US Pat. No. 10,364,044

COMBINED INFORMATION FOR OBJECT DETECTION AND AVOIDANCE

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. An unmanned aerial vehicle (“UAV”), comprising:a frame;
a plurality of propulsion mechanisms to aerially lift and navigate the UAV;
an imaging component, including:
a first camera coupled to the frame and having a first orientation, wherein the first camera is configured to form a first image data of a scene using visible light;
a second camera coupled to the frame and having the first orientation, wherein the second camera is configured to form a second image data of the scene using visible light; and
a sensor coupled to the frame and having the first orientation, wherein the sensor is configured to form a sensor data representative of the scene; and
a processing component, configured to at least:
receive the first image data, the second image data, and the sensor data; and
process the first image data, the second image data, and the sensor data to produce a combined information representative of the scene.

US Pat. No. 10,364,042

MULTISPECTRAL SENSOR FUSION SYSTEM FOR PLATFORM STATE ESTIMATION

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A method for state estimation of a surface of a platform at sea, comprising:generating, using an electronic control system on board an aircraft, an electronic predicted initial dynamic state signal indicating a predicted initial dynamic state of the platform, the predicted initial dynamic state of the platform being based on a platform motion model that predicts motion of the platform;
generating, using an electronic landing platform state module of the aircraft, a plurality of independent spectral signals using an output from a plurality of respective spectral sensors and a plurality of platform models for predicting an appearance and structural shape of the platform, the plurality of spectral sensors being located on board the aircraft and configured to perform measurements for a respective spectral modality, and each of the plurality of platform models corresponds to a respective spectral modality of the plurality of spectral sensors, each spectral signal indicating a respective monitored state of the platform according to the spectral modality of a respective spectral sensor;
converting each independent spectral signal into a common neutral data form;
fusing together, using an electronic state estimator unit, the converted independent spectral signals to generate a fused multi-spectral monitored state of the platform;
applying the fused multi-spectral monitored state of the platform to the predicted initial dynamic state; and
outputting an electronic corrected dynamic state signal indicative of a corrected dynamic state of the platform so that the aircraft may use the corrected dynamic state of the platform to land on the surface of the platform.

US Pat. No. 10,364,041

TWIN CENTRIFUGAL SINGLE SPOOL ENGINE

United Technologies Corpo...

1. An auxiliary power unit, comprising:a twin centrifugal compressor comprising:
a forward centrifugal compressor having a first aft end and a first forward end;
an aft centrifugal compressor disposed aft of the forward centrifugal compressor, the aft centrifugal compressor having a second aft end and a second forward end;
a first airflow path at an input of the twin centrifugal compressor;
a second airflow path defined by the forward centrifugal compressor, wherein the second airflow path is directed forward from the first aft end toward the first forward end;
a third airflow path defined by the aft centrifugal compressor, wherein the third airflow path is directed aft from the second forward end toward the second aft end;
a manifold disposed aft of the forward centrifugal compressor and the aft centrifugal compressor, the manifold defining a fourth airflow path, wherein the fourth airflow path is comprised of a mix of the second airflow path and the third airflow path, and wherein the fourth airflow path is co-axial with the second airflow path and the third airflow path; and
a combustor comprising an annular reverse flow combustor, wherein the fourth airflow path is further defined by the annular reverse flow combustor.

US Pat. No. 10,364,040

AIR SEPARATION SYSTEM FOR FUEL STABILIZATION

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A system for generating inert gas comprising:a source of pressurized air for generating a pressurized air flow;
an air separation module located downstream from and in fluid communication with said source of pressurized air, said air separation module including at least one permeable membrane operable to separate said pressurized air into an oxygen-enriched air and an inert gas-enriched air, said oxygen-enriched air being separate from said inert gas-enriched air;
a backpressure regulator for continuously maintaining an operational pressure within the air separation module;
a fuel tank containing a fuel, the fuel tank being arranged downstream from said air separation module; and
a conduit for delivering said inert gas-enriched air from said air separation module to said fuel tank, a portion of said conduit being immersed within said fuel of said fuel tank such that said inert gas-enriched air delivered to said fuel tank interacts directly with said fuel to remove dissolved oxygen from said fuel.

US Pat. No. 10,364,038

PROPULSION UNIT FOR AN AIRCRAFT

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A propulsion unit for an aircraft, the propulsion unit comprising:a turbine having a longitudinal axis;
a gas generator configured to drive the turbine;
at least one propeller of which the axis is offset with respect to the longitudinal axis of the turbine;
a first radial shaft element extending along a radial axis and driven by the turbine;
a second radial shaft element extending along the radial axis and driving the propeller; and
a transmission configured to transmit power between the turbine and the propeller, wherein the transmission connects the first radial shaft element to the second radial shaft element and comprising in series only two constant velocity joints connected by a slide connection.

US Pat. No. 10,364,037

OPTIONALLY HYBRID POWER SYSTEM

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. A propulsion system comprising:one or more propulsors coupled to a mechanical shaft;
an engine configured to drive the mechanical shaft;
a removable electric machine that, when installed into the propulsion system and coupled to the mechanical shaft, is configured to simultaneously drive the mechanical shaft in conjunction with the engine or extract power from the engine; and
a control unit configured to:
in response to determining that the removable electric machine is coupled to the mechanical shaft, control the engine and the removable electric machine to drive the mechanical shaft; and
in response to determining that the removable electric machine is decoupled from the mechanical shaft and removed from the propulsion system, control only the engine to drive the mechanical shaft, wherein removing the electric machine from the propulsion system reduces a weight of the propulsion system.

US Pat. No. 10,364,036

MULTICOPTER WITH BOOM-MOUNTED ROTORS

Kitty Hawk Corporation, ...

1. An aircraft, comprising:a fuselage;
a port side wing coupled to the fuselage;
a starboard side wing coupled to the fuselage;
wherein each of said wings has mounted thereto two or more booms, each boom having a forward end extending forward of a corresponding wing to which the boom is mounted and an after end extending aft of said corresponding wing to which the boom is mounted;
a first plurality of lift rotors, each rotor in said first plurality being mounted on the forward end of a corresponding one of said booms; and
a second plurality of lift rotors, each rotor in said second plurality being mounted on the after end of the corresponding one of said booms;
wherein each rotor in said first plurality and each rotor in said second plurality produces an amount of vertical thrust independent of levels of vertical thrust produced by the other rotors;
wherein a first subset of said booms each is mounted to said port side wing or said starboard side wing at a non-zero angle relative to a substantially vertical axis of the aircraft such that the boom is tilted inboard towards the fuselage; and
wherein a second subset of said booms each is mounted to said port side wing or said starboard side wing at a non-zero angle relative to the substantially vertical axis of the aircraft such that the boom is tilted outboard away from the fuselage.

US Pat. No. 10,364,029

DRONE FOR AGRICULTURE

1. A drone for agriculture comprises: a frame with a slender beam structure in a middle, a front base structure at front end of the beam structure, and a rear base structure at rear end of the beam structure, a cluster of at least three motors with propellers on each of the front and rear base structures of the frame, a tubing element with an array of dispensing elements being suspended below the beam structure of the frame retractably with wires, a distance sensor for detecting a height of the drone, a power source, an antenna for sending and receiving communication signals, and a container.

US Pat. No. 10,364,028

FLIGHT SYSTEM FOR HUMANS

1. A flight system for humans comprising:a) a first arm module configured to be attached to a user's right arm;
b) a second arm module configured to be attached to said user's left arm;
c) a torso portion, configured to be attached to said user's torso;
d) a first leg module configured to be attached to said user's right leg; and
e) a second leg module configured to be attached to said user's left leg;
f) wherein said arm modules, torso portion and leg modules each are comprised of:
i) a plurality of fan motors secured to a frame;
ii) a plurality of batteries in electrical communication with said plurality of fan motors;
iii) a plurality of speed controllers in electrical communication with said plurality of fan motors; and
iv) a plurality of regulators in electrical communication with said plurality of speed controllers.

US Pat. No. 10,364,025

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE CHARGING STATION MANAGEMENT

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A method of managing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) charging, comprising:charging an onboard battery of the UAV while docked at a docking terminal of a charging station;
receiving a message from the charging station with an instruction to undock from the docking terminal; and
undocking from the docking terminal before charging of the onboard battery is complete in response to receiving the message from the charging station with the instruction to undock.

US Pat. No. 10,364,019

AIRCRAFT FLAP MECHANISM

1. A flap assembly comprising:a flap containing two halves;
an actuating mechanism entirely contained within the flap, the actuating mechanism containing two motors, each motor located on one of the respective halves of the flap, the motors are interconnected so that either one of the two motors is configured to activate the flap should one of the motors fail to operate, the motors being aligned parallel to one another and to a leading edge of the flap, the actuating device including two shafts, each shaft driven by a respective one of the motors, and extending through a respective side of the flap and is equipped with a pinion at its end, and the actuating mechanism including a carriage attached to each respective side of the flap, each carriage equipped with four rollers;
a respective track bracket located on each side of the flap and attached to wing structure, the pinion and rollers of the actuating mechanism engaging the track bracket to allow movement of the flap with regards to the wing structure.

US Pat. No. 10,364,016

COMPONENT BONDING METHOD AND STRUCTURE

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED...

1. A method of bonding two components at a joint interface using a UV-curable substance, comprising:embedding a UV radiation emitting device in the joint interface together with said substance, wherein the UV radiation emitting device comprises a plurality of spaced UV radiation elements, forming the plurality of UV radiation emitting elements in a grid having spaces between the UV radiation emitting elements, and
activating said UV radiation emitting device by supplying power wirelessly by induction to said UV radiation emitting device incorporated in the joint interface to generate UV radiation by the UV radiation emitting device and cure the substance with the UV radiation.

US Pat. No. 10,364,010

MARINE PROPULSION UNIT

Global Packaging Systems,...

1. A marine propulsion transfer unit comprising:driveshaft housing for extending the driveline of an existing outboard motor;
a marine propulsion transfer unit driveline comprising an adapter for axially coupling to a horizontal output shaft of an existing outboard motor driveline, a
misalignment coupling, and an output shaft adapted to receive a propeller;
the marine propulsion transfer unit driveline being retained by the driveshaft housing; and
at least one attachment to connect the driveshaft housing to the existing outboard motor and extend the existing outboard motor driveline.

US Pat. No. 10,364,008

WATERCRAFT IMMOBILIZING APPARATUS AND SYSTEM

1. A watercraft immobilizing apparatus deployable from a marine vessel, comprising:a plurality of spaced apart lines extendable from and towable by the vessel in water surrounding the vessel, the lines being arranged to stream at least one of at and below the surface of the water about at least one assailable face of the vessel when towed so as to become entangled in and to foul a propulsion system of an approaching watercraft, the lines being stowable on or in a side portion of a hull of the vessel, and constructed to break free of the vessel upon becoming entangled in the propulsion system;
at least one floated boom; and
at least one paravane,
wherein the at least one floated boom, the lines, and the at least one paravane are stowed adjacent to or below the surface of the water.

US Pat. No. 10,364,007

RELEASABLE FORWARD SECTION OF AN UNDERWATER VEHICLE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An underwater vehicle comprising:a first section detachably coupled to a second section, wherein the second section is positioned forward of the first section;
a lock having a locked position and an unlocked position, wherein, in the locked position, the lock couples the first section and the second section together, and wherein, in the unlocked position, the second section is capable of decoupling from the first section; and
a drag fin associated with the second section, wherein the drag fin creates a drag force which causes the second section to pivot away from the first section when the underwater vehicle is traveling through a fluid medium.

US Pat. No. 10,364,006

MODIFIED CO2 CYCLE FOR LONG ENDURANCE UNMANNED UNDERWATER VEHICLES AND RESULTANT CHIRP ACOUSTIC CAPABILITY

1. A carbon dioxide cycle power generation system, the system comprising:a first carbon dioxide storage configured to store a first portion of carbon dioxide;
a second carbon dioxide storage configured to store a second portion of the carbon dioxide; and
a carbon dioxide transfer connection configured to selectively direct a flow of at least part of the carbon dioxide through a turbine;
wherein the carbon dioxide cycle power generation system is configured to cycle between different underwater depths and control the carbon dioxide transfer connection in order to employ one or both of water pressure and water temperature in creating the flow of the at least part of the carbon dioxide through the turbine; and
wherein each of the first and second carbon dioxide storages comprises:
a variable volume hydraulic cylinder including a movable piston; and
an inlet/outlet control valve configured to selectively allow water into or out of a portion of the variable volume hydraulic cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,364,004

EXPANDABLE FLOATING NET RESCUE TOOL

1. A device for rescuing persons or objects immersed in water, comprising:a net of inflatable bodies, in a compressed state configured to be inflated by a user;
at least one rigid elongated element, connected with the net of inflatable bodies; and
a handle or grip, connected with the at least one rigid elongated element.

US Pat. No. 10,364,002

WATER LOCK TO PREVENT WATER INGRESS

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An element comprising:an electrical component;
an optical medium,
wherein the optical medium comprises medium material, wherein the medium material comprises a silicone,
wherein the silicone is transmissive for at less one of UV radiation and visible radiation,
wherein the electrical component is embedded in the optical medium;
an electrical connector,
wherein the electrical connector is external to the optical medium,
wherein the electrical connector is arranged to functionally couple to the electrical component,
wherein the electrical connector is embedded in the optical medium over at least part of its length; and
a water barrier, the water barrier comprising a silicon adhesive,
wherein the silicon adhesive is at least partly embedded in the optical medium,
wherein the silicone adhesive is configured to enclose at least part of the electrical connector.

US Pat. No. 10,364,001

STRUCTURAL SPACING COMPONENT WITH COMPRESSION AND TENSION CHARACTERISTICS

1. A tubular spacing component having a longitudinal axis and configured to be at least partially inflated, the tubular spacing component including a tubular restrictive layer, the tubular restrictive layer including a braided structure with at least a first set of tows and at least a second set of tows intertwined along the longitudinal axis by at least a first angle with respect to each other when the tubular spacing component is in a first configuration, and at least a subset of the first set of tows and at least a subset of the second set tows being reoriented by at least a second angle with respect to each other along the longitudinal axis when the tubular spacing component is in a second configuration, the tubular spacing component comprising:a first length along the longitudinal axis, at least one cross section having a diameter at a point along the first length, the diameter having a second length less than the first length; and
the tubular restrictive layer having an annular cross section along the longitudinal axis, and being further configured to reorient the subset of first set of tows and the subset of second set of tows of the braided structure into the second configuration upon the tubular spacing component being at least partially inflated and receiving at least one of a compression force, a tension forces or a transverse force, wherein the second configuration positions the first length to be greater than the second length.

US Pat. No. 10,364,000

LIGHTED STANCHION BASE FOR A MARINE VESSEL

1. A method for providing lighting to a boat surface comprising:providing a stanchion base fastenable to the boat surface, the stanchion base having a base with a periphery and at least one base fastener opening, the base fastener openings corresponding with at least one boat surface opening and at least one fastener disposable through the at least one base fastener opening and the at least one boat surface opening;
providing a transparent disk having a thickness, an outer circumferential edge corresponding to the base periphery and at least one transparent disk opening corresponding to the boat surface openings sufficient to allow a portion of the fastener to pass therethrough, the transparent disk sufficient to bear the weight of the stanchion base;
providing an LED light source in the transparent disk;
placing the disk on the boat surface in a location where the stanchion base is to be mounted with the disk fastener openings aligned with the boat surface openings;
connecting a power source to the LED light source;
placing the stanchion base on the transparent disk with the stanchion base fastener openings aligned with the disk fastener openings;
inserting the at least one fastener through the stanchion base openings, disk openings and boat surface openings;
tightening the at least one fastener to secure the stanchion base and disk to the boat surface wherein the transparent disk bears the weight of the stanchion base; and
upon providing power to the light source, light travels from the light source to the circumferential edge of the transparent disk, illuminating the area adjacent the stanchion base.

US Pat. No. 10,363,999

ACTIVE ROLL STABILISATION SYSTEM FOR DAMPING A SHIP'S MOTION

Quantum Controls B.V., N...

1. A system for actively damping a ship's motion, comprising at leastone first rotatable stabilisation element extending from the ship's hull, below the water line, on a side of the ship,
sensor means for sensing the ship's motion and delivering control signals on the basis thereof,
driving means for rotatably driving the stabilisation element on the basis of the control signals being delivered for the purpose of damping the ship's motion being sensed, as well as
moving means for moving the stabilisation element relative to the ship on the basis of the control signals being delivered, wherein
the moving means are configured to impart a precession motion to the at least one rotatable stabilisation element in dependence on the ship's sailing speed and the control signals being delivered by the sensor means.

US Pat. No. 10,363,997

PONTOON BOAT HAVING AN OCCUPANCY COMPARTMENT

Brunswick Corporation, M...

13. A pontoon boat having at least three pontoon tubes, including a starboard pontoon tube, a port pontoon tube, and a center pontoon tube, the pontoon boat comprising:an occupancy compartment configured to contain at least one occupant that extends into the center pontoon tube, occupancy compartment comprising:
an upper portion extending vertically above a platform of the pontoon boat, the upper portion including a ceiling;
a lower portion extending vertically below the platform and into the center pontoon tube of the pontoon boat, the lower portion including a floor surface;
a metal cavity supporting the occupancy compartment within the center pontoon tube, wherein the metal cavity is positioned within a hollow of the pontoon tube to create a sealed cavity surrounding at least some of the lower portion;
a liner that fits within the metal cavity to form the lower portion and the upper portion of the occupancy compartment; and
an entrance in the upper portion that permits an occupant to enter and exit the occupancy compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,363,992

ELECTRIC BICYCLE COMPONENT

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. An electric bicycle component comprising:a wireless communication device configured to wirelessly communicate with an additional bicycle component;
a rechargeable power supply device configured to supply electrical power to the wireless communication device;
a movable member configured to be actuated by the electrical power supplied from the rechargeable power supply device;
a component body configured to be mounted to a bicycle body, the component body having an internal space that entirely houses the rechargeable power supply device, the component body having a charging port via which the rechargeable power supply device is to be charged when the rechargeable power device is housed in the internal space, the charging port including a hole provided on an outer peripheral surface of the component body when the electric bicycle component is in an assembled state; and
a cover member covering the charging port, wherein
the movable member is supported by the component body, and
the charging port is disposed closer to the internal space than the wireless communication device.

US Pat. No. 10,363,990

HEEL OR BALL OF FOOT ENGAGING BICYCLE PEDAL

1. A bicycle pedal, comprising:two pedal blocks that are each comprised of:
a top surface;
a top midsection;
a bottom surface;
a bottom midsection;
two semi-circular bearing pockets;
a bolt pocket formed on the bottom midsection;
two first side walls and two second side walls, wherein the first side walls are shorter than the second side walls;
a heel triangle, shaped as a right triangle, comprising an opposite side, a hypotenuse side, and an adjacent side; said adjacent side connects the heel triangle to the top midsection;
a means of reducing the weight of each pedal block;
a means of joining said two pedal blocks together via their bottom surfaces, thereby creating two circular bearing pockets via the connection of the semi-circular bearing pockets, so that said second side walls are evenly matched, so that said heel triangles are positioned in an opposite direction to each other;
a spacer, which is tubular in shape and hollow inside, located between the two joined pedal blocks;
two ball bearings located between the two joined pedal blocks and located in the two circular bearing pockets;
the two semi-circular bearing pockets of each of the two pedal blocks are positioned on the bottom midsection of the respective two pedal blocks;
wherein when the two pedal blocks are brought together the bolts pockets in each of the two pedal blocks face each other and form a bolt hole running parallel to the opposite side of each heel triangle;
wherein said bolt hole passed through the two side second side walls of each of the two pedal blocks; and
a means of pivotally mounting said joined pedal blocks to a crank arm of a bicycle such that when a rider engages the bicycle pedal a rotational energy is transferred to a wheel of the bicycle thereby enabling said bicycle to roll along a surface.

US Pat. No. 10,363,987

COMPRESSION PISTON

Fox Factory, Inc., Brase...

1. A monotube damper of a shock absorber, said monotube damper comprising:a fluid filled chamber;
a main piston slidably disposed within said fluid filled chamber;
a rod coupled to said main piston, said rod having a portion thereof exposed to an oil bath when not disposed within said fluid filled chamber;
a compression damper disposed within said fluid filled chamber, said compression damper physically separated from said main piston and not connected to said rod, said compression damper comprising:
a compression piston;
an internal floating piston; and
a single adjustable fluid circuit configured for controlling a damping rate associated with multiple compression speeds of said shock absorber, wherein said single adjustable fluid circuit comprises:
a fluid passageway through said compression piston; and
a positionally adjustable floating shim stack positioned at one end of said fluid passageway, said positionally adjustable floating shim stack configured for selectively blocking a flow of fluid through said fluid passageway, said positionally adjustable floating shim stack floating in an axial direction, said positionally adjustable floating shim stack not having an inner diameter thereof, or an outer diameter thereof, clamped into a stationary position, said inner diameter and said outer diameter concurrently movable an equal distance along said axial direction without deformation of said positionally adjustable floating shim stack; and
an adjustment knob coupled with said compression damper, wherein movement of said adjustment knob alters a position of said positionally adjustable floating shim stack with respect to said fluid passageway.

US Pat. No. 10,363,986

ELECTRICAL BICYCLE OPERATING SYSTEM

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. An electrical bicycle operating system comprising:a first switch configured to generate a first signal;
a second switch configured to generate a second signal; and
a controller configured to generate a third signal different from the first signal and the second signal in response to a concurrent operation of the first switch and the second switch, the controller being configured to generate a fourth signal different from the third signal in response to a release of the first switch in a state where the second switch is operated continuously after the concurrent operation.

US Pat. No. 10,363,981

HEAT-REFLECTING AND WARMING SEAT COVER

1. A seat cover, comprising:a body having a lip extending from a perimeter of an exterior side of the body, thereby forming an open lower end, wherein the open lower end is configured to receive a seat therein;
wherein the exterior side comprises a reflective material configured to reflect heat;
a heating element attached to an interior side of the seat cover, wherein the heating element is configured to increase a temperature of the exterior side and comprises a heating strip that extends between a front end and a rear end of the body;
wherein the lip is adjustable for maintaining the seat cover in a secured configuration over the seat;
a fastener disposed on the lip, the fastener configured to removably secure the seat cover to the seat; and
a battery-operated casing attached to an internal power source.

US Pat. No. 10,363,979

GROUP OF MOTOR VEHICLES

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A group of motor vehicles, comprising:at least two front-end modules with different spacings of engine mounts;
at least two passenger cell modules with different spacings of front seats, wherein
the at least two front-end modules and the at least two passenger cell modules are combinable such that at least two groups of motor vehicles of different vehicle classes are producable, each group having at least one of said modules constructed as a common component.

US Pat. No. 10,363,977

HEIGHT-ADJUSTABLE SPARE TIRE CARRIERS HAVING CHEBYSHEV LINKAGES

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a spare tire carrier to be coupled to a vehicle, the spare tire carrier including a Chebyshev linkage, the Chebyshev linkage including:
a post having a first end and a second end located opposite the first end of the post, the post to be coupled to the vehicle;
a first link having a first end and a second end located opposite the first end of the first link;
a second link having a first end and a second end located opposite the first end of the second link; and
a third link having a first end and a second end located opposite the first end of the third link, the third link including an output shaft to carry a spare tire of the vehicle, the output shaft being movable between a raised position and a lowered position relative to an underlying ground surface on which the vehicle is positioned;
wherein the first end of the first link is rotatably coupled to the first end of the post, the second end of the first link is rotatably coupled to the first end of the third link, the first end of the second link is rotatably coupled to the second end of the post, and the second end of the second link is rotatably coupled to the second end of the third link.

US Pat. No. 10,363,976

VEHICLE AERODYNAMIC APPARATUS

Jaguar Land Rover Limited...

1. A vehicle comprising:a first lateral vehicle underbody diffuser disposed on a first side of the vehicle; and
a second lateral vehicle underbody diffuser disposed on a second side of the vehicle;
the first and second lateral diffusers being movable from a retracted position to at least a first deployed position, wherein said first and second lateral vehicle underbody diffusers are each configured to be displaced downwardly into a wheel wake behind a respective rear wheel of the vehicle as they move from said retracted position to said deployed position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,973

VEHICLE FRAMEWORK STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle framework structure comprising:a tunnel disposed in a central part of a floor panel of a vehicle in a vehicle width direction so as to extend in a vehicle front-rear direction;
a pair of rockers disposed on respective outer sides of the floor panel in the vehicle width direction so as to extend in the vehicle front-rear direction;
a floor cross structure connected to a rear end of the tunnel and disposed along the vehicle width direction; and
a floor frame disposed between one of the rockers and the tunnel along the vehicle front-rear direction, a front end of the floor frame in the vehicle front-rear direction being connected to a front side structure provided in a vehicle front part so as to be disposed between the one of the rockers and the tunnel in the vehicle width direction and to extend along the vehicle front-rear direction, and a rear end of the floor frame in the vehicle front-rear direction being connected to the one of the rockers and the floor cross structure,
a rear side structure disposed on an outer side of a vehicle rear part in the vehicle width direction, the rear side structure extending in the vehicle front-rear direction, wherein a front part of the rear side structure in the vehicle front-rear direction and a rear part of the floor frame in the vehicle front-rear direction are placed at a same position in the vehicle width direction,
the floor frame and the rear side structure is connected to the one of the rockers, the floor frame and the rear side structure are connected to each other, and the floor cross structure is connected to this connection portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,972

VEHICLE REINFORCING MEMBER AND VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A vehicle reinforcing member for a vehicle body of a vehicle, the vehicle reinforcing member comprising:a cylinder;
a first piston that sections an inside of the cylinder into a gas chamber and a main liquid chamber and is movable in an axial direction in the cylinder;
a second piston that sections the main liquid chamber into a first sub-liquid chamber and a second sub-liquid chamber and is movable in the axial direction in the cylinder;
a piston rod coupled to the second piston and extending to an outside of the cylinder through the second sub-liquid chamber; and
an adjuster that adjusts a moving load through the second piston in the main liquid chamber; wherein
gas is sealed in the gas chamber, and liquid is sealed in the first and second sub-liquid chambers;
the piston rod is coupled to a first one of two locations on the vehicle body;
the cylinder is coupled to a second one of the two locations on the vehicle body;
at least one of the second piston and the piston rod includes a communication path that connects the first sub-liquid chamber to the second sub-liquid chamber;
the adjuster adjusts the moving load by adjusting a moving amount of liquid in the communication path;
the adjuster adjusts the moving amount of the liquid in the communication path by changing a cross sectional area through which the liquid passes in the communication path;
the adjuster includes:
a moving member including an insertion portion that is insertable into the communication path; and
a driver that moves the moving member;
the driver changes the cross sectional area through which the liquid passes in the communication path by moving the moving member to change a relative positional relationship between the communication path and the insertion portion;
the second piston includes a through hole extending in the axial direction;
the piston rod includes:
a rod inserted into the through hole of the second piston; and
a cap nut;
a movement path of the rod extends in the axial direction, and a communication opening connects the movement path to the second sub-liquid chamber;
a first end of the rod projects into the first sub-liquid chamber;
the cap nut is attached to the first end of the rod;
a communication hole in the cap nut connects the first sub-liquid chamber to the movement path of the rod;
the moving member includes an adjusting rod movably inserted into the movement path of the rod;
a tip end of the adjusting rod is positioned inside of the cap nut as the insertion portion;
the communication path includes the communication hole of the cap nut, a clearance between an inner surface of the rod and an outer surface of the adjusting rod, and a communication opening of the rod;
the driver changes a positional relationship between the communication hole of the cap nut and the insertion portion by moving the adjusting rod relative to the rod;
the movement path of the rod and the adjusting rod respectively have circular or substantially circular cross-sections; and
the driver includes:
a first screw thread on an outer surface of the adjusting rod;
a second screw thread on an inner surface of the rod and that engages with the first screw thread; and
a rotator that rotates the adjusting rod and moves the adjusting rod in the movement path of the rod.

US Pat. No. 10,363,971

ADAPTABLE RETAINER

Ford Global Technologies,...

7. An attachment assembly, comprising:a retainer, comprising
a base;
a body extending from the base; and
an engagement platform coupled to the body by a hinge feature;
a first substrate coupled to the base of the retainer;
a fastener coupled to the engagement platform of the retainer; and
a second substrate coupled to the fastener, wherein the hinge feature comprises a living hinge.

US Pat. No. 10,363,970

VEHICLE PILLAR STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle pillar structure, comprising:a pillar outer panel that extends with a length direction substantially in a vehicle vertical direction and that configures a first part of a vehicle pillar, the vehicle pillar including a first column extending substantially along the vehicle vertical direction and a second column disposed at a predetermined spacing from the first column and extending substantially along the vehicle vertical direction;
a pillar inner panel that configures a second part of the vehicle pillar, that extends with a length direction in the substantially vehicle vertical direction, and that is provided facing the pillar outer panel; and
a weld portion at which an end in a short direction of one of the pillar outer panel or the pillar inner panel is abutted against a flat face provided at the other of the pillar outer panel or the pillar inner panel, and welded to the flat face.

US Pat. No. 10,363,969

VEHICLE UNDERSTRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle understructure comprising:a rocker molding that is disposed at a lower part of a vehicle, the rocker molding extending in a forward-rearward direction of the vehicle; and
a liner that is attached to at least one end part of the rocker molding in the forward-rearward direction of the vehicle, wherein:
the rocker molding includes a side wall part and an extending part which is plate-shaped;
the side wall part extends in the forward-rearward direction of the vehicle in a range from a wheel housing on a front side of the vehicle to a wheel housing on a rear side of the vehicle;
the extending part extends toward a vehicle width center position in a vehicle width direction of the vehicle from one end part of the side wall part in the forward-rearward direction of the vehicle, which is the one end part of the rocker molding;
the liner is attached to the extending part so as to cover a portion of an outer surface of the extending part on a vehicle width center side in the vehicle width direction;
the outer surface is a surface far from a forward-rearward center position of the vehicle out of two surfaces of the extending part in the forward-rearward direction of the vehicle;
the outer surface of the extending part includes a first protruding strip part and a second protruding strip part that protrude toward a side far from the forward-rearward center position of the vehicle;
the first protruding strip part extends along an edge of the extending part on the side far from the vehicle width center position in the vehicle width direction;
the second protruding strip part is located between on an edge of the liner on the side far from the vehicle width center position in the vehicle width direction and the first protruding strip part; and
the edge of the liner on the side far from the vehicle width center position in the vehicle width direction and an edge of the second protruding strip part of the extending part on a side near the vehicle width center position in the vehicle width direction extends in parallel.

US Pat. No. 10,363,968

ROCKER ASSEMBLY FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A rocker assembly comprising:an outer rocker panel defining a slot;
an inner rocker panel attached to the outer rocker panel;
an insert including an upper tube and a lower tube disposed between the outer rocker panel and the inner rocker panel, the upper and lower tubes extending between a front end and a rear end of the rocker assembly; and
a track assembled between the upper and lower tubes, wherein the slot provides access to the track.

US Pat. No. 10,363,967

FRONT SIDE MEMBER

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A front side member of a vehicle having a front side member body disposed at right and left sides along a width direction of the vehicle while being formed to extend along a longitudinal direction of the vehicle and having a closed cross-sectionally formed inside,wherein the closed cross-sectionally formed inside is divided by at least one rib, and wherein at least two flow paths that are not communicated with each other are formed,
wherein a coolant pipe communicating with a flow path among at least two flow paths is connected to the front side member body, and
wherein a flange is integrally or monolithically provided in a front portion of the coolant pipe and an assemble bolt is inserted to the front side member body, and the flange of the coolant pipe is inserted to the assemble bolt to be assembled to a nut.

US Pat. No. 10,363,966

VEHICLE SIDE STRUCTURE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle side structure comprising:a pillar inner member provided so as to extend toward an upper portion of a vehicle in a vehicle up-down direction; and
a pillar outer member placed opposite to an outer side of the pillar inner member the pillar outer member including
an outer wall portion having a plate shape, opposed to the pillar inner member and provided so as to extend toward the upper portion of the vehicle in the vehicle up-down direction,
a front side wall portion provided so as to extend inwardly in a vehicle width direction from an edge of the outer wall portion on a vehicle front side,
a rear side wall portion provided so as to extend inwardly in the vehicle width direction from an edge of the outer wall portion on a vehicle rear side,
a front flange portion provided so as to extend forward in a vehicle front-rear direction from an inner edge of the front side wall portion in the vehicle width direction and configured such that an inner surface of the front flange portion in the vehicle width direction is fixed to the pillar inner member, and
a rear flange portion provided so as to extend rearward in the vehicle front-rear direction from an inner edge of the rear side wall portion in the vehicle width direction and configured such that an inner surface of the rear flange portion in the vehicle width direction is fixed to the pillar inner member,
a hem portion in which the front side wall portion extends arcuately so as to be placed closer to a front side in the vehicle front-rear direction as it goes toward a lower side of the vehicle, and the rear side wall portion extends arcuately so as to be placed closer to a rear side in the vehicle front-rear direction as it goes toward the lower side, the hem portion being provided in a part of the pillar outer member on the lower side in the vehicle up-down direction,
the pillar outer member includes at least one of
a front reinforcing portion configured to reinforce a boundary between the outer wall portion and the front side wall portion, or
a rear reinforcing portion configured to reinforce a boundary between the outer wall portion and the rear side wall portion, wherein:
at least one of a condition (i) or a condition (ii) is satisfied
(i) a yield strength of the boundary between the outer wall portion and the front side wall portion with respect to a lateral load applied to the outer wall portion at a right angle from outside in the vehicle width direction is higher than a yield strength of the front side wall portion with respect to the lateral load,
(ii) a yield strength of the boundary between the outer wall portion and the rear side wall portion with respect to the lateral load is higher than a yield strength of the rear side wall portion with respect to the lateral load, and wherein:
at least one of a condition (iii) or a condition (iv) is satisfied,
(iii) the front side wall portion includes a bending region bending between the inner edge and an outer edge of the front side wall portion in the vehicle width direction, the bending region of the front side wall portion having a front outer portion placed on an outer side in the vehicle width direction relative to a first edge line of the bending region of the front side wall portion, a front inner portion placed on an inner side in the vehicle width direction relative to the first edge line, the first edge line is provided in the hem portion and the first edge line is provided between a center in the vehicle width direction and the inner edge of the front side wall portion,
(iv) the rear side wall portion includes a bending region bending between the inner edge and an outer edge of the rear side wall portion in the vehicle width direction, the bending region of the rear side wall portion having a rear outer portion placed on the outer side in the vehicle width direction relative to a second edge line of the bending region of the rear side wall portion, a rear inner portion placed on the inner side in the vehicle width direction relative to the second edge line, the second edge line is provided in the hem portion and the second edge line is provided between the center in the vehicle width direction and the inner edge of the rear side wall portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,965

MOTOR VEHICLE PROVIDED WITH A POWERTRAIN UNIT AND A SAFETY DEVICE FOR MOVING THE POWERTRAIN UNIT SIDEWAYS DURING AN IMPACT

FCA Italy S.p.A., Turin ...

1. A motor vehicle comprising:a front engine compartment;
a powertrain unit housed in said engine compartment;
at least one pair of side-members arranged along respective sides of the engine compartment and substantially parallel to an advancing longitudinal axis of the motor vehicle;
at least one of said side-members comprising:
an intermediate portion comprising a lateral wall having a hole, and
a front terminal portion;
the motor vehicle further comprising at least one safety device configured so as to move said powertrain unit sideways during an impact, towards the opposite side to that which is subject to said impact, and comprising a beam having:
a first axial end fixed with respect to said terminal portion and horizontally spaced from said terminal portion laterally towards the outside of said engine compartment, and
a second axial end fixed to said intermediate portion by fixing elements; wherein said safety device further comprises a pin, which is fixed with respect to said second axial end, is a component distinct from said fixing elements, and projects with respect to said second axial end through said hole and towards said powertrain unit.

US Pat. No. 10,363,962

SPINDLE SYSTEM FOR WHEEL ALIGNMENT CORRECTION

Compagnie Generale Des Et...

1. An apparatus for inducing a desired angular orientation of an axis of revolution of a tire mounted to an axle and accommodating change in position of brake components resulting from use of said apparatus, said apparatus comprising:a sleeve which includes an inner surface and an outer surface, an inboard end and an outboard end, said inner surface of said sleeve aligned with a surface of revolution about a first axis, said outer surface of said sleeve aligned with a surface of revolution about a second axis, said second axis positioned at a predetermined angle compared to said first axis, said outboard end possesses an at least one depression positioned on and extending radially inward past said outer surface, said sleeve possessing an at least one protrusion extending radially inward from said inner surface;
a washer which includes an outboard surface, an inboard surface, an inner surface forming an aperture, said aperture extending from said outboard surface to said inboard surface, said washer includes at least one protrusion protruding radially inward from said inner surface for engaging said at least one depression of said sleeve;
an axle spindle possessing an outer surface of revolution about a third axis, at least one depression extending radially inward past said axle spindle outer surface of revolution;
wherein when said sleeve is positioned upon said axle spindle, said sleeve protrusion engages said at least one depression of said axle spindle, preventing rotation of said sleeve about said third axis of said spindle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,959

METHOD FOR ASSISTING A MANEUVERING PROCESS OF A MOTOR VEHICLE, AND PARKING ASSISTANCE DEVICE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:during an assisted parking maneuver (APM) in which a stored plurality of values define a maneuvering trajectory followed by a vehicle during the APM, and in response to occurrence of a stuck condition, processing by a controller the values in reverse order to exit the stuck condition by returning the vehicle to a position on the maneuvering trajectory encountered prior to the stuck condition.

US Pat. No. 10,363,956

STEERING CONTROL APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A steering control apparatus that controls an assistance torque outputted by a steering assistance motor based on a steering torque applied by a driver, the steering control apparatus comprising:a basic assistance torque calculating unit that calculates, using a processor, a basic assistance torque; and
a return control unit that calculates, using the processor, a return control amount for providing assistance such that a steering wheel returns to a neutral position, as a correction torque to be added to the basic assistance torque, wherein
the return control unit includes
a driver steering correcting unit that calculates, using the processor, a correction amount outputted in relation to any calculation quantity in a calculation process for the return control amount, based on the steering torque and steering wheel position-related information, such that the return control amount is maintained or increased in response to the steering torque being applied in a returning direction towards the neutral position of the steering wheel, and the return control amount is reduced in response to the steering torque of which an absolute value is equal to or greater than a predetermined critical value being applied in a turning direction away from the neutral position of the steering wheel, the steering wheel position-related information being information of which a value at which the steering wheel is at the neutral position is zero and the value is positive or negative based on a steering wheel position in relation to the neutral position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,954

HOUSING ASSEMBLY FOR AN ELECTRIC MOTOR

JOHNSON ELECTRIC INTERNAT...

1. A housing assembly comprising:a housing having an open end;
a plurality of magnets located at an inner surface of the housing, each of the plurality of magnets having a radial thickness that is greater in a circumferential middle than at either circumferential end;
a magnet holder supporting the magnets, wherein the magnet holder has a plurality of arranged pillars, which are non-magnetic and spaced from each other, and extend in an axial direction of the housing, opposite circumferential ends of each of the magnets respectively directly abut against adjacent pillars; and
a cover mounted in the magnet holder for fixing the magnets,
wherein the cover is in the form of a sheet metal roll before being assembled, having an outer radius greater than a first distance between a radially inner surface of the magnet and an axis of the housing, but smaller than a second distance between a radially innermost portion of the pillar of the magnet holder and the axis of the housing; the cover is resiliently deformed when assembled to the magnet holder and magnets, and forms a plurality of first deformed portions respectively abutting against the radially inner surfaces of the magnets to resiliently urge the magnets towards the inner surface of the housing, and a plurality of second deformed portions protruding outwardly between the magnets and abutting against the radially innermost portions of the pillars.

US Pat. No. 10,363,952

ORDER FULFILLMENT CART HAVING NESTING CAPABILITY

WALMART APOLLO, LLC, Ben...

1. An order fulfillment cart comprising:a first frame portion, the first frame portion including a first plurality of support members configured to support a first plurality of containers that are slidably removable from the order fulfillment cart;
a second frame portion positioned a distance from the first frame portion, the second frame portion including a second plurality of support members configured to support a second plurality of containers that are slidably removable from the order fulfillment cart;
a third frame portion positioned between the first frame portion and the second frame portion, wherein the third frame portion includes a third plurality of support members on a first side facing the first plurality of support members, configured to support the first plurality of containers that are slidably removable from the order fulfillment cart, and a fourth plurality of support members on an opposing second side facing the second plurality of support members, configured to support the second plurality of containers that are slidably removable from the order fulfillment cart; and
a connector having a first end that is attached to the first frame portion on a top surface of the first frame portion so that the first end of the connector overlaps a portion of a top frame member of the first frame portion, and a second end that is attached to the second frame portion on a top surface of the second frame portion so that the second end of the connector overlaps a portion of a top frame member of the second frame portion, such that the connector spans diagonally across a length of the order fulfillment cart above the top surfaces of the first frame portion and the second frame portion, wherein a first nesting area is formed between the first frame portion and the third frame portion and a second nesting area is formed between the second frame portion and the third frame portion;
wherein, when the order fulfillment cart is in a nesting position with a neighboring order fulfillment cart, the connector abuts a connector of the neighboring order fulfillment cart and frame components of the neighboring order fulfillment cart pass under the connector and reside within the first nesting area and the second nesting area.

US Pat. No. 10,363,948

TRAIN CONTROL DEVICE, TRAIN CONTROL METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

1. A train control method that is executed by a train control device mounted on a train, the train control method comprising:detecting acceleration of the train along a rotation radius direction, when the train is turning and passing a curved section of a rail line with a cant; and
setting a passing speed of the train passing through the curved section so that the state of the train is placed in a balanced cant, based on a direction of the detected acceleration.

US Pat. No. 10,363,947

STORAGE WAGON FOR BULK MATERIAL

1. A storage wagon for bulk material comprising:a loading container having a loading end and a transfer end the loading container is mobile on on-track undercarriages
a bottom conveyor belt extending the longitudinal direction of the wagon the bottom conveyor belt having a loading end and a transfer end,
a transfer conveyor belt for passing on the stored bulk material in a conveying direction,
the transfer conveyor belt adjoining transfer end of the bottom conveyor belt and projecting beyond a front end of the wagon, and
an auxiliary conveyor belt arranged at an upper end of the loading container and extending in the longitudinal direction of the wagon,
a deflector plate arranged above the transfer end of the bottom conveyor belt and underneath a discharge end of the auxiliary conveyor belt extending perpendicularly to the longitudinal direction of the wagon,
a pivot axis disposed above the transfer end of the bottom conveyor belt;
the deflector plate is designed to be pivotable about the pivot axis relative to the loading container the deflector plate extending back towards the loading end of the bottom conveyor belt, the deflector plate for changing a deflection angle a enclosed with a conveying plane of the bottom conveyor belt wherein the bottom conveyor belt is configured for a reversal of its conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 10,363,946

HYBRID PNEUMATIC REGENERATIVE SYSTEM FOR RAILWAY VEHICLES

Harris Corporation, Melb...

1. A pneumatic regenerative system for a railway vehicle, the railway vehicle including a locomotive with a main drive mechanism, and the railway vehicle including plurality of axles that rotate when the railway vehicle is propelled along a railway, the system comprising:a plurality of pneumatic drive mechanisms, each pneumatic drive mechanism mechanically coupled to one of the plurality of axles of the railway vehicle, one of the plurality of pneumatic drive mechanisms being coupled to a one of the plurality of axles of the railway vehicle which is not mechanically driven by the main drive mechanism of the locomotive, each pneumatic drive mechanism comprising:
an accumulator that is operable to receive and store pressurized air; and
a pneumatic device operably coupled to one of the plurality of axles and the accumulator, the device operable in a first configuration, where the device is driven by rotation of the one of the plurality of axles during a braking operation of the railway vehicle to generate and store pressurized air in the accumulator, and a second configuration, where the pneumatic device receives pressurized air from the accumulator to drive rotation of the one of the plurality of axles during an acceleration operation of the railway vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,945

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A USER SITUATION AWARENESS MODIFICATION OF A USER OF A VEHICLE, AND A USER SITUATION AWARENESS MODIFICATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. An apparatus configured to control a user situation awareness modification of a user of a vehicle, the apparatus comprising:an input module configured to repeatedly receive a first event detection signal comprising information related to a detected event outside a vehicle and to repeatedly receive a first user detection signal comprising information related to a reaction or a missing reaction of a user to the detected event outside the vehicle; and
a processing module configured to determine a user situation awareness level based on the information related to the detected event outside the vehicle and the information related to the reaction of the user to the detected event, and to generate a control signal configured to control a user situation awareness modification module based on the determined user situation awareness level,
wherein the processing module is configured to determine a desired time-till-takeover based on the detected event outside the vehicle,
wherein the processing module is configured to generate the control signal to trigger the user situation awareness modification module if the determined user situation awareness level indicates that a predicted time-till-takeover is larger than the desired time-till-takeover.

US Pat. No. 10,363,943

CROSS-TRAFFIC ASSISTANCE AND CONTROL

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A lane crossing assistance system for a vehicle, the system comprising:at least one object sensor;
a cross traffic guidance indicator; and
an electronic controller configured to
automatically detect a multiple lane intersection where a first crossing lane and a second crossing lane both intersect with a current lane occupied by a host vehicle, wherein vehicles operating in the first crossing lane are expected to move in a first direction and vehicles operating in the second crossing lane are expected to move in a second direction opposite the first direction;
determine, based at least in part on sensor data received from the at least one object sensor mounted on the host vehicle, whether a crossing vehicle is present in the first crossing lane and moving towards an intersection of the first crossing lane and the current lane occupied by the host vehicle;
calculate, based at least in part on the sensor data, a first lane crossing vehicle arrival time indicative of an amount of time until the crossing vehicle in the first crossing lane will reach the intersection;
calculate a first lane crossing time indicative of an amount of time required for the host vehicle to move through the intersection across the first crossing lane;
determine, based at least in part on sensor data received from the at least one object sensor, whether a crossing vehicle is present in the second crossing lane and moving towards the multiple lane intersection;
calculated, based at least in part on the sensor data, a second lane crossing vehicle arrival time indicative of an amount of time until the crossing vehicle in the second crossing lane with reach the intersection;
calculate a second lane crossing time indicative of an amount of time required for the host vehicle to move through the intersection across the second crossing lane;
transmit an activation signal to the cross traffic guidance indicator in response to determining both that a crossing vehicle is present in the first crossing lane and that the first lane crossing time is greater than the first lane crossing vehicle arrival time; and
transmit the activation signal to the cross traffic guidance indicator in response to determining both that a crossing vehicle is present in the second crossing lane and that the second lane crossing time is greater than the second lane crossing vehicle arrival time,
wherein the cross traffic guidance indicator is configured to produce, in response to receiving the activation signal, an indication perceivable by a driver of the host vehicle that the intersection cannot be crossed by the host vehicle under current conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,363,940

VEHICLE POSITION ATTITUDE-ANGLE ESTIMATION DEVICE AND VEHICLE POSITION ATTITUDE-ANGLE ESTIMATION METHOD

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A vehicle position attitude-angle estimation device which sets an existent distribution range to a predetermined range by using a particle filter and disperses particles, which represent predicted positions and candidate attitude angles of a vehicle, within the existent distribution range to estimate a position and attitude angle of a vehicle from an image capturing surroundings of the vehicle by a camera mounted on the vehicle which has front wheels and rear wheels, advances in a front-rear direction and corners in a vehicle width direction, comprising:a vehicle-speed detection unit configured to detect a speed of the vehicle; and
a particle-existent-distribution-range setting unit configured to widen the existent distribution range in a vehicle width direction of the vehicle when the speed of the vehicle detected by the vehicle-speed detection unit exceeds a speed threshold,
wherein the speed of the vehicle exceeding the speed threshold gives a sideslip angle to wheels of the vehicle producing a motion on the vehicle in the vehicle width direction, and the particle-existent-distribution-range setting unit widens the existent distribution range in the vehicle width direction is in response to the sideslip angle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,939

VEHICLE REFERENCE VELOCITY ESTIMATION APPARATUS AND METHOD

Jaguar Land Rover Limited...

1. An apparatus for estimating confidence in a vehicle reference velocity, the apparatus comprising:a controller comprising an electronic processor having an electrical input for receiving at least one vehicle operating parameter;
an electronic memory device electrically coupled to the electronic processor and having instructions stored therein;
wherein the electronic processor is configured to access the memory device and execute the instructions stored therein such that it is operable to:
monitor the at least one vehicle operating parameter;
determine a rate of change of the at least one vehicle operating parameter; and
calculate a confidence value representing the confidence in the vehicle reference velocity, the confidence value being calculated in dependence on the determined rate of change of the at least one vehicle operating parameter; and
output the confidence value to a vehicle dynamics controller.

US Pat. No. 10,363,937

CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

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

1. A control device for a vehicle which is driven by an internal combustion engine and provided with a cooling device for cooling the internal combustion engine, comprising:a failure detection means for detecting failure of the cooling device;
an acceleration operation amount detection means for detecting an acceleration operation amount indicating acceleration intention of a driver; and
an output control means for controlling an output of the internal combustion engine in accordance with the acceleration operation amount,
wherein the output control means has an air fuel ratio control means for controlling an air fuel ratio of air-fuel mixture which is burned in the internal combustion engine, and wherein, in a condition in which the failure of the cooling device is detected by the failure detection means, the output control means restrains output of the internal combustion engine and executes failure handling control for prohibiting the air fuel ratio from being controlled to a richer side with respect to a predetermined air fuel ratio when the acceleration operation amount exceeds a high load determination operation amount.

US Pat. No. 10,363,936

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD

MANDO CORPORATION, Gyeon...

1. A vehicle control method comprising:measuring, by a sensor, a first vehicle speed;
calculating a relative vehicle speed of an image captured by a camera with respect to a vehicle;
calculating an error rate of the measured first vehicle speed and the calculated relative vehicle speed; and
correcting a vehicle speed of the vehicle by calculating a second vehicle speed based on the error rate of the measured first vehicle speed and the calculated relative vehicle speed.

US Pat. No. 10,363,935

METHOD FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE HAVING A MANUAL TRANSMISSION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of vehicle operation comprising:providing a manual transmission having an idling position, a clutch, and a service brake activated by a brake pedal;
depressing the brake pedal and activating the service brake to bring the vehicle to a stationary state;
stopping engine operation when the vehicle reaches the stationary state, the idling position of the manual transmission is engaged, and the clutch is engaged;
starting engine operation after releasing the brake pedal; and,
generating a brake pressure for a predefined time period starting when releasing the brake pedal.

US Pat. No. 10,363,933

SMART DRIVER PRESENCE STRATEGY FOR POLICE AND COMMERCIAL VEHICLES TO INCREASE AUTO-STOP ENGINE AVAILABILITY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of controlling a vehicle, comprising:responsive to an engine being auto-stopped and a signal indicating a driver exiting the vehicle, securing traction wheels against rotation, modifying a convenience feature power consumption from a first state to a decreased second state, and maintaining the engine in an auto-stopped condition; and
responsive to a signal indicating the driver returning to the vehicle, returning the convenience feature power consumption to the first state.

US Pat. No. 10,363,932

SSC-SCC SYSTEM FOR INCREASING SSC DISTANCE USING SSC AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for controlling a Start/Stop Coasting (SSC)-Smart Cruise Control (SCC) system for increasing a SSC distance using SCC, comprising:determining, by a controller, whether a vehicle in operation satisfies a preset SSC entry condition;
entering, by the controller, a SSC mode or maintaining a SSC entry state, when the vehicle satisfies the preset SSC entry condition;
measuring, by the controller, a distance from a preceding vehicle using a sensor after the entering of the SSC mode or the maintaining of the SSC entry state;
determining, by the controller, whether the measured distance is equal to or less than a preset reference distance; and
performing, by the controller, SCC braking in response to determining that the measured distance is equal to or less than the preset reference distance, while maintaining the SSC entry state,
wherein the performing of the SCC braking includes operating a brake or maintaining an operation state of the brake, in a state where an engine is stopped and a clutch is released.

US Pat. No. 10,363,930

METHOD OF SPEED CONTROL FOR A VEHICLE

Jaguar Land Rover Limited...

1. A method of automatically controlling a speed of a vehicle to maintain a control speed, said method comprising:detecting a plurality of off-road conditions of the vehicle;
determining a maximum-speed control speed appropriate to each of the detected off-road conditions; and
automatically setting a maximum-speed control speed appropriate to the detected off-road condition corresponding to a minimum of the determined maximum speed control speeds appropriate to each of the detected off-road conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,363,927

SPEED CHANGE CONTROL APPARATUS FOR WORK VEHICLE

1. A speed change control apparatus for a work vehicle, the speed change control apparatus comprising:a hydraulic continuously variable speed transmission that performs speed change on power that is input from an engine by changing a trunnion shaft angle based on a depressing amount of a speed change pedal and outputs the power;
a pedal position detector that detects a pedal position responsive to the depressing amount of the speed change pedal; and
a control unit that controls a number of revolutions of the engine and the trunnion shaft angle of the hydraulic continuously variable speed transmission based on the pedal position detected by the pedal position detector, wherein
the pedal position includes a first pedal position and a second pedal position that corresponds to a second depressing amount of the speed change pedal that is less than a first depressing amount of the speed change pedal that corresponds to the first pedal position, and
the control unit performs control so that
at a pedal position between the first pedal position and the second pedal position, a vehicle speed of the work vehicle changes linearly, and
at a pedal position between a release position of the speed change pedal and the second pedal position, a change rate of the vehicle speed of the work vehicle is non-linear such that it decreases with decreasing the depressing amount of the speed change pedal and increases with increasing the depressing amount.

US Pat. No. 10,363,923

FRONT END MOTOR-GENERATOR SYSTEM AND HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE OPERATING METHOD

Bendix Commercial Vehicle...

1. A hybrid electric arrangement for an internal combustion engine, comprising:a motor-generator;
a torque transfer segment having a motor-generator end configured to receive the motor-generator and transfer torque between the motor-generator end and a coupling end of the torque transfer segment; and
an integrated switchable coupling configured to be co-axially located between the coupling end of the torque transfer segment and a front end of an engine crankshaft,
wherein the integrated switchable coupling includes an engine-side portion including a crankshaft vibration damper portion configured to be coupled to the engine crankshaft, a drive-side portion configured to be coupled to the torque transfer segment coupling end and to drive at least one engine accessory drive coupled to the drive-side portion, and a clutch arranged between the engine-side portion and the drive-side portion, the clutch being configured to selectively engage the engine-side portion with the drive-side portion,
the drive-side portion concentrically surrounds at least a portion of the clutch along a coupling rotation axis, and
a rotation axis of the motor-generator is parallel to and laterally offset from the coupling rotation axis.

US Pat. No. 10,363,921

CLUNK MITIGATION TECHNIQUES FOR PEDAL TIP-IN AND TIP-OUT EVENTS

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A control system for a vehicle having a powertrain comprising a torque generating system and an automatic transmission, the control system comprising:a pedal position sensor configured to measure a position of an accelerator pedal of the vehicle; and
a controller configured to:
based on the accelerator pedal position, detect a pedal tip-in or tip-out event, wherein the pedal tip-in event comprises a transition from (a) a shaft of the automatic transmission driving a shaft of the torque generating system to (b) the torque generating system shaft driving the automatic transmission shaft, and wherein the pedal tip-out event comprises an opposite transition than the pedal tip-in event; and
in response to detecting the pedal tip-in or tip-out event:
(i) determine a desired output torque for the torque generating system corresponding to the pedal tip-in or tip-out event, and
(ii) command the torque generating system to gradually transition, over a period, from its current output torque to the desired output torque to mitigate clunk caused by abrupt contact between gear teeth of the torque generating system shaft and the automatic transmission shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,363,919

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A control apparatus for a hybrid vehicle wherein the hybrid vehicle includes a power source including an internal combustion engine and an electric motor, and a transmission having a plurality of transmission stages provided on a power transmission path through which power of the power source is transmitted to an output shaft, said control apparatus comprising an electronic control unit configured to:switch between a HV running mode in which the internal combustion engine is operated for the hybrid vehicle to run, and an EV running mode in which the internal combustion engine is stopped and the power of the power source is used for the hybrid vehicle to run;
switch between a normal mode and a power mode in which an acceleration performance is emphasized more than in the normal mode; and
control the transmission in such a manner that a transmission stage in a particular state in which the EV running mode and the power mode are selected is lower than a transmission stage when the hybrid vehicle is not in the particular state.

US Pat. No. 10,363,918

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING TORQUE REDUCTION OF HYBRID VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for controlling torque reduction of a hybrid vehicle including a motor and an engine as power sources, the method comprising:determining, by a controller, a discharging torque control factor of the motor and a charging torque control factor of the motor based on a current state of charge of a battery that supplies an electric power to the motor and a threshold state of charge of the battery;
calculating, by the controller, a torque of the motor corresponding to a driving torque reduction request of a traction control system (TCS) based on a discharging limit torque of the motor that the discharging torque control factor is reflected in and a charging limit torque of the motor that the charging torque control factor is reflected in;
calculating, by the controller, a torque of the engine corresponding to the driving torque reduction request based on the calculated torque of the motor and a request torque of the traction control system (TCS);
reducing, by the controller, the torque of the motor based on the calculated torque of the motor; and
reducing, by the controller, the torque of the engine based on the calculated torque of the engine,
wherein a target state of charge included in the threshold state of charge is a state of charge that decreases noise of the engine and maintains a state of charge of the battery, and
wherein the controller is in communication with the traction control system (TCS).

US Pat. No. 10,363,916

PRESSURE CONTROL APPARATUS AND PRESSURE CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

MANDO CORPORATION, Gyeon...

1. A pressure control apparatus comprising:an input unit configured to receive an input of a current pressure value of a brake apparatus detected by a detection apparatus when drive of the brake apparatus is prepared, the brake apparatus comprising a motor and a hydraulic valve;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the input current pressure value is a preset standard pressure value;
a control unit configured to receive the current pressure value, transfer a determination command to the determination unit, and control the motor of the brake apparatus to maintain a constant torque of the motor while simultaneously iterating repeatedly on and off operations of the hydraulic valve of the brake apparatus so that the current pressure value reaches the standard pressure value when the current pressure value is not the standard pressure value; and
a first identification unit configured to cause a normal pressure to be identified when the current pressure value is the standard pressure value or cause an abnormal pressure to be identified when the current pressure value is not the standard pressure value.

US Pat. No. 10,363,911

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE WITH A BRAKE HOLDING ASSIST

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for determining a brake torque reduction parameter for brake torque reduction in a motor vehicle with a brake holding assist function comprising:detecting at least one motion parameter of the motor vehicle;
comparing the at least one detected motion parameter with a predetermined threshold value of said motion parameter;
determining a correction value for at least one initial brake torque reduction parameter when said at least one detected motion parameter differs from said predetermined threshold value of said motion parameter;
adjusting the at least one initial brake torque reduction parameter using the correction value to determine at least one optimized brake torque reduction parameter;
wherein the at least one brake torque reduction parameter is a point in time of a brake torque reduction, the at least one initial brake torque parameter is an initial point in time of a brake torque reduction, and the brake torque reduction point in time correction value; and
using the at least one optimized brake torque reduction parameter as a brake torque reduction parameter for the brake torque reduction and changing the point in time of the brake torque reduction and correspondingly the point in time of a vehicle brake release.

US Pat. No. 10,363,908

VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEM

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

1. A vehicle brake system comprising an input device attached to a bulkhead separating a power unit room accommodating a power unit of a vehicle and a passenger compartment of the vehicle from each other, the input device including a part extending into the power unit room, wherein:a free end of the part of the input device extending into the power unit room is fitted with a protective member defining a slanted surface opposing the power unit and slanting rearward as one moves in a prescribed lateral direction,
the slanted surface aligns with a corner part of the power unit defined by a side end surface of the power unit extending along a fore and aft direction and a rear end surface extending in the prescribed lateral direction from the side end surface, and
the corner part of the power unit is provided with a corresponding slanted surface opposing the slanted surface of the protective member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,904

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO DETECT TELEMATICS UNIT DISCONNECTION

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A system to detect a vehicle system module (VSM) disconnection, the system comprising:a memory configured to comprise a program and a processor configured to execute the program, wherein the program enables the processor to:
sense a disconnection event, wherein the disconnection event is a hardwire connection between the VSM and a communication bus being severed, wherein the disconnection event is sensed when the VSM has stopped receiving periodic heartbeat signals from one or more other VSMs through the communications bus; and
in response to the disconnection event being sensed, gather VSM location data.

US Pat. No. 10,363,901

BELT BUCKLE FOR A SAFETY BELT SYSTEM

AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB, ...

1. A belt buckle for a seatbelt system comprising a buckle housing, a spring-loaded lock mechanism, a securing pin for locking a belt tongue inserted into the buckle housing, and a pushbutton including a frame which is displaceably guided on the buckle housing under a spring effect to impact upon the lock mechanism for unlocking the belt buckle, wherein the frame has a recess including at least one contact region for guiding or retaining the securing pin coming into contact with the contact region upon an actuation of the belt buckle, wherein at least one of the at least one contact region of the recess formed on the pushbutton includes a noise-damping element.

US Pat. No. 10,363,899

SIDE AIR CURTAIN BAG

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle airbag assembly comprising:an airbag;
a ramp carrier; and
a deployable ramp provided on the carrier to unfurl during airbag deployment and ride over a vehicle component and including a movable element to move from a first position in a stowed configuration to a second position in a ramped configuration responsive to the deployment,
wherein a ramp thickness increases along an airbag length when the movable element is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,898

AIR-BAG DEVICE

AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB, ...

1. An airbag device for restraining an occupant in a vehicle, comprising:a main bag adapted to be inflated and deployed in front of a front seat in the vehicle;
a center bag adapted to be inflated and deployed on an inner side of the main bag in a vehicle width direction; and
an upper side joining means that is provided above a region of the airbag device intended for restraining the head of the occupant and above a valley formed between the main bag and the center bag and for joining the center bag to the main bag for a prescribed range in a vehicle front-back direction, the prescribed range in the vehicle front-back direction extending further toward a vehicle rear side than portions of the valley, the valley positioned to receive the head of the occupant in an oblique impact condition.

US Pat. No. 10,363,897

PASSENGER AIRBAG MODULE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. An airbag module, comprising:a housing comprising a retaining tab;
a cushion disposed within the housing; and
a chute having a first side and a second side with a seam centrally formed therebetween, wherein each of the first and second sides comprise a plurality of fingers which operatively cooperate to define a track configured to slidably attach the housing to the chute such that the housing is pressed against the chute and moved in a direction parallel to the seam of the chute until the chute sufficiently encloses the cushion within the housing, and wherein the chute is configured to open during deployment of the cushion, the chute further having a retaining base; and
wherein, when the housing is sufficiently slidably attached to the chute, the retaining tab and retaining base are operatively positioned to receive a joining mechanism which affixes the housing to the chute.

US Pat. No. 10,363,895

AIRBAG DEVICE FOR A FRONT PASSENGER SEAT

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

1. An airbag device for a front passenger seat adapted to be mounted on a vehicle having a rearview mirror which protrudes downwardly out of a roof of the vehicle, the airbag device comprising a housing adapted to be mounted on an instrument panel of the vehicle disposed in front of a front passenger seat, and an airbag that is housed in the housing in a folded-up configuration and inflatable with an inflation gas for rearward deployment, the airbag comprising:a main bag section that protrudes rearward out of the housing and deploys in front of the front passenger seat;
a center bag section that protrudes towards an inboard side in a vehicle width direction out of the main bag section and deploys in front of a space between the front passenger seat and a driver's seat, the center bag section as deployed including, on an upper portion thereof, a region that faces the rearview mirror in an up and down direction;
a passenger protection region that is composed of a rear portion of the airbag as deployed for protecting a passenger, the passenger protection region comprising a front-collision arresting plane for protecting a head of the passenger in the event of a frontal collision of the vehicle and an oblique-collision arresting plane that is disposed on an inboard side in the vehicle width direction of the front-collision arresting plane for protecting the head of the passenger as the passenger moves diagonally forward in the event of an oblique collision or an offset collision of the vehicle; and
a regulating tether that is disposed generally along an up and down direction inside the center bag section and connects the region of the upper portion of the center bag section facing the rearview mirror at airbag deployment and a region of a lower portion of the center bag section which is deployed beneath the region facing the rearview mirror, in order to prevent contact between the center bag section and the rearview mirror.

US Pat. No. 10,363,894

ROLLOVER PROTECTION DEVICE

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche ...

1. A rollover protection device for a passenger car, comprising: a supporting device that extends in an upward direction when installed properly, and a crossmember secured on the supporting device and extending in a lateral direction when installed properly, the crossmember defining a beam shape with rounded portions and defining a die-cast, low-pressure die-cast or forged unit, the crossmember having recesses arranged adjacent to one another in the lateral direction, each of the recesses extending substantially in a longitudinal direction of the passenger car when installed properly, the recesses comprising a first plurality of recesses with closed front ends and open rear ends and a second plurality of recesses with closed rear ends and open front ends, the recesses of the first plurality alternating with the recesses of the second plurality so that each recess with a closed front end is adjacent at least one recess with a closed rear end.

US Pat. No. 10,363,893

SELF-DRIVING VEHICLE CONTEXTUAL LOCK CONTROL SYSTEM

International Business Ma...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:receiving, by one or more processors, sensor readings from sensors on a self-driving vehicle (SDV) that describe a vehicle context assessment of the SDV and a passenger context assessment of a passenger in the SDV; and
transmitting, by one or more processors, a signal to a lock controller mechanism in the SDV to selectively lock or unlock a lock in the SDV based on the vehicle context assessment and the passenger context assessment;
directing the lock controller mechanism to, prior to locking or unlocking the door, request passenger confirmation from the passenger in the SDV; and
in response to receipt of the passenger confirmation from the passenger in the SDV, directing the lock controller mechanism to lock or unlock the lock in the SDV.

US Pat. No. 10,363,890

ELECTRONIC DEVICE, WORKING MACHINE, AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR TERMINATION RESISTOR

KUBOTA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A working machine comprising:an engine;
a working tool mounted on the working machine;
a display device configured to display information at least related to:
a driving state of the working machine; and
operation of the working tool;
a control system comprising:
an in-vehicle network;
a first control device configured to control movement of the working tool mounted on the working machine;
a second control device configured to control the engine;
a third control device configured to control the display; and
a fourth control device configured to control the working tool,
wherein each of the first, second, third and fourth control devices comprises:
a termination resistor connectable to a first communication line and a second communication line of the in-vehicle network;
a termination resistor switch adapted to switch between a connection state where the termination resistor of a respective first, second, third or fourth control device is connected to the in-vehicle network and a non-connection state where the termination resistor of a respective first, second, third or fourth control device is not connected to the in-vehicle network;
a non-transitory data storage configured to store identification information; and
a switch control, including at least one transistor, configured to control a switching operation of the termination resistor switch,
wherein the control system has a mode of operation where the switch control:
utilizes first identification information from one of the first, second, third or fourth control device when the engine starts, said first identification information being identification information stored in the data storage of the respective, first, second, third or fourth control device;
obtains second identification information different from another of the first, second, third or fourth control device;
compares the second identification information with the first identification information;
performs a calculation based on the first and second identification information; and
either switches the termination resistor switch to the connection state based on the calculation or switches the termination resistor switch to the non-connection state based on the calculation.

US Pat. No. 10,363,889

VEHICLE WIRELESS ELECTRICAL CONNECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A wireless electrical device interconnect system for a vehicle, the being vehicle provided with a windshield or a backlite having a first surface, the vehicle comprising:an electrically powered device adapted to be disposed on an interior or exterior surface of the vehicle;
a first transceiver operable to provide a wireless electric power signal;
a second transceiver coupled to the electrically powered device to provide electric power to the electrically powered device to energize the electrically powered service responsive to the wireless electric power signal;
a conductive link having a first coil and a second coil, the conductive link and the first and second coils being disposed on the first surface, the first coil being disposed adjacent the first transceiver to couple the wireless electric power signal from the first transceiver to the conductive link, and the second coil being disposed adjacent the second transceiver to couple the wireless electric power signal from the link to the second transceiver and wherein,
the first coil is disposed on the first surface adjacent the first transceiver, the second coil is disposed on the first surface adjacent the second transceiver, the first transceiver is remote from the second transceiver and the link is a conductor disposed on the surface operatively electrically joining the first coil and the second coil.

US Pat. No. 10,363,888

WIRE HARNESS

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A wire harness to be installed in a vehicle comprising:an electric wire; and
a protective tube that protects the electric wire,
wherein the electric wire is provided at a lower part of a vehicle body of the vehicle,
the protective tube covers the electric wire and includes ferromagnetic and resin materials, and
content of the ferromagnetic material and a distance between the electric wire and the protective tube are designed according to a required inductance of the protective tube.

US Pat. No. 10,363,887

GLAZING WITH EXTRUDED SEAL, TRIM AND CORE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE GLAZING

SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE...

1. A vehicle glazing, comprising a glazed element, at least one portion of extruded seal, at least one trim having an elongate form which extends along an edge of said glazed element and having an outer face visible from an outside of a vehicle on which the vehicle glazing is to be mounted and an inner face situated opposite said outer face, and a core, having an elongate form and having, in cross section, a head and a foot, said core being situated under said trim with at least a part of said head in contact with said inner face of the trim and said foot which protrudes under said trim with at least a part of said foot which is not in contact with said inner face of the trim, said portion of extruded seal, seen in cross section, being in contact with said glazed element, said foot and a part of said outer face of the trim, wherein said portion of extruded seal is manufactured by molding a plastic material on said glazed element, on said foot and on the part of said outer face of the trim.

US Pat. No. 10,363,885

AUTOMOBILE REARVIEW MIRROR WITH DRIVING VIDEO RECORDING FUNCTION

1. A rearview mirror attachment having recording functionality for removably coupling to a face of an existing automobile rearview mirror, wherein said automobile review mirror includes a top and bottom edge and backward facing surface, said attachment comprising:a rearview mirror body comprising a housing and a mirror mounted in said housing, said housing comprising a first pivot holder and a second pivot holder, said first pivot holder and said second pivot holder each defining therein a ball socket and a position-limiting passage in communication with said ball socket, each said position limiting passage being an open-ended passage facing downwards and having an inner diameter gradually increased toward an open end thereof;
a first camera module comprising a camera holder, an image capture device mounted in said camera holder and adapted for capturing outside video images, a connection rod extended from a top side of said camera holder and terminating in a ball, said connection rod having a substantially uniform circumference, wherein said ball being coupled to said ball socket of said first pivot holder in a tight-fit manner so that said ball is rotatable relative to said ball socket to the desired angular position by an external force and then positively positioned in the adjusted angular position after said external force is disappeared, wherein the uniform connection rod is capable of being adjusted within the position-limiting passage off-axis from mechanical center of said position-limiting passage, said connection rod being extended through said position-limiting passage to a certain distance outside said rearview mirror body to suspend said camera holder outside said rearview mirror body
wherein the ball further comprises a pin protrusion; and
the ball socket further comprises a corresponding pin opening except in one location where the ball socket comprises a pin arresting surface configured so that the maximum rotation of the camera holder about the yaw axis cannot be greater than 360° .

US Pat. No. 10,363,884

MULTIFUNCTIONAL VEHICLE-MOUNTED MOBILE PHONE HOLDER

1. A multifunctional vehicle-mounted mobile phone holder, comprising a holder body for retaining a mobile phone and a mounting seat for connecting with a component in a car, the holder body being connected to the mounting seat, the holder body being provided with a window glass breaker;wherein an outer surface of the window glass breaker is covered with a flexible protective cover so that a sharp tip of the window glass breaker is enclosed by the flexible protective cover, and the flexible protective cover is a silicone protective cover;
wherein the mounting seat comprises an adjusting base and a blade clamp, the blade clamp is disposed on the adjusting base, the blade clamp includes an immovable blade and a movable blade opposite to each other, an end surface of the adjusting base is formed with a mounting trough, a bottom end of the immovable blade is fixed to the mounting trough, a bottom end of the movable blade is provided with a button, the button is movably disposed in the mounting trough, the button has a press end extending out of a side wall of the adjusting base from the mounting trough, a spring is provided in the mounting trough, and the spring is compressively disposed between a side wall of the mounting trough and the button so that the movable blade always has a tendency to lean against the immovable blade.

US Pat. No. 10,363,883

ROAD FINISHING MACHINE WITH RETAINER DEVICE FOR SUPPORTING AND POSITIONING A SENSOR UNIT

1. A road finishing machine comprising:a chassis;
a height-adjustable screed mounted to the chassis for laying a paving layer;
a sensor unit; and
a retainer device associated with the screed for supporting and positioning the sensor unit, the retainer device comprising a supporting arm module, a sensor module that supports the sensor unit, and a link movably positioned along the supporting arm module and that mounts the sensor module to the supporting arm module, wherein the supporting arm module is oriented along a direction of travel of the road finishing machine, the sensor module comprises a retainer with a mounting plate which is releasably mounted to the link, and the sensor module is mountable to the link in various assembly angles with respect to a horizontal line.

US Pat. No. 10,363,882

MOUNTING STRUCTURE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A mounting structure formed to be temporarily fixable to a mounting target having an aperture formed therein, wherein the mounting structure comprises:a main body portion having a side wall portion;
an elastic portion provided on the side wall portion, wherein the elastic portion is configured to contact the mounting target and to surround the aperture; and
a temporary fixing unit including a portion to be passed through the aperture and provided on the side wall portion to temporarily fix the main body portion to the mounting target by sandwiching a part of the mounting target between the temporary fixing unit and the elastic portion while the portion of the temporary fixing unit is passed through the aperture, wherein
the temporary fixing unit has,
a supporting portion provided on the side wall portion and including a distal end portion to be passed through the aperture,
a holding portion located oppositely to the main body portion and provided with an inclined surface, which slides along an edge portion of the aperture when the holding portion is passed through the aperture,
a spring portion connecting the distal end portion of the supporting portion and the holding portion, wherein the spring portion undergoes deformation when the holding portion is pushed down while the inclined surface of the holding portion slides along the edge portion of the aperture, and
a stopper portion, which is a single planar member and which extends from the side wall portion toward the holding portion,
the stopper portion is configured to limit movement of the holding portion when the holding portion is pushed down while the inclined surface of the holding portion slides along the edge portion of the aperture,
the supporting portion is separated from the stopper portion,
the main body portion is temporarily fixed to the mounting target when, by passing the holding portion through the aperture, the part of the mounting target is sandwiched between the holding portion and the elastic portion and further the elastic portion is forced to undergo elastic deformation while pressing against the mounting target,
the holding portion has a surface that faces the main body portion and is configured to make surface contact with a part of the mounting target that is located outward of the aperture after the holding portion is passed through the aperture,
the supporting portion is one of two supporting portions that are integral with the spring portion, and the supporting portions are located at opposite ends of the spring portion, respectively, and
the holding portion is located at an intermediate position between the supporting portions.

US Pat. No. 10,363,880

VEHICLE SEAT ASSEMBLY HAVING DEPLOYABLE HANGER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seat assembly comprising:a seat base;
a seat back coupled to the seat base;
a hanger pivotally mounted to the seat back and having a retaining structure, wherein the hanger pivots forward of the seat back to a use position and pivots rearward to a stowed position; and
a spring biasing the hanger to the stowed position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,879

VEHICLE DASHBOARD DESK

1. A vehicle dashboard desk comprising:a semi-rigid bottom member constructed to partially extend across a vehicle dashboard, the bottom member flexible enough to be made to conform with the dashboard upper surface, and to rest on it;
a semi-rigid top member constructed to rest above the bottom member and conform to the shape of the bottom member;
a plurality of vertical slats insertable or attached between the bottom member and the top member forming a series of compartments;
a lip attached to the bottom member, the lip extending the length of the bottom member;
whereby, items can be stored in the compartments with the lip preventing said items from slipping out.

US Pat. No. 10,363,876

IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE

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

1. An image display device comprising:a display having a display screen for displaying an image captured by a camera and a different image that is different from the captured image; and
an image controller configured to cause the display to display image captured by the camera and the different image on the display screen,
wherein the image controller provides, on the display screen of the display,
a captured-image-only region in which only the captured image is displayed when the display displays the captured image, and
a multiple-image region in which an extended image continuous from the captured image or the different image is selectively displayed when the display displays the captured image, and
wherein the image controller is configured to,
when causing the different image to be displayed in the multiple-image region in a state where the extended image continuous from the captured image is displayed in the multiple-image region, fix a position of the captured-image-only region on the display screen and cause the different image to fade in while decreasing a display area of the extended image in the multiple-image region, or
when ending displaying the different image in a state where the different image is displayed in the multiple-image region, fix the position of the captured-image-only region on the display screen and cause the different image to fade out from the multiple-image region while increasing the display area of the extended image, and
wherein the image controller is further configured to, when it is detected that a caution-target object is present within the extended image corresponding to the multiple-image region in a state where the different image is displayed in the multiple-image region, the caution-target object being an object for which a user has to heed caution, cause the display to display a notification about the presence of the caution-target object at a position between the captured-image-only region and the multiple-image region, while causing the different image to fade out from the multiple-image region.

US Pat. No. 10,363,874

HITCH ASSIST SYSTEM WITH HITCH COUPLER IDENTIFICATION FEATURE AND HITCH COUPLER HEIGHT ESTIMATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A hitch assist system comprising:an imager for capturing one or more images of a trailer having a hitch coupler;
a user-input device for specifying a location of the hitch coupler in the one or more captured images; and
a controller for:
generating an image patch around the user-specified location;
segmenting the image patch to identify the hitch coupler; and
estimating a trailer height based on both a height and projective geometry of the imager, wherein the projective geometry comprises at least two angles between a first plurality of field of view components and the ground and at least two angles between a second plurality of field of view components and a longitudinal axis of the trailer, and wherein the first and second plurality of field of view components originate from the imager and are selected based on a projective geometry of the imager.

US Pat. No. 10,363,873

WORK VEHICLE AND IMAGE DISPLAYING METHOD FOR WORK VEHICLE

KUBOTA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A work vehicle comprising:a vehicle body having a peripheral area surrounding the vehicle body and selected work equipment attachable to the vehicle body, the peripheral area being divided to allocated areas, the selected work equipment being alternatively selected from a plurality of work equipment;
cameras provided on the vehicle body to capture images of the allocated areas, respectively;
a work equipment type input interface via which a type of the selected work equipment is to be input;
circuitry configured to
convert the images captured by the cameras to partial overhead images via view-point transformation, respectively,
composite the partial overhead images based on an image composition pattern to produce a peripheral overhead image of the peripheral area, the image composition pattern being generated according to the selected work equipment, and
change the image composition pattern based on the type of the selected work equipment; and
a display to display the peripheral overhead image.

US Pat. No. 10,363,871

VEHICLE NOTIFICATION APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicle notification apparatus equipped to a subject vehicle having at least one of a heads-up display that provides a display notification to an occupant, a vibration device that provides a vibration notification to the occupant, and a speaker that provides an audio notification to the occupant, the vehicle notification apparatus comprising an electronic control unit configured to:determine whether the subject vehicle is travelling on a road where a lane change is allowed;
determine whether to output a notification signal to at least one of the heads-up display, the vibration device, and the speaker based on a distance between the subject vehicle and a non-subject vehicle and a relative speed of the non-subject vehicle with respect to the subject vehicle when the electronic control unit determines that the subject vehicle is travelling on the road where the lane change is allowed;
determine whether a rearward non-subject vehicle is following the subject vehicle in a different lane from the subject vehicle and whether a forward non-subject vehicle is travelling in front of the subject vehicle in a same lane as the subject vehicle; and
determine not to output the notification signal to any of the heads-up display, the vibration device, and the speaker regardless of a distance between the rearward non-subject vehicle and the subject vehicle and a relative speed of the rearward non-subject vehicle with respect to the subject vehicle when the electronic control unit determines that the rearward non-subject is following the subject vehicle in the different lane from the subject vehicle and that there is no forward non-subject vehicle travelling in front of the subject vehicle in the same lane as the subject vehicle;
wherein:
the electronic control unit determines whether to output a first notification signal about the rearward non-subject vehicle after determining whether to output a second notification signal about the forward non-subject vehicle,
in a determination of whether to output the first notification signal about the rearward non-subject vehicle, when the subject vehicle and the rearward non-subject vehicle are travelling in different lanes and the forward non-subject vehicle is not travelling in front of the subject vehicle in the same lane, the electronic control unit does not output the first notification signal about the rearward non-subject vehicle without consideration of the distance to the rearward non-subject vehicle and the relative speed of the rearward non-subject vehicle, and
in the determination of whether to output the first notification signal about the rearward non-subject vehicle, the electronic control unit determines whether the forward non-subject vehicle is traveling in the same lane as the subject vehicle with reference to a determination result of whether to output the second notification signal about the forward non-subject vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,868

VEHICLE APPROACH NOTIFICATION DEVICE

ANDEN CO., LTD., Anjo, A...

1. A vehicle approach notification device comprising:a first push-pull circuit configured to perform a push-pull output based on a notification sound signal;
a phase inversion circuit configured to invert a phase of the notification sound signal; and
a second push-pull circuit configured to perform a push-pull output based on the notification sound signal whose phase has been inverted by the phase inversion circuit,
wherein:
the first push-pull circuit and the second push-pull circuit constitute a BTL circuit amplifier that includes a sounding body disposed between the first push-pull circuit and the second push-pull circuit; and
the first push-pull circuit and the second push-pull circuit are configured to amplify a power of the notification sound signal by their push-pull outputs and configured to output the amplified notification sound signal to the sounding body so that the sounding body emits a notification sound for notification of an approach of a vehicle,
the vehicle approach notification device further comprising:
a microcomputer connected to a first common connection terminal without connection through the BTL circuit and configured to output a voltage between the first common connection terminal and a ground, the first common connection terminal being between the first push-pull circuit and the sounding body;
a first resistive element between the microcomputer and the first common connection terminal;
a second resistive element between a second common connection terminal and the ground, the second common connection terminal being between the second push-pull circuit and the sounding body; and
a failure determination unit configured to determine whether there is a wire-discontinuity failure in the sounding body by determining whether a voltage between the first common connection terminal and the second common connection terminal is equal to or higher than a predetermined value when the microcomputer outputs a voltage between the first common connection terminal and the ground while both the push-pull output of the first push-pull circuit and the push-pull output of the second push-pull circuit are stopped.

US Pat. No. 10,363,867

PRINTED LED TRIM PANEL LAMP

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An illumination apparatus for a vehicle comprising:a circuit disposed on a trim panel comprising:
first and second proximity sensors disposed proximate a surface of the trim panel and configured to detect a presence of an object;
a first light source disposed proximate the first proximity sensor, and a second light source disposed proximate the second proximity sensor, the first and second light sources comprising a plurality of LEDs in a semiconductor ink;
a first reflective surface configured to reflect the first light source at a first emission angle, and a second reflective surface configured to reflect the second light source at a second emission angle; and
the first proximity sensor configured to selectively activate the first light source, and the second proximity sensor configured to selectively activate the second light source, wherein the trim panel corresponds to a molding configured to seal a first window to a second window.

US Pat. No. 10,363,866

CONTEXTUAL PRIORITY SIGNAL IN AUTONOMOUS ENVIRONMENT

International Business Ma...

1. A method for determining contextual priority of an autonomous vehicle comprising a computer in communication with sensors and a notification system of the autonomous vehicle, the autonomous vehicle having at least one passenger, the method comprising the steps of:the computer receiving one or more inputs regarding the at least one passenger in the autonomous vehicle to define an event, wherein at least one of the one or more inputs comprises manual input from the at least one passenger of a scan of a ticket of the at least one passenger, a pass of the at least one passenger, credentials of the at least one passenger or a badge of the at least one passenger;
the computer analyzing the input to determine whether the event is genuine;
for each event determined to be genuine, the computer calculating a score for the event; and
for each event with a calculated score greater than a threshold, the computer classifying the event as an emergency and activating the notification system to alert other vehicles.

US Pat. No. 10,363,864

DIRECTION INDICATOR FOR PUSHABLE TRANSPORT OBJECTS

1. A portable signaling system, comprising:a signaling device, comprising:
at least one indicator light controllable to display a left signal and a right signal;
a first mounting component for removably mounting the signaling device to a transport object; and
a control device communicative with the signaling device to control the at least one indicator light, the control device comprising:
a user interface for receiving a user input, the user interface including a left input component for controlling the at least one indicator light to display the left signal and a right input component for controlling the at least one indicator light to display the right signal; and
a second mounting component for mounting the control device to a handle of the transport object, wherein the second mounting component positions the control device at an opposite end of the transport object from the signaling device.

US Pat. No. 10,363,863

FLEXIBLE LIGHTING SYSTEM WITH CONDUCTIVE ADHESIVE BACKING FOR MOUNTING ON A GROUNDED SURFACE OF A VEHICLE

1. A flexible lighting system configured to be mounted on a grounded surface of a vehicle, the flexible lighting system comprising:a rubber layer that is transparent or translucent and comprised of flexible polymers acting as an electrical insulator;
a plurality of light emitting diodes being embedded within the rubber layer, the plurality of light emitting diodes being positioned in parallel to each other, the plurality of light emitting diodes being positioned between an upper surface of the rubber layer and a lower surface of the rubber layer;
a conductive adhesive backing layer being comprised of adhesive and conductive materials, the conductive adhesive backing layer being positioned directly under the rubber layer;
internal wiring positioned in a plurality of rows embedded within the rubber layer configured to couple the plurality of light emitting diodes positioned in parallel to each other, wherein each of the plurality of rows of the internal wiring is directly coupled with the conductive adhesive backing layer through columns of the internal wiring, each of the columns of the internal wiring is positioned between adjacent light emitting diodes on different rows of the internal wiring, wherein each of the plurality of rows includes at least one of the plurality of light emitting diodes, wherein each of the light emitting diodes on each of the plurality of rows is horizontally and vertically offset from each of the light emitting diodes on the others of the plurality of rows, each of the columns of the internal wiring extending from a plane including the light emitting diodes embedded within the rubber layer and into the conductive adhesive backing layer;
a power input comprised of a single wire configured to supply power to the flexible lighting system, wherein the power input is coupled to the internal wiring on a sidewall of the rubber layer.

US Pat. No. 10,363,861

TIMING CORRECTION IN A COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. An isolator circuit interconnecting a data transmitter and a data receiver, the isolator circuit comprising:an isolation barrier configured to provide isolation of a DC-balanced digital communication signal that is transmitted from the data transmitter to the data receiver; and
a pulse-width distortion (PWD) correction circuit arranged between the barrier and the data receiver and being configured to adjust at least one timing parameter associated with the DC-balanced digital communication signal;
wherein the pulse-width distortion (PWD) correction circuit comprises:
at least one edge-delay circuit, each of the at least one edge-delay circuit comprising:
a buffer configured to generate a buffered digital communication signal based on a digital communication signal, the buffer comprising an inverter stage configured to invert the digital communication signal;
a filter configured to generate an average voltage corresponding to an average amplitude of the buffered digital communication signal; and
an error amplifier configured to compare the average voltage with a predetermined reference voltage to generate a comparison signal that controls the inverter stage of the buffer in a negative feedback arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,363,860

HEADLIGHT MODULE AND HEADLIGHT APPARATUS

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A headlight module comprising:a plurality of light sources each including a light emitting face placed on a first plane and configured to emit light as projection light;
a plurality of condensing optical elements, each being configured to collect light emitted from one of the plurality of light sources to form collected light, thereby forming a plurality of intermediate mages formed on a second plane that is a conjugate plane of the first plane; and
a projector lens configured to magnify and project the plurality of the intermediate images formed by light emitted from the plurality of light sources; wherein
the plurality of intermediate images are in optically conjugate relationship with the light emitting faces respectively,
the plurality of condensing optical elements has a function of refracting passing light,
each of the condensing optical elements includes an incident face having a point of intersection with an optical axis of one of the condensing optical elements, an output face that is formed on a side of a traveling direction of the light with respect to the incident face and has a point of intersection with the optical axis, and a reflection face formed on an outside of an outer periphery of the incident face,
each of the intermediate images is formed on the second plane by first light which is emitted from one of the light emitting faces, enters one of the condensing optical elements through the incident face, and then exits from the output face, and another image formed on the second plane is smaller than one of the intermediate images and is formed on one of the intermediate images by second light which is emitted from one of the light emitting faces, enters one of the condensing optical elements, and is reflected by the reflection face.

US Pat. No. 10,363,859

VEHICLE LOADSPACE COVER WITH CARGO FIXING POINT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle loadspace cover comprising:one or more vehicle fixing points for removably securing to at least one of a loadspace floor of a vehicle and a seat of the vehicle, wherein the loadspace cover is extendable to cover a loadspace of the vehicle when secured to the seat; and
a cargo fixing point configured to secure an item of cargo to the loadspace cover, wherein the vehicle loadspace cover is removably securable to the underside of the loadspace floor and the cargo fixing point is configured to extend at least partially through the loadspace floor to secure the item of cargo.

US Pat. No. 10,363,858

DEPLOYABLE AMPHIBIOUS RUNWAY

United States of America ...

1. A drone stowage and transport vehicle, comprising:a hovercraft vessel having a barge type buoyancy box, said buoyancy box having an outer wall with an outer perimeter defined in an upper portion thereof;
at least one upper deck section disposed on said upper portion of said outer wall; and
a set of hinges attached to each said upper deck section and to said buoyancy box at said outer perimeter, wherein each said upper deck section is rotatable about said set of hinges from a folded position to an extended position increasing a total deck area of said vessel,
wherein said at least one upper deck section further comprises a set of additional hinges affixed at an end of said at least one upper deck section distant from said at least one set of hinges, and at least one additional deck section rotatable about said set of additional hinges from a folded position congruent to said at least one upper deck section to an extended position further increasing said total deck area of said craft.

US Pat. No. 10,363,857

TRAILER TRASH KIT

1. A truck or trailer unloading kit, comprising:a base comprising a first base member and a second base member;
a first frame coupled substantially perpendicularly to and extending vertically from the first base member and the second base member;
a first swing arm rotatably coupled to the first base member and a second swing arm rotatably coupled to the second base member;
a second frame coupled to the first swing arm and the second swing arm, wherein the second frame is configured to move from a bed of one of a truck or a trailer to a position above the first frame, the first and second frames forming a continuous, substantially vertical wall;
a wheel fixedly coupled to a rear portion of the bed of one of the truck or the trailer; and
a winch comprising a first cable and a second cable, the first cable coupled to a first side of the first frame through the wheel and the second cable coupled to a second side of the first frame;
wherein the base is configured to move along the bed of one of the truck or the trailer toward the rear portion of the bed in response to the winch pulling the base with the first cable; and
wherein the base is configured to move along the bed of one of the truck or the trailer toward a front of the bed in response to the winch pulling the base with the second cable.

US Pat. No. 10,363,855

BEVERAGE CONTAINER HOLDING ASSEMBLY

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A beverage container holder comprising:a first member including a floor, sidewall, and first opening, the floor connected and spaced apart from the first opening by the first member sidewall to define a receptacle to receive the beverage container therein;
a second member, wherein a portion of the second member is inserted into the first opening of the first member to permit rotation of the second member about a center axis;
a plurality of elastic bands, each elastic band of the plurality of elastic bands being connected to the first member at one end and the second member at the opposite end such that tension is established within each elastic band of the plurality of elastic bands;
wherein, as the second member is caused to rotate about the center axis, the tension in each elastic band grows and the plurality of elastic bands collaborate to operatively form into a configuration which constricts an area centrally located in the receptacle of the first member;
wherein the second member includes a second opening, sidewall, and third opening, the second opening connected and spaced apart from the third opening by the second member sidewall to define a rounded sleeve to surround a portion of the beverage container when the beverage container is received by the receptacle of the first member;
wherein each of the elastic bands are connected to the first member sidewall and the second member sidewalk;
the first member sidewall further includes a track having a plurality of side notches;
the second member sidewall includes a retention feature that projects outward, the retention feature can travel along the track of the first member sidewall as the second member is caused to rotate about the center axis, the retention feature is adapted to engage each of the side notches, and wherein retention feature engagement for each side notch causes the second member to maintain a releasably static position during rotation about the center axis;
wherein the first member sidewall further includes a first edge having a first diameter to define the first opening of the first member, a first surface, and a second edge having a second diameter, the first edge connected and spaced apart from the second edge by the first surface, and the first diameter is larger than the second diameter; and
wherein the first member sidewall further includes a second surface, third surface, and third edge having a third diameter, the second edge connected to and spaced apart from the third edge by the second surface and third surface, the second surface is diagonally oriented in relation to the second edge and the third surface, and the second diameter is larger than the third diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,363,853

VEHICLE TRAY SYSTEMS

1. A tray system for use in a vehicle, comprising:a tray support base sized and shaped to fit between seats of a vehicle;
a tray platform supported by the tray support base, the tray platform having an upper surface area sized and shaped to support an appliance, the upper surface area having a length sized to accommodate opening and closing a compartment of the appliance about the upper surface area; and
a receiver tray situated below the tray platform, the receiver tray sized and shaped to receive and support the tray support base, the tray support base being removably interfaced to the receiver tray; wherein
the tray support base comprises a first support leg and a second support leg supporting the tray platform, the first support leg positionable forward of a cabin of the vehicle, and the second support leg positionable rearward of the first support leg; and
the first support leg comprises a recessed portion formed along a lower end of the first support leg, the recessed portion sized and shaped to rest along a protrusion area of a cabin floor of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,852

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CUSTOMIZING A VEHICLE SEAT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seat, comprising:a group of first inflatable bladders, each first bladder having a respective first electromechanical valve coupled therewith;
a pump coupled with each of the first valves;
an occupancy sensor; and
a controller electrically connected with the pump, the occupancy sensor, and with each of the first valves and, upon initially receiving a first signal from the occupancy sensor indicating that the seat is unoccupied, opening all of the first valves to allow air to flow between and among the first bladders and causing the pump to simultaneously inflate the group of first bladders to a predetermined collective pressure and, upon subsequently receiving a second signal from the occupancy sensor indicating that the seat occupied, simultaneously closing all of the first valves to maintain an air distribution level of each of the first bladders according to a distribution of weight of an occupant over the first bladders resulting from the seat being occupied before the controller simultaneously closes all of the first valves.

US Pat. No. 10,363,851

MODULAR HEAD RESTRAINT STRUCTURE AND STYLING ENABLEMENT FEATURES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A headrest assembly, comprising:a support member having first and second legs interconnected by an upper cross member;
a front panel coupled to a front side of the support member;
a rear panel coupled to a rear side of the support member, wherein the front and rear panels define a support portion having first and second sides interconnected by an upper portion;
a web member having a plurality of legs interconnecting the first and second sides and upper portion of the support portion, wherein one or more legs of the plurality of legs of the web member includes a receiving aperture disposed therethrough for receiving a fastener; and
a headrest bun releasably coupled to the web member by the fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,363,849

VEHICLE SEAT

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle seat comprising:a seat cushion frame that forms a frame of a seat cushion to support buttocks and thighs of a seated occupant;
a center section spring that spans along a seat front-rear direction of the seat cushion frame at a center section in a seat width direction, the center section spring having a first extension portion that slopes downward from a rear of the seat cushion frame and a second extension portion that slopes downward from a front of the seat cushion frame;
two end section springs, disposed at a same position in a seat up-down direction as the center section spring in a seat side view, that span along the seat front-rear direction of the seat cushion frame at two end sections in the seat width direction, each end section spring having a first extension portion that slopes downward from a rear of the seat cushion frame and a second extension portion that slopes downward from a front of the seat cushion frame; and
a pair of connecting members that are formed of a rod shaped material, each of the connecting members disposed at a seat front side and a seat rear side, respectively, each of the connecting members being configured to: (1) be aligned with hip points of the seated occupant, and (2) link the center section spring to the two end section springs in the seat width direction,
wherein the two end section springs are set with a higher spring constant than the center section spring,
the first and second extension portions of the center section spring and the two end section springs extend in the seat width direction at a position where the pair of the connecting members are disposed, and
the pair of the connecting members are disposed to overlap with and are joined to a lower end side of the first and second extension portions of the center section spring and the two end section springs.

US Pat. No. 10,363,846

VEHICLE SEATING SYSTEM HAVING SEAT WITH INDIVIDUALLY CONTROLLABLE ELECTROMAGNETIC COILS

Lear Corporation, Southf...

1. A seating system for a vehicle, comprising:a vehicle seat;
a plurality of individually selectable and controllable electromagnetic coils individually positioned at respective locations within the seat corresponding to anatomical locations of a person sitting in the vehicle seat, the electromagnetic coils to generate electromagnetic fields when activated;
a plurality of air bladders disposed within the vehicle seat;
at least some of the electromagnetic coils are respectively positioned against at least some of the bladders; and
a controller to individually activate a subset of the electromagnetic coils to deliver electromagnetic energy to the anatomical locations of the person corresponding to the respective locations within the vehicle seat of the activated electromagnetic coils.

US Pat. No. 10,363,845

CONDUCTIVE SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seating assembly comprising:a seat including a cushion and a seating surface;
a recess defined in the cushion extending in a direction parallel with the seating surface;
an elongate carrier disposed between the recess and the seating surface, the elongate carrier including a plurality of thermoelectric devices having an upper surface and a lower surface configured to change temperature when a voltage is applied to the plurality of thermoelectric devices;
an upper conductor comprising an upper surface and a lower surface;
a lower conductor comprising an upper surface and a lower surface; and
an air mover in fluid communication with the recess and configured to move air through the recess,
wherein the upper conductor, the plurality of thermoelectric devices, the lower conductor, and air in the recess are in thermal communication to transfer heat away from the seating surface or to transfer heat toward the seating surface, and wherein an area of the upper conductor adjacent the plurality of thermoelectric devices and an area of the lower conductor adjacent the plurality of thermoelectric devices include an outer peripheral portion defining an interior space wherein the outer peripheral portion includes at least two flexibly resilient first tab members, and wherein the outer peripheral portion also includes at least two flexibly resilient second tab members.

US Pat. No. 10,363,843

MULTIPURPOSE VEHICLE

YANMAR CO., LTD., Osaka ...

1. A multipurpose vehicle comprising:a driving section; and
a carriage disposed behind the driving section,
wherein the driving section includes:
a driver seat; and
a passenger seat disposed side by side with the driver seat,
wherein the passenger seat includes a seat portion and a backrest portion,
wherein the seat portion is forwardly pivotable about a front lower portion,
wherein the backrest portion is forwardly pivotable about a lower portion,
wherein a front gate board stands on a front end of a floor board forming the carriage and includes a movable front gate board that is positioned behind the passenger seat and is forwardly pivotable,
wherein an extended loading space is formed with the seat portion and the backrest portion of the passenger seat pivoted forward and the movable front gate board pivoted to be placed over the backrest portion,
wherein a step portion is formed on a back surface of the backrest portion,
wherein when the backrest portion forwardly pivots to be in a horizontal state, and an upper surface of the movable front gate board and the back surface of the backrest portion are flush with each other, and
wherein a lock mechanism that is able to maintain a horizontal direction position and a vertical direction position is provided near the backrest portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,835

RAILROAD SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A railroad system comprising a first vehicle and a second vehicle electrically connected to a power line, wherein:the first vehicle includes:
a drive part,
an inverter configured to drive the drive part by acquiring power from the power line,
an electric storage device configured to selectively supply power to the power line and accumulate power from the power line, and
a control part configured to control feasibility of charge or discharge of the electric storage device based on a detection value of a distance between the first vehicle and the second vehicle, the detection value when charge or discharge of the electric storage device is switched from an allowable state to a prohibited state being a first set value, the detection value when charge or discharge of the electric storage device is switched from the prohibited state to the allowable state being a second set value, and the first set value being larger than the second set value,
when the detection value of the distance between the first vehicle and the second vehicle is larger than the first set value, the control part prohibits charge and discharge of the electric storage device,
when the detection value of the distance between the first vehicle and the second vehicle is smaller than the second set value, the control part allows charge and discharge of the electric storage device, and
when the detection value of the distance between the first vehicle and the second vehicle is between the first set value and the second set value, the control part maintains a feasible state of charge or discharge of the electric storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,363,834

ELECTRIC VEHICLE WITH HIGH VOLTAGE MODULE HAVING HIGH AND LOW VOLTAGE SECTIONS HAVING A COMMON GROUND

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A vehicle having an electric traction motor, comprising:a high voltage module having a low voltage section and a high voltage section, the high voltage section electrically connected to the electric traction motor and providing electric power to the electric traction motor, the high voltage section also electrically connected to a high voltage direct current supply;
the low voltage section and the high voltage section having a common ground and the low voltage section and the high voltage section are not electrically isolated from each other by an isolation barrier between the low voltage section and the high voltage section;
the low voltage section including a power over fiber receive module and a first optical data module;
a low voltage direct current supply electrically connected to a power over fiber transmit module, the power over fiber transmit module optically coupled by a power over fiber cable to the power over fiber receive module of the low voltage section of the high voltage module; and
an electronic motor control unit powered by the low voltage direct current supply and electrically connected to the low voltage direct current supply, the electronic motor control unit including a second optical data module, the second optical data module of the electronic motor control unit optically coupled by an optical fiber data bus cable to the first optical data module of the low voltage section of the high voltage module.

US Pat. No. 10,363,832

VEHICLE PARKING CONTROL DEVICE

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

1. A vehicle parking control device comprising:a vehicle electronic control unit for controlling a vehicle, the vehicle electronic control unit being configured to:
specify a target position as a target at a time when the vehicle is stopped, the target position being an installation position of a power supplying pad for electric power supply by way of magnetism;
set a predetermined range that includes the target position, wherein the predetermined range is a range that is greater than a charging capable range within which a power supplying pad and a power receiving pad are capable of being magnetically coupled;
determine whether or not a reference position of the vehicle is positioned inside of the predetermined range, the reference position being a mounted position of the power receiving pad;
estimate an inclination state in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle;
estimate a state of charge of a battery; and
switch between creep torque characteristics of the vehicle, in response to determining that a predetermined condition that the reference position of the vehicle is positioned inside of the predetermined range and an estimated state of charge of the battery is less than a predetermined value is satisfied,
wherein the creep torque characteristics are switched so as to increase a creep torque in response to an estimated vehicular inclination state of an upward slope and to decrease the creep torque in response to the estimated vehicular inclination state of a flat or downward slope.

US Pat. No. 10,363,831

ELECTRICAL POWER SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An electrical power system comprising:a first electrical power converter that is configured to perform a first electrical power conversion between an electrical power storage apparatus and a load;
a second electrical power converter that is configured to perform a second electrical power conversion between the electrical power storage apparatus and the load;
a first controller that is configured to periodically generate a first command signal and a second command signal at a first cycle, to control the first electrical power converter such that a first electrical current based on the first command signal flows through by the first electrical power conversion, and to periodically transmit the second command signal to a second controller via a communication line at a second cycle that is longer than the first cycle; and
the second controller is configured to receive the second command signal transmitted by the first controller, to perform a predetermined signal processing on the received second command signal, and to control the second electrical power converter such that a second electrical current, based on the second command signal on which the signal processing is performed, flows through by the second electrical power conversion,
the first controller being configured to adjust the generated first command signal to allow at least one of shortage and excess of the second electrical current that actually flows by the second electrical power conversion to be canceled by the first electrical current, after generating the first command signal and the second command signal,
at least one of the first controller and the second controller being configured to determine whether or not the generated first command signal reaches a first upper limit value that specifies an upper limit of the first command signal,
the second controller being configured to control the second electrical power converter such that the second electrical current, based on the second command signal on which the signal processing is performed, flows through, when it is determined that the generated first command signal is smaller than the first upper limit value,
the second controller being configured to control the second electrical power converter such that the second electrical current, based on a second upper limit value that specifies an upper limit of the second command signal, flows through, when it is determined that the generated first command signal reaches the first upper limit value.

US Pat. No. 10,363,830

FUEL CELL VEHICLE

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

1. A fuel cell vehicle comprising:a fuel cell stack that is disposed in a motor compartment provided in a front section of the vehicle and that generates electric power by an electrochemical reaction of fuel gas and oxidant gas;
a fuel tank that is disposed in a rear section of the vehicle and in which the fuel gas is stored; and
a fuel feeding pipe that provides a connection between the fuel cell stack and the fuel tank,
wherein the fuel feeding pipe has an elastic pipe portion that is secured at one end thereof to the fuel cell stack and at the other end thereof to a body-side mounting portion, and
wherein the other end of the elastic pipe portion and the body-side mounting portion are coupled to each other with a securing mechanism configured such that the other end of the elastic pipe portion is disengaged and separated from the body-side mounting portion when the fuel cell stack moves relatively away from the body-side mounting portion in response to application of a predetermined load, the securing mechanism including a pipe-side coupling member fastened to a surface of the elastic pipe portion with bolts that extend through the pipe-side coupling member to the surface of the elastic pipe portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,827

VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A vehicle configured to receive a supply of power from a charging stand provided outside of the vehicle, the charging stand being configured to perform fee-charging on the supply of power to the vehicle in accordance with a fee-charging system based on a use time of the charging stand, the vehicle comprising:an electrical storage device configured to perform external charging using the power supplied from the charging stand;
a notifier configured to execute a notification to a user;
a communication device configured to acquire information relating to the fee-charging system of the charging stand; and
an electronic control unit configured to:
predict an amount of charging power of the electrical storage device and the use time in a case where the external charging is performed, in accordance with a state of the electrical storage device,
predict cost performance of the external charging based on a ratio of the predicted amount of charging power to the predicted use time, and the information relating to the fee-charging system, and
control the notifier so as to execute the notification of the cost performance.

US Pat. No. 10,363,826

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR UAV BATTERY EXCHANGE

SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LT...

1. A method for changing a battery of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), said method comprising:supporting the UAV on a UAV landing area of a station, wherein said UAV is coupled to a first battery configured to power the UAV;
removing the first battery from the UAV with aid of a battery replacement member; and
moving, within a battery storage section, a holding station configured to store a second battery capable of powering the UAV upon being coupled to the UAV, wherein the holding station is moved simultaneously while the first battery is being removed with aid of the battery replacement member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,824

VEHICLE JUMPSTARTING SYSTEM

1. A vehicle jumpstarting system comprising:a cable with keyed connectors provided at distal ends that are able to connect a donor vehicle to a recipient vehicle in order to jump start a battery of the recipient vehicle;
wherein the recipient vehicle and the donor vehicle each include an engine compartment right battery port, an engine compartment left battery port, and a trunk battery port;
wherein the cable is further defined with a cable harness that is able to connect the recipient vehicle to the donor vehicle via the engine compartment right battery port, the engine compartment left battery port, or the trunk battery port;
wherein the donor vehicle and the recipient vehicle are each further defined as including a vehicle battery;
wherein the donor vehicle and the recipient vehicle each include an engine compartment right battery port fuse, an engine compartment left battery port fuse, and a trunk battery port fuse;
wherein the vehicle battery of both the donor vehicle and the recipient vehicle is further defined with a battery port positive contact and a battery port negative contact;
wherein the cable is further defined to include an outer cable cover, which is able to insulate and protect a positive conductor and a negative conductor;
wherein the positive conductor and the negative conductor are each electrically insulated from each other;
wherein the cable is further defined with a first cable connector, a second cable connector, a first collar, second collar, and a cable fuse;
wherein the positive conductor connects to the first cable connector positive contact, and the first cable connector positive contact is affixed to the first cable connector;
wherein the positive conductor is also connected to the second cable connector positive contact;
wherein the second cable connector positive contact is affixed to the second cable connector;
wherein the negative conductor connects to the first cable connector negative contact;
wherein the first cable connector negative contact is affixed to the first cable connector;
wherein the negative conductor is also connected to the second cable connector negative contact;
wherein the second cable connector negative contact is also affixed to the second cable connector;
wherein the negative conductor connects to the first cable connector negative contact;
wherein the first cable connector negative contact is affixed to the first cable connector;
wherein the negative conductor is also connected to the second cable connector negative contact;
wherein the second cable connector negative contact is also affixed to the second cable connector;
wherein a cable fuse is routed through either the positive conductor or the negative conductor to provide over-current protection;
wherein the first collar serves to join the outer cable cover with the first cable connector and offers rigidity at that end of the cable during plugging and unplugging operations;
wherein the second collar serves to join the outer cable cover with the second cable connector and offers rigidity at that end of the cable during plugging and unplugging operations.

US Pat. No. 10,363,823

POWER SUPPLY MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. An apparatus comprising:an onboard energy storage device;
an onboard power conversion device configured to be electrically coupled to an external power source for receiving electrical power therefrom; and
at least one drive system electrically coupled to the onboard energy storage device and the onboard power conversion device,
wherein the at least one drive system comprises a traction drive system and a power take-off (PTO) drive system, the traction drive system is configured to receive electrical power cooperatively provided from the onboard energy storage device and the onboard power conversion device for driving movement of the apparatus, and the PTO drive system is configured to receive electrical power cooperatively provided from the onboard energy storage device and the onboard power conversion device for driving movement of at least one implement in association with the PTO drive system,
wherein the onboard energy storage device provides electrical power to the at least one drive system and the onboard power conversion device provides electrical power received from the external power source to the at least one drive system simultaneously, depending on a state of charge of the onboard energy storage device,
and wherein the onboard power conversion device concurrently provides electrical power received from the external power source to the at least one drive system and to the onboard energy storage device;the apparatus further comprising:a DC bus coupled to the onboard energy storage device and the onboard power conversion device; and
a traction switch electrically coupled to the DC bus and the traction drive system, wherein when the apparatus is operating in a charging mode, the traction switch is opened to disable the traction drive system, and wherein when the apparatus is operating in a driving mode, the traction switch is closed to allow at least a part of the electrical power provided from the onboard power conversion device to be transferred to the traction drive system via the DC bus and the traction switch; and
a PTO switch electrically coupled to the DC bus and the PTO drive system, wherein when the apparatus is operating in a charging mode, the PTO switch is opened to disable the PTO drive system, and wherein when the apparatus is operating in a driving mode, the PTO switch is closed to allow at least a part of the electrical power provided from the onboard power conversion device to be transferred to the PTO drive system via the DC bus and the PTO switch; and
wherein an internal combustion engine is absent from the apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,363,822

BRAKING CONTROL METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ECO-FRIENDLY VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A braking control method for an all-wheel drive (AWD) eco-friendly vehicle which distributes and transmits a driving force of a vehicle driving source to front wheels and rear wheels based on a controlled power distribution ratio, the method comprising:determining, by a controller, a total braking force based on a brake signal that corresponds to manipulation of a brake pedal;
calculating, by the controller, a front wheel braking force and a rear wheel braking force which satisfy the total braking force;
calculating, by the controller, a regenerative braking force and a frictional braking force which satisfy the total braking force;
determining, by the controller, a range of a power distribution ratio of the front wheels to the rear wheels during braking of the vehicle using the calculated front wheel braking force, rear wheel braking force, and regenerative braking force;
determining, by the controller, a power distribution ratio RAWD of the front wheels to the rear wheels based on a vehicle driving condition, within the determined range of the power distribution ratio; and
adjusting, by the controller, distribution of the power to the front wheels and the rear wheels to be the determined power distribution ratio RAWD such that the regenerative braking force is distributed to the front wheels and rear wheels based on the power distribution ratio RAWD,
wherein a front wheel regenerative braking force and a rear wheel regenerative braking force are calculated from the regenerative braking force and the determined power distribution ratio RAWD, and
wherein a frictional braking device of the front wheels is operated to generate a frictional braking force that corresponds to a difference between the front wheel braking force and the front wheel regenerative braking force, and a frictional braking device of the rear wheels is operated to generate a frictional braking force that corresponds to a difference between the rear wheel braking force and the rear wheel regenerative braking force.

US Pat. No. 10,363,821

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING REGENERATIVE BRAKING OF VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A method for controlling a regenerative braking execution when shifting gears in a vehicle during regenerative braking, the method comprising:a first process of deciding whether motor torque is in a constant power mode:
a second process of deciding whether the motor torque is in a constant torque mode; and
a third process of deciding whether a mode of the motor torque is converted into the constant torque mode from the constant power mode,
wherein an amount of regenerative braking is determined based on a decided result of the first to third processes.

US Pat. No. 10,363,820

WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER TO A TAILGATE THROUGH CAPACITIVE COUPLERS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a transmitting circuit in a body of the vehicle configured to transmit power via wireless capacitive transfer;
a receiving circuit in a tailgate of the vehicle configured to receive power via wireless capacitive transfer;
a first set of plates electrically coupled to the transmitting circuit, the first set of plates disposed in a frame that receives the tailgate; and
a second set of plates electrically coupled to the receiving circuit, the second set of plates disposed in-side the tailgate, the second set of plates aligned to the first set of plates when the tailgate is closed.

US Pat. No. 10,363,818

DISPLAY UNIT FOR VEHICLE

VOLKSWAGEN AG, Wolfsburg...

1. A display unit for a vehicle, comprising:an electronic display configured to display information for an occupant of the vehicle;
a light guide configured as a light pipe, having a thickness, situated adjacent to a portion of a displaying face of the display, and configured to guide light from the portion of the displaying face of the display representing a part of the information displayed on the display from a first location at the display through the thickness of the light guide, by internal reflection, to a predetermined location spaced apart from the electronic display; and
a further light guide configured as a light pipe including at least one optical fiber situated adjacent to a further portion of the displaying face of the display and configured to guide light from the further portion of the displaying face of the display representing at least another part of the information to a further predetermined location spaced apart from the electronic display, the further predetermined location being different from the predetermined location;
wherein a display end of the light guide is provided at a distance from the electronic display, the distance based on a dimension of the light guide, the light guided from the portion of the displaying face of the display by the light guide being displayed at the display end of the light guide closer in view than the information displayed on the display outside of the portion of the displaying face of the display situated adjacent to the light guide, such that the displayed information appears three dimensional; and
wherein the light guide includes a surface provided parallel and adjacent to the portion of the displaying face of the display, the light guide further including a first portion and a second portion, a thickness of the first portion extending from the surface in a direction perpendicular to the surface being smaller than a thickness of the second portion from the surface in the direction perpendicular to the display surface of the electronic display.

US Pat. No. 10,363,817

SELF-LOADING AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A vehicle computer comprising:a memory; and
a processor programmed to execute instructions stored in the memory, the instructions including:
commanding a lighting system controller to flash tail lamps of a host vehicle;
determining whether a response was received from a first follow vehicle located behind the host vehicle; and
commanding the host vehicle to autonomously proceed to a loading area as a result of receiving the response from the first follow vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,816

PEDAL UNIT AND A VEHICLE INCLUDING THE SAME

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A pedal unit comprising:an accelerator pedal rotatable about a first pivot axis;
a brake pedal rotatable about a second pivot axis;
a first bracket including a first plate including a first surface and a second surface on a side opposite to the first surface and that supports the accelerator pedal adjacent to the first surface of the first plate to be rotatable about the first pivot axis, and that supports the brake pedal adjacent to the second surface of the first plate to be rotatable about the second pivot axis;
a second bracket including a second plate including a third surface opposing the second surface and that supports the brake pedal adjacent to the third surface of the second plate to be rotatable about the second pivot axis;
a connector held by the first plate and the second plate, and that rotatably supports the brake pedal in a state in which the brake pedal is disposed between the second surface of the first bracket and the third surface of the second bracket; and
a shaft held by the first bracket and rotatably supporting the accelerator pedal.

US Pat. No. 10,363,815

METHOD FOR OPERATING A MULTI-AXLE DRIVE DEVICE AND CORRESPONDING MULTI-AXLE DRIVE DEVICE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for operating a multi-axle drive device,wherein the multi-axle drive device comprises:
a synchronizing clutch present in an operative connection between a first output shaft and a connecting shaft; and
at least one separating clutch present in an operative connection between the connecting shaft and a second output shaft,
wherein the synchronizing clutch and the separating clutch are disengaged in a first operating state and are engaged in a second operating state, the method comprising:
at least partially engaging the synchronizing clutch when a shifting variable exceeds a first shifting threshold during the first operating state, such that the synchronizing clutch is shifted out of a disengaged position in a direction of its engagement, and
engaging the separating clutch only when the shifting variable exceeds a second shifting threshold,
wherein the second shifting threshold is greater than the first shifting threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,363,814

TRANSFER CASE WITH OIL DISTRIBUTION

BorgWarner Inc., Auburn ...

14. A hub for a transfer case, the hub comprising:an outer annular member;
an inner annular member within and rotatable relative to the outer annular member in a limited range of motion between a first position and a second position relative to the outer annular member; and
a spring coupled to the outer annular member and the inner annular member, the spring normally biasing the inner annular member into the first position;
wherein the hub forms a closed valve when the inner annular member is in the first position, and the hub forms an open valve when the inner annular member is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,811

VEHICLE SPEED CONTROLLED ACTIVE GRILLE SHUTTER SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An active grille shutter system comprising:a number of vanes angularly displaceable between an open position, a closed position, a first commanded position between the open position and the closed position, and a second commanded position between the first commanded position and the closed position;
a motor having a variable hold current applied thereto for maintaining the vanes in the first commanded position and the second commanded position; and
a controller configured to adjust the amount of hold current being applied to the motor, wherein when the vanes are in one of the first commanded position and the second commanded position, the controller increases the amount of hold current being applied to the motor with increasing vehicle speed and decreases the amount of hold current being applied to the motor with decreasing vehicle speed and when the vanes are in the first commanded position at a given vehicle speed a first amount of hold current is applied to the motor to maintain the vanes in the first commanded position and when the vanes are in the second commanded position at the given vehicle speed a second amount of hold current is applied to the motor to maintain the vanes in the second commanded position, wherein the second amount of hold current is greater than the first amount of hold current.

US Pat. No. 10,363,809

RADIATOR SCREEN DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA J...

1. A radiator screen device for a construction machine, an agricultural machine, or an industrial vehicle, each having a vehicle body and a radiator, comprising:a screen to filter dust contained in cooling air flowing toward the radiator, and that includes a front surface and a rear surface;
a dust removing member disposed upstream of the radiator with respect to a flowing direction of the cooling air and movable relative to the screen, and disposed in contact with the front surface of the screen to remove dust attached to the front surface of the screen; and
a frame body that surrounds the dust removing member,
wherein the dust removing member comprises a wire that has a zigzag shape so as to be placed in contact with the surface of the screen,
wherein the front surface of the screen is disposed upstream of the rear surface of the screen with respect to the flowing direction of the cooling air,
wherein the frame body is brought into contact with the dust removing member to regulate a movable range of the dust removing member within the frame body, and
wherein the dust removing member and the screen are supported by the vehicle body, and wherein one of the dust removing member and the screen is vibrated vertically relative to the other of the dust removing member and the screen by vibration of the vehicle body.

US Pat. No. 10,363,808

WHEEL DRIVE MOTOR AND IN-WHEEL MOTOR DRIVE ASSEMBLY

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A wheel drive motor, comprising:a motor shaft, for outputting drive force to rotate a wheel, extending in an axial direction and including a large diameter portion located at a central part in the axial direction and a small diameter portion located on a first side in the axial direction, the small diameter portion having a diameter smaller than that of the large diameter portion,
a bearing rotatably supporting the small diameter portion, and
a rotor secured to an outer circumferential surface of the large diameter portion and facing a stator,
an end member that is fixedly attached to the large diameter portion, projects from the end face of the large diameter portion located on the first side in the axial direction, and covers an end face of the rotor located on the first side in the axial direction, wherein
an end part of the rotor located on the first side in the axial direction projects over an end face of the large diameter portion located on the first side in the axial direction toward a side having the small diameter portion, and
further wherein the end member is positioned to be coaxial with the motor shaft at an attachment position on the large diameter portion, and
the end member includes an outer circumferential fitting surface that fits with a radially inner part of the end part of the rotor located on the first side in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,363,807

CONTROL DEVICE

AISIN AW CO., LTD., Anjo...

1. A control device that is adapted for a vehicle drive system in which a first engagement device and a rotating electrical machine are provided in a power transfer path connecting an internal combustion engine to wheels and that performs start assist control for the internal combustion engine, the control device comprising:an electronic control unit that:
executes, when the first engagement device is in a disengaged state, a first start assist process that brings the first engagement device into slip engagement at a first engagement pressure while increasing a torque generated by the rotating electrical machine; and
executes, when the first start assist process fails to start the internal combustion engine, a second start assist process that increases an engagement pressure of the first engagement device to a second engagement pressure higher than the first engagement pressure while increasing the torque generated by the rotating electrical machine, wherein
the second engagement pressure is determined on the basis of a rotational speed of the internal combustion engine in the first start assist process.

US Pat. No. 10,363,806

POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE AND VEHICLE COMPRISING THE SAME

BYD COMPANY LIMITED, She...

1. A power transmission system for a vehicle, comprising:an engine unit;
a plurality of input shafts, wherein the engine unit is configured to selectively engage with one of the input shafts when the engine unit transmits power to the input shafts;
a plurality of driving gears with one driving gear disposed on one input shaft;
an output shaft configured to transfer the power from the input shafts;
one or more linked gears rotatable at a different speed relative to the output shaft, wherein the linked gears include a plurality of gear parts, the gear parts being configured to mesh with the driving gears on the input shafts;
an output unit coupled on the output shaft and configured to transmit the power to front wheels of the vehicle;
a clutch disposed on the output shaft and configured to selectively engage with one of the linked gears and the output unit so as to drive one or more wheels of the vehicle via the power output by the output unit;
a first motor generator configured to couple with one of the input shaft and the output shaft for power transmission; and
an intermediate shaft and first and second gears fixed on the intermediate shaft, wherein one of the first and second gears is configured to mesh with one of the driving gears, the first motor generator includes an output terminal directly coupled with the other one of the first and second gears for power transmission, or the output terminal of the first motor generator is indirectly coupled with the other one of the first and second gears via an intermediate idler for power transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,363,803

ENCAPSULATION ASSEMBLY AND FORMING METHOD THEREOF, AND VEHICLE WINDOW

SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE...

1. A method for forming an encapsulation assembly, comprising:forming a trim which comprises a decoration section and a connection section, the connection section being disposed at an edge of the trim and having a penetration structure; and
forming a gasket, by injection molding, which comprises a fixing section covering the connection section of the trim, wherein a part of the fixing section is filled into the penetration structure of the connection section during the injection molding,
wherein forming the trim comprises forming a hole structure in the connection section so as to form the penetration structure.

US Pat. No. 10,363,802

MOTOR VEHICLE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A motor vehicle, comprising:a body;
two side pillars arranged on opposite sides of the body and movably connected to the body;
two rear pillars arranged on opposite sides of the body and movably connected to the body, and
a roof adjustable between a closed position and an opened position, said roof including a front roof part which is connected rotatably to the two side pillars, and a rear roof part which is connected rotatably to the two rear pillars, said rear roof part forming in the opened position of the roof a folding top compartment lid, below which the front roof part, the two side pillars, and the two rear pillars are stowed.

US Pat. No. 10,363,801

TONNEAU COVER ACCESS PANEL

Bestop, Inc., Louisville...

1. A rear cover access panel system for a vehicle having a cargo area structure with at least one opening, comprising:at least one attachment portion selectively operably coupled to the vehicle;
a pivotal portion pivotally coupled to the at least one attachment portion;
a cover attached to the pivotal portion where pivoting the pivotal portion allows the cover to move between a closed position covering the opening of the vehicle and a first open position partially uncovering the opening of the vehicle; and
at least one latch mechanism operably coupled to the at least one attachment portion, said at least one latch mechanism operably selectively releases the at least one attachment portion from the vehicle to allow further uncovering of the opening as desired.

US Pat. No. 10,363,799

COACH DOOR OF VEHICLE OPENABLE AND CLOSABLE REGARDLESS OF ORDER

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A coach door of a vehicle openable/closable regardless of an order, which includes a front door in which a hinge axis connected to a vehicle body is installed at a front end and a rear door in which the hinge axis connected to the vehicle body is installed at a rear end, comprising:a hinge assembly having a first hinge hinged to a vehicle body, a second hinge hinged to the first hinge and engaged with a rear end of a rear door, an opening start device configured to rotate the rear end of the rear door to the outside of the vehicle at an early stage of opening of the rear door, and a closing end device configured to rotate the rear end of the rear door to the inside of the vehicle at a last stage of closing of the rear door; and
a guide unit configured to guide a front end of the rear door to move the front end of the rear door in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle at the initial stage of opening of the rear door and the last stage of closing of the rear door.

US Pat. No. 10,363,798

INSERT FOR A MULTI-PART VEHICLE DOOR

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. An insert for a vehicle door having one part of the door that is separable from another part of the door, the insert comprising:a body having a first end, a second end, a longitudinal axis extending between the first end and the second end and through the center of mass of the body, an opening at the first end, and an inner surface that defines a cavity extending from the opening toward the second end, the inner surface having a first portion and an opposing second portion wherein the distance from the first portion to the axis decreases along at least a portion of the cavity in the direction extending from the first end toward the second end, and the distance from the second portion to the axis increases along at least a portion of the cavity in the direction extending from the first end toward the second end.

US Pat. No. 10,363,796

CONTROL MODULE ACTIVATION OF VEHICLES IN A KEY-OFF STATE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system comprising:a vehicle at a location in a key-off state including:
a battery;
a communication module; and
an infotainment unit to activate and present media responsive to the communication module receiving an activation signal; and
a remote processor to:
determine a charge level of the battery;
identify a parking duration for the location; and
send the activation signal responsive to the charge level being greater than a threshold associated with the parking duration.

US Pat. No. 10,363,795

CHILLER-ACCUMULATOR SYSTEM FOR AN ENGINE WITH A FORCED INDUCTION SYSTEM

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A chiller system for a vehicle engine having a forced induction arrangement, the chiller system comprising:an intercooler configured to cool compressed charge air received from a turbocharger or a supercharger;
a low temperature cooling circuit fluidly coupled to the intercooler, the low temperature cooling circuit circulating a coolant to provide cooling to the intercooler and including a low temperature radiator configured to cool the coolant, a chiller-accumulator loop having a combined chiller-accumulator, a chiller bypass line bypassing the chiller-accumulator, and a charging valve configured to selectively provide coolant to at least one of the chiller-accumulator loop and the chiller bypass line; and
an air conditioner circuit circulating a refrigerant and having a primary circuit and a bypass circuit, the primary circuit being separate from the low temperature cooling circuit and including a compressor, a condenser, and an evaporator, the bypass circuit including a conduit that bypasses the evaporator, and a chiller shut off valve configured to selectively prevent refrigerant from flowing through the bypass circuit;
wherein the chiller-accumulator is thermally coupled to the chiller-accumulator loop and the bypass circuit;
wherein the chiller shut off valve is configured to be controlled to be selectively opened to provide refrigerant to the chiller-accumulator to further cool the coolant in the chiller-accumulator loop after the coolant is cooled by the low temperature radiator, thereby providing increased cooling to the intercooler and the compressed charge air to increase engine performance.

US Pat. No. 10,363,794

AIR CONDITIONING CONTROL METHOD FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for optimally controlling an air-conditioning system of a vehicle, the method comprising:determining a heater heat quantity for each operation amount of an air-conditioning blower after an engine of the vehicle is started under a maximum heating condition of the air-conditioning system and the air-conditioning system is turned on according to current vehicle state information and air-conditioning information;
determining a lost heat quantity discharged outside the vehicle during a current air-conditioning mode, the lost heat quantity being determined for each operation amount of the air-conditioning blower;
determining an effective heating energy for each operation amount of the air-conditioning blower by calculating a difference between the heater heat quantity for each operation amount of the air-conditioning blower and the lost heat quantity for each operation amount of the air-conditioning blower;
calculating the optimum operation amount of the air-conditioning blower where a maximum amount of the effective heating energy is obtained for each operation amount of the air-conditioning blower; and
controlling operation of the air-conditioning blower according to the determined optimum operation amount.

US Pat. No. 10,363,793

HOUSING FOR ACCOMMODATION AND TEMPERATURE REGULATION OF AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND VEHICLE PROVIDED WITH SUCH HOUSING

1. A vehicle comprising:a passenger compartment;
an air conditioning system that guides a temperature-regulated air current through a duct and into the passenger compartment; and
a housing located at a predetermined position within the passenger compartment, wherein the housing is adapted to accommodate an electronic device having a temperature, wherein the housing includes an air inlet and an air outlet through which the temperature-regulated air current from the duct passes, wherein the temperature of the electronic device is regulated exclusively by guiding the air current from the duct around the electronic device; and
wherein the air current exiting the duct strikes the outside of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,363,792

AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEM FOR COOLING AND DRYING AIR IN PASSENGER COMPARTMENT OF VEHICLE

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon (...

1. A method of operating an air-conditioning system for operating in both a cooling system mode and a heat pump mode for cooling and heating air in a passenger compartment of a vehicle and for operating in a reheating mode, the method comprising steps of:transferring at least two air mass flows in a housing of the air-conditioning system, further including an air-distribution housing in the passenger compartment including at least an in-dashboard discharge port;
cooling or dehumidifying a first one of the at least two air mass flows as the first one of the at least two air mass flows is conveyed through an evaporator of a refrigerant circulation system;
dividing the first one of the at least two air mass flows into at least two partial cold-air mass flows, a first one of the at least two partial cold-air mass flows is guided to the air distribution housing upstream of the in-dashboard discharge port in the passenger compartment, and a second one of the at least two partial cold-air mass flows is directly guided to the in-dashboard discharge port through a cold-air flow path and then guided to the passenger compartment downstream of the in-dashboard discharge port;
heating a second one of the at least two air mass flows as the second one of the at least two air mass flows is conveyed through a condenser gas/cooler of the refrigerant circulation system, the second one of the at least two air mass flows guided to the air distribution housing upstream of the in-dashboard discharge port;
mixing the first one of the at least two partial cold-air mass flows with the second one of the at least two air mass flows guided to the air distribution housing upstream of the in-dashboard discharge port in the air-distribution housing to form a mixed flow stream; and
introducing the mixed flow stream into the passenger compartment downstream of the in-dashboard discharge port through the in-dashboard discharge port, the first one of the at least two partial cold-air mass flows and the mixed flow stream guided through the in-dashboard discharge port simultaneously.

US Pat. No. 10,363,790

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROACTIVE CONTROL OF A VIBRATION DAMPING SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method for controlling a vibration damping system of a vehicle, comprising:detecting a profile of a road surface with a sensor;
identifying an upcoming change in height of a portion of the detected road surface;
determining whether the change in height meets or exceeds a threshold;
if the change in height meets or exceeds the threshold, selecting a road surface profile classification from a plurality of predetermined classifications stored in an electronic memory, based on the change in height of the detected road surface profile; and
adjusting a damping force of the damping system based on the selected classification by setting a characteristic curve of the damping system to have a maximum value of damping prior to and during a first period corresponding to interaction of a wheel of the vehicle with a leading edge of the portion of the detected road surface and setting the characteristic curve to have a minimum value of damping prior to and during a second period after the first period and corresponding to interaction of the wheel of the vehicle with a trailing edge of the portion of the detected road surface.

US Pat. No. 10,363,787

ECCENTRIC ADJUSTER FOR ADJUSTING A CONNECTING POINT FOR A LINK OF A HUB CARRIER, AND HUB CARRIER COMPRISING THE ECCENTRIC ADJUSTER

1. An eccentric adjusting unit for adjusting a connection point for a control arm of a wheel suspension, comprising:an electric motor; and
an eccentric gear section, wherein the eccentric gear section has an input shaft and an output shaft, wherein the input shaft is configured to be driven by the electric motor and wherein the output shaft rotates eccentrically with respect to an output axis of rotation and can be in operative connection with the connection point or forms this connection point;
wherein the eccentric gear section has a star wheel gear stage.

US Pat. No. 10,363,784

TIRE TRACTION DEVICE

1. A non-skid device comprisinga first stanchion, a second stanchion, a base plate, and a strap;
wherein the non-skid device is configured for use with a vehicle;
wherein the vehicle is further defined with a wheel and a tire;
wherein the tire is further defined with a first outer sidewall and a second outer sidewall;
wherein the wheel is further defined with a wheel disk;
wherein the non-skid device is configured for use with the wheel and tire of the vehicle;
wherein the first stanchion, the second stanchion and the strap attach the base plate to the wheel and tire of the vehicle;
wherein the non-skid device increases the load bearing surface area relative to the surface area provided by the wheel and tire of the vehicle;
wherein the base plate is further defined with a medial surface and a distal surface;
wherein the strap is further defined with a first end and a second end;
wherein the first stanchion is a cantilever prism structure;
wherein the first stanchion projects perpendicularly away from the medial surface of the base plate;
wherein the first stanchion is further defined with a first fixed end and a first free end;
wherein the second stanchion is a cantilever prism structure;
wherein the second stanchion projects perpendicularly away from the medial surface of the base plate;
wherein the second stanchion is further defined with a second fixed end and a second free end;
wherein the first end of the strap permanently attaches to the free end of the first stanchion;
wherein the second end of the strap removably attaches to the second stanchion;
wherein the second stanchion is a telescopic structure;
wherein the span of the length of the second stanchion from the fixed end attached to the base plate to the free end of the second stanchion is adjustable;
wherein the second stanchion comprises a first arm, a second arm, a ratchet, and a detent;
wherein the detent connects the second arm to the first arm;
wherein the first arm is a hollow first prism that is further defined with an inner dimension;
wherein the second arm is a second prism that is further defined with an outer dimension;
wherein the first arm and the second arm are geometrically similar.

US Pat. No. 10,363,782

PNEUMATIC VEHICLE TIRE

Continental Reifen Deutsc...

1. A pneumatic vehicle tire defining an axial direction and an axial outermost point measured in said axial direction, an imaginary baseline (BL) which contacts the outer end of a rim radius of a standard rim corresponding to the pneumatic vehicle tire dimensions, and having a nominal tire cross-section height (H) measured from the baseline (BL) of at most 100 mm, the pneumatic vehicle tire comprising:a tread having a lateral side;
a ply structure;
a bead core;
a radial carcass having a bead region in which said radial carcass extends around said bead core from axially inside to axially outside and with a turned-back portion that is guided so as to extend back up to underneath said ply structure to form an overlapping region between said turned-back portion and said ply structure;
a wing rubber extending from said lateral side of said tread in the direction of said bead region;
a rim protection rubber extending from said bead region in the direction of said wing rubber;
at least said wing rubber, said rim protection rubber, and a sidewall rubber component conjointly defining a sidewall having a radially outer portion;
said wing rubber having a radial inner end section covering said sidewall rubber component that adjoins said wing rubber in a covered region in the direction toward said bead region;
said sidewall rubber component having a first tapered end section in said covered region of the sidewall rubber component and said sidewall rubber component extending from the first tapered end section thereof down to an end surface of the rim protection rubber;
said first tapered end section of said sidewall rubber component being tapered in the direction of said tread;
said first tapered end section of said sidewall rubber component having an end that is at a distance (h2) from the baseline (BL);
said wing rubber being the only sidewall region rubber element that extends to said tread and said wing rubber being in direct contact with said turned-back portion of said carcass in said radially outer portion of said sidewall that is radially above the distance (h2) from the baseline (BL);
said distance (h2) being between 45% and 70% of said cross-section height (H);
said radial inner end section covering said sidewall rubber component extending in the direction toward said bead region so as to cause said radial inner end section to be present at said axial outermost point of said tire; and
said rim protection rubber extending radially beneath the bead core and terminating at a position axially inward of an axially inner surface of said bead core,
wherein said pneumatic vehicle tire has an axially outermost tire surface defined by a combination of said wing rubber and said sidewall rubber component.

US Pat. No. 10,363,781

TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A tire comprising:a tread portion having a designated installing direction to a vehicle to define an outboard tread edge and an inboard tread edge;
the tread portion being provided with a plurality of circumferentially and continuously extending main grooves comprising an outboard shoulder main groove, an outboard middle main groove, an inboard shoulder main groove and an inboard middle main groove to define an outboard middle portion between the outboard shoulder main groove and the outboard middle main groove, an inboard middle portion between the inboard shoulder main groove and the inboard middle main groove, and a central portion between the outboard middle main groove and the inboard middle main groove;
the central portion being provided with a circumferentially and continuously extending central sipe;
the outboard middle portion being provided with a plurality of outboard middle lateral grooves extending between the outboard shoulder main groove and the outboard middle main groove, a plurality of outboard middle circumferential sipes each extending between adjacent outboard middle lateral grooves, and a plurality of outboard middle lateral sipes extending from the outboard shoulder main groove toward the outboard middle circumferential sipes without reaching the outboard middle circumferential sipes;
the inboard middle portion being provided with a plurality of inboard middle lateral grooves extending between the inboard shoulder main groove and the inboard middle main groove, a plurality of inboard middle circumferential sipes each extending between adjacent inboard middle lateral grooves, and a plurality of inboard middle lateral sipes extending from the inboard shoulder main groove or the inboard middle main groove toward the inboard middle circumferential sipes without reaching the inboard middle circumferential sipes; and
the number of the inboard middle lateral sipes being greater than the number of the outboard middle lateral sipes,
wherein the number of the plurality of outboard middle lateral grooves is same as the number of the plurality of inboard middle lateral grooves, the number of plurality of outboard middle circumferential sipes is same as the number of the plurality of inboard middle circumferential sipes, and no sipe that extends from the outboard middle main groove is provided on the outboard middle portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,780

PNEUMATIC TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A pneumatic tire comprisinga tread portion provided on each side of the tire equator with a crown circumferential groove, a shoulder circumferential groove disposed axially outside the crown circumferential groove, and shoulder lateral grooves extending between the shoulder circumferential groove and the adjacent tread edge,
the tread portion further provided with crown lateral grooves extending straight between the crown circumferential grooves,
said crown circumferential groove and said shoulder circumferential groove each being a zigzag groove made up of alternately arranged first groove segments and second groove segments,
wherein
each of the first groove segments has a crank shape made up of a shorter central part extending in a direction and two longer parts on both sides of the central part and extending in a different direction inclined with respect to the tire circumferential direction to one tire axial direction, and
each of the second groove segments has a straight shape inclined with respect to the tire circumferential direction to the other tire axial direction,whereina zigzag pitch length Ps of said shoulder circumferential groove is less than a zigzag pitch length Pc of said crown circumferential groove, wherein the zigzag pitch length is the total circumferential length of one first groove segment and one second groove segment,
both ends of each of the crown lateral grooves are respectively connected to one of the second groove segments of one of the crown circumferential grooves and one of the second groove segments of the other crown circumferential groove,
the second groove segments to which the crown lateral grooves are connected are inclined with respect to the tire axial direction to one tire circumferential direction, whereas the crown lateral grooves are inclined at an angle ?c with respect to the tire axial direction to the other tire circumferential direction,
the shoulder lateral grooves each extend at an angle ?s with respect to the tire axial direction which is less than the angle ?c of the crown lateral grooves, and
the number Ns of the shoulder lateral grooves on each side of the tire equator is more than the number Nc of the crown lateral grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,363,779

HEAVY DUTY PNEUMATIC TIRE

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

16. A heavy duty pneumatic tire comprising:a tread portion provided with a plurality of circumferentially extending main grooves so that the tread portion consists of nine land portions separated by the main grooves;
the nine land portions comprising a shoulder land portion having a tread edge, a first middle land portion adjacent to the shoulder land portion, a second middle land portion adjacent to the first middle land portion, a third middle land portion adjacent to the second middle land portion, and a central land portion adjacent to the third middle land portion;
the shoulder land portion being formed into a circumferentially continuous rib;
the first middle land portion being formed into a row of first middle blocks separated by a plurality of first middle lateral grooves;
the second middle land portion being formed into a row of second middle blocks separated by a plurality of second middle lateral grooves;
each first middle block having a circumferential length greater than that of each second middle block;
the third land portion being provided with a plurality of third middle lateral grooves to form a plurality of third middle blocks;
the central land portion being provided with a plurality of central lateral grooves to form a plurality of central blocks, and
circumferential lengths L4 of the plurality of central blocks being equal to or more than circumferential lengths L3 of the plurality of third middle blocks.

US Pat. No. 10,363,776

WHEEL ROTATED BY LOAD APPLIED TO AXLE REMAINING STATIONARY AT ECCENTRIC POSITION

1. A wheel rotated by a load applied to an axle mounted on a rotation body always remaining stationary at an eccentric position of the wheel spaced apart from the center of the wheel by a given distance, the wheel comprising: a plurality of pressure elastic bodies or leaf springs mounted on the inner periphery of an outer rim of the wheel to apply a given pressure to the outer periphery of the rotation body fitted to the axle to which the load is applied; a load frame connected to a fixed frame by means of a hinge shaft in such a manner as to be movable upward and downward; a power wheel mounted on the fixed frame in such a manner as to be fixedly mounted on the fixed frame to allow the wheel mounted on the axle mounted on the load frame to contactedly operate engagedly therewith; a pressure elastic body connected between the upper portion of the fixed frame and the load frame to allow the load applied to the axle rotatably mounted on the load frame to be kept applied by means of the elastic force generated therefrom; a tension elastic body connected between the lower portion of the fixed frame and the load frame to allow the load applied to the axle rotatably mounted on the load frame to be kept applied by means of the elastic force generated therefrom; and a control roller for allowing the center of the rotation body fitted to the axle to be spaced apart from the center of the wheel by the given distance, whereby the control roller controls the outer rim of the wheel to allow the center of the wheel to be spaced apart from the center of the rotation body by the given distance so that the axle always remains stationary at the eccentric position of the wheel and the drive shaft fixedly mounted on the power wheel engagedly operating with the wheel rotating by the load kept applied to axle mounted on the rotation body is driven.

US Pat. No. 10,363,773

ACCESSORY HOLDER FOR A PAINT TRAY CARRIER

1. An accessory holder in combination with a painting extension pole and a paint tray assembly in which the paint tray assembly includes (i) a paint tray having a perimeter wall arranged to be supported on a level supporting surface, a paint well supported within the perimeter wall, and a ramp supported within the perimeter wall so as to extend laterally away from the paint well at an upward slope, and (ii) a carrier releasably attached to the paint tray having a base engaged below a portion of the paint tray, a post extending upwardly from the base, and a clip secured to the post so as to clamp said portion of the paint tray between the clip and the base of the carrier, the accessory holder comprising:a first clip portion releasably clamped onto the post of the carrier;
a second clip portion releasably clamping the painting extension pole therein; and
an accessory hook extending laterally outwardly from the second clip portion having an open top end when the holder is supported on the post of the carrier;
the accessory hook comprising a base member extending horizontally outwardly from the second clip portion and a leg member extending vertically upwardly from the base member so as to define a rectangular shaped gap between the leg member and the second clip portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,772

TURKEY FAN FAVORITE

1. A device for spreading a turkey's tail feathers in a fan-like display utilizing a four and three quarter inch wide and five and a half inches tall U shaped device used to fully hold open a turkey's tail feathers and attaching two rubber clips to the opposing outside quill at base of the feathers on opposite sides of the fan-like display, that are attached to the turkey's rear body mass and attaching a center clip to the turkey's center vertical feather quill at the base of middle feather to fully spread open and extend tail in a quality fan like position and using locking clips attached to the feather quills and remaining unseen from front of tail while utilizing a hole made into the device at the top center to hang on a wall.

US Pat. No. 10,363,770

APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR PRINTED SECURITY FEATURES

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A method comprising:printing an image to a target;
printing an image-wise security feature to a target with a clear material transferred from a mass transfer panel of a thermal transfer sheet, wherein the security feature is provided with a separate printing technique than the image and provides a visual effect that is distinct and distinguishable from the image; and
providing a uniform top coat above at least the image, wherein the target is disposed on a re-transferable film that comprises the top coat, and wherein the image and image-wise security features are printed to the re-transferable film.

US Pat. No. 10,363,769

TRANSACTION CARD HAVING FEATURES FOR EASY REMOVAL FROM WALLET

CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC...

1. A method of manufacturing a transaction card, comprising:printing a card board containing a plurality of card blanks, wherein each card blank on the card board is printed with information common to all of the cards;
cutting individual card blanks from the printed card board, each card blank including a first surface and an opposing, substantially parallel second surface spaced from the first surface by a thickness of the card blank;
machining a feature along a first region of at least one of the first and second surfaces such that the machined feature deviates from a smooth, flat surface of the card and is configured for tactile engagement to facilitate removal of the card from a pocket of a card-carrying case; and
machining a portion of the card to a thinner thickness than remaining portions of the card to facilitate insertion of the card into the pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,363,767

METHOD FOR MARKING A FEATURE SUBSTANCE, SECURITY FEATURE, DOCUMENT OF VALUE AND METHOD FOR VERIFYING SAID DOCUMENT

1. A method for marking a feature substance, present in pulverized form, with at least one marker, with the feature substance being suitable for authentication of value documents, comprising the step of mixing the feature substance with a small quantity of the marker present in form of particles, the small quantity of the marker lying in a range of 0.1 to 10 wt. % based on a total weight of the marked feature substance, so that macroscopic detectability and identifiability of the feature substance is not influenced by the marker and the marker is detectable in a value document having a security feature containing the marked feature substance by means of a spatially resolving analytical method which is adapted to resolve down to a single-particle level;wherein the feature substance is a luminescent feature substance and the marker is a luminescent marker;
wherein an emission of the luminescent marker occurs in another spectral wavelength region compared to the emission of the marked luminescent feature substance, or
wherein the luminescent marker is excitable in another spectral wavelength region than the marked luminescent feature substance.

US Pat. No. 10,363,766

INFORMATION ITEM FORMING MACHINE WITH VISUAL INSPECTION UNIT AND METHOD FOR FORMING AND SORTING INFORMATIONAL ITEMS

1. An apparatus for forming and sorting informational items having product information printed thereon, the apparatus comprising:at least one folding unit to form a folded article from a sheet of paper having information printed thereon;
a conveyor belt to transport the folded article away from the folding unit;
a camera disposed adjacent the conveyor belt and downstream from the folding unit, the camera to capture an image of the folded article as the folded article passes by the camera on the conveyor belt;
a controller operatively coupled to the camera and to receive and process the image of the folded article to determine whether the folded article has a satisfactory configuration; and
a diverter assembly disposed adjacent to the conveyor belt and downstream from the camera, the diverter assembly operatively coupled to the controller to cause the folded article to move off of the conveyor belt in response to the controller determining that the configuration of the folded article fails to satisfy at least one predetermined criteria, wherein the diverter assembly comprises a pusher or piston disposed adjacent the conveyor belt to impact the folded article and eject the folded article from the conveyor belt.

US Pat. No. 10,363,764

PORTABLE PRINTER AND METHODS

AVERY DENNISON CORPORATIO...

1. A printer, comprising:A housing having at least a pair of exit openings readily accessible from outside of the printer, and a pair of front bumpers and a pair of rear bumpers disposed at top corners of the housing and which extend outwardly to contact a surface if the printer falls, and the housing has a door with a lower portion with a converging throat,
a support mounted on the housing,
a print head mounted on the support and capable of printing on a web of record members,
an ink ribbon cartridge received on the support,
a label roll holder having at least a pair of holding members that are engageable with a supply roll;
a sensor system mounted on one of the at least a pair of holding members; and
a movably mounted guide for the web, the guide being movable between an open position and a closed guiding position, the guide being spring-urged to the open position to enable the ink ribbon cartridge to be received on the support, and the ink ribbon cartridge being engageable with the guide to the move the guide toward the closed position against the spring-urging.

US Pat. No. 10,363,763

COVER PIECE AND MEDIUM STORAGE CASSETTE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A cover piece to be removably attached to a medium storage cassette including a medium storage section for storing a medium, and an operation unit provided in a recess and configured to lock and unlock the medium storage section to and from an apparatus main body, the cover piece comprising:a main portion configured to enter the recess in the medium storage cassette so as to cover the recess;
a sliding portion configured to slide so as to switch between a first state in which the sliding portion sticks out from the main portion and the main portion is locked to the recess, and a second state in which the main portion is unlocked and allowed to enter the recess and be removed from the recess; and
an opening for receiving a key member,
wherein the sliding portion switches the first state to the second state, when the key member is inserted in the opening,
wherein the key member unmovable from the opening, and the cover piece is detachable together with the key member from the recess, when the second state.

US Pat. No. 10,363,762

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a liquid ejecting unit that ejects a liquid to a medium;
a main body in which the liquid ejecting unit is accommodated;
a liquid storage unit including at least one liquid container for storing the liquid and located on a front side of the apparatus;
an operation panel through which operations are inputted, the operation panel being located on the front side of the apparatus and configured to be retracted and pivoted upward; and
a stretchable medium output tray located on the front side of the apparatus, to receive the medium discharged,
wherein the liquid storage unit and the medium output tray are both protruding forward with respect to the operation panel, when the operation panel and the medium output tray are retracted in the main body,
wherein a front face of the liquid storage unit and a forward end portion of the medium output tray are flush with each other in a depth direction of the liquid ejecting apparatus, when the medium output tray is accommodated in the main body,
wherein the liquid container includes a liquid inlet port through which the liquid can be received from a liquid supply container, and
wherein the liquid inlet port is located between a front face of the liquid storage unit and a front face of the operation panel, in a depth direction of the apparatus, when the operation panel is retracted.

US Pat. No. 10,363,760

DUPLEX PRINTING SYSTEM FOR CUT SHEETS AND A METHOD THEREFOR

1. A printing system for cut sheets, the printing system comprising:a controller configured to control the printing of image data on a plurality of sheets and scheduling the plurality of sheets in a printing order;
a paper path comprising a duplex printing loop and a rotational functional component arranged in the duplex printing loop for guiding and processing a printed sheet for two passes along or on a surface of the rotational functional component; and
a print engine arranged in the duplex printing loop and configured to dispose marking material on the sheets according to the image data, in two passes, one side per pass,
wherein the controller is configured to schedule one-sided printed sheets for a first pass guided along or on the surface of the rotational functional component and two-sided printed sheets for a second pass guided along or on the surface of the rotational functional component by using the duplex printing loop and to determine a distance between subsequent sheets guided along or on the surface of the rotational functional component such that a location on the surface of the rotational functional component is covered by printed sides of two-sided printed sheets at most a maximum number of times before the location on the surface of the rotational functional component is covered by an unprinted side of a one-sided printed sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,363,759

CUTTING MECHANISM AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A cutting mechanism comprising:a cutter blade that is configured to cut a medium;
a cutter unit to which the cutter blade is attached;
a pinion gear that is rotatably attached to the cutter unit, and
a rack gear that is configured to mesh with the pinion gear,
wherein the pinion gear and the rack gear are helical gears with inclined teeth, and
wherein the cutter unit moves while the pinion gear is rotated in a state of meshing the pinion gear and the rack gear.

US Pat. No. 10,363,758

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image recording apparatus comprising:a roller pair configured to nip a sheet therebetween and transport the sheet in a transport direction;
a recording section provided downstream of a nip point of the roller pair in the transport direction and including nozzles that discharge ink droplets;
a support member provided below the recording section and having ribs configured to support a lower surface of the sheet, the ribs being arranged in a width direction orthogonal to the transport direction and spaced apart from each other in the width direction, each of the ribs protruding upwardly and extending in the transport direction; and
abutment portions provided downstream of the nip point in the transport direction and positioned between the ribs in the width direction, the abutment portions being elastically urged to press an upper surface of the sheet, and lower ends of the abutment portions being positioned lower than upper ends of the ribs,
wherein the support member has a center point in the width direction,
wherein the abutment portions includes a first abutment portion and a second abutment portion which is positioned further from the center point of the support member than the first abutment portion in the width direction, and
wherein an urging force urging the first abutment portion is greater than urging force urging the second abutment portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,757

SHEET PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A sheet processing apparatus comprising:a pressing member configured to press a fold line formed in a sheet, the pressing member including:
an axis extending along a direction perpendicular to a conveying direction of the sheet,
a spiral shaped projection portion configured to contact with the fold line and to rotate about the axis, and
a contact portion comprising an impact absorbing member separate from the spiral shaped projection portion, adjacent to a portion of the spiral shaped projection portion, and configured to contact with the fold line, the contact portion extending from the spiral shaped projection portion toward an upstream side of a rotational direction of the pressing member,
wherein the spiral shaped projection portion presses the fold line at a contact position, and
wherein the contact position changes in the direction perpendicular to the conveying direction of the sheet in accordance with rotation of the spiral shaped projection portion in a single direction about the axis.

US Pat. No. 10,363,756

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DE-SKEWING SUBSTRATES AND LATERALLY REGISTERING IMAGES ON THE SUBSTRATES IN A PRINTER

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A printer comprising:a mechanical de-skewing device configured to identify only an amount of skew in an incoming substrate and to remove only the identified amount of skew from the incoming substrate to de-skew the substrate before the incoming substrate enters a print zone; and
an electronic lateral registration system configured to identify only a lateral position of the de-skewed substrate in the print zone and send image data only to inkjets that correspond to a width of the de-skewed substrate at the identified lateral position of the de-skewed substrate before the de-skewed substrate enters the print zone.

US Pat. No. 10,363,755

APPARATUS FOR AND METHOD OF PROCESSING BASE MATERIAL

SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD....

1. A base material processing apparatus comprising:a transport mechanism for transporting an elongated strip-shaped base material in a longitudinal direction thereof along a transport path formed by a plurality of rollers;
a processing part for processing said base material in a processing position lying on said transport path;
a force detection part for detecting a force applied in an axial direction of a rotation shaft of a sensing roller, said sensing roller being at least one of said plurality of rollers;
a meandering prediction part for predicting meandering of said base material to output meandering prediction information, based on the force applied in the axial direction of the rotation shaft of said sensing roller; and
a meandering correction part for correcting a widthwise position of said base material relative to said processing part, based on said meandering prediction information.

US Pat. No. 10,363,754

INKJET PRINTING MACHINE

RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION, ...

1. An inkjet printing machine comprising:an inkjet head;
an ink cartridge that is disposed at a position lower than that of the inkjet head, and holds ink therein;
an ink route that connects the ink cartridge to the inkjet head;
a branch route with one end connected to a branching point on the ink route and the other end connected to a joining point on the ink route, the joining point being on an inkjet head side viewed from the branching point;
a pump that is disposed on the branch route, and used to send ink from the ink cartridge to the inkjet head;
a valve that is disposed on a direct route which is a route between the branching point and the joining point, and opens and closes a channel for a fluid within the direct route; and
a controller configured
(i) to close the valve and drive the pump in initial filling of the inkjet head with ink,
(ii) to stop the pump and open the valve on or after a time point when a tip of ink introduced into the ink route reaches a prescribed position on an inkjet head side viewed from the joining point,
(iii) to close the valve after the ink in the ink route flows backward to move the air in the direct route into the ink cartridge, and
(iv) to drive the pump to fill the inkjet head with ink.

US Pat. No. 10,363,753

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUSES

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a liquid ejecting head that ejects liquid; and
a supply device that supplies the liquid from a liquid supply source to the liquid ejecting head, the supply device including:
a first liquid supplying flow path that supplies the liquid toward the liquid ejecting head;
a pump that is provided in the first liquid supplying flow path and feeds the liquid to a downstream side where the liquid ejecting head is located;
a second liquid supplying flow path having one end connected to an upstream connecting portion located on an upstream side relative to the pump in the first liquid supplying flow path and the other end connected to a downstream connecting portion located on a downstream side relative to the pump, the second liquid supplying flow path together with the first liquid supplying flow path forms a circulation flow path in which the liquid circulates;
a pressure control valve disposed in the second liquid supplying flow path;
a buffer in which a volume of a storage chamber that stores the liquid varies by displacement of a flexible member; and
a pressure applying section that applies pressure to the flexible member from an outside of the storage chamber, wherein
the buffer is disposed at least one of a position on a downstream side relative to the pump in the first liquid supplying flow path and a position that is closer to the downstream connecting portion than the pressure control valve is in the second liquid supplying flow path, and
the pressure control valve opens when a pressure in the buffer becomes a predetermined pressure or higher.

US Pat. No. 10,363,752

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS AND LIQUID DISCHARGE METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid discharge apparatus comprising:a liquid chamber fluidly communicating with a nozzle configured to discharge liquid through the nozzle;
a capacity change member configured to change a capacity of the liquid chamber;
an inflow path connected to the liquid chamber and configured to allow the liquid to be flown into the liquid chamber;
an outflow path connected to the liquid chamber and configured to allow the liquid to be flown out from the liquid chamber;
a first flow-path resistance change member configured to change a flow-path resistance of the inflow path;
a second flow-path resistance change member configured to change a flow-path resistance of the outflow path; and
a controller configured to control the capacity change member, the first flow-path resistance change member, and the second flow-path resistance change member,
wherein the controller is configured to perform a first operation in which the flow-path resistance of the outflow path is larger than the flow-path resistance of the inflow path while the flow-path resistance of the inflow path and the flow-path resistance of the outflow path increase by controlling the first flow-path resistance change member and the second flow-path resistance change member, and the capacity of the liquid chamber increases by controlling the capacity change member so as to fill the liquid in the liquid chamber, and
after the controller performs the first operation, the controller is configured to perform a second operation in which the flow-path resistance of the outflow path remains increased and the flow-path resistance of the inflow path increases by controlling the first flow-path resistance change member and the second flow-path resistance change member, and the capacity of the liquid chamber decreases by controlling the capacity change portion so as to discharge the liquid from the nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,751

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PERFORMING INQUIRY PROCESS TO INQUIRE WHETHER INK HAS BEEN INJECTED INTO INK CHAMBER

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus comprising:a tank having a set of an ink chamber and an inlet;
a recording assembly including a recording head and configured to eject the ink stored in the ink chamber to record an image on a sheet;
a cover movable between a covering position covering the inlet to restrict ink from being injected into the ink chamber through the inlet and an exposing position exposing the inlet to an outside to allow ink to be injected into the ink chamber through the inlet;
a cover sensor configured to detect a position of the cover;
a memory configured to store:
a first threshold value; and
a count value updated in a direction approaching the first threshold value in accordance with ejection of the ink from the recording assembly;
a display;
an operation interface; and
a controller configured to control the recording head and the display,
the controller being configured to:
perform, in response to the detection through the cover sensor that the cover has been moved to the exposing position and then moved to the covering position, a first determination process to determine whether a quantity of the ink stored in the ink chamber at a time the cover is moved to the exposing position is less than a residual ink threshold;
perform, in response to the determination in the first determination process that the quantity of the ink stored in the ink chamber is not less than the residual ink threshold, a second determination process to determine whether an exposing time during which the cover has been in the exposing position is not less than a first time period;
perform, based on the determination in the second determination process that the exposing time is not less than the first time period, an inquiry process to display an inquiry screen on the display and to receive one of a first operation and a second operation through the operation interface, the inquiry screen inquiring whether ink has been injected into the ink chamber;
perform, based on the determination in the first determination process that the quantity of the ink stored in the ink chamber is less than the residual ink threshold, the inquiry process without performing the second determination process; and
perform, in response to the receipt of the first operation in the inquiry process, an initialization process to initialize the count value.

US Pat. No. 10,363,750

PRINTING-FLUID CARTRIDGE INCLUDING PROTRUSION AND INTERFACE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A printing fluid cartridge comprising:a storage chamber configured to store printing fluid;
a supply portion including a supply hole through which the printing fluid is configured to flow out of the storage chamber in a frontward direction crossing a gravitational direction in an upright posture;
a front surface at which the supply portion is provided;
a rear surface away from the front surface in a rearward direction opposite to the frontward direction in the upright posture, the storage chamber being positioned between the front surface and the rear surface;
an upper surface disposed upward relative to the storage chamber and facing upward opposite to the gravitational direction in the upright posture;
a locking surface disposed at the upper surface and facing rearward;
one protrusion positioned at the upper surface and having a detection surface extending in the frontward direction, the one protrusion having one specific portion;
an electrical interface disposed at the upper surface, the locking surface, the electrical interface, and the one protrusion being arranged in a recited order in the frontward direction in the upright posture, the one protrusion, the electrical interface, and the locking surface being arranged upward in a recited order in the upright posture; and
another protrusion positioned at the upper surface and disposed rearward relative to the electrical interface,
the another protrusion having another specific portion, the one protrusion and the another protrusion defining a plurality of imaginary planes each of which passes through the one protrusion and the another protrusion, each of the plurality of imaginary planes extending in a widthwise direction perpendicular to the gravitational direction and the frontward direction in the upright posture,
the plurality of imaginary planes including a specific imaginary plane defined by the one specific portion and the another specific portion, the specific imaginary plane being positioned higher than any other imaginary plane between the one protrusion and the another protrusion,
an entire part of the electrical interface being positioned downward relative to the specific imaginary plane in the gravitational direction in the upright posture such that a gap is formed between the entire part of the electrical interface and the specific imaginary plane.

US Pat. No. 10,363,748

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a liquid ejecting head configured to eject a liquid; and
a liquid storage section configured to store the liquid to be fed to the liquid ejecting head,
the liquid storage section comprising:
a liquid feed port to feed the liquid to the liquid ejecting head,
a liquid filling inlet to refill the liquid, the liquid filling inlet being configured for opening and closing,
an interlocking mechanism having a male portion that interlocks with a female portion to thereby seal the liquid filling inlet, and
a storage tank of which at least part is provided with a flexible section having flexibility, the storage tank having a volume that can be changed by the flexible section deforming.

US Pat. No. 10,363,747

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF SUPPLYING LIQUID

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:an ejection opening for ejecting a liquid;
a pressure chamber having therein an energy generation element for generating energy for ejecting the liquid;
an ejection opening portion that allows communication between the ejection opening and the pressure chamber;
a first flow passage connected to the pressure chamber and supplying the liquid to the pressure chamber; and
a second flow passage connected to the pressure chamber and collecting the liquid from the pressure chamber,
wherein an expression of H?0.34×P0.66×W >1.7 is satisfied when a height of the pressure chamber at an upstream side of a communication portion between the pressure chamber and the ejection opening portion in a flow direction of the liquid inside the pressure chamber is set to H [?m],
a length of the ejection opening portion in a direction in which the liquid is ejected from the ejection opening is set to P [?m], and
a length of the ejection opening portion in the flow direction of the liquid inside the pressure chamber is set to W [?m].

US Pat. No. 10,363,744

FLUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A fluid ejection apparatus, comprising:a nozzle row A comprising nozzles A arranged along the first direction from a first end nozzle of the nozzle row A in a first direction towards a second end nozzle of the nozzle row A in the first direction;
a nozzle row B comprising nozzles B arranged along the first direction, each of the nozzles B is aligned with a different one of the nozzles A in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, respectively;
a nozzle row C comprising nozzles C arranged along the first direction, each of the nozzles C is aligned with a different one of the nozzles A in the second direction, respectively;
a nozzle row D comprising nozzles D arranged along the first direction from a third end nozzle of the nozzle row D in the first direction towards a fourth end nozzle of the nozzle row D in the first direction;
a nozzle row E comprising nozzles E arranged along the first direction, each of the nozzles E is aligned with a different one of the nozzles D in the second direction, respectively; and
a nozzle row F comprising nozzles F arranged along the first direction, each of the nozzles F is aligned with a different one of the nozzles D in the second direction, respectively,
a controller configured to control ejections of fluid from the nozzles A, the nozzles B, the nozzles C, the nozzles D, the nozzles E and the nozzles F,
wherein the nozzle row B is positioned between the nozzle row A and the nozzle row D in the second direction,
wherein the nozzle row D is positioned between the nozzle row B and the nozzle row E in the second direction,
wherein the nozzles A of the nozzle row A are arranged into a nozzle group A1 and a nozzle group A2,
wherein the nozzle group A1 comprises some of the nozzles A,
wherein the nozzle group A2 comprises others of the nozzles A,
wherein the nozzle group A1 is positioned between the nozzle group A2 and the center of the nozzle row A in the first direction,
wherein the nozzles B of the nozzle row B are arranged into a nozzle group B1,
wherein the nozzle group B1 comprises some of the nozzles B,
wherein the nozzle group A1 and the nozzle group B1 are aligned along the second direction,
wherein the nozzles C of the nozzle row C are arranged into a nozzle group C, wherein the nozzle group C comprises some of the nozzles C,
wherein the nozzle group A1 and a portion of the nozzle group C are aligned along the second direction,
wherein the nozzles D of the nozzle row D are arranged into a nozzle group D2,
wherein the nozzle group D2 of the nozzle row D comprises some of the nozzles D,
wherein the nozzle group A2 and the nozzle group D2 are aligned along the second direction,
wherein the nozzles E of the nozzle row E are arranged into a nozzle group E1 and a nozzle group E2,
wherein the nozzle group E1 comprises some of the nozzles E,
wherein the nozzle group E2 comprises others of the nozzles E,
wherein the nozzle group A1 and the nozzle group E1 are aligned along the second direction,
wherein the nozzle group A2 and the nozzle group E2 are aligned along the second direction,
wherein the nozzles F of the nozzle row F are arranged into a nozzle group F,
wherein the nozzle group F comprises some of the nozzles F,
wherein the nozzle group A1 and a portion of the nozzle group F are aligned along the second direction,
wherein the nozzle group C and the nozzle group F are aligned along the second direction,
wherein the controller is configured to control:
the nozzle group A1 to eject fluid at an average usage rate A1 that is an average of usage rates of the some of nozzles A comprising the nozzle group A1;
the nozzle group A2 to eject fluid at an average usage rate A2 that is an average of usage rates of the others of nozzles A comprising the nozzle group A2;
the nozzle group B1 to eject fluid at an average usage rate B1 that is an average of usage rates of the some of nozzles B comprising the nozzle group B1;
the nozzle group C to eject fluid at an average usage rate C that is an average of usage rates of the some of nozzles C comprising the nozzle group C;
the nozzle group D2 to eject fluid at an average usage rate D2 that is an average of usage rates of the some of nozzles D comprising the nozzle group D2;
the nozzle group E1 to eject fluid at an average usage rate E1 that is an average of usage rates of the some of nozzles E comprising the nozzle group E1;
the nozzle group E2 to eject fluid at an average usage rate E2 that is an average of usage rates of the others of nozzles E comprising the nozzle group E2; and
the nozzle group F to eject fluid at an average usage rate F that is an average of usage rates of the some of the nozzles F comprising the nozzle group F,
wherein the average usage rate A2 is smaller than the average usage rate A1,
wherein the average usage rate B1 is smaller than the average usage rate A1,
wherein the average usage rate C is smaller than the average usage rate A1,
wherein the average usage rate D2 is smaller than the average usage rate E2,
wherein the average usage rate E1 is smaller than the average usage rate E2, and
wherein the average usage rate F is smaller than the average usage rate E2.

US Pat. No. 10,363,743

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD HAVING NOZZLE WITH ELECTROSTATIC PROPENSITY

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head comprising:a nozzle plate that includes a nozzle forming surface to which a nozzle section through which liquid is ejected is open, the nozzle section forming a hole through the nozzle plate to allow the liquid to be ejected,
wherein an electrostatic propensity of the nozzle section due to contact with the liquid is lower than an electrostatic propensity of the nozzle forming surface due to contact with the liquid,
wherein the nozzle section includes a first region on an upstream side within the nozzle plate and a second region on a downstream side within the nozzle plate in an ejection direction of the liquid, the first region having a larger cross section than the second region,
wherein both a liquid repellent film containing fluorine and a base film extend from the nozzle forming surface into the nozzle section of the nozzle plate such that an amount of fluorine per unit area decreases in an order of the nozzle forming surface, the second region, and the first region, and
wherein the base film extends further into the nozzle section of the nozzle plate than the liquid repellent film and also extends only partially through the nozzle section.

US Pat. No. 10,363,742

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a liquid ejecting head which ejects liquid from nozzles; and
a liquid supply path which includes a liquid flow path unit and supplies the liquid to the liquid ejecting head;
wherein the flow path unit includes a liquid chamber partly formed by a flexible member, a displacing member connected to the flexible member and displaced with the flexible member, a guide portion guiding the displacing member in a displacing direction of the flexible member, and a displacement detecting unit which detects a displacement of the flexible member,
wherein the displacing member includes a first guided portion which protrudes inside the liquid chamber along the displacing direction and a second guided portion which protrudes on a side opposite to the liquid chamber,
wherein the guide portion guides the first guided portion of the displacing member,
wherein the displacement detecting unit detects the displacement of the flexible member by detecting a displacement of the second guided portion, and
wherein the flexible member closes the liquid supply path when the flexible member is displaced in a direction in which a volume of the liquid chamber is reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,363,739

RECORDING DEVICE AND RECORDING HEAD VOLTAGE SETTING METHOD

Konica Minolta, Inc., To...

1. A recording device performing recording operation by supplying drive voltage to a recording head having predetermined nozzle capacity, comprising:a head voltage control unit of setting target voltage of head voltage used to perform the recording operation by driving the recording head;
a DC voltage generating unit generating drive voltage which increases over a plurality of stages, while giving a feedback at each stage, until the head voltage becomes the target voltage which is set by the head voltage control unit; and
a smoothing capacitor connected between an output unit of the DC voltage generating unit and the recording head and having capacity which is twice or more as large as capacity of all of nozzles of the recording head driven at the same timing,
wherein, when increasing output voltage of the DC voltage generating unit, the output voltage is increased over a predetermined time at each of the plurality of stages until the target voltage is reached, and
wherein an inrush current peak at each of the plurality of stages is less than an inrush current peak when the output voltage is directly increased to the target voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,363,738

LIQUID EJECTING DEVICE, HEAD UNIT, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING LIQUID EJECTING DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting device comprising:an ejecting section that comprises a piezoelectric element that is displaced corresponding to a change in potential of a drive signal, a pressure chamber that changes in internal volume corresponding to the displacement of the piezoelectric element, and a nozzle that communicates with the pressure chamber, and can eject a liquid contained in the pressure chamber corresponding to a change in the internal volume of the pressure chamber; and
a detection section that can detect residual vibrations produced by the ejecting section after the piezoelectric element has been displaced,
the detection section detecting the residual vibrations produced by the ejecting section in either or both of a first period and a second period and in a third period when the drive signal having a drive waveform is supplied to the piezoelectric element, the drive waveform being set to a first potential in the first period, set to a second potential in the second period that follows the first period, and set to a third potential in the third period that follows the second period,
the internal volume of the pressure chamber in the second period being smaller than the internal volume of the pressure chamber in the first period, and
the internal volume of the pressure chamber in the third period being larger than the internal volume of the pressure chamber in the second period.

US Pat. No. 10,363,737

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD WITH CONNECTION MECHANISM FOR A FLEXIBLE CIRCUIT AND CIRCUIT BOARD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head comprising:a pair of connectors configured to connect to each other;
a flexible circuit on which one of the connectors is mounted;
a circuit board on which another one of the connectors is mounted;
a driver element that generates a driving force for ejecting liquid from a nozzle in response to an electric signal that is supplied from the flexible circuit to the circuit board via the pair of connectors; and
a locking mechanism that is configured to take (i) a first state in which connection between the flexible circuit and the circuit board is locked while the pair of connectors are connected, and (ii) a second state in which connection between the flexible circuit and the circuit board is not locked while the pair of connectors are connected.

US Pat. No. 10,363,653

ATTACHMENT DEVICE FOR A HAND TOOL

Milwaukee Electric Tool C...

1. An attachment device for use with a hand tool having a handle portion with a distal end, the attachment device comprising:a connection member having a connection point; and
a receiver including a flexible annular wall extending axially from the connection member to define a central channel having an open end, the receiver configured to receive at least a portion of the handle portion within the central channel via the open end, and wherein the receiver includes a split extending axially along the length of the annular wall to allow the annular wall to disconnect from itself, and wherein the receiver is adjustable between a secured configuration, in which ends of the annular wall are coupled to one another, and a disconnected configuration, in which the ends of the annular wall are not coupled to one another so the annular wall may be wrapped around the handle portion, and
wherein the annular wall may be wrapped around the handle portion when the receiver is in the disconnected configuration, and wherein the receiver allows the handle portion to be axially inserted into the central channel while restricting the removal of the handle portion therefrom when the receiver is in the secured configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,363,646

MANUFACTURING FIXTURE SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED PROCESS HAVING A REST PAD FORCE SENSOR WITH CLOSED LOOP FEEDBACK

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A manufacturing fixture assembly configured to hold a component in a fixed position during manufacturing comprising:at least one rest pad configured to support, at least in part, the component in the fixed position during the manufacturing;
a sensor associated with the at least one rest pad and configured to sense a force exerted on the at least one rest pad by the component in the fixed position during the manufacturing;
a clamping component configured to rigidly hold the component onto the at least one rest pad in the fixed position during the manufacturing;
a force monitoring system configured to receive a signal from the sensor indicating the force exerted on the at least one rest pad before and during the manufacturing of the component held in the fixed position, wherein the force monitoring system is configured to determine whether the force exerted on the at least one rest pad comprises at least one of the following determinations: the force exerted on the at least one rest pad is within a predetermined range, the force exerted on the at least one rest pad exceeds the predetermined range, and the force exerted on the at least one rest pad is below the predetermined range; and
an output device configured to output the determinations of the force exerted on the at least one rest pad,
wherein the force monitoring system includes a controller configured to:
receive the signal indicating the force exerted on the at least one rest pad,
determine whether the force exerted on the at least one rest pad comprises the following: the force exerted on the at least one rest pad is within the predetermined range, the force exerted on the at least one rest pad exceeds the predetermined range, and the force exerted on the at least one rest pad is below the predetermined range,
control the output device to output the determinations of the force exerted on the at least one rest pad,
determine a remedial action for control of the clamping component when the force exerted on the at least one rest pad is outside the predetermined range, and
control the clamping component based on the determined remedial action so the force exerted on the at least one rest pad is within the predetermined range.