end portion and a second longitudinal end portion;
a shaft assembly disposed within the hydraulic cylinder, comprising:
a first shaft part extending within the hydraulic cylinder and comprising a first piston integrally formed thereon, wherein the first piston is configured to receive a first force from the hydraulic fluid that causes the shaft assembly to move relative to the hydraulic cylinder; and
a second shaft part extending within the hydraulic cylinder and comprising a second piston, wherein the second shaft part is coupled to the first shaft part, and the second piston is configured to receive a second force from the hydraulic fluid that causes the shaft assembly to move relative to the hydraulic cylinder,
wherein the first shaft part and the second shaft part are coupled to one another via a snap ring; and
a plurality of sealing members configured to extend radially between the hydraulic cylinder and the shaft assembly to separate the hydraulic cylinder into a first chamber comprising the first piston and a second chamber comprising the second piston, wherein the first chamber and the second chamber are fluidly isolated from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,689,026

CONTROL DEVICE FOR ELECTRIC POWER STEERING DEVICE

NSK LTD., Tokyo (JP)

1. A control device for an electric power steering device that applies an auxiliary steering force to a steering mechanism of a vehicle by a rotational force of a motor, the control device comprising:a vehicle-side ECU, which comprises:
a vehicle motion control section which calculates a steering angle command value ?ref and modifies a target value for a lateral position of the vehicle when a disturbance such as crosswind occurs, where the steering angle command value ?ref calculated in the vehicle motion control section is input to a steering angle control section in an EPS-side ECU; and
the EPS-side ECU, which comprises:
the steering angle control section which controls a steering angle of the steering mechanism based on an input steering angle command value ?ref; and
a switching determination/gradual change gain generating section which generates gradual change gains, by which steering angle control output from the steering angle control section and assist control output from an assist control section are multiplied, and multiplies the gradual change gains to make a determination to switch between a steering angle control mode by the steering angle control section and an assist control mode by the assist control section,
wherein the steering angle control section comprises:
a steering angle calculating section which outputs a detected steering-wheel angle ?h as an actual steering angle ?r when an input steering angle abnormality determination signal indicates normal; and
a position control section which derives a steering angular velocity command value ?ref based on an input target steering angle ?t and the actual steering angle ?r.

US Pat. No. 10,689,025

STEERING DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING A STEERING DEVICE

TRW AUTOMOTIVE GMBH, Alf...

1. A steering device for a motor vehicle, the steering device comprising a steering element for steering the motor vehicle, and an actuating element by means of which wheels of the motor vehicle are adjusted as a function of an actuation of the steering element, the steering element having a steering assist unit associated therewith for active return of the steering element, the steering assist unit comprising a motor and an open- and closed-loop control unit which drives the motor for generating an assist torque, the open- and closed- loop control unit receiving data from a first sensor which directly senses a position of the actuating element, and driving the motor as a function of the position of the actuating element, and receives data from a second sensor which directly senses a velocity of the actuating element.

US Pat. No. 10,689,024

METHOD FOR DETERMINING ASSIST TORQUE OF POWER STEERING SYSTEM

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for determining an assist torque of a power steering system in a vehicle, the method comprising:setting, by an electronic control unit (ECU), an initial slope indicating a correlation between a driver steering torque and a vehicle lateral acceleration, wherein the initial slope is a tangential slope at a lowest point of the vehicle lateral acceleration defined in a diagram;
setting, by the electronic control unit (ECU), a maximum driver steering torque, which is a maximum value of a steering torque that a driver applies through a steering wheel of the vehicle;
calculating, by the electronic control unit (ECU), an assist torque based on the driver steering torque in response to performance of a steering assist, from the set initial slope and maximum driver steering torque, and vehicle eigen value information based on a predetermined equation;
generating, by the electronic control unit (ECU), a torque map in which an assist torque value is set based on the driver assist torque upon the performance of the steering assist using assist torque values obtained for each driver steering torque detected by a torque sensor;
determining, by the electronic control unit (ECU), the assist torque value corresponding to the driver steering torque using the generated torque map; and
controlling, by the electronic control unit (ECU), driving of a motor based on the determined assist torque value so as to perform the steering assist.

US Pat. No. 10,689,023

RACK-AND-PINION STEERING SYSTEM FOR MOTOR VEHICLES

TRW AUTOMOTIVE GMBH, Alf...

1. A rack-and-pinion steering for a motor vehicle, comprisinga rack having a longitudinal axis,
a rack housing in which the rack is guided for axial displacement between two end stops which are formed in the rack housing and wherein the rack housing comprises a first supporting surface and a second supporting surface, and
at least one end stop damping assembly for the rack, the end stop damping assembly being received in the rack housing,
the end stop damping assembly including a compression body for damping a movement of the rack-and-pinion steering to one of the two end stops and a stop member, the stop member being mounted to the rack housing for limited displacement in a first axial direction and/or a second axial direction in relation to the rack housing, and
the stop member resting against the first supporting surface of the rack housing at least partly by means of the compression body in a first axial end position,
wherein the stop member rests against the second supporting surface of the rack housing in an opposite, second axial end position,
wherein the compression body is received in an axial depression in the front face of the stop member and projects axially beyond the stop member.

US Pat. No. 10,689,022

STEERING WHEEL GRIP DETECTION DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A steering wheel grip detection device comprising:a first series circuit including a first heater and a first inductance element in series, the first heater being arranged between a first connecting point and a second connecting point, and the first inductance element being arranged between the second connecting point and a third connecting point;
a first lead electrically connected to the second connecting point on the first series circuit;
a thermostat connected in series with the first series circuit via the first connecting point;
a capacitive element electrically connected in parallel with the first series circuit, the capacitive element being arranged between the first connecting point and the third connecting point; and
a first electrostatic sensor circuit that is electrically connected to the first lead and that detects contact with a steering wheel by a capacitance value of the first heater.

US Pat. No. 10,689,021

AUTOMATIC LOAD MOVER

1. A method for controlling a vehicle using a device that can be mechanically attached to the vehicle, the method comprising:monitoring received input from one or more sensors oriented to detect the position of a user with respect to the vehicle when the device is mechanically attached to the vehicle;
approximating the user's longitudinal position with respect to the vehicle based upon the monitoring;
approximating the user's lateral position behind the vehicle based upon the monitoring; and
controlling the device to move the vehicle based upon the approximate lateral and longitudinal positions of the user with respect to the vehicle such that the device maintains a predetermined lateral and longitudinal spatial relationship between the user and the vehicle,
wherein the device is a two-wheeled device comprising: a first motor configured to drive a first wheel; a second motor configured to drive a second wheel; the one or more sensors; one or more processors; a memory, and a selectively attachable mechanical attachment configured to mechanically attach the device to the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,689,020

DOCKING STATION AND MOTOR VEHICLE AND STROLLER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A stroller comprising:at least one seat receiver having at least one seat rail being arranged within a passenger compartment of a vehicle fastened, via a fastener, to a passenger seat, the passenger seat being configured to receive the stroller on a side that a rear door is arranged in an absence of a B-pillar; and
a docking station having a control unit configured to provide information about a stroller mounting and docking status via an electrical connection that connects to a power supply such that the stroller is docked onto the docking station via a ramp configured to move between loading and traveling positions.

US Pat. No. 10,689,019

LOAD MANEUVERING

KEVIN MYERS, LLC, Berkle...

1. A method to maneuver a load with an apparatus, the method comprising:providing a set of uprights, including:
spacing a set of front legs laterally apart from one another, to extend in a generally vertical direction, and
spacing a set of rear legs laterally apart from one another and longitudinally from the set of front legs, to extend in a generally vertical direction;
coupling a set of front arms to the set of front legs in a generally vertically adjustable manner;
coupling a set of rear arms to the set of rear legs in a generally vertically adjustable manner;
providing a set of rollers to support the front and rear legs to facilitate rolling of the apparatus over the ground;
suspending a load in a space between the front arms and the rear arms;
coupling adjustable links between the front legs and the rear legs;
adjustably moving the uprights in a direction toward one another to raise the load and in a direction away from one another to lower the load, using the adjustable links.

US Pat. No. 10,689,018

COLLAPSIBLE CART

OHC, IP Holdings, LLC, E...

1. A grill, comprising:a firebox comprising a downward projection; and
a collapsible cart, comprising:
a base frame;
a front side frame coupled with the base frame, and configured to move from a collapsed, first position to an upright, second position;
left and right side frames, each coupled with the base frame, and configured to move from a collapsed, first position to an upright, second position;
a back side frame coupled with the base frame, and configured to move from a collapsed, first position to an upright, second position;
wherein the front side frame comprises first and second locking devices configured to secure the front side frame to the left and right side frames, respectively, when the first and second locking devices are actuated from a first, non-engaged position to a second, engaged position;
wherein each of the first and second locking devices are configured such that a portion of each of the first and second locking devices extends upwardly above an upper-most surface of the front side frame when (i) the front side frame is in the second, upright position and (ii) the first and second locking devices are in the first, non-engaged position;
wherein the base frame defines a first slot configured to receive the downward projection from the firebox when the front side frame, the back side frame, the left side frame, and the right side frame are in the respective collapsed, first positions and the firebox is disposed on the cart thereby coupling the firebox to the collapsible cart;
wherein the left side frame or the right side frame defines a second slot configured to receive the downward projection from the firebox when the front side frame, the back side frame, the left side frame, and the right side frame are in the respective upright, second positions and the firebox is disposed on the cart thereby coupling the firebox to the collapsible cart.

US Pat. No. 10,689,017

CHARGING CART ASSEMBLY

MASSP Inovations LLC, Sp...

1. A charging cart assembly comprising:a frame having a handle;
at least one wheel rotatably mounted to the frame,
wherein the frame and at least one wheel contact a ground surface when in a first position;
a swivel plate assembly mounted to the frame, the swivel plate assembly including a tank securing device;
a tool bag support secured to the frame; and
an attachment device secured to the frame, the attachment device arranged and designed to support a gauge,
wherein in the first position the swivel plate assembly and the tool bag support are positioned forward of the at least one wheel and the handle is positioned rearward of the at least one wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,689,016

ROUTE EXAMINING SYSTEM

GE Global Sourcing LLC, ...

1. A system comprising: a route examining system configured to be disposed on a leading vehicle system and configured to examine a route on which the leading vehicle system is moving by injecting an examination signal into the route at a first location and monitoring electrical characteristics of the route at a second location to determine whether the route is damaged, the route examining system configured to generate an inspection signal based on the examination of the route, the inspection signal indicating a status of a route segment as damaged based on an absence of the examination signal at the second location or not damaged based on a presence of the examination signal at the second location, wherein the inspection signal is not injected into the route; and an off-board failsafe controller configured to communicate with the route examining system, the off-board failsafe controller configured to receive the inspection signal from the route examining system, wherein the off-board failsafe controller is configured to send a warning signal to a trailing vehicle system on the route responsive to the inspection signal indicating the status of the route segment as damaged, wherein the off-board failsafe controller also is configured to send the warning signal to the trailing vehicle system responsive to a lack of receipt of the inspection signal from the route examining system within a designated time period, the lack of receipt of the inspection signal indicating communication loss with the route examining system, and wherein the warning signal directs the trailing vehicle system to automatically change movement of the trailing vehicle system to (i) avoid traveling over the route segment or (ii) travel over the route segment at a reduced speed relative to the trailing vehicle system not receiving the warning signal from the off-board failsafe controller.

US Pat. No. 10,689,015

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND MAINTENANCE TERMINAL

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. An information processing system comprising:an identification data acquirer to acquire (i) first classification information indicating a classification of equipment mounted on a train, (ii) first positional information including a formation number of the train, and (iii) an equipment identification number unique to the equipment that are transmitted to a maintenance terminal;
a vehicle management data acquirer to acquire (i) second classification information indicating a classification of the equipment, (ii) second positional information including a formation number of the train, and (iii) equipment state information indicating a state of the equipment that are held in a device mounted on the train; and
a state history identifier to associate the equipment state information and the equipment identification number with each other upon determination that (i) the first positional information and the second positional information match each other, and (ii) the first classification information and the second classification information match each other.

US Pat. No. 10,689,014

VEHICLE OPERATION CONTROL SYSTEM

GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC, ...

1. A control system for a vehicle consist, the control comprising:an operator management (OM) controller that includes first and second interfaces, the first interface electrically coupled to an operator controller of a first vehicle of a vehicle consist, the second interface electrically coupled to a local control system of the first vehicle, the vehicle consist including the first vehicle and a second vehicle that is a different model than the first vehicle, the second vehicle logically or mechanically coupled with the first vehicle;
wherein the OM controller is logically interposed between the operator controller and the local control system and is configured to:
receive an operator command via the first interface from the operator controller and receive signals of one or more external conditions relating to operation of the first vehicle from one or more sensors;
evaluate the received operator command relative to one or more trigger conditions, one or more sensed external conditions, and one or more operating limits of the second vehicle;
modify the operator command to generate a modified operator command that is different from the operator command that is received via the first interface responsive to the one or more trigger conditions being met, and
send the modified operator command via the second interface to the local control system to control operation of the first vehicle based on the modified operator command and via a communication link to the second vehicle to control operation of the second vehicle based on the modified operator command,
wherein the OM controller is configured to generate the modified operator command based on the operating limits of the second vehicle so that both the first vehicle and the second vehicle are controlled to operate within the operating limits of the second vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,689,013

TESTING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CHECKING A DEFINED PROFILE OF A TRAIN OF VEHICLES, IN PARTICULAR RAIL VEHICLES

Siemens Mobility GmbH, M...

1. A testing device for monitoring a defined profile of a train of vehicles, the testing device comprising:at least one sensor device configured to detect a compliance or non-compliance with the profile from onboard the train itself, said at least one sensor device determining a test signal being representative of the compliance or non-compliance with the profile, at least as a function of an orientation of the train; and
an evaluation device configured to evaluate the test signal and independently recognize when detection of the profile by said at least one sensor device is impossible or erroneous.

US Pat. No. 10,689,012

RAILROAD FREIGHT CAR ACCESS FITTINGS

National Steel Car Limite...

1. A trackside access assembly for a railroad freight car, said access assembly comprising:a fixed portion and at least one movable portion;
said fixed portion being mountable to body structure of the railroad freight car;
said fixed portion including at least a first step and a pair of spaced apart ladder stanchions;
said at least one movable portion including at least one of a left hand handhold and a right hand handhold;
said movable portion being movable between a deployed position and a retracted position;
in said deployed position said handholds being raised relative to said fixed portion;
said movable portion being releasably securable in said deployed position and in said retracted position; and
said fixed portion includes at least a second step spaced upwardly from said first step.

US Pat. No. 10,689,011

WAGON AND VEHICLE BODY ASSEMBLY THEREOF

CRRC Qiqihar Rolling Stoc...

1. A car body assembly of a freight train, comprising at least two bogies, and an underframe and a car body both supported on the two bogies, wherein the car body comprises a middle car body, and a discharge opening of the middle car body is arranged between the two bogies, and at least one end of the middle car body is further provided with an end car body, and a predetermined space is defined above the respective bogie by adjacent end walls of the middle car body and the end car body;wherein:
the car body assembly of the freight train further comprises a top cover opening and closing drive mechanism and two sub-top covers of the car body assembly, wherein, the two sub-top covers are arranged symmetrically in a left-right direction with respect to a traveling direction of the train, and the top cover opening and closing drive mechanism is configured to drive the two sub-top covers to oppositely rotate with respect to the car body to be joined or separated;
the top cover opening and closing drive mechanism comprises a cylinder and two rocker arms arranged corresponding to the two sub-top covers respectively and fixedly connected to the two sub-top covers respectively, and the two rocker arms are each hinged to an end wall of the car body, and are hinged to each other by a connecting rod, and the cylinder is configured to drive one of the two rocker arms to rotate about a hinge point of the corresponding rocker arm and the end wall, and
in a case that a loading opening of the car body is in a closed state, the two rocker arms are in parallel with each other; a hinge point, where one of the two rocker arms is hinged to the connecting rod, is located above a connecting line between hinge points where the two rocker arms are hinged to the end wall; and a hinge point, where the other one of the two rocker arms is hinged to the connecting rod, is located below the connecting line between the hinge points where the two rocker arms are hinged to the end wall.

US Pat. No. 10,689,009

METHOD, DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR WARNING ABOUT A WRONG-WAY DRIVE SITUATION FOR A VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for warning about a wrong-way drive situation for a vehicle, the method comprising:reading in a wrong-way drive signal by a first interface to a wrong-way drive detection unit, the wrong-way drive signal representing the wrong-way drive situation;
evaluating the wrong-way drive signal to determine a piece of role information, the piece of role information representing a role of the vehicle with respect to the wrong-way drive situation;
generating at least one warning signal to warn about the wrong-way drive situation using the piece of role information, the at least one warning signal representing at least one role-dependent warning message; and
providing the at least one warning signal to a second interface to at least one output unit for outputting the at least one warning signal in the vehicle,
wherein, in the generating, at least one warning signal is generated which represents at least one role-dependent behavior recommendation for occupants of the vehicle, and
wherein, in the providing, the at least one warning signal is provided to output the at least one behavior recommendation after the at least one warning message when an expiration of a predefinable output time duration and/or a reaction of a user in the vehicle to the at least one output warning message is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,689,008

METHOD FOR ASSISTING A DRIVER OF A SINGLE-TRACK MOTOR VEHICLE IN ORDER TO DRIVE THROUGH A BEND SAFELY

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A method for assisting a driver of a single-track motor vehicle during a journey in order to safely drive through a bend, the method comprising the acts of:comparing at least one current driving state variable and driver-specific driving dynamics variables with an imminent driving situation, and when a danger threshold value is reached or exceeded outputting a warning signal,
wherein
a current speed of the motor vehicle is recorded as a current driving state variable by use of a speed sensor and is transmitted to a computing and memory unit,
both previously adopted oblique positions of the single-track motor vehicle and previously adopted brake pressures and/or brake pressure gradients are stored as driver-specific driving dynamics variables by the computing and memory unit,
in order to evaluate the imminent driving situation, a bend radius of a bend which is to be traveled on next is determined by use of a navigation unit and transmitted to the computing and memory unit,
the previously adopted oblique positions are detected by an inclination sensor and transmitted via inclination sensor signals to the computing and memory unit which stores and evaluates the inclination sensor signals, and
the previously adopted brake pressures and/or brake pressure gradients are detected by a brake pressure sensor and transmitted via brake pressure signals to the computing and memory unit which stores and evaluates the brake pressure signals.

US Pat. No. 10,689,007

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE OPERATING APPARATUS AND AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE OPERATING METHOD

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. An autonomous vehicle operating apparatus including one or more processing circuits, comprising:a traveling condition detector configured to detect a traveling condition of an autonomous vehicle;
a circumferential condition detector configured to detect a circumferential condition of the autonomous vehicle, and
installed in the autonomous vehicle and having a first autonomous traveling mode for traveling without operation by a driver and a second autonomous traveling mode for traveling semi-autonomously in accordance with an operation by the driver according to the traveling condition and the circumferential condition, wherein
an operating section setting unit configured to define an operating section in which the autonomous vehicle travels in the second autonomous traveling mode according to at least one of the traveling condition and the circumferential condition;
an operating unit configured to detect an operation operated by the driver; and
a vehicle control unit configured to control the autonomous vehicle to travel with the second autonomous traveling mode when the operating unit detects the operation of the driver during a period in which the autonomous vehicle travels in the operating section, and configured to control the autonomous vehicle to stop when the operating unit does not detect the operation of the driver,
wherein the operating unit includes an input device which has no direct relation to the operation by the driver,
the vehicle control unit continues the first autonomous traveling mode in the operating section as long as the operation via the operating unit continues, and stops the autonomous vehicle when the operation via the operating unit stops,
the operating unit detect the operation before entering into the operating section, and
the vehicle control unit stops the autonomous vehicle before entering into the operating section when the operation is not detected.

US Pat. No. 10,689,006

MONITORING SYSTEM FOR AN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A monitoring system for monitoring a control system of an autonomous vehicle, wherein the monitoring system is developed and set up independently of the control system of the autonomous vehicle:to monitor the functions of the control system in order to detect malfunctions of the control system; and
to report a detected malfunction of the control system to an external monitoring station, wherein the control system is developed to report to the monitoring system at least one of a start and an end of a first function performed by the control system and at least one of a start and an end of a second function performed by the control system such that the monitoring system detects an error on the basis of a comparison of the at least one of the start and the end of the first function and at least one of the start and the end of the second function.

US Pat. No. 10,689,005

TRAVELING ASSIST DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A traveling assist device comprising:a recognition unit configured to recognize an object around a vehicle and lanes of a road in which the vehicle is traveling based on detection information acquired from one or more surrounding detection sensors that detect the object and the lanes;
a traveling control unit configured to control a lane change of the vehicle based on at least a result of recognition by the recognition unit;
a sensor determination unit configured to determine whether the surrounding detection sensors are normal or abnormal; and
a control decision unit configured to decide whether the traveling control unit controls the lane change based on a result of determination by the sensor determination unit, wherein
the control decision unit decides that the traveling control unit controls the lane change in response to the sensor determination unit determining that all the surrounding detection sensors are normal, and
in response to the sensor determination unit determining that at least one of the surrounding detection sensors is abnormal, the control decision unit:
causes the traveling control unit to terminate controlling the lane change if the vehicle traveling in a present lane has not entered an adjacent lane as a lane change destination; and
causes the traveling control unit to continue controlling the lane change by at least one of making a velocity of the vehicle greater than before occurrence of the abnormality in the surrounding detection sensors and increasing a steering angle if at least part of the vehicle has entered the adjacent lane.

US Pat. No. 10,689,004

MONITORING SYSTEM FOR DETECTING DEGRADATION OF A PROPULSION SUBSYSTEM

GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC, ...

1. A system comprising:a sensor configured to detect a parameter of a propulsion subsystem of a vehicle; and
one or more controllers,
wherein at least one of the one or more controllers is configured to generate a first trip plan and to automatically control the vehicle according to the first trip plan;
wherein at least one of the one or more controllers is operatively connected to the sensor and configured to receive the parameter of the propulsion subsystem, calculate a cumulative damage of a component of the propulsion subsystem based on the parameter, and determine an end of life of the component relative to the cumulative damage;
wherein at least one of the one or more controllers is configured to generate a new trip plan or modify the first trip plan into a modified trip plan based on at least one of the cumulative damage or the end of life, where the new trip plan or the modified trip plan is configured, during operation of the vehicle according to the new trip plan or the modified trip plan, for at least one of an adjustment in velocity or avoiding one or more operating conditions of the vehicle, relative to the first trip plan, which results in less wear or use of the component relative to operation of the vehicle according to the first trip plan;
wherein the propulsion subsystem includes an oil filter, the one or more controllers configured to identify an amount of time between a shut down to reduce oil from passing through oil filter; and
wherein the one or more controllers are configured to use the amount of time to determine at least one of a clean oil filter, a mass on the oil filter, or damage to the oil filter.

US Pat. No. 10,689,003

MANAGING SELF-DRIVING BEHAVIOR OF AUTONOMOUS OR SEMI-AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE BASED UPON ACTUAL DRIVING BEHAVIOR OF DRIVER

State Farm Mutual Automob...

1. A system for managing a self-driving behavior of a self-driving vehicle, the system comprising:a communication element configured to receive and transmit signals via a network;
a memory element configured to store information; and
a processing element electronically coupled to the communication element and the memory element and configured to perform the following:
collecting telematics data regarding an actual driving behavior of a driver in a manual driving mode;
accessing pre-existing telematics data via the communication element regarding the actual driving behavior of the driver in the manual driving mode;
creating a custom control based upon the collected and accessed pre-existing telematics data, the custom control including not exceeding a limit that is determined by collecting driving behavior data of a plurality of drivers, determining a safe operating range for driving based upon the collected driving behavior data, and basing the limit on the determined safe operating range; and
applying the custom control to manage the self-driving behavior of the self-driving vehicle in a self-driving mode.

US Pat. No. 10,689,002

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING SAFETY SCORE OF DRIVER

BEIJING DIDI INFINITY TEC...

1. A system, comprising:a non-transitory storage medium storing a set of instructions for providing an offer to enter a contract to a driver;
processing circuits in communication with the non-transitory storage medium, wherein when executing the set of instructions, the processing circuits are directed to:
obtain signals including historical transportation service transaction data associated with an identification of a target driver;
extract at least one target feature based on the historical transportation service transaction data;
obtain signals including an estimation model for estimating a safety score that reflects a safety expectation of a driver during transportation services;
determine a safety score associated with the target driver based on the estimation model and the at least one target feature; and
provide an offer to enter a contract to the target driver based on the safety score
wherein to obtain the signals including the estimation model, the processing circuits are directed to:
obtain signals including historical transportation service transaction data and signals including historical vehicle accident compensation data associated with identifications of a plurality of drivers;
generate training data based on the historical transportation service transaction data and the historical vehicle accident compensation data; and
determine the estimation model based on the training data.

US Pat. No. 10,689,001

METHOD FOR NON-MICROSLIP BASED DUAL CLUTCH TRANSMISSION POWER ON UP SHIFT

Eaton Cummins Automated T...

1. A method of controlling a dual clutch transmission power on up shift, including an on-coming clutch and an off-going clutch, comprising:implementing a first phase that establishes an on-coming first phase torque of the on-coming clutch and an off-going first phase torque of the off-going clutch such that a first phase slippage between the on-coming clutch and the off-going clutch does not occur, wherein the first phase further comprises:
decreasing the off-going first phase torque on the off-going clutch;
determining a first phase slip point of the off-going clutch when the first phase slippage occurs; and
adding a bump torque to the off-going clutch when the off-going clutch begins to slip at the slip point, the bump torque preventing any further off-going slip;
implementing a second phase, after the first phase, wherein an on-coming second phase torque of the on-coming clutch is increased and an off-going second phase torque of the off-going clutch is simultaneously decreased such that a combination of the on-coming second phase torque of the on-coming clutch and the off-going second phase torque of the off-going clutch is greater than a second phase slip point, until the off-going second phase torque of the off-going clutch reaches a baseline off-going second phase torque of the off-going clutch; and
implementing a third phase, after the second phase, wherein a net negative torque is imparted to the engine by increasing an on-coming third phase torque of the on-coming clutch.

US Pat. No. 10,689,000

PLUG-IN HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE COLD WEATHER MOTIVE WARM UP STRATEGY

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A method of operating an HVAC system for a hybrid electric vehicle, the vehicle including a drivetrain having a both an engine and a motor connected via a clutch for driving the vehicle, the engine including coolant that is operably connected to the HVAC system for delivering heat from the engine to the HVAC system, the method comprising:determining, by a first temperature sensor, an ambient temperature external the vehicle;
determining, by a second temperature sensor, a fluid temperature of an engine coolant of the vehicle;
determining, by a controller, whether the HVAC system is in a heating mode; and
operating the clutch to engage the engine and cause the engine to provide motive power to the wheels when: a) the temperature external the vehicle is lower than a first predetermined value, b) the temperature of the engine coolant is lower than a second predetermined value, and c) the HVAC system is in a heating mode.

US Pat. No. 10,688,999

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

Mazda Motor Corporation, ...

1. A vehicle control device for a vehicle, the vehicle comprising:a drive source for generating torque as a driving force that causes the vehicle to travel;
a drive source control mechanism for controlling the torque generation by the drive source;
a driving force transmission mechanism for transmitting the generated torque to vehicle wheels; and
an engageable element provided in the driving force transmission mechanism;
wherein the control device comprises:
a processor configured to execute:
an engagement state change controlling module for executing an engagement state change control in which an engagement state of the engageable element is changed;
a vehicle attitude controlling module for controlling an attitude of the vehicle by driving the drive source control mechanism to reduce the generated torque so as to decelerate the vehicle when a condition is satisfied, the condition being that the vehicle is traveling and a steering angle related value that is related to a steering angle of a steering device increases; and
an engagement state change restricting module for restricting the execution of the engagement state change control while the vehicle attitude control is executed.

US Pat. No. 10,688,998

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control apparatus for a four-wheel drive vehicle, comprising:a drive device configured to generate a driving force;
a driving force transmission device configured to transmit the driving force to a left front wheel, a right front wheel, a left rear wheel, and a right rear wheel;
a braking device including a hydraulic circuit including a flow path through which brake fluid flows, a plurality of solenoid valves, a pump, and a drive unit configured to drive the pump, the braking device being configured to apply a braking force independently to each of the left front wheel, the right front wheel, the left rear wheel, and the right rear wheel in accordance with a hydraulic pressure of the brake fluid supplied from the hydraulic circuit;
a temperature acquisition device configured to execute one of acquisition and estimation of a temperature of one of: the plurality of solenoid valves; and the drive unit, as an actuator temperature; and
a controller configured to start traction control of causing the braking device to apply the braking force to a wheel having a wheel slip index value equal to or more than a predetermined control start threshold value, the wheel slip index value being correlated with a wheel speed difference, which is a difference between a wheel speed of each of the left front wheel, the right front wheel, the left rear wheel, and the right rear wheel and a reference speed,
wherein the controller is configured to:
select a low-side wheel speed, which is any one of a first low wheel speed, which is the lowest wheel speed, and a second low wheel speed, which is the second lowest wheel speed, out of the wheel speeds of the left front wheel, the right front wheel, the left rear wheel, and the right rear wheel, as the reference speed when the actuator temperature is lower than a predetermined first temperature threshold value; and
select a wheel speed that is different from the highest wheel speed, and is higher than the low-side wheel speed selected as the reference speed when the actuator temperature is lower than the predetermined first temperature threshold value, out of the wheel speeds of the left front wheel, the right front wheel, the left rear wheel, and the right rear wheel, as the reference speed when the actuator temperature is equal to or higher than the predetermined first temperature threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,688,997

LANE MERGING DETERMINATION APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A lane merging determination apparatus for determining whether lanes of a road merge in front of an own vehicle, comprising:a processor;
a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium; and
a set of computer-executable instructions stored on the non-transitory computer-readable storage medium that cause the processor to:
generate a first path, which is a prospective traveling path of the own vehicle, the first path generated based on a history of positions of the own vehicle;
generate a second path corresponding to a traveling path of an adjacent vehicle, which is one of vehicles present ahead of the own vehicle and runs in a lane adjacent to a driving lane of the own vehicle, the second path generated based on a history of positions of the adjacent vehicle;
determine whether or not the first path and the second path intersect with each other;
determine that the lanes merge with each other in front of the own vehicle, based on determining that the first path and the second path intersect with each other;
output a merging determination signal that indicates whether the lanes are determined to merge with each other in front of the own vehicle, the merging determination signal being output to at least one of an alarm unit and a vehicle control unit to perform at least one of an alarm output and a vehicle control based on whether the lanes are determined to merge with each other in front of the own vehicle;
select the traveling path of the adjacent vehicle based on a lateral position, which is a position on a traveling path in a width direction of the own vehicle generated from the history of positions of the own vehicle and a lateral distance from a lateral position of the own vehicle; and
generate the second path from the selected traveling path of the adjacent vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,688,996

METHOD TO OPERATE A VEHICLE CONGESTION ASSISTANT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method to operate a motor vehicle comprising:evaluating sensor data input to a congestion assistant to define a value indicative of a signal roughness of the sensor data, the signal roughness value being defined by incrementing a counter for each detected signal jump of a plurality of signal jumps from one signal of the sensor data and within a time interval; and
generating a suppression signal that prevents automatic activation of the congestion assistant responsive to the signal roughness value being greater than a threshold value level of signal roughness.

US Pat. No. 10,688,995

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING TRAVEL AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING TRAVEL OF VEHICLE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A travel control method for a vehicle wherein a certain target inter-vehicle distance is set from among a plurality of settable target inter-vehicle distances and a subject vehicle is controlled to follow, in an automated or autonomous manner, a traveling trajectory of a preceding vehicle traveling ahead of the subject vehicle,the travel control method comprising, when a trajectory-following travel mode for following the traveling trajectory of the preceding vehicle in the automated or autonomous manner transitions from an OFF state to an ON state, setting the target inter-vehicle distance between the subject vehicle and the preceding vehicle to a relatively small value from among the settable values.

US Pat. No. 10,688,994

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicle control apparatus comprising:a preceding vehicle detecting unit that detects a preceding vehicle ahead of an own vehicle;
a movement trajectory acquiring unit that acquires a movement trajectory of a target preceding vehicle;
a target route setting unit that sets a target route on which the own vehicle is to travel, based on the movement trajectory of the target preceding vehicle;
an own vehicle control unit that performs travelling control of the own vehicle so as to follow the target preceding vehicle on the target route;
an obstacle detecting unit that detects an obstacle ahead of the own vehicle; and
a target route changing unit that changes the target route by increasing a first separation distance between the obstacle and a parallel portion of the target route that is parallel to the obstacle.

US Pat. No. 10,688,993

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM WITH TRAFFIC DRIVING CONTROL

MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC., ...

1. A control system for a vehicle, said control system comprising:a camera disposed at a vehicle equipped with said control system, said camera having a field of view exterior of the equipped vehicle;
an image processor operable to process image data captured by said camera;
wherein said image processor is operable to process image data to detect another vehicle in the field of view of said camera;
wherein, responsive at least in part to image processing of image data by said image processor, said control system determines traffic lanes on a road along which the equipped vehicle is traveling;
wherein, responsive at least in part to image processing of image data by said image processor, said control system determines the traffic lane being traveled by the equipped vehicle;
wherein, at least in part via image processing of image data by said image processor, said control system determines a leading vehicle ahead of the equipped vehicle that is traveling in the traffic lane being traveled by the equipped vehicle;
wherein said control system is operable to determine a traffic condition where two traffic lanes change to a different number of traffic lanes;
wherein the traffic lane being traveled by the equipped vehicle is one of the two traffic lanes that change to the different number of traffic lanes;
wherein, responsive to determination of the traffic condition and responsive to detection of the leading vehicle moving from the traffic lane being traveled by the equipped vehicle into another traffic lane, said control system controls the steering system of the equipped vehicle to follow the leading vehicle into the other traffic lane; and
wherein the other traffic lane that the equipped vehicle moves into is a traffic lane of the road after the two traffic lanes change to the different number of traffic lanes.

US Pat. No. 10,688,992

LANE DEPARTURE PREVENTION APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A lane departure prevention apparatus comprising a controller,the controller being programmed to:
determine whether or not a departure condition is satisfied, the departure condition being a condition that there is a possibility that a vehicle departs from a driving lane on which the vehicle is currently traveling;
when the departure condition is satisfied, select at least one of a steering apparatus and a braking apparatus of the vehicle, on the basis of a traveling state of the vehicle, for controlling the vehicle to prevent the vehicle from departing from the driving lane; and
determine whether or not a predetermined abnormality condition is satisfied, the abnormality condition is a condition that it is difficult for a person in the vehicle to normally drive the vehicle,
when the departure condition and the abnormality condition are both satisfied, prevent the vehicle from departing from the driving lane by controlling at least the braking apparatus without controlling the steering apparatus for preventing the vehicle from departing from the driving lane.

US Pat. No. 10,688,991

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR UNPROTECTED MANEUVER MITIGATION IN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method of path planning for a vehicle, the method comprising:receiving sensor data relating to an environment associated with the vehicle;
defining a region of interest for the vehicle surrounding an intended maneuver for the vehicle, based on the sensor data;
constructing, via a processor, a lattice solver graph comprising a lattice of a plurality of connected nodes and transitions therebetween, each of the plurality of connected nodes comprising a time and a corresponding state of the vehicle, each state including a position and a velocity of the vehicle and nearby objects at a time corresponding to a particular node, and each transition representing an acceleration of the vehicle between respective connected nodes; wherein a first node representing a current time and a current state of the vehicle, wherein each subsequent node is dependent upon on one or more prior nodes;
generating, via the processor, a directed graph that includes a respective associated cost with each of the connected nodes and with transitions therebetween of the lattice solver graph, based on a cost function as applied to the state of the vehicle, at one of a plurality of points in time corresponding to a respective node; and
performing, via the processor, a search of the directed graph, based on the associated costs of each node of the lattice solver graph, to determine a selected path for the vehicle through the region of interest that minimizes a total cost via the directed graph and the lattice solver graph.

US Pat. No. 10,688,990

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COLLISION AVOIDANCE OF VEHICLE

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. A system for controlling collision avoidance, the system comprising:a camera module disposed in a host vehicle to have a field of view of an interior or an exterior of the host vehicle and configured to capture image data and process the captured image data; and
a controller configured to perform processing, based at least partially on processing of the image data,
wherein the controller comprises:
a warning signal receiver configured to receive an emergency braking warning signal for a forward collision of the host vehicle;
a traveling environment detector configured to detect object information, road information, and space information pertaining to areas in front of, to a side of, or in back of the host vehicle, based at least partially on the processed image data when the warning signal is received;
an emergency braking determiner configured to determine whether a risk of the forward collision of the host vehicle is larger than or equal to a first threshold value when the warning signal is received;
an avoidance area determiner configured to search for drivable lanes of the host vehicle and one or more candidate areas in a space according to the determined risk of the forward collision, calculate a score of each of the one or more candidate areas, determine an avoidance area based on the calculated score, and set an avoidance path for the avoidance area; and
a control signal output unit configured to output steering and speed control signals for moving the host vehicle to the avoidance area along the avoidance path,
wherein, when the calculated score is larger than or equal to a second threshold value, the avoidance area determiner determines a candidate area having a largest score among the one or more candidate areas, each having a score larger than or equal to the second threshold value, to be the avoidance area, and
wherein, when the calculated score is smaller than the second threshold value, the avoidance area determiner searches for the drivable lanes and the one or more candidate areas again.

US Pat. No. 10,688,989

APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR VEHICLE COLLISION AVOIDANCE CONTROL

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. An apparatus for vehicle collision avoidance control comprising a processor configured to:determine whether a velocity of the vehicle is a control-involved velocity or higher,
recognize blinking of the hazard lights of the preceding vehicle in front of the vehicle when the velocity of the vehicle is determined to be the control-involved velocity or higher, and
perform one or more of driver warning and deceleration control when blinking of the hazard lights of the preceding vehicle is recognized,
wherein, if the blinking of the hazard lights is recognized, the processor determines the preceding vehicle blinking the hazard lights as a control target, determines whether the vehicle is currently in danger of collision with the control target preceding vehicle on the basis of a point in time when blinking of the hazard lights of the preceding vehicle is recognized, performs deceleration control if it is determined that the vehicle is currently in danger of collision with the preceding vehicle, and if blinking of the hazard lights of the preceding vehicle is recognized and then stopped, maintains the preceding vehicle as the control target and performs deceleration control.

US Pat. No. 10,688,988

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS AND VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicle control apparatus which obtains, from a radar device which transmits a probe wave forward in a travel direction of an own vehicle and receives a reflected wave that is a reflection of the probe wave from a target, reflection information about the reflected wave, and which also obtains image information from an image capturing device which captures an image in front of the own vehicle, comprising:position detecting means for detecting a position of a detected target using said reflection information derived from said radar device;
first determining means for determining whether said detected target is expected to be an obstacle to forward movement of said own vehicle in the travel direction thereof or not based on an intensity of the received reflected wave contained in said reflection information;
second determining means for determining whether or not an obstacle which is expected to obstruct movement of the own vehicle exists at said position, as detected by said position detecting means, using the image information derived from said image capturing device; and
collision avoidance means for performing control to avoid collision with the detected target based on a distance to said detected target,
wherein based on said second determining means determining that the obstacle exists, and based on a distance between said own vehicle and said detected target being smaller than a given threshold value, said collision avoidance means determines the detected target as a target with which collision should be avoided regardless of a result of determination made by said first determining means, and wherein based on the distance between said own vehicle and said detected target being greater than the given threshold value, and based on said first determining means determining that the detected target is expected to be an obstacle, said collision avoidance means determines the detected target as a target with which collision should be avoided.

US Pat. No. 10,688,987

METHOD FOR GENERATING A SURROUNDINGS MAP, AND DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM

Valeo Schalter und Sensor...

1. A method for generating a surroundings map of a surroundings area of a motor vehicle, comprising:capturing the surroundings area by way of at least one sensor on the motor vehicle, at at least two different points in time, and dependent on surroundings clearance situations detected in each case in a manner dependent on items of sensor information at the at least two different points in time; and
deciding whether an object situated in the surroundings area in at least one surroundings clearance situation is, upon an updating of the surroundings map, included on the updated surroundings map,
wherein deciding comprises obtaining a probability of existence of an object in the surroundings area during an object capture process of the sensor, and
wherein the object capture process comprises an active confidence value, a follow-up confidence value, and a deletion confidence value.

US Pat. No. 10,688,986

AUTOMATIC PARKING CONTROL DEVICE

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An automatic parking control device comprising:a camera;
a distance measuring sensor; and
a mode setting component for setting one of at least two different parking modes comprising a fully automatic parking mode and a parking assist mode;
a processor which calculates a parking guide path of a host vehicle from an image of the camera and an output signal of the sensor and performs a drive system stop mode as preliminarily set with respect to the vehicle depending on the set parking mode, when it is found that the vehicle has been parked in a parking space along the guide path.